This lyrical and counting number picture book weaves together images of childeren, nature and architecture from around the world, both celebrating our diversity and showing how we are the same in so many ways. A peace anthem with a timely and important message that what we have in common is what is most important-family, laughter, love, nature, and friendship.
A young boy notices as his neighbors stop interacting, the colors around them are slowly fading. Then a thunderstorm sweeps away the last hints of bluebird skies and lemon popsicle days, leaving a rift in the road. As the adults around him move on, the boy dreams of the way life once was. So he sets out to change things. With vibrant artwork that shifts from full-color to grayscale and back again, this is a story of a community lost and rediscovered-and how one child’s actions can make all the difference.
Of all the kids in her class, only one makes Violet’s heart skip : Mira, the girl with che cheery laugh who races like the wind. If only they could adventure together! But every time Violet tries to tell Mira how she feels, Violet goes shy. As Valentine’s Day approaches, Violet is determined to show Mira just how special she is.
Meet Hector and Louie. They do everthing together. They make funny drinks, they tell knock-knock jokes, and they even have pet fish both named Python. Louie and Hector are best friends in the universe, and they want to create a book to celebrate their friendship. But when a secret is revealed by Hector and a secret is revealed by Louis, it’s time for a Do-Over! Join in the hilarity as these two best friends discover the true meaning of friendship!
There are lots of ways to help the world go around. Some people collect the trash. Some stock grocery shelves. Some drive buses and trains. Some delivery our mail. And some people write letters. One tiny act of kindness can have a huge impact. And in this heartwarming, hopeful, absolutely true story, a simple letter written by 11 years-old girl does just that. >>>On the last page, found a letter to you from the author.
By Rosemary Wells, Illustrated by David McPhail ( Dial Books for Young Readers – 1994 )
Look. Listen. Open all your senses. Spring violets groｗ bright in the deep black earth. Summer rain patters on the leaves. Autumn brings the tastes and smells of a bakery shop. Winter’s icy wind is soferned by the warmth of an afternoon nap. Night Sounds, Morning Colors moves through the seasons of a child’s year to vividly evoke each of the senses. ＞＞＞Rosemary Wells’s books in SHI collection.
Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin, Amir, begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Amir starts picking up books he found in the streets, and then his friends join them to collect books from their destroyed city. Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colorful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city. >>>Based on the author’s own life experience and inspired by a true story in Daraya, Syria. In the last pages, found background stories of this book.>>>>Vali Mintzi’s books in SHI collection.
Change is all around our planet, but it can be overwhelming! Explore how change exists everywhere in a way that is natural, and even beautiful, in this vibrantly illustrated book with fun rhyming couplets. ”Everything changes, day to night/night to day. Everything changes, and that’s all right.”>>> From the Author’s Note : ” The Buddha taught that wanting things to stay the same causes us a lot of pain, but accepting that nothing lasts forever can lead to peace and happiness.”
By Rachel Tawil Kenyon, Illustrated by Mary Lundquist ( Philomel Books – 2020 )
“It starts at the start when you can’t even talk. Before you stand up and learn how to walk. Deep in your heart, the knowing is there. You know how to love and you know how to care.” With warm, gentle rhymes and soft, sweet art, this book celebrates the power we all have to love, and to use that love to make the whole world a better, kinder, more welcoming place.>>>Mary Lundquist’s books in SHI collection.
It’s about the American flag and the country of the USA. A spare, poetic text has inspired the gorgeous paintings by the acclaimed Kadir Nelson. His artwork brings with iconic American imagery, including majestic landscapes and the beauty and diversity of its people. >>> Kadir Nelson’s books in SHI collection.