From Far Away by Robert Munsch; Saoussan Askar; Rebecca Green (Illustrator)When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Hallowe'en skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan's.
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2017-08-08
The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard; Laura K. Horton (Illustrator)Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. Her grandma tells her that fasting helps make a person sparkly--and Sophia loves sparkles. But when her attempt at fasting fails, Sophia must find another way to participate. This lovely multigenerational family story explores the many ways to take part in the Ramadan holiday.
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2019-04-01
Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan; Sarah Walsh (Illustrator)Hats of Faith is a simple and striking introduction to the shared custom of religious head coverings. With bright images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.
Call Number: Online (1-user-at-a time access)
Publication Date: 2018-08-14
Joseph's Big Ride by Terry Farish; Ken Daley (Illustrator)A refugee boy's determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he's too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just right for him! It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair. When Whoosh crashes her bike, Joseph offers to fix it. His big chance has finally come, except that Joseph doesn't know how to ride! He crashes a few times, picks himself up, and tries again, until suddenly, with a shout of triumph, he's riding the bike. Inspired by the author's interviews with refugee children from Sudan, this gentle story evokes the experience of a new immigrant. Vibrantly colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and diversity to life.
Call Number: In the Tumble Book Library
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan; Saffa Khan (Illustrator)A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother's love for her children by the award-winning author ofGolden Domes and Silver Lanterns. In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: "Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky." With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a parent's unconditional love. * A reassuring bedtime read-aloud for mothers and their children. * A perfect book for sharing Muslim family traditions and for families teaching diversity and religious acceptance. * Hena Khan's books have been widely acclaimed, winning awards and honors from the ALA, Parent's Choice, and many others. For families who have read and lovedUnder My Hijab,Yo Soy Muslim, andMommy's Khimar. A sweet and lovely bedtime book to help let children know they are loved and precious. * Bedtime books for ages 3-5 * Mother's Day gift * Islamic children's books Hena Khan is the author ofGolden Domes and Silver Lanterns,Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets,Night of the Moon, and many other books for children. She lives in Rockville, Maryland. Saffa Khan is an illustrator and printmaker born in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, and living in Glasgow, Scotland.
Call Number: Online (1-user-access)
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
Mia's Nutcracker Ballet by Robin Farley; Olga Ivanov (Illustrator); Aleksey Ivanov (Illustrator)Mia the ballerina kitten stars in this whimsical retelling of the Christmas favorite The Nutcracker. Continuing the Mia tradition, the lavish illustrations are sure to delight tiny ballerinas and their parents. When Mia's grandfather comes to visit for the holidays, he gives Mia a very special present--a nutcracker. As grandfather tells Mia about his gift and the story of the dance, Mia is transported to the role of Clara in this clever tale within a tale. The first Mia picture book, Mia's Nutcracker Ballet is sure to be a hit with four- to eight-year-olds.
Call Number: In the Tumble Book Library
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Mooncakes by Loretta Seto; Renne Benoit (Illustrator)Mooncakesis the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman's journey to eternal life. With a gentle focus on the importance of family, Mooncakesis both a perfect book for parent and child to read together and an ideal choice for schools and libraries.
Room Enough for Daisy by Cindy Revell (Illustrator); Debby Waldman; Rita FeutlDaisy has more toys than she knows what to do with. In this story, inspired by an Eastern European folktale about a house that's too small, Daisy thinks she needs a bigger bedroom for all the gifts on her birthday list. Her clever mom helps her realize less is more, and Daisy decides to donate many of her things to a Mitzvah Day rummage sale. In the process, Daisy learns about sharing and the satisfaction that comes from choosing what's important.
Albert's Very Unordinary Birthday by Daniel Gray-Barnett (Illustrator)On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert's birthday. Just like every other year, Albert asked for something special --- a robot piñata? balloon poodles? chocolate-cherry-ripple cake? And just like every other year, his parents suggested less exciting options, like birthday socks or birthday toast. But this year, after Albert closed his eyes and made a wish on the imaginary candle atop an imaginary piece of cake, Grandma Z knocked on his door. ?Happy birthday, Albert,? she said. ?Chocolate-cherry-ripple is a marvelous choice. Shall we go? And Albert's birthday --- and his life --- was about to become anything but ordinary! Daniel Gray-Barnett's debut picture book is a fun and fresh intergenerational romp, filled with wonder, imagination and a magical spirit. The quirky retro-style illustrations are full of energy and contain loads of delightfully odd details that add humor and playfulness to the story. With a modern-day grandma who is exciting and full of life --- her grandson's kindred spirit --- this book offers a new twist on celebrating the special role a grandparent can play within a family. A perfect read-aloud, the story of Albert's adventures with the irresistible Grandma Z is sure to captivate all children and make any day extraordinary!
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold; Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)New York Times bestseller! A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school. "Penfold and Kaufman have outdone themselves in delivering a vital message in today's political climate."--Kirkus, Starred review "A lively, timely picture book."--Booklist "This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way." - Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! "A great read-aloud selection to start the year and revisit time and again." --School Library Journal
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell; Henry Cole (Illustrator)And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own. Selected as an ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, "this joyful story about the meaning of family is a must for any library" (School Library Journal, starred review).
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3618 .I3447 A76 2005t
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya; Rajni Perera (Illustrator)In this beautiful children's picture book by Vivek Shraya, author of the acclaimed God Loves Hair, a five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself. Beautifully illustrated with hand paintings by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference. Ages 4 to 8.
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary; Qin Leng (Illustrator)When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby. As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them -- family of every shape, size and every kind of relation -- the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special. A warm and whimsical look at many types of families written by award-winning author Sara O'Leary, A Family is a Family springs to life with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.
Call Number: Floor 1 PS 8579.L4 F34 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)There are moments in each person's life that we take great care to remember: the pride of a young girl standing up for herself for the first time; the heartbreak of leaving one's country and family for a new beginning; the thrill of getting ready for the piano recital of a lifetime. In Sharon Dennis Wyeth's family these moments were marked with the passing on of the Granddaughter Necklace: not a fancy piece of jewelry, but a precious one, worn smooth by the touch of mothers and grandmothers, each with her own story to tell. With a historical sweep that reaches back to Ireland and to Africa, and an intimacy that resides in every family's treasured stories, Wyeth tells the tale of one family's journey from the old world to the new, from the past to the present, and from mother to daughter. Here's a book that we feel will be passed on from generation to generation too, read in laps and in groups, opening conversations about our own necklaces of memory.
Call Number: On order for the Education Library as of 4 May 2018.
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman; Laura Cornell (Illustrator)Candlewick relaunches a modern classic for this generation with an all-new, beautifully illustrated edition. Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn't have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn't matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another." This delightful edition for a new generation of young readers features fresh illustrations by Laura Cornell and an updated story by Lesléa Newman.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3564 .E91628 H42 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-11
Homemade Love by Bell Hooks; Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Famed feminist, social critic and author bell hooks brings us a soothing and reassuring rhythmical text that explores the unique and unconditional bond between parents and their child. Shane Evans's whimsical illustrations, featuring an exuberant little girl loving and being loved by her parents in a cosy and secure atmosphere, are the perfect partner for Ms. hooks's words. Ages 4-8.
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)"We will make a quilt to help us always remember home," Anna's mother said. "It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night. And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna's babushka, Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha's become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world. In strongly moving pictures that are as heartwarming as they are real, patricia Polacco tells the story of her own family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3566.O396 K44 2001 juv
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi; Lea LyonLailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs. This gentle, moving story from first-time author Reem Faruqi comes to life in Lea Lyon's vibrant illustrations. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days.Fountas & Pinnell Level N
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3606 A749 L35 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho; Fiona Lumbers (Illustrator)Centers the topic of divorce in a quiet but accessible way; a richly textured world full of books, imagination and love; a celebration of libraries; includes a book within a book.Luna's parents live apart, but she loves library day: that's the day she spends with her dad. Exploring the shelves, they find magic, mystery and history, but the best is a book that seems to have been written just for them. An inspiring story of a family broken and made new...
Call Number: On order for the Education Library
Publication Date: 2018-06-01
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia PolaccoFriends from different backgrounds come together in this heartwarming picture book from beloved children's book author Patricia Polacco! Larnel doesn't know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kitten she names Tush. When Larnel starts spending more and more time with Mrs. Katz to help with Tush, Mrs. Katz tells him stories about coming to America from Poland and about the good times she spent with her late husband. As Larnel grows to love Mrs. Katz, he also learns about the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3566 .O396 M57 1994
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting; Ted Lewin (Illustrator)Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn't speak. It's hard being the new kid in school, especially when you're from another country and don't know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs. Ted Lewin's gorgeous sun-drenched paintings and Eve Bunting's sensitive text immediately put the reader into another child's shoes in this timely story of a young Muslim immigrant.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3552 .U4735 O538 2006
Publication Date: 2006-06-12
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman (Illustrator)On the night you were born,the moon smiled with such wonderthat the stars peeked in to see youand the night wind whispered."Life will never be the same." On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced. On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world. Here is a book that celebrates you. It is meant to be carried wherever life takes you, over all the roads, through all the years. This debut picture book by Nancy Tillman has touched the hearts of readers of all ages, from the youngest readers, to new mothers, to grandparents. A New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling book, On the Night You Were Born is sure to be a beloved addition to family libraries.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3620 .I518 O52 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-17
Silas' Seven Grandparents by Helen Flook (Illustrator); Anita HorrocksSilas is a small boy who finds a unique solution to keeping up with his seven adoring grandparents. Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. When Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. However, one Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at once. How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings? But Silas comes up with an especially good idea that makes everyone feel included and happy.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 8565 .O76 S45 2010
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Star of the Week by Darlene Friedman; Roger Roth (Illustrator)It's Cassidy--Li's turn to be Star of the Week at school! So she's making brownies and collecting photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the important people in her life--with one big exception. Cassidy--Li, adopted from China when she was a baby, doesn't have a photo of her birthparents. But with a little help from her family, she comes up with the perfect way to include them! Using their own family's story as a model, Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth celebrate the love of families everywhere through this straightforward and insightful book.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3606 .R56 S73 2009
Publication Date: 2009-06-02
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt; Sean Qualls (Illustrator); Selina Alko (Illustrator)Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we. If the first step toward healing the world is to build bridges of empathy and celebrate rather than discriminate, Why Am I Me? helps foster a much-needed sense of connection, compassion, and love.
Families by Kerry McCluskey; Jesse Unaapik Mike; Lenny Lishchenko (Illustrator)Talittuq is excited to start his first day of grade two. He is looking forward to the new school year, but as he meets his friends again for the first time after summer vacation, he notices that a lot of his friends' families are very different from his own. Some have one mom and one dad, and some have only a mom. Some kids live with their grandparents. Some live with two dads or two moms. As Talittuq hears about all the fun his friends have had with their families, he learns that families come in many different shapes and sizes, and what holds them all together is love!
Tink, tink, tink, tink, sang cone-shaped jingles sewn to Grandma Wolfe's dress. Jenna's heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum as she daydreams about the clinking song of her grandma's jingle dancing. Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem—how will her dress sing if it has no jingles? The warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu complement author Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text as she tells the affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS3619.M578 J56t 2000
Publication Date: 2000-04-05
Niwechihaw / I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson; Leona Morin-Neilson (Translator)Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage. Leona Neilson's thoughtful text and Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations blend beautifully to show both the deep bond between the boy and his grandmother and the beauty of their world. Poetic, resonant text makes this an ideal read-aloud for young ears.
Call Number: Floor 1 PS 8627.I22 N58 2007
Publication Date: 2008-02-28
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac; Jonathan London; Thomas Locker (Illustrator)"Unusual and intelligent...An exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature." --Publishers Weekly In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki. "This book instills a spiritual respect for our land and an appreciation for the people who were its first caring guardians." --American Bookseller A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts An IRA Teacher's Choice Book A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Call Number: Floor 1 PS 3552.R794 .T47 1992
Publication Date: 1997-08-25
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky. National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3551 .L35774 T48 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
A Walk on the Shoreline by Rebecca Hainnu; Qin Leng (Illustrator)Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family. After spending one night in town, Nukappia and his uncle Angu begin the long walk down the shore to the family summer campsite, where all of Nukappia's cousins and aunts and uncles are waiting for him. Along the way, Nukappia learns that the shoreline is not just ice and rocks and water. There is an entire ecosystem of plants and animals that call the shoreline home. From seaweed to clams to char to shore grasses, there is far more to see along the shoreline than Nukappia ever imagined.
Call Number: Floor 1, QH 541.5 .T8 W35 2015
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
Wild Eggs by Suzie Napayok; Jonathan Wright (Illustrator)Summer vacation becomes exciting when Akuluk goes egg hunting with her grandparents in the Arctic Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south. On her first full day in Nunavut, she can't wait to travel out on the land with her grandfather to hunt for wild eggs. As she learns about the different types of eggs, how to collect them properly, and the delicious meals that can be prepared with them, Akuluk knows that this is just the beginning of the exciting things she'll learn about the Arctic.