I've never seen a story like Jude's depicted in children's literature. At 12 years old, she and her mom leave Syria to live with her uncle in America. But once in America, they quickly understand they won't be treated like they belong. This America that promised an acceptance of people from different countries, is one that calls Jude a terrorist once she starts wearing a hijab.
But through it all, Jude remains hopeful. From trying to make new friends, to trying out for her school's musical, she starts to learn that making a new home doesn't mean you have to forget the one you came from. This novel in verse is urgently relevant and not to be missed!
Wild is a wonderful, vibrantly illustrated children's book that balances a deep message-- that the human spirit is stronger than any efforts to tame it, or break it-- with clever humor and whimsical visual beauty. I felt empowered and inspired by the reminder, relevant at any age, that we each have a right to seek happiness and belonging on our own terms. Share this book with the wild child (or adult!) in your life.
A heart-warming story about friendship and overcoming obstacles that works for all ages, young and old alike. This is also the perfect cozy read for an afternoon by the fire (or space heater).
Spooky scary chills abound! A malevolent bus driver with skin like a mushroom. Missing children. An overabundance of conspicuous scarecrows. And a mysterious figure known only as "The Smiling Man." This book warmed my heart and chilled my bones.
Remember: They can't reach you if you stick to small spaces.
This wonderful book hits all the right notes with beauty and grace. The love of nature, encouragement of friends, the cycle of life; it is all here in soft, simple illustrations and lovely poetic language. This is a book to treasure.
This book has a special place in my heart. The illustrations and the language go perfectly hand-in-hand to tell the story of a gardener named Evan who goes through his own personal rough patch as he mourns the death of a friend. It's about love, grief, loss. It's about giving yourself time to heal and knowing when to start anew. It's about new growth. It's a lesson and reminder to all of us who have ever been in or come out of a rough patch.
This gem of a graphic novel derails the imaginative escapades of a neighborhood of kids with serious creativity, major crafting skills, and and overwhelming capacity for dynamic supportiveness. Through ups and downs of relationships with family and friends, these characters give each other the emotional and creative encouragement they need to be their best, most authentic selves. A reminder to all that the more you connect with your community, the brighter you (and it) shine!
Read this very short but important story written as a poem by a boy who hates poetry and thinks he can't write it. Jack feels defeated by Miss Stretchberry's assignment, until he is snared by snippets of William Carlos Williams, William Blake, Robert Frost, Valerie Worth, S.C. Rigg, Arnold Adoff, and Walter Dean Myers. Little by little, Jack is telling his tale with both humor and heart-wrenching threads...in poetry!
The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer.
Though this book is short, it is nothing short of profound. Meg was my first fictional hero, and she taught me something fundamentally important: that you can be flawed and still be a hero. You can be angry and amazing, full of fear and love at the same time, and all of those layers stack together to make you strong. A book to combat darkness, in all its forms.