What happens when Baby gives her mom a smile? Mommy passes it on! And that’s how one smile begins an upbeat journey, making stops at different places along the way until it links a whole community together and finally comes back home again.
By Lou Peacock, Illustrated by Nicola Slater ( Nosy Crow – 2021 )
Charlie has a hard time choosing. It doesn’t matter if the choise is between flavors of ice cream, pairs of underwear, or whether to sleep with the lights on or off – the options are always overwhelming. In fact, it’s easier when Charlie doesn’t choose at all. Hawever, with Charlie’s birthday fast approaching, he is determined to choose the absolute best gift for himself: a dog! But with so many furry friends to pick from, how will Charlie choose who to bring home?
Charlie は、選ぶことが大変に苦手であった。アイスクリームのフレイバーであれ、下着であれ、寝る時に電気を消すか消さないかであれ関係なく、選ぶことはいつでも大変な仕事であった。実際、選ばずに済むことは、Charlie にとって大変楽であった。ところが、彼の誕生日が近ずくに連れて、Charlieは最も素晴らしい贈り物を選びたくなった。それは犬である。しかし、いろいろな犬の中から、家に連れて帰る一匹を彼は選ぶことができるのだろうか？
By Fred Parqnuzzi, Illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson ( Schiffer Kids – 2021 )
The book is almost wordless, but filled with many sounds of day. Each illustration, page after page, is crowded with all the noises and activity happening during a little kid’s daily routine. It’s a very unique picture book which toddlers will delight in recognizing the onomatopoeia.
By Emily Pearson, Illustrated by Fumi Kusaka ( Gibbs Smith – 2002 )
Mary, an ordinary girl, from ordinary school stumbles upon ordinary blueberries on her way to her ordinary house. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world. When Mrs. Bishop made muffins from Mary’s blueberries, Mrs. Bishop shared them with five people and made them smile, and those five did, too, and after a while – in only sixteen days -love was sent to every person everywhere! How it went? The page of mathematical proof will help to understand.
By Matthew Olshan, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall ( Margaret Ferguson Books – 2016 )
In the year and a half since the flight of the first manned balloon in 1783, it seems that everyone has taken to the skies, but no one has yet managed to fly from one country to another. Dr.John Jeffries, an Englishman, and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a Frenchman, want to be the first. There’s only one problem: they can’t stand each other! They lift off from England on Jannuary 7, 1785, as enemies, but when disaster strikes, they have to work together to come up with a clever (and surpuising) solution to save the day. >>>On the last page, Author’s Note about Dr. John Jeffries and Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Sophie Blackall’s books in SHI collection.
By Michael Parker, Illustrated by Judith Rossell ( Walker & Company – 2010 )
When it’s time to sleep, the night sky might seem scary. But if you take a journey out of this world, past the moon, and throught the universe, you ‘ll discover millions of stars. Once bright fires in space, those stars grew so hot they exploded into tiny pieces that flew around and came to rest in the place where Earth began, where animals, trees, and fruits would someday grow. All living things have a little bit of stardust inside them, and so do you!>>> Found “Star Facts” on the last page.
When May comes to live with Grama, they become an unstoppable team. Together they create art, birdwatch, and prepare inventions for the annual space fair. And they never, ever say goodbye without a hug. But when May wins the opportunity of a lifetime and gets ready to take off – literally – on her own, Grama worries: will May leave on her longest adventure yet without a hug?
By Diane O’Neill, Illustrated by Brizida Magro (Albert Whitman & Co. – 2021 )
Molly has never been to a food pantry before. It’s different from a grocery store: Molly and her mom have to sign in to enter, and there are limits on what they can buy. Then Molly sees her classmate Caitlin. But Caitlin isn’t happy to see Molly – she doesn’t want anyone to know she gets food from the pantry. Molly begins to wonder if there’s something wrong with accepting help. >>> One the last page, more details about Food Insecurity in the US.