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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

Toshi’s Little Treasures

toshis-little-treasuresIn this search-and–find information book, young Toshi and his grandmother explore six of their favorite places – the riverbank, the city, the forest, the country, the park, and the beach. Toshi finds treasures to add to his growing collection in his new backpack. He finds a pussy willow branch, a dog whistle, a partridge feather, a glittery rock, a coin, and much more. Each scene is featured in a double-page spread, followed by matching activity pages where readers can identify Toshi’s treasures and match them to related items. Answers at the back of the book give additional interesting facts. The animals they find are also presented. Charming, delicate watercolor art adds to the fun. mjw
Title: Toshi’s Little Treasures
Author: Nadine Robert
Illustrator
: Aki
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Yvette Ghione
Original Title
: Le grand livre des petits trésors
Original Publisher
: Comme des Geants, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-573-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Grandmothers, Habitats, Nature, Natural history

Snow

Walter de la Mare’s gentle poem has illustrations of a family preparing for Christmas, done in screen prints with a limited, muted palette.  The family decorates their home, goes to bed, and waits for Santa Claus to arrive.  The children wake up to presents, going sledding, and making a snowman.  The text is perfect for the illustrations.  The book makes a beautiful winter bedtime story. mjw
Title: Snow
Author: Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Illustrator
: Carolina Rabei
Publisher
: Faber & Faber
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House. London
Original Copyright
: 2014.  The poem “Snow” was first published in Peacock and Pie in 1924
ISBN
: 978-0-571-31219-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Moldova
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Christmas, Santa Claus, Snow, Weather

A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story From Nepal

In Kathmandu, Nepal, courageous dogs are honored on Divali, the Hindu holiday called the Festival of Lights.  Brothers Alu and Bhalu have been searching in the earthquake ruins for a stray dog, a kukur, to celebrate. They finally spot a small black dog, who is in need of a home.  The illustrations that were created with a combination of hand drawing and digital imagery add to the simple text.  A glossary of Nepali words, a list of sources to learn more about Nepal, and another list of suggested activities are included.  mjw
Title: A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story From Nepal
Author: Margarita Engel with Amish Karanjit and Nicole Karanjit
Illustrator
: Ruth Jeyaveeran
Publisher
: Millbrook Press. Minneapolis
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1512432053
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Kathmandu, Nepal
Author’s ethnicity
: Engel – Cuban, Karanjit – born in Nepal
Author’s residence: San Francisco, CA
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Zambia, Africa to Indian parents
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: Engel is the 2018  United States Young Peoples Poet Laureate
Subjects
: Brothers Divali. Dogs, Holidays. Nepal

Astrid The Unstoppable

Nicknamed “the little thunderbolt,” ten-year-old Astrid likes to spend her days skiing, sledding, singing, and drinking hot chocolate with her grumpy best friend and godfather, Gunnvald.  She is the only child living in the village of Glimmerdal and she wishes there were other children in the town.  When two children unexpectedly show up, and then another strange woman appears, Astrid’s life suddenly gets very exciting.  This hilarious book will charm fans of Pippi Longstocking and Heidi. A map of Glimmerdal sets the scene. mjw
Title: Astrid The Unstoppable
Author: Maria Parr
Illustrator
: Katie Harnett
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Guy Puzey
Original Title
: Tonje Glimmerdal
Original Publisher
: Det Norske Samlaget. Oslo
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0017-1
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Norway
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Translator’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Scotland
Translator’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Girls, Humor, Norway, Rural children, Songs

The Bridge Home

Eleven-year-old Viji and her younger sister Rukku who has intellectual and developmental disabilities have run away into the harsh streets of Chennai to get away from their abusive father.  The girls find shelter and friends on an abandoned bridge.  Two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, and the girls survive by scavenging the city’s garbage heaps and by selling the bead necklaces that Rukku makes.  The four bond into a family of sorts.  They are often hungry and scared, but they have each other and their dog Kutti. When the rainy season comes, Rukku and Muthi get sick and Viji and Arul have to make decisions about who they can trust to help them.  The courage and strength of the children is an inspiration. mjw
Title: The Bridge Home
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Publisher
: Nancy Paulsen Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-5247-3811-2
Hardcover pages
: 208
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Chennai, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Chennai, India
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: Asia, Domestic violence, Homelessness, Lower caste children, Runaways, Sisters

Mary Poppins

Based on the original 1934 novel by P.L. Travers, this picture book version has beautiful soft pastel and colored pencil illustrations that take readers back to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane in London to meet Mary Poppins and the Banks children.  There is a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to the star shop.  This is the perfect introduction to everyone’s favorite nanny. mjw
Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L.Travers (1899-196), adapted ny Amy Novesky
Illustrator
: Genevieve Godbout
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
:  1934
ISBN
: 978-1-328-91677-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Fantasy
Book setting
: London
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born and raised in Quebec
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Fantasy; London, England: Magic: Nannies