By Tricia Elam Walker, Illustrated by April Harrison (Schwartz & Wada books – 2020)
Next Monday is Grandparents Day at school, and Zura is bringing her favorite person in the whole universe – Nana Akua. But what will her classmates think about the African traditional tribal marks on Nana’s face? Will they be frightened? What if they’re means to Nana? Luckily, Nana Akua knows just what to do. This moving picture book is a simple reminder that what makes us different is also what makes us special.>>>Glossary is in the las page, and “Adinkra Symbols of Akan people of Ghana and the Symbols meanings” found inside of the front and back cover.
次の月曜日は学校で祖父母の日となり、Zuraは全宇宙で一番大好きなNana Akuaを学校へ連れてゆくつもりだ。しかし、彼女の顔に彫られたアフリカの部族伝統のマークを、クラスメイト達がどう思うか心配であった。怖がるのか、又は祖母を嫌うのか、、、。幸いNana Akua は、対応の仕方を心得ていた。この感動的な話の絵本は、人々の異質性は人々の特徴そのものだ（十人十色）との大事なことを思い起こさせてくれる。＞＞＞言葉の説明は巻末にあり。表と裏表紙の内側に、ガーナのAkan人達によるAdrinkra Symbols and their meaningsが紹介されている。
By Chieri Uegaki, Illustrated by Genevieve Simms (Kids Can Press – 2019)
When Mayumi was born, her grandfather built her a garden in his backyard. But not just any garden – a garden make of stones. And every summer during her visits to Japan, Mayumi and her grandfather work in the garden together. But one summer, everything changes. Ojiichan on wheelchair cannot live alone in his house, and he must leave their garden behind. Mayumi gets an idea of creating their garden in a lunch box and she presents it to Ojiichan. >>>Explanation of Japanese words in the story found in the last.
By Brian Floca ( Atheneum Books for Young Readers – 2021 )
This is a story of when the city shut down/almost shut down. Even when most people stayed in there were still some people outside: keeping our mail delivered, keeping our internet working, keeping our grocery store stocked, and keeping us safe. This book captured the people who kept the city going during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what that meant to those of us who stayed home.
By Evan Turk ( Atheneum Books for Young Readers – 2016 )
Long ago, the fertile Kingdom of Morocco formed near the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains of cool, delicious water to quench the dangerous thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together. But as the Kingdom grew, all the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too. All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better: wonderful stories by the last storyteller.
By Susan Verde, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Abrams Books for Young Readers – 2019)
Love means showing kindness, living with gratitude, and taking care of our minds and bodies. Letting our hearts lead the way can help move us closer to a better world. When a storm is brewing inside us and the skies grow dark, the transformative power of love lets the light back in.>>>Susan Verde‘s other books, and Peter H. Reynolds‘s other books in SHI Collection.
愛とは親切心であり、感謝と共に生きる事であり、精神と身体をいたわることである。私たちの気持ちを、より良い世界へ近ずける方法へ導こう。嵐が私たちの心を襲い、空が暗くなった時に、愛の変化を起こさせる力は明かりを灯してくれる。＞＞＞SHIコレクションにある Susan Verde の作品と Peter H. Reynold の作品。
By Jacqueline Veissid, Illustrated by Paola Zakimi (Chronical Books – 2019)
Ruby is always racing after her big brothers. But no matter how hard she tries, she can never catch up. Then one day, she discovers some sticks in the grass. Not just any sticks – swords! And suddenly the world is her kingdom. Sweet and swashbuckling, the imaginative Roby reminds us that anyone, no matter how small, can be the hero of their own quest.
By Elizabeth Verdick, Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing – 2015)
As every grown-up knows, yelling comes naturally to children. This friendly, encouraging book introduces and reinforces where and when to use an “indoor voice” or an “outdoor voice”. Simple words and vivid illustrations show the places and times for an indoor voice, the way people ask us to speak more quietly and situations when yelling might occur. >>> On the last pages, found a special section for adults offers activities and discussion starters, This book is one of “Free Spirits’s award-winning Best Behaviors” series. ”Words are not for Hurting” is also in the series.
大人が良く知っているように、子ども達はつい大声を張り上げてしまう。この絵本は”屋内の声”と”屋外の声”をいつどこで使うのかを解説し、教えてくれる。子ども達に解かり易い言葉と、明るいイラストが”屋内の声”を使う具体例を示し、大声が起こりそうな時や静かに話してほしい時の振舞い方を紹介している。＞＞＞巻末には大人向けに、この絵本のテーマに関する練習や話し合いを進めるための指導書がついている。この絵本はF.S.出版社が受賞した”最良の行動を促すシリーズ本”の一冊。他の作品にWords are not for Hurtingもある。
By Pirkko Vainio, English Translated by J. Alison James (North-South Books – 1997)
Lucas and his cat finally left their apartment to build themselves a home. Lucas had been saving his money to build his dream house. He got a small island, but it allowed him to build up one room on top of another. One night a storm came, and his high tower house bent like a reed. Next morning, Lucas found his house was changed to a wonderful bridge which were welcoming children to make him and his cat more happy.>>> The original book was published in Switzerland.