Tag Archives: Families

My Beautiful Birds

my-beautiful-birdsSami, his family, and his neighbors are escaping the bombs that have destroyed their Syrian home. Sami is heartbroken because he had to leave behind his pet pigeons. Once they reach the refugee camp and safety, everyone settles in as best they can. But Sami is not interested in soccer or painting. His life seems pointless. He cannot forget his birds. When some birds – a canary, a dove, and a rose finch – fly into the camp, Sami feeds them and provides material for their nests. This helps him begin his long healing process. Rich, textured illustrations fashioned from Plasticene, polymer clay, and other mixed media complement this moving story of one young refugee’s experience in the Syrian civil war. An author’s note gives information about refugee camps and the Syrian conflict. mjw
Title: My Beautiful Birds
Author: Suzanne Del Rizzo
Illustrator
: Suzanne Del Rizzo
Publisher
: Pajama Press.  Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-010-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Syria
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Birds, Homelessness, Illness, Loss, Middle East, Poverty, Refugee camps, Refugees, Syria

Cry Heart, But Never Break

cry-heart-but-never-breakFour clever siblings attempt to distract Death to keep him from taking their ailing grandmother away. He inevitably arrives and tells the children a story about how he is natural and necessary. He pairs day with night, grief with delight, and joy with sorrow in this contemplative picture book. His beautiful story helps children realize the value of life and the importance of saying goodbye. Expressive and peaceful pencil and watercolor paintings handle the subject well. mjw
Title: Cry Heart, But Never Break
Author: Glenn Ringtved
Illustrator
: Charlotte Pardi
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Danish
Translator
: Robert Moulthrop
Original Title
: Graed blot hjerte
Original Copyright
: 2001
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-187-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Danish
Author’s residence
: Denmark
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Danish
Illustrator’s residence
: Denmark
Awards
: 2017 Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Children and death, Death and dying, Grief, Multigenerational

As Time Went By

51mcujm-halThrough a beautiful story of renewal, told in three parts, this picture book teaches us to find hope even in the darkest times. Starting with bright painted scenes, readers are introduced to a steamboat that is new and full of fancy, important people. As the story continues the colors become muted until the steamboat is abandoned. Part two follows a family from luxury to homelessness as the pages transition from colorful to bland. Finally, in the dreariest moments the abandoned ship and homeless people are united to rebuild the ship into a community home that is radiant with color. amo
Title: As Time Went By
Author: José Sanabria
Illustrator
: José Sanabria
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Wie die Zeit verghet
Original Publisher
: NordSud
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 987-0-7358-4248-9 
Paperback pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8 
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Colombian
Author’s residence
: Argentina
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Colombian
Illustrator’s residence
: Argentina
Subjects
: Boats, Family, Homes

French Toast

french-toastPhoebe, who is half Jamaican and half French-Canadian, hates when her classmates call her “French Toast.” Her grandmother, who is blind, asks Phoebe to explain her nickname. She uses descriptions of favorite foods to portray skin colors. Her white mother is like stirred peach yogurt and her Jamaican father is like warm banana bread. Her grandmother Nan-ma is like maple syrup poured over French toast. Phoebe describes herself as tea, after you’ve added the milk. The imaginative artwork blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery using collage, acrylic, watercolor, and computer manipulation. mjw
Title: French Toast
Author: Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrator
: Francois Thisdale
Publisher
: Pajama Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-006-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Quebec
Subjects
: Blind, Grandmothers, Identity, Multigenerational, Racially mixed people, Self-esteem and self-reliance

Macanudo #2

eb63e8320d1b2714fe56137c205007ccThis comic book is sure to delight lovers of witty, intellectual humor. With many different worlds throughout the book, readers will turn pages hoping to find their favorite characters such as Oliverio the Olive or Henrietta. Every strip was originally published in La Nación during 2003 and 2004 yet their themes still resonate with today’s audience. Pen and watercolor illustrations guide the reader through the clever adventures with multitudes of characters to love. amo
Title: Macanudo #2
Author: Liniers
Illustrator
: Liniers
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Mara Faye Lethem
Original Title
: Macanudo #2
Original Publisher
: Ediciones de la Flor S.R.L. 
Original Copyright
: 2004
ISBN
978-1-59270-169-8
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 12-18
Genre
: Comic Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Author’s residence
: Argentina
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Illustrator’s residence
: Argentina 
Subjects
: Adventures, Animals, Children, Emotions, Gnomes, Homes, Imagination,  Penguins, Seasons

Cloudwish

cloudwishVan Uoc Phan is a shy, quiet Vietnamese teenager living in Australia with her parents who were asylum seekers after the fall of Saigon. She is a scholarship student at a prestigious Melbourne International Baccalaureate school. She plays the oboe, loves photography and Jane Eyre, and is being pushed by her parents to a high-prestige profession. She has a crush on Billy Gardiner. Billy lives in a mansion, is a star on the crew team, and loves pranks. Van Uoc wishes that Billy would notice her and fall in love with her. Miraculously, he does, but Van Uoc questions how this could happen. Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the writing style and all the mentions of Jane in this first-love story. mjw
Title: Cloudwish
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher
: Little Brown and Company, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Pan Macmillan, Australia PTY, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-316-24212-7
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Melbourne, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Awards
: 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers
Subjects
: Australia, Dating, Jane Eyre, Magic, Vietnamese, Wishes

Malala: Activist For Girls’ Education

malala-activistMalala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban, fought for girls’ education, and received the Nobel Prize in 2014. At age fifteen, the Taliban attempted to kill her, but even this did not stop her activism. Bright, beautiful naïve-style folk illustrations depict Pakistan and Malala’s life. The present tense text will engage and inspire older readers. Back matter includes photos of Malala, the history of the fight for girls’ education, a map of Pakistan, a timeline, information about the Taliban, details about Malala’s heroes, excerpts from her speeches, and a brief biography. mjw
Title: Malala: Activist For Girls’ Education
Author: Raphaele Frier
Illustrator
: Aurelia Fronty
Publisher
: Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown, MA. USA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Julie Cormier
Original Title
: Malala: pur le droit des filles a l’education
Original Publisher
: Editions Rue du Monde
Original Copyright
: 2105
ISBN
: 978-1-58089-785-3
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Pakistan and England
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Biography, Education Girls, Pakistan, Political activists, Sex discrimination in education, Women social reformers