Sili Recio’s description of how her color was used as both a source of joy and encouragement and a weapon to cause pain is both poignant and inspirational. Her message to boys and girls with skin that is “a ribbon of different shades of brown” is especially important under the current climate our country and the world is experiencing.
Beautifully illustrated, and clearly written, Proud to be Latino: Food/Comida reads like a food encyclopedia for the Paw Patrol set. Each colorful page has English text on one side, and Spanish text on the other.
As a special educator, I was extremely pleased with the inclusion and diversity throughout this book. Blackall does an amazing job of illustrating various individuals with impairments, illnesses, and/or injuries.
The book follows a very patient Big Monster and a very energetic Little Monster through their night time routine. Little Monster needs to work out their bouncy knees, wiggly bottom, swingy tail, roly-poly back, roaring voice, jumpy feet, jet-plane arms, and finally, their blinky eyes that are NOT tired. Definitely not tired at all. All through the book you can see a tired Big Monster encouraging Little Monster to get all the wiggles out while coaching them upstairs, to bath, pajamas, and bed.
Angry words can ruin friendships, but a gesture as simple as a smile can cause kindness to bloom and friendships to mend. Die-cut pages feature a sapling that grows into a flowering tree with each turn of the page as kindness is spread.
An adorable book about friendship blossoming from unforeseen circumstance, this quirky book with its quirky illustrations and a beautiful message makes for an amusing read for young readers.
Everyone Poops is the perfect balance of silliness and reality. The classic book on toddler pooping, it has been repackaged and expanded. And, thankfully so.
Yokki and his Romani Traveller family live in tents, and move around a lot. They sell their crafts, wisdom, and services as well as perform odd jobs to take them through the slow seasons. Yokki is a gifted storyteller in a community that values oral tradition, and he weaves his tales while the family sits around a fire every night.
This is a story that tells about the circle of life and how important it is to feel loved, appreciated, supported, and special. It is a story that teaches us that the greatest gifts we can give our children do not come from a store but rather from our hearts.