Monthly Archives: October 2017

Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India Chitra Soundar and Frané Lessac have adapted a traditional Irula story to make it more accessible: turning the traditional churraka into a pumpkin and highlighting the story’s universal themes. The story does, not, however, abandon its cultural roots. It is authentic in its language, retaining the Indian names […] Continue reading

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The People Shall Continue/ El Pueblo Seguirá

The People Shall Continue is a story that tells the history and plights of the indigenous people of America. It was written by Simon J. Ortiz who is a part of the Acoma Pueblo Tribe, and illustrated by Sharol Graves. Originally published in 1977, for its 40th anniversary they republished this special edition in both […] Continue reading

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Pauline Hopkins and the American Dilemma

In 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, the Pew Research Center reported that black and white Americans are (unsurprisingly) split on how much racial progress has been achieved in America eight years after President Barack Obama took office. In response to the statement “Our country has made the changes needed to give blacks […] Continue reading

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Reach for the Moon, Little Lion

Reach for the Moon, Little Lion by Hildegard Müller is a story about a little lion who learns to have strength and resilience despite hurtful ridicule that he experiences. The book, first published in German and later translated to English, begins with a little lion, who so much smaller than all the other lions, gets […] Continue reading

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Radiant Child won both the 2017 Caldecott Medal and the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Javaka Steptoe’s ingenious illustrations. He painted the images on reclaimed wood, photographing his masterpieces to accompany the text of the book. The book recounts the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a young boy from Brooklyn who became a successful […] Continue reading

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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, tells the story of Arturo Schomburg, a black man living in the Harlem Renaissance. Schomburg collected books, music, art, and other works from Africa and people of African descent to bring to light these often forgotten historical documents and figures. […] Continue reading

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Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel

Author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri recently teamed up again to release the sequel to their first book Dragons Love Tacos. The lighthearted tale of Dragons Love Tacos 2 follows a young boy and his trusty sidekick, his dog, on a mission to solve a crisis plaguing his dragon friends: the world has run […] Continue reading

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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

     The 1985 classic If You Give A Mouse A Cookie stole the hearts of readers the world over with its cheerful illustrations and simple and memorable circle story. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, the fifth book in the “If You Give” series, is also a circle story. This means that […] Continue reading

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Farfallina and Marcel

Farfallina and Marcel tells the story of two unlikely friends and the way the find each other again after they both undergo some changes. Farfallina the pink caterpillar, meets Marcel the gray gosling one rainy day, and they quickly become friends. They play hide and seek together, and Marcel gives Farfallina rides across the pond. One […] Continue reading

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I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems

I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems is part of the Elephant and Piggie collection. This book tells the story of a cranky Elephant who goes to take a nap. He is soon joined by Piggie who wants to take a nap with him. Willems simple characters convey lots of emotion though their facial […] Continue reading

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