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We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga  Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Frané Lessac Publisher: Charlesbridge, Sept. 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: thankfulness, seasons, Cherokee, Cherokee language, community     Opening: Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. It is a reminder to celebrate our blessings … Continue reading

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Hurricane Child – Middle Grade Book Recommendation

Title: Hurricane Child Author: Kheryn Callender Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2018 Ages: 10-13 Themes: black, lgbtqia+, Caribbean, internalized homophobia, depression, micro-agressions, racism, disappearing parent, self-esteem, cultural identity, spirits, coming-of-age Genre: Contemporary Opening: My ma’s voice is rough and low. When she speaks to strangers on the … Continue reading

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Mela and the Elephant – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Mela and the Elephant Author: Dow Phumiruk Illustrator: Ziyue Chen Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, April 15th, 2018 Ages: 3-7 Themes: kindness, empathy, Thai customs, Thailand, fables   Opening: Mela set out to explore the banks of Ping River near her home. Her little brother … Continue reading

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