By Norton Juster, Illustrated G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade Books – 2011)
A new block, a new house, and a new boy who doesn’t know anyone at all. The boy wonders along the street, deep in thought, until he makes a deccision, stop, and at the top of his voice calles out NEVILL, again and again. Soon all the neigborhood kids have gathered to join in. But who is Neville? Does he live there? What’s he like? Everyone wants to know. The sun is getting low and the boy cames back to his new home. As the result, he thinks that’s the very good way to have new friends. Because everyone knows his name now.
By Amy-Jill Levine. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Illustrated by Annie Bowler (Flyaway books – 2022 )
A tiny fig tree needs time to grow. But how much time? All four seasons go by…and there are no figs. The seasons pass again. Still no figs! Is the fig tree good for nothing? Or will extra time, care and love help the sweetest figs (and perhaps also a reluctant child ) grow and flourish? >>> In the Authors’ note on the last page, tells they inspired a parable from the Gospel of Luke (13:6-9), and they describe in this book about the value of giving all children time to grow at their own paces.
By Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi, Illustrated by Ashley Seil Smith ( Dottir Press – 2019 )
Introducing the stories of nine kids from diverse backgrounds. And each character’s story explain how children’s safety concerns are shaped by their intersecting identities, such as class, sexuality, dis/ability, race, religion, and citizenship. As featuring introducing the term “intersectionality”, kids of all genders, races, sexualities, abilities, cultures, and origins can see their whole selves reflected, respected, and celebrated. >>>Law professor Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” , and on the last pages, found the Page-By-Page Discussion Guide.
By Erin Silver, Illustrated by Michelle Theodore ( Orca Book Publishers – 2022 )
A little girl grieves the loss of her mother. Her friends, family and neighbors arrive at her house to sit shiva, the Jewish practice of mourning the death of a family member, but she refuses to come downstairs. Eventually, she comes out of hiding and finds solace with others. With introducing about Jewish Shiva, a beautiful, heartfelt story about grief, loss, comfort and the importance of community. >>> ” A note about grief” found in the last page.
By Richard Jackson, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Roaring Brook Press – 2016 )
There is more to Grandpa’s lost and found game than meets the eye. There is a story. After school each day, Sophie discovers what Grandpa has hidden and where – always surprise, as playfully illustrated by award winner Jerry Pinkney. Lovely story of the bond between grandpa and granddaughter.>>> Jerry Pinkney’s books in SHI collection.
By Jessie James, Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri ( New Frontier Publishing – 2021 )
Tom is a little boy who loves to explore. But one day, he hears the grown-ups talking about the monsters that live in the big wide world and he is too scared to explore anymore. Soon they build a giant wall to keep the monsters out. But life becomes dreary when you are cut off from the wonders of the world and Tom soon realizes there is a need to change…..
By Leona Prince, Gabrielle Prince, Illustrated by Carla Joseph （Orca Book Publishers – 2022 )
”Be a good Ancestor, Raindrops become puddles, Puddles become streams, Streams become rives, Rivers become LIFE….Be a good Ancestor with yourself, Children become adults, Adults become leaders, Leaders become Elders, Elders become Ancestors” repeated call action reminds young readers that everything in our world is connected. With beautiful illustration, wisdom and love of native people in north American continent are reproduced. >>>Two authors in Canada are sisters who are descendant of one of native tribes in North America.
By Scott Kelly with Emily Easton, Illustrated by Izzy Burton (Crown Books for Yung Readers – 2021 )
NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly was born for adventure. But exploring takes a lot of energy – and sleep is the super fuel to turbocharge dreams. Scott has fallen asleep at the bottom of the ocean, in the cockpit of an F-14 fighter jet, in a yurt on Mount Everest, and of course in space! As joining Scott on his many adventures, he encourages the reader to keep own dream.>>> The photo images of Scott’ adventure are on the last pages.
NASAの宇宙飛行士Scott Kelly は、生まれながらの冒険家であった。その為には膨大なエネルギーが必要であり、睡眠はエネルギーを蓄え、次なる夢への挑戦を助けてくれる。Scottは海底で寝たこともあるし、F-14戦闘機のコックピットで寝たこともあり、エベレストのテントの中でも寝たし、もちろん宇宙空間でも寝た。Scottの冒険を共有しながら、彼は読者達が自分の夢を持つことを勇気ずけている。＞＞＞巻末に、彼がたどった冒険の写真の数々が掲載されている。
By Mahak Jain, Illustrated by Anu Chouhan (Annick Press – 2022 )
Paro was excited to learn a new dance, but on the first day of ballet class, she was worried. She saw the difference between her mother’s dance-Bharatanatyam (Indian dance) and ballet dance. With helping her mother and her ballet teacher, Paro and ballet class friends could learn different movement and the same enjoyment to dance. >>> Inspired by the real story of influence between Rukmini Devi, Indian Dancer who created Bharatanatyam, and Anna Paviova, Russian ballet dancer, in 1930’s.
By Kelly Jordan, Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle ( Page Street Kids – 2020 )
All year the cottage eagerly waits for the little girl, and every summer the girl is excited to return with her family and make lasting memories of carefree days. This is her favorite place, but one year the cottage is left empty, waiting and wondering if thigs will ever be the same again. Reflect on the timeless magic of summer days and the essence of cherishing a favorite place with this heartfelt celebration of the bond between a little girl and the beloved little blue cottage.