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Birdsong

In spring, Katherena and her mother pack up their belongings and move from their home in the city by the sea.  Their new home sits on a hill overlooking a field and another home.  An older woman named Agnes lives in that home.  In summer, Katherena visits Agnes, whose yard is filled with berries, flowers, and birds.  In fall, Katherena visits Agnes again and again and they talk about the moon and the seasons.  In winter, it’s harder for Agnes to get around and Katherena draws pictures.  In the next spring, Agnes has grown weaker and Katherena decorates Agnes’s room with all of her drawings.  The textured illustrations in this book were rendered in TBC.  They warmly depict the story of a young girl and an elderly woman who share their love of nature and art.  A glossary explains Cree words that are integrated into the text. mjw
Title: Birdsong
Author: Julie Flett
Illustrator
: Julie Flett
Publisher
: Greystone Books Ltd.
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-473-0
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Cree-Metis
Author’s residence
: Vancouver, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Cree-Metis
Illustrator’s residence
: Vancouver, Canada
Awards: 2020 ALA American Indian Literature Award, 2020 USBBY Outstanding International Books List
Subjects
: Emotions, Indigenous, Intergenerational friendship, Nature, Seasons

The Elephant

The illustrations of the elephants in this book are done in watercolor, acrylic, pencil, and crayon. They are accurate, strikingly detailed, and beautifully rendered.  They make the book!   Here, we join a young boy as he learns interesting facts about Asian and African elephants.  Elephants are intelligent and have amazing memories and excellent hearing.  They walk on their tip-toes and are either right-tusked or left-tusked.  Tusks can be as long as two seven-year-old children from toe to toe.  An introductory note describes modern threats to elephants and a map shows where these fascinating animals live today. mjw
Title: The Elephant
Author: Jenni Desmond
Illustrator
: Jenni Desmond
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-264-0
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information book
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Africa, African elephants, Asiatic elephants, India, Zoology

Coming Home

A lone Scandinavian robin migrates across Europe to Great Britain in the winter to escape the harsher northern winters and to find his mate before Christmas. The striking illustrations of the red-breasted bird were created digitally. Robin migration facts are included. mjw
Title: Coming Home
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator
: Kerry Hyndman
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: David Fickling Books, Oxford
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0042-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Scandinavia, Britain
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Devon, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London, England
Subjects
: Birds Christmas, Holidays, Robins

Hey There, Earth Dweller!

This quirky Earth Science book takes readers through a plethora of subjects including the big bang, the history of humankind, climate change, the galaxy, and beyond. A combination of photography and mixed media illustrations add a humorous touch to this comprehensive and engaging read. mm
Title: Hey There, Earth Dweller!
Author: Marc ter Horst
Illustrator
: Wendy Panders
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division/ Aladdin/Beyond Words
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Hé aardbewoner!
Original Publisher: Uitgeverij J.H. Gottmer
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-58270-656-6
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Information book
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Author’s residence
: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Illustrator’s residence
: Netherlands
Subjects
: Animals, Civilization, Earth, History, Humans, Nature, Plants, Space

Spur: A Wolf’s Story

A young wolf named Spur, who is looking for food, is hurt when a shot comes from a helicopter that appears in the sky.  Spur’s family scatters for cover.  When the woods get quiet again, Spur finds another pack of wolves.  She tells them of the attack.  Although she misses her family, she feels grateful to the new pack. After a while, the roar of the helicopter returns.  She warns the other wolves and they hide.  Then, Spur hears a familiar wolf call.  It is her brother.  She splits from the pack and joins him.  Evocative artwork of wolves in their natural habitats enhances this empowering story. An author’s note tells more about culling wolves to protect livestock and to stabilize caribou populations, and the fact that there is evidence that killing wolves helps.  A resource list is also included. mjw
Title: Spur: A Wolf’s Story
Author: Eliza Robertson
Illustrator
: Nora Aoyagi
Publisher
: Greystone Kids Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-341-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: Berkeley, California
Subjects
: Caribou, Nature and environment, Seasons, Wolves

Who Built That? Modern Houses

Who Built That? Modern HousesPart-biography, part-introduction to modern homes; this book offers up an incredible amount of information about the lives and design styles of architects such as Gerrit Rietveld and Frank Lloyd Wright. Primary color pen illustrations clearly depict the materials and floor layouts of each architect’s unique design and creative voice. mm

 

Title: Who Built That? Modern Houses
Author: Didier Cornille
Illustrator: Didier Cornille
Publisher
: Princeton Architectural Press, New York
Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 9781616892630
Hardcover pages
: 75 
Age range
: 10-13
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information books
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Le Mans, France
Illustrator’s ethnicity: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Le Mans, France 
Subjects
: Architecture, Color, Design, Houses

The Second Sky

Gilbert, a baby penguin, wants to fly in the sky like an albatross.  He practices to no avail because he has big clumsy feet and small fluffy wings.  He falls on his face, his back, and his bottom.  His uncle tells him to give it up, but Gilbert knows he will find a way to fly.  He finally spreads his wings, jumps, tumbles, and splashes into the sea.  He sinks and sees stars, moons, clouds, forests, gardens, and mountaintops.  Under the sea, he flies.  He discovers the second sky in his own element.  The watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful with Gilbert’s movement and action. mjw
Title: The Second Sky
Author: Patrick Guest
Illustrator
: Jonathan Bentley
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0802-855206
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Australia
Subjects
: Determination, Flight, Penguins

Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea

This oversized encyclopedic book takes readers on a journey along the most important rivers in the world. “Understanding rivers helps us to understand history and the people who have lived alongside them for centuries.” Each detailed illustration includes major events, historical figures, and favorite stories connected with the river. A table of contents guides readers along the journey. mjw
Title: Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea
Author: Peter Goes
Illustrator
: Peter Goes
Publisher
: Gecko Press Ltd. New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Bill Nagelkerke
Original Title
: Rivieren
Original Publisher
: Lannoo Publishers
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-16-8
Hardcover pages
: 80
Age range
: 7-12
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: World
Author’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Continents, Exploration, Oceans, Rivers, Sea life, Seas, Water

Elephant Secret

Thirteen-year-old Samantha Gray lives with her dad on an elephant sanctuary with eleven elephants. She understands the elephants’ behavior and has a special relationship with each one.  When one of the elephants, named Daisy Mae, dies while giving birth to a very unusual baby, Sam’s world is turned upside down.  She names the baby elephant Woolly and she becomes the mother, feeding her bottles of formula and protecting her.  Sam meets the billionaire genius who funded the impregnated elephant and he explains that the birth was a cloning experiment and that Woolly is a woolly mammoth.  This is a captivating family story of love and our responsibility to all living things on earth. mjw
Title: Elephant Secret
Author:  Eric Walters
Publisher
: Clarion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language:
English
ISBN
: 978-1-328796172
Hardcover pages
: 352
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: North America
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario, Canada
Awards
: Author has won the Children’s Africana Book Award
Subjects
: Animal sanctuaries, Cloning, Elephants, Human/animal relationships, Orphaned animals, Woolly mammoths

Lucy And The Dragonfly

Lucy lives in the yellow house on the hill, at the end of the lane, in a village filled with lakes and forests, on a big continent, on a blue planet.  When Lucy smiles, the sun smiles.  She can feel the Earth’s heart beating, inside her heart.  The wind tells her all the bad things that humans are doing to the planet.  When the planet gets sick, Lucy’s tears travel from the wings of a dragonfly all across the planet to a boy named Tama who also knows how to listen to the whispers of the wind.  Lucy’s story spreads across the globe, everyone does their part to heal the Earth, and hope is born.  Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.  mjw
Title: Lucy And The Dragonfly
Author: Lucie Papineau
Illustrator
: Caroline Hamel
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-5620-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Climate Change, Green living, Recycling

Where The World Ends

In the summer of 1727, eight boys and three men are marooned on a remote rocky stac at the edge of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  They were sent there to harvest birds for food, feathers, and oil.  No one returns to collect them. They survive for nine months through deadly storms, madness, and starvation.  Based on a true story, this is an unsettling and awe-inspiring novel.  The world-building is brilliant.  A map of St. Kilda, an afterword, black-and-white sketches of birds, and a glossary are included.  mjw
Title: Where The World Ends
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher
: Usborne Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4749-2114-5
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 11 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, based on a true story
Book setting
: Hirta, St. Kilda, Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Berkshire, England 
Awards
: 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2020 ALA Printz Honor
Subjects
: Birds, Cultures, Geography, Natural world, Survival, Western Islands (Scotland)

Feather

 

This philosophical picture book is by two Hans Christian Andersen Medal winners. A single feather is blown across the sky. It meets a kingfisher, a cuckoo, a heron, a peacock, and more birds, each one being asked by the feather, “Am I yours?” The feather is either ignored or dismissed, until she gets close to earth, where a mother hen and her chicks discover her. Feather has no courage left to ask the mother hen, but as the hen slowly unfolds her wings, she thinks, perhaps, that she is missing a feather. This profound story is illustrated with striking double-page spreads of the birds. mjw
Title: Feather
Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Chinese
Translator
: Chloe Garcia-Roberts
Original Publisher
: China Children’s Press and Publication Group
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0914671855
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: China
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: Author has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016.  Illustrator has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2014
Subjects
: Birds, Emotions