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Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream

National bestselling author Julissa Arce tells of her journey from Taxco, Mexico, to growing up undocumented in Texas.  As a young girl, she, her two sisters, her nanny, and her grandmother were left behind in Taxco for months at a time, while her parents worked in America, hoping to build a home for the family.  At age eleven, her parents brought her to Texas where she secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant.  She worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, overcame cultural barriers, and ultimately climbed to a successful career on Wall Street. Eight pages of black and white photographs complement this compelling story. mjw
Title: Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream
Author: Julissa Arce
Publisher
: Little, Brown and Company
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-316-48174-8
Hardcover pages
: 240
Age range
: 11-14
Genre
: Autobiography
Book setting
: Mexico, Texas
Author’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Author’s residence
: Los Angeles, U.S.
Subjects
: Biography, Illegal aliens, Immigrants, Mexican American women, Social justice, Texas

Nimesh the Adventurer

School is over for the day and young South Asian Nimesh starts his walk home.  He meets a dragon and sharks and skates across the ice at the North Pole.  He encounters a guardsman for the Indian Maharaja.  And then, he happens upon  pirates and a princess.  Nimesh’s BIG imagination is complemented by vivid collage like images. mjw
Title: Names The Adventurer
Author: Ranjit Singh
Illustrator
: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd. U.K.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-24-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: British, of East Indian Heritage
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Awards
: Illustrator has won the Africana Best Book Award
Subjects
: Fantasy, Imagination, Magic, Multicultural

The Curiosity Cabinet

Ian Wallace’s wordless tribute to Canada on her 150thbirthday includes graphite illustrations of treasures from his forty years of traveling the country.  He has made thousands of school and library visits inspiring young readers to become artists and he has received many gifts from the students.  His cabinet of curiosities includes these gifts and other discoveries he has made. Each illustration is devoted to a province or territory – tamarack geese made by Cree artists in Ontario, a snow globe illuminating the moment he stood on the Arctic Circle, the English heraldic lion from Prince Edward Island, and much more.  A table of contents and an introduction set the stage and detailed illustrator’s notes provide much information. mjw
Title: The Curiosity Cabinet
Author: Ian Wallace
Illustrator
: Ian Wallace
Publisher
: Groundwood Books.  House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-922-5
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Brookline, MA
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brookline, MA
Subjects
: Biography, Mystery and wonders, Pictorial works, Travel

Snowboy And The Last Tree Standing

 

Snowboy and his Ice Troopers are busy saving the Polar Bear King when Greenbackboy comes up with a better game called KA-CHING – a game that will make them rich. They need to cut down all the trees in the forest, catch all the fish in the ocean, and trade it all in for piles of shiny KA-CHING. But Snowboy realizes the importance of keeping at least one tree and two fish and he is brave enough to stand up for what he feels is right. Whimsical artwork done in pencil and colored digitally helps deliver a clear environmental message in this Lorax-like cautionary tale. mjw
Title: Snowboy And The Last Tree Standing
Author: Hiawyn Oram
Illustrator
: Birgitta Sif
Publisher
: Candlewick Press. Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-9572-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English, born in South Africa
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Reykjavik
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Subjects
: Conservation, Environment, Greed, Natural resources

The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition

This is the 75thanniversary edition of the classic story about an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert where he encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.  This edition offers the full text of the beloved story – including a biography of the author, sketches, photos, and reviews from the first edition.  It also features a free audio download read by acclaimed author Viggo Mortensen.  The Little Prince is the most widely translated literary work of the twentieth century. mjw
Title: The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
Illustrator
: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Vali Tamm
Original Title
: Le Petit Prince
Original Publisher
: Editions Gallimard. Paris
Original Copyright
: 1943,1946
ISBN
: 978-1-328-47975-4
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fantasy, Fiction
Book setting
: Sahara Desert
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Subjects
: Airplanes, Fables, Fairytales, Pilots, Planets, Princes, Roses

Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree

Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, this powerful novel tells the story of young YaTa and her dreams that became nightmares.  The terrorist group attacked her village and killed most of her family.  Before the abduction, she had a promising future of getting a university scholarship and becoming a teacher.  The book is written in poetic vignettes that tell how the girls were forced to follow their captors’ radical beliefs.  The narrator was forced to marry a man who used her for her body. But she refused to be brainwashed.  An enlightening afterword by Italian journalist Viviana Mazza gives more information about the kidnapping.  References and resources are also included. mjw
Title: Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree
Author: Adobe Tricia Nwaubani
Publisher
: Harper Collins Publishers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-06-269672-4
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Nigeria
Author’s ethnicity
: Nigerian
Author’s residence
: Abuja, Nigeria
Subjects
: Africa, Girls, Human rights, Prejudice and racism, Survival, Violence

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, A Changing India And A Hidden World Of Art

Nek Chand was born in the village of Berian Kalan in the Punjab region near the Himalayas.  He grew up listening to stories and building a small world of his own out of sticks, clay, and rocks.  In 1947, with the Partition of India, the Punjab was divided into India and Pakistan.  His Hindu family no longer belonged where they lived and they resettled in Chandigarh, a modern city in India.  Nek found a job as a government roads inspector, but never felt like he belonged.  He found an abandoned forestland and, using natural materials, started building a secret kingdom.  He worked for sixteen years creating this secret garden of art from his imagination.  The gouache and watercolor illustrations are very detailed and there is a foldout of photos of the actual garden and sculptures.  An author’s note gives more background information about Chand’s life and the Nek Chand Foundation.  The book concludes with an extensive bibliography.  mjw
Title: The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, A Changing India, And A Hidden World Of Art
Author: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrator
: Claire A.Nivola
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-7475-5
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book, Biography
Book setting
: Chandigarh, India
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Subjects
: Asia, Biography, Green living, Imagination, Mosaics, Partition, Recycling, Rock garden, Sculptures, Storytelling, Visual arts