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    Kamala Harris

    2020

    by Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman

    "Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian American ever elected Vice President of the United States in this moving picture book biography of Kamala Harris. When Kamala Harris was young, she often accompanied her parents to civil rights marches—so many, in fact, that when her mother asked a frustrated Kamala what she wanted, the young girl responded with: “Freedom!” As Kamala grew from a small girl in Oakland to a senator running for president, it was this long-fostered belief in freedom and justice for all people that shaped her into the inspiring figure she is today. From fighting for the use of a soccer field in middle school to fighting for the people of her home state in Congress, Senator Harris used her voice to speak up for what she believed in and for those who were otherwise unheard. And now this dedication has led her all the way to being elected Vice President of the United States. Told in Nikki Grimes's stunning verse and featuring gorgeous illustrations by Laura Freeman, this picture book biography brings to life a story that shows all young people that the American dream can belong to all of us if we fight for one another." -- publisher

    Biography

    Africa, Amazing Africa

    2021

    by Atinuke and Mouni Feddag

    "Discover the exhilarating diversity of the African continent in storyteller Atinuke’s kaleidoscopic nonfiction guide to the people, flora, and fauna of all fifty-five countries. A Nigerian storyteller explores the continent of Africa country by country: its geography, peoples, animals, history, resources, and cultural diversity. The book is divided into five distinct sections—South, East, West, Central, and North—and each country is showcased on its own bright, energetic page brimming with friendly facts on science, industry, food, sports, music, wildlife, landscape features, even snippets of local languages. The richest king, the tallest sand dunes, and the planet’s largest waterfall all make appearances along with drummers, cocoa growers, inventors, balancing stones, salt lakes, high-tech cities, and nomads who use GPS! Atinuke’s lively and comprehensive introduction to all fifty-five African countries—a celebration scaled to dazzle and delight even very young readers—evokes the continent’s unique blend of modern and traditional. Complete with colorful maps, an index, and richly patterned and textured illustrations by debut children’s book artist Mouni Feddag, Africa, Amazing Africa is both a beautiful gift book and an essential classroom and social studies resource." -- publisher

    Informational Race/Culture Concepts

    Walking for Water: How One Boy Stood Up for Gender Equality

    2021

    by Susan Hughes and Nicole Miles

    "Victor is a pretty typical eight-year-old: he races to get his chores done, finds math challenging and likes to play with his friends. One day, the new school teacher introduces Vic and the other students to the idea of equality between boys and girls. Vic has never really thought about it before, but he soon begins to notice the disparities around him. Like all the older girls and women in their Malawi village, his twin sister, Linesi, now walks the long walk to the river to collect water for the family. Now she can't go to school anymore. It's just the way things have always been. But does it have to be? And is there a way for Vic to change it? When Vic has an idea about how to help, he discovers that even small changes can have an impact"--

    Oppression & Resilience

    Your Legacy

    2021

    by Schele Williams and Tonya Engel

    "A proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors. Beginning in Africa before 1619, Your Legacy presents an unprecedentedly accessible, empowering, and proud introduction to African American history for children. While your ancestors’ freedom was taken from them, their spirit was not; this book celebrates their accomplishments, acknowledges their sacrifices, and defines how they are remembered—and how their stories should be taught." -- publisher

    Beautiful Life Oppression & Resilience

    Thirteen Months of Sunshine / Nāy ʻĀsarta Salasta ʼĀwareḥ Berhān Ṣaḥāy

    2020

    by Worku L. Mulat and Daniel Getahun

    "In the Ethiopian calendar, a year is divided into 13 months. Ethiopia’s position near the Earth’s Equator exposes it to more sunlight than many countries, a feature that helped turn Ethiopia into an international travel destination. Ethiopian scholar Dr Worku Mulat wrote this insightful look into the unique calendar system of Ethiopia and how an innovative leader used it to boost worldwide interest in the ancient country’s abundant natural and cultural assets. Gorgeous portraits of the towns and countryside of this beautiful African nation by brilliant Ethiopian artist Daniel Getahun help illustrate why Ethiopia is home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and remains a top travel destination." -- publisher

    Beautiful Life Informational

    Thirteen Months of Sunshine / ʼAśrā Śostu Ṣaḥayāmā Warāt

    2020

    by Worku L. Mulat and Daniel Getahun

    "In the Ethiopian calendar, a year is divided into 13 months. Ethiopia’s position near the Earth’s Equator exposes it to more sunlight than many countries, a feature that helped turn Ethiopia into an international travel destination. Ethiopian scholar Dr Worku Mulat wrote this insightful look into the unique calendar system of Ethiopia and how an innovative leader used it to boost worldwide interest in the ancient country’s abundant natural and cultural assets. Gorgeous portraits of the towns and countryside of this beautiful African nation by brilliant Ethiopian artist Daniel Getahun help illustrate why Ethiopia is home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and remains a top travel destination." -- publisher

    Beautiful Life Informational

    The True Story of Teff/ሓቀኛ ታሪኽ ጣፍ

    2020

    by Amlaku B. Eshetie, Katie Bradley, Ellemae Goering and Students from Findley School

    "Learn about the history of Teff, a staple of Ethiopian cuisine. From its discovery in ancient Ethiopia to its everyday use in injera, Teff is an important plant from many perspectives. Side by side text in Ethiopian languages like Amharic, Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo and English support fluency. Vibrant illustrations by talented student illustrators connect words to concepts and support emerging vocabularies." -- publisher

    Beautiful Life

    The True Story of Teff/Seena Dhugaa Xaafii

    2021

    by Amlaku B. Eshetie, Katie Bradley, Ellemae Goering and Students from Findley School

    "Learn about the history of Teff, a staple of Ethiopian cuisine. From its discovery in ancient Ethiopia to its everyday use in injera, Teff is an important plant from many perspectives. Side by side text in Ethiopian languages like Amharic, Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo and English support fluency. Vibrant illustrations by talented student illustrators connect words to concepts and support emerging vocabularies. Part of the Ready, Set, Go! series of early readers in indigenous Ethiopian languages." -- publisher

    Beautiful Life

    Tani’s New Home

    2020

    by Tanitoluwa Adewumi and Courtney Dawson

    "The incredible true story of Tani Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee who garnered international news coverage after winning the New York State Chess Championship at the age of eight. Tani's story of finding a new life in America reminds children that perseverance and hope make a difference--and small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. Tani Adewumi's moving true story of immigrating to America, developing his talent for chess, and finding a new home will inspire families looking for stories of hope and kindness. Tani was just six years old when he and his family fled persecution in Nigeria and became refugees in New York City. Tani was amazed, and a little overwhelmed, by all the new things in America. But one new experience turned out to be the most wonderful discovery--chess! With joy and determination, Tani studied hard, practicing chess for hours on the floor of his room in the homeless shelter. Less than a year later, he won the New York State Chess Championship, and through one act of kindness after another, found a new home. This picture book biography for children ages 5 to 10 tells the captivating real-life story of a young chess champion; celebrates the power of hope and hard work; reminds us that we can each make the world a more welcoming place; encourages empathy and compassion; includes beautiful digital illustrations by Courtney Dawson; is perfect for children reading alone; story time for families, classrooms, and libraries; and celebrations of World Refugee Day. This exciting book about chess, family, and community reminds us all that home is a place where you can follow your dreams." -- publisher

    Biography

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