By Susanna Leonard Hill, Illustrated by John Joseph ( Sourcebooks – 2021 )
Nothing compare to the special bond between grandma and grandchildren! This book of love, adventure and fun, demonstrated by several different Grandmas, is to celebrates all of the magical reasons why Grandma truly is, one of kind. This is a love letter from grandchild to grandma.
By Melanie Heuiser Hill, Illustrated by Jaime Kim ( Candlewick Press – 2019 )
“This is the table that Grandad built. There are the sunflowers picked by my cousins, set on the table that Grandad built.” In this inviting cumulative picture book, a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a very special table. With a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is sure to become a favorite around dinner tables everywhere.
By Heather Henson, Illustrated by David Small ( Atheneum Books for Young Readers – 2008 )
Inspired by the true and courageous work of the Park Horse Librarians. Cal is not the readin’ type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he’d rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Women keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain, and in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that’s not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. >>> Author’s Note found in the last page, and she explains about the Park Horse Librarians who were known as “Book Women” in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.
Absence becomes remembrance in this soothing book that offers tender ways to pay tribute throughout daily life to a loved one who is not around. Be it friends, family, pets, or others, memories can carry us beyond the precious moments we have together to keep the ones we love in mind always. The narration encourages thoughtful reflection on empty space, while the gentle scenes inspire recovery from sadness and honor those who are absent. This lyrical, heartful story provides comfort and gently encourages readers to remember.>>> Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s books in SHI collection.
By Mary Lee Donovan, Illustrated by Lian Cho (Greenwillow Books – 2021)
Family, friends, and neighbors; travelers and strangers from near and far are greeted with hospitality, kindness, compassion, warmth, and fellowship in this timeless picture book about the universal birthright of all people. This book reminds readers about “Welcome” as introducing the word “welcome” in 13 different language and sigh language with heart warmed illustrations. >>>On the last pages, found the notes and pronunciations of “welcome” in 13 different languages.
By Loretta Garbutt, Illustrated by Erika Rodriguez Medina (Kid Can Press – 2022 )
Baby J.J. is greeted by lots of new sounds when he arrives at his adoptive home. With four brothers and sisters and a pet dog, is it ever loud! How can J.J. sleep through all that noise? And what will happen when his new house gets a bit too quiet? It is a celebration of happiness of big family.
For Ren, home is his grandmother’s little wooden house and the rainforest that surrounds it. For Ava, home is a brick apartment building and the hustle and bustle outside her front door. When Ren moves to Ava’s city, he doesn’t find anything homey about it. After all, there’s no room in the city for your imagination to run wild…or is there? Bursting with warmth and imagination, this book celebrates the magic of friendship and all the different things that make a new place feel like home.
By Ann Hazzard, Marianne Celano, and Marietta Collins, Illustrated by Keith Henry Browns ( Magination Press – 2021 )
When his cousin Keisha is injured in a shooting, Miles is frightened. With help from friends and family, he learns to use imagination and creativity to help him cope with his fears, and realizes people can work together to reduce the likelihood of violence in their community. >>> Includes an extensive Reader’s Note with guidelines for discussing community gun violence with children, helping children cope with anxiety, and sample dialogues. All 3 authors are psychologists obtained doctorates, and work for children, families and community.
By Richard Ho, Illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Roaring Book Press – 2021)
Like other packages, this one began as an empty box…packed with great care, sealed tight, and given a personal touch. Like other packaged, it left the post office with hope. But unlike most packages, it got lost. Follow one package’s journey from lost to found – and discover the friendships it deliveries along the way.
By Hinaleimoana Wong-kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson, Illustrated by Daniel Sousa
Long ago, four dual male and female spirits traveled from Tahiti to Hawaii. The name of their leader was Kapaemahu. They brought with them their gentle ways, miraculous cures, and healing arts. Beloved by the people, they imbued four boulders with their powers. The stones were taken care of for generations – until colonization buried them. Gorgeously rendered and powerful written, this book is a reclamation of this native Hawaiian legend and a reminder of the power of story to honor our ancestors. >>> Kapaemahu is based on an animated short film by the authors. It is available to view at kapaemahu.com