One of the vital elements that we all have to keep hold of both in this holiday season and throughout the year is how to be generous. Money is of course part of this and so is attention and time. Here are some great books on giving back to the world around you:
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Fandango Stew by David Davis, illustrated by Ben Galbraith
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
Give and Take by Chris Raschka
Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson, illustrated by Susan L. Roth
Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Immigration is huge in the news right now with the Syrian refugees, Mexican immigration to the United States, and the promises of the incoming administration. As libraries and librarians, we serve our entire community wherever they hail from. Here are some wonderful books to celebrate the power and importance of immigration for our nation and the world:
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, photographs by Wing Young Huie
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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I’ve been spending time trying to put positive thoughts out into the world. Check out the first two in my series of lists of Great Children’s Books that speak to core values that we can all agree we need more of in our world. The series will continue into the future:
After the election results, I thought I’d turn to children’s books for comfort. They show me that we teach children to be thoughtful, kind and decent. My hope is that we can start to look beyond our differences in America and see the humanity and value in everyone. One critical element in that is kindness:
Highly recommended, this is a powerful book that is worth sharing and discussing.
A masterpiece of wordless storytelling, this is a radiant picture book made to be shared.
Beautifully told and illustrated, this is a strong addition to any story time on crocodiles or kindness.
Beautiful and charming, this little book is sure to become a favorite. Time to curl up with your own little bear and enjoy.
The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Kathryn Brown (my review)
This biography is a glimpse of an incredible woman whose legacy lives on in the United States and will serve as inspiration for those children looking to make a difference in the world around them.
A book that will help talk about homelessness and that offers a way forward, kindness.
Community, sharing and kindness come together in this splendidly illustrated picture book that is sure to be enjoyed along with other spring gardening books.
A superb book about bullying and exclusion, this can be used to start discussions in a classroom or with a single child.
A noteworthy picture book, this new title by Dubuc is charming and warm.
A lovely holiday book that is about more than either Christmas or Hanukkah but about home and hope.