” I have big feelings. You have them too. How can I help? What can we do? ” What should we do when things don’t go according to plan? We may feel mad, frustrated, or overwhelmed, but by talking it through, compromising, and seeing another point of view, we can start fresh, being anew. The author and the illustrator help children navigate the emotional challenges they face in their daily lives in this gentle and reassuring read-aloud. >>>Alexandra Penfold’s books and Suzanne Kaufman’s books in SHI collection.
Summer drags like a book that starts out good, then isn’t. A boy is bored, so he hops on his bike and heads for the playground, where he finds a girl on a swing. Soon they are having fun like best friends. This playful poem introduces young readers to similes and how they make our language more colorful. >>> Merrilee Liddiard’s books in SHI collection.
By Bahram Rahman, Illustrated by Peggy Collins ( Pajama Press – 2021 )
It’s Aria’s first day back at school since her accident. She’s excited, but she’s also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic “helping-leg”. Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can’t think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in Afghanistan, school like hers had benches for students to sit at. If she had a bench, her leg would not hurt so much. The answer is obvious: she will gather materials, talk to the carpenter in the old city, and learn to build a bench for herself. >>>The author was born in Kabul, and studied at the university in Germany, and in 2012 he moved to Canada as a refugee. Bahram Rahman’s books in SHI collection.
By Bahram Rahman, Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard ( Pajama Press – 2020 )
It is still dark in Kabul, Afghanistan when the library bus rumbles out of the city. There are no bus seats – instead there are chairs and tables and shelves of books. And there are no passengers – instead there is Pari, who is nervously starting her first day as Mama’s library helper. Pari stands tall to hand out notebooks and pencils at the villages and the refugee camp, but she feels intimidated. The girls they visit are learning to write English from Mama. Pari can’t even read or write in Farsi yet. But next year she will go to school and learn all there is to know.>>>The author was born in Kabul, and studied at the university in Germany, and in 2012 he moved to Canada as a refugee. Bahram Rahman’s books and Gabrielle Grimard’s books in SHI collection.
Preciosa, non-Black Puerto Rican, has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine, Black girl, has hair that resists roller, flat irons, and rulers. Together, the girls play hair salon! They take inspiration from their moms, their neighbors, their ancestors, and cultural icons. They discover that their hair holds roots of the past and threads of the future. >>> On the last pages, there are names of prominent Black, Afro-Latinx, and non-Black Latinx figures known both for their accomplishments and their notable hairstyle, and also a glossary of Spanish words.
By Jason Pratt, Illustrated by Chris Sheban ( Roaring Books Press – 2020 )
“When you could neither talk nor stand, I gently held your tiny hand and gave it three soft squeezes. When you awoke within the night and cried from fear, I held you and gave you three long squeezes. ” Following a father and his son from babyhood to baseball games to graduation and beyond in this loving saga about the unbreakable bond between generations.
When a girl finds a fallen star, she wants to keep it for herself, but she knows the star needs her to help it shine. Still, it slowly grows smaller and dimmer. Maybe she’s not a good starkeeper. The girl thinks of giving away the vanishing star, but then it points the way to a place that needs kindness. As the girl’s loving gesture leads to another,,,and another, the star begins to brighten and shine for all to see.