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      Anita and the Dragons

      2021

      by Hannah Carmona and Anna Cunha

      "Anita used to watch the dragons from high above in her village, but now she must enter the belly of the beast. Will Anita be brave enough to take flight to new adventures? A beautifully tender story touching on the range of emotions immigrants may feel when leaving their home countries – excitement and sorrow, fear and courage. Anita watches the dragons high above her as she hops from one cement roof to another in her village in the Dominican Republic. But being the valiant princesa she is, she never lets them scare her. Will she be brave enough to enter the belly of the beast and take flight to new adventures?" -- publisher

      Beautiful Life

      Looking for a Jumbie

      2021

      by Tracey Baptiste and Amber Ren

      "New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste's picture book debut takes readers on an unforgettable romp through a forest filled with creatures from Caribbean folklore. I’m looking for a jumbie. I’m going to find a scary one. But Mama says jumbies exist only in stories. So Naya sets out on a nighttime adventure to find out for herself. No such thing, say the friends she makes along the way. But Naya is sure that jumbies are real. Some have big mouths. Or thick fur. Or glowing skin. Or sharp teeth. Kind of like her new friends . . . New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste’s picture book debut is a storytime-ready tale full of friendly monsters from Caribbean folklore." -- publisher

      Folklore

      Sonny Rollins Plays The Bridge

      2021

      by Gary Golio and James Ransome

      "James Ransome’s glorious art celebrates jazz icon Sonny Rollins and how he found an inspired spot to practice his saxophone when his neighbors complained. Sonny Rollins loved his saxophone. As a teenager, he was already playing with jazz stars and making a name for himself. But in 1959, at age twenty-nine, he took a break from performing—to work on being a better, not just famous, musician. Practicing in a city apartment didn’t please the neighbors, so Sonny found a surprising alternative—the Williamsburg Bridge. There, with his head in the clouds and foghorns for company, Sonny could play to his heart’s content and perfect his craft. It was a bold choice, for a bold young man and musician. Sonny’s passion for music comes alive in jazzy text and vivid, evocative paintings of New York City. His story celebrates striving to be your very best self, an inspiration to music lovers young and old." -- publisher

      Biography

      Teatime Around the World

      2020

      by Denyse Waissbluth and Chelsea O'Byrne

      "A celebration of diversity and deliciousness, Teatime Around the World reveals all the wonderful ways we can enjoy a cup of tea––or two! Let’s go on an adventure to discover new cultures and friends through tea! In this fun and lyrical picture book for ages 4-8, kids will learn how tea is enjoyed in Thailand, Japan, Russia, Egypt, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Uruguay, South Sudan, India, and more countries! Did you know that po cha, the traditional tea in Tibet, is thick and salty like soup? Or that in Iran, tea is served with a rock? (A rock candy, that is!) Or that afternoon tea was dreamed up in England by a duchess who complained of being hungry between lunch and dinner? With vivid poetry, vibrant illustrations, and unique facts about different tea cultures, Teatime Around the World tells the delightful story of a beloved beverage." -- publisher

      Beautiful Life Informational

      The Kite of Dreams

      2020

      by Pilar López Ávila, Paula Merlán and Concha Pasamar

      "A kite trip that will take us around the world to meet the hopes and dreams of children around the world, from Bolivia to Nepal. If something is capable of bringing the children of the world together, that is the ability to dream and imagine a better world. Every single one of us has with them a kite of dreams, a flying kite sheltering our hopes and dreams. Through this kite trip, we will meet Mohesiwä, a boy who lives in the jungle, Amunet, who can’t stop but smiling when imagining a better future, Anja and his brother Tuvo, who rummage through the garbage to find something of value… The Kite of Dreams is an invitation to discover the different cultures of the world and to dream of a better world. A world with unpolluted air, where every child has access to education, a world with clean and uncontaminated waters, where biodiversity is preserved and forests are conserved. And more importantly, a world in which each child can be happy and reach out to those who need it." -- publisher

      Incidental

      The Noisy Classroom

      2020

      by Angela Shanté and Alison Hawkins

      "A young girl is about to enter the third grade, but this year she’s put into Ms. Johnson’s noisy class. Everything about the noisy class is odd. While all the other classes are quiet, Ms. Johnson sings and the kids chatter all day. The door is always closed, yet sounds from it can be heard in the hallway. With summer coming to an end and school starting, the girl realizes that soon she’ll be going to the noisy class. What will school be like now? Featuring the honest and delightful humor of debut author Angela Shanté and the bold, graphic imagery of debut illustrator Alison Hawkins, The Noisy Classroom encourages those with first-day jitters to reevaluate a scary situation by looking at it from a different angle and to embrace how fun school can be, even in nontraditional ways." -- publisher

      Any Child Cross Group

      Sonny’s bridge

      2019

      by Barry Wittenstein and Keith Mallett

      Sonny Rollins is one of the most prolific sax players in the history of jazz, but in 1959, at the height of his career, he vanished from the scene. His return to music was an interesting journey - with a long detour on the Williamsburg Bridge. Too loud to practice in his apartment, Rollins played on the New York City landmark for two years among the cacophony of the traffic and the stares of bystanders. Then in 1962, Rollins went back to the studio and recorded arguably his best album to date: The Bridge. Told with a jazz edge to the rhyming text, young readers will be inspired by the genius of this jazz legend.--Provided by publisher

      Biography

      Kallaloo! A Caribbean Tale

      2015

      by David Gershator, Phillis Gershator and Diane Greenseid

      "Can a shell really make soup? It might, if it's a brown-and-white West Indian shell, fresh from the sea. All it needs is a master soup-maker, like Granny, to stir the pot - and a little help from the folks in Market Square. Who wouldn't be willing to lend a hand to cook up some kallaloo, a soup famous from Jamaica to Trinidad? But there's one final ingredient missing and even the magic shell forgot to mention it!" -- publisher

      Beautiful Life Folklore

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