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The Branch

urlDuring a harsh, cold winter storm, a small girl’s favorite branch falls off a tree. Devastated, she protects her branch from being taken away to get chopped up. With the help of her kind neighbor, Mr. Frank, she is able to save her favorite branch and transform it into something completely new, but just as much fun. Their time together is full of sanding, measuring, sawing, and varnishing the wood until their new creation is complete. This picture book, illustrated with bright paintings, captures the many emotions of a young child who is leaning how to overcome a sad moment to create new joy.  amo
Title: The Branch
Author: Mireille Messier
Illustrator
: Pierre Pratt
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-7713-8564-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Realistic Fiction, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Portugal and Canada
Subjects
: Carpentry, Swings, Trees, Winter

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

51XTOEicVsL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_In this non-fiction picture book, readers will learn about a large variety of subjects that all encourage outdoor exploration. Throughout the book there are many questions for young scientists to ask followed by their answers. There are also experiments that readers can attempt. The book is mainly illustrated in black and white with pops of orange and blue but there are a few pages in the center of the book with full color illustrations of interesting animals. The back matter is filled with educational materials as well, such as a glossary, a timeline of important dates, and websites to learn more about the different topics. This book is sure to help young explorers expand their love of nature.  amo
Title: Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature
Authors: Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Inês Teixeira do Rosário
Illustrator
: Bernardo P. Carvalho
Publisher
: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Lucy Greaves
Original Title
: Lá fora
Original Publisher
: Planeta Tangerina
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-8478-0769-4
Hardcover pages
: 368
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Non-Fiction, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Both Portuguese 
Author’s residence
: Portugal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
:Portuguese
Illustrator’s residence
: Portugal
Awards: Winner – “Opera Prima” Award 2105, Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015
Subjects
: Amphibians, Astronomy, Birds, Bugs, Clouds, Flowers, Geology, Mammals, Oceans, Rain, Reptiles, Tide Pools, Trees, Wind

Inside Your Insides: A Guide To The Microbes That Call You Home

imgresThis informational book is all about the small things that live on and inside you. Some of them can be harmful like viruses, but many are very helpful and keep your body working the way it should. Young scientists will adore the educational details about our bodies. The cartoonish illustrations are crisp and full of bright colors. Throughout the book there are “did you know” blurbs to add more information to the topics. With a table of contents, glossary, and index this science picture book is easy to navigate to find areas of interest. This book passes on the message of how important it is that we take care of the microbes that live inside our bodies. amo
Title: Inside Your Insides: A Guide To The Microbes That Call You Home
Author: Claire Eamer
Illustrator
: Marie-Eve Tremblay
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-7713-8332-5
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 10-13
Genre
: Information, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Bacteria, Microbiology, Microorganisms, Viruses

Hello World!

ViewImageMr. and Mrs. Mo are too busy working to play with their monster so he decides to go see the world. He sets of with his globe in hand to see all of the sights he can find. Along the way he sees beautiful hills and landscapes. Unfortunately, he gets a bit lost. After a few moments of worry, Mrs. Mo finds him and helps him along his way. The warm colored illustrations help express the monster’s excitement as he treks through the hills. amo
Title: Hello World!
Author: Paul Beavis
Illustrator
: Paul Beavis
Publisher
: Gecko Press
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-9272-7189-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-6
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: New Zealand
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: New Zealand
Subjects
: Monsters, Travel

The World Beneath

25489059Eleven-year-old Joshua is growing up in South Africa in 1976. Because he is living as a young black boy during apartheid, he is not equal to the white people living around him. One day, by chance, Joshua meets a freedom fighter who is escaping the police and invites him home. While listening to the stories of the freedom fighter,  Joshua learns the harsh reality of rebelling against power. As he becomes more involved in the fight for freedom, he struggles to understand his role in society. In this richly historic novel young readers will get a glimpse into the world of apartheid South Africa through a young perspective.  amo
Title: The World Beneath
Author: Janice Warman
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-7856-2
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: South Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: South African
Author’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Apartheid, Human Rights, South Africa

Mingan My Village

51qHZWh56YL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This beautiful picture book contains nature based poetry by Innu schoolchildren. Readers understand that the young children feel strong connections to the natural world as they describe the feelings of being one with animals, plants, and the earth. The calming poems depict the peaceful landscapes of Mingan. Each poem has been translated from Innu into English. All of the children are portrayed in soft watercolor portraits beside their poems. The original text is published in the back matter of the book as well as biographies of the women who led the children in a poetry workshop before the book was published. amo
Title: Mingan My Village
Author: Innu Schoolchildren
Illustrator
: Rogé
Publisher
: Fifth House
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: Innu
Translator
: Solange Messier
Original Title
: Mingan Mon Village
Original Publisher
: La Bagnole
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-92708-324-6
Paperback pages
: 42
Age range
: 9-11
Genre
: Poetry
Book setting
: Mingan, Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Innu
Author’s residence
: Mingan, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: Winner, 2013 Prix des libraires du Quebec jeunesse (5-11 years category)Subjects: Love, Nature, Wildlife

The Story Of Hurry

7S-Hurry_cover_final_1024x1024.jpgA loveable donkey named Hurry lives in the Gaza Strip during 2008. He sees that the children around him are struggling and he tries to help cheer them up with rides on his back. Based on the true story of the Happy Land Zoo in the Gaza Strip, Hurry is taken in by a creative zookeeper who had lost his animals due to hunger or injury. Hurry is the solution to the lack of zebras when he is reintroduced to the community with black and white stripes. With an informative historical note at the end, this story shows the resilience of our human spirit. amo
Title: The Story Of Hurry
Author: Emma Williams
Illustrator
: Ibrahim Quraishi
Publisher
: Seven Stories Press
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-60980-589-0
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Gaza Strip
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: New York City
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Kenyan
Illustrator’s residence
: Amsterdam
Subjects
: Animals, Donkeys, Gaza Strip, Zoos

The Lie Tree

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 10.03.20 AM14-year-old, Faith, is trying to find her place in Victorian England. Her father, a natural scientist, is falling from power when his work is uncovered as a fabrication. The whole Sunderly family moves to the island of Vane to avoid disgrace. When Faith’s father is found dead in an apparent suicide, Faith refuses to believe the local narrative and starts a personal investigation into the death. She acts as a natural scientist to find clues including a strange tree that grows on lies that she whispers to it in the dead of the night. This gothic mystery will keep readers engrossed as they follow Faith’s journey to uncover the truth.  amo
Title: The Lie Tree
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher
: Amulet Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Macmillan U.K.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-4197-1895-3
Hardcover pages
: 410
Age range
: 12-18
Genre
: Mystery
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Awards
: Costa Book Of The Year 2015, Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2016
Subjects
: Science, Victorian England

The Opposite Zoo

9780553511277_grande.jpegAt night when the Zoo is closed to people, the monkey decides to explore. He sees many animal opposites such as a hairy lion and a bald hippo or a slow sloth and a fast cheetah. The monkey explores the whole zoo but the sun is rising. He needs to make it back to his cage before the zoo keepers return in the morning. This book will entertain young readers with brightly colored animals and their contrasting characteristics and teach an introductory lesson in opposites.   amo
Title: The Opposite Zoo
Author: Il Sung Na
Illustrator
: Il Sung Na
Publisher
: Knopf
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
:978-0553-5112-7-7
Hardcover pages
: 24
Age range
: 2-5
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: South Korean
Author’s residence
: New Jersey
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: South Korean
Illustrator’s residence
: New Jersey
Subjects
: Animals, Opposites,  Zoos

Babak The Beetle

 

page_1_thumb_largeBabak the dung beetle sets out on a laborious journey to find the mother of the mysterious egg he discovered. He asks birds, frogs, and even snakes but cannot seem to find the right mother. Finally, he finds another egg just like his! He looks for the mother and discovers that she is hitting her eggs across a field with a stick. Babak does not approve of this mothering so he takes matters into his own hands to save his egg. The bright illustrations created through lino-cutting will keep the reader engaged in the mystery of the lost egg.  amo
Title: Babak The Beetle
Author: Fred Paronuzzi
Illustrator
: Andree Prigent
Publisher
: NorthSouth
Copyright
:  2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Elie Brangbour
Original Title
: Gérard le Bousier
Original Publisher
: Kaleidoscope
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4251-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Birds, Dung Beetles, Eggs, Frogs, Golf, Snakes

Trunk To Trunklet

51NP5FIKmdLIn this rhyming picture book readers will learn about animals and their babies. Each page is a new verse about a different animal mother and her young. The illustrations are black and white rubbings with accents of color on each page. They highlight the natural forms and shapes of the animals that we see in our world. Young readers will love learning about the connection that these baby animals have to their mothers.  amo
Title: Trunk To Trunklet
Author: Jorge Luján
Illustrator
: Mandana Sadat
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: John Oliver Simon
Original Title
:
Original Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-5927-0194-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Information, Poetry, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentinian
Author’s residence
: Mexico
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Animals, Bears, Cats, Elephants, Kangaroos, Lambs, Monkeys, Owls, Pigeons, Seals, Tigers

999 Frogs and a Little Brother

22493744999 tadpoles are growing together in a big, big pond. One tadpole isn’t growing quite so fast and gets left behind all alone. Fortunately he finds a friend in a small crayfish who thinks the small frog is his big brother. A strong bond is formed until the mother crayfish comes to take little brother away, but their friendship is not forgotten when a big snake comes to the lake. This vividly colored picture book will teach readers to “never underestimate the size of true friendship!”  amo
Title: 999 Frogs and a Little Brother
Author: Ken Kimura
Illustrator
: Yasunari Murakami
Publisher
: North South 
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Japanese 
Translator
: Japan Foreign-Rights Center
Original Title
:999-hiki no kyodai no Otouto
Original Publisher
: Child Honsha Co., Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4202-1
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan 
Subjects
: Crayfish, Friendship, Frogs, Ponds