When city kids Rosie and Takeo visit their cousin Lila in the country, they give her a cool hairdo like theirs and teach her how to skateboard and use chopsticks. Then Lila introduces her cousins to nighttime strolls and fireflies. This poignant story, with stunning art by an internationally know muralist and community artist, celebrates kinship in a multi-ethnic family.
By Hena Khan, Illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel ( Lee & Low Books Inc. – 2019 )
Grandma’s hijab clasped under her chin. Auntie pins hers up with a whimsical brooch. Jenna puts sun hat over hers when she hikes. Iman wears a sports hijab for Taekwondo. As a young girl observes the women in her life and how each cover her hair a different way, she dreams of how she might express her personality through her hijab.>>>Hena Khan’s books in SHI collection.
By Jeri Watts, Illustrated by Hyewon Yum ( Candlewick Press – 2016 )
When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home, where none of his classmates look like him and he can’t understand anything the teacher says. Little by little Hee Jun begins to learn English and make friends. One day, when he is invited to a friend’s house for the first time, he sees a flower he recognizes from his grandmother’s garden in Korea. He brings a shoot of the flower, Mugunghwa (“Rose of Sharon” in English), to his grandmother, who plants the “piece of home” in their new garden.
By Bernard Waber, Illustrated by Suzy Lee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – 2015)
A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with question-such as “What else?” and “How come?”- as they explore their world. With a tenderly written story and glorious illustrations, this book is the ultimate celebration of a child’ curiosity, and of a father and daughter’s deep and abiding love for each other.
By Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison (Little, Brown and Company – 2019)
Inspired the life story of mathematician Katherine Johnson. Katherine knew it was wrong that African American didn’t have the same rights as others. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmate, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where here calculation helped pioneer American’s first manned flight into space, is first manned orbit of Earth, and the world’s first trip to the moon!