Casey loves to play with his bloks, puzzles, and dump truck, and he slso loves things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle. Casey’s old sister, Jessie, thinks that is weird. Shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are only for girls, Right? When Casey and Jessie head to the library for story time, Casey poudly wears his shimmery skirt and sparkly bracelet. His nails glitter in the light. Jessie insists that Casey looks silly. It’s one thing to dress like this around the house, but going outside as a “sparkley boy” is another thing entirely. What will happen when the other kids see him? This sweet and refreshing story speaks to us all about acceptance, respect, and the simple freedom to be yourself. Shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are fun -for everyone!>>>Lesléa Newman’s books in SHI collection.
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.
This poetic picture book takes children of all ages on an adventure around the world to discover new cultures and friends through tea. The book engages the youngest of readers with simple, vivid poetry complemented by unique facts about different tea culture. Vibrant detailed pictures bring to life joyful celebration of diversity and deliciousness. >>> On the last pages, found the author’s tea story.
A little girl’s urban neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square, and rectangular in this lyrical picture book. Most of the objects are Asian in origin, others universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and the boxes that the pizzas come in, )rectangular Chinese lace and a very special pencil case. >>> On the last page, a short glossary add cultural significance to the objects featured in this book. Roseanne Thong’s books and Grace Lin’s books in SHI collection.
By Mary GrandPré ( Arthur A. Levine Books – 2016 )
With the town’s annual Grand Festival of Inventions coming up, Cleonard is determined to invent something impressive to enter, something that will impress her inventor father Geonardo. It is the story that the father and his daughter become wonderful inventors with working together even using different materials.
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.
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.
Children come to live in America from many different counties. And for many different reasons. In this beautiful celebration of immigration, children from around the world tell their stories, sharing their love of where they’re from and where they live now. As they describe the foods they eat, the languages they’ve learned, the sports they play, and more, the differences and similarities that link us all are revealed. >>> Karen Katz’s books in SHI collection.
Five little children present the shapes; Circles, Squares, Triangles, Semicircles, and Rectangles. And they start to play with each shape, and they build their imagination with using five different shapes. With simple text and beautiful colored illustration, this picture book is full with lovely five children’s smiles.