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Here and Now: A Picture Book Meditation on How to Live Life More Fully Present

With each turn of the page, Here and Now celebrates the beauty, magic, and wonder of every moment and the interconnectedness of all things. Written as a “real-time meditation” (author’s note), the spare picture book reads like a recipe for living life more fully present.

Celebrate Family, Community and the Thrill of the Ride with My Papi Has a Motorcycle

“We become a spectacular celestial thing soaring on asphalt. A comet.” With rich sensory language and colorful comic style-illustration, award-winning author illustrator team Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena celebrate Latinx culture, family, community and the thrill of a motorcycle ride in their latest picture book collaboration.

The Stories That Shape Us: Teaching Ideas for Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela thinks her name is too long – when she tries to write it, she needs to add an extension piece of paper in order to fit it on a single page. With the support of her father’s family stories, she comes to see how her name is actually the perfect fit for her, celebrating her both her connectedness and her uniqueness.

Dad’s Camera

Dad’s Camera Written by Ross Watkins, Illustrated by Liz Anelli First US Edition, Candlewick Press, 2018 Originally Published as One Photo by Penguin Random House Australia, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0138-3   Grades 2-8 Book Review In this touching and quiet picture book, we learn about a father living with Alzheimer’s Disease through the eyes of his […]

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears By Meg Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9049-6 Grades 4-7 Book Review During the fall of her sixth grade year, Merci Suárez faces a range of challenges. Instead of trying out for the school soccer team now that she is eligible, she must spend the autumn watching her twin […]

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Written by Rita Williams-Garcia Published by Amistad, 2017 ISBN 978-0-06-221691-8   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   “When, Cool Papa, when?” For young Clayton Byrd, all that matters is when he’ll get finally the chance to play a twelve-bar solo on his blues harp (harmonica) with his grandfather’s blues […]

Bronze and Sunflower

Guest blogger Fang Jia jointly authored this week’s entry with Mary Ann. In China, Fang teaches Chinese language and literature. Currently, she studies Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College. Bronze and Sunflower Written by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang, illustrated by Meilo So Published by Candlewick Press, 2017 Originally published in Mandarin, 2005 ISBN: […]

The Seventh Wish

The Seventh Wish Written by Kate Messner Published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-1-61963-376-6 Book Review  “I must have imagined the voice. I have magic flowers and crystal dresses and wishes swirling around my brain, and that all added up to a fish talking.” Life for twelve-year-old Charlie Brennan suddenly changes when she […]

The Year of Billy Miller

Grades 1-3 Written by Kevin Henkes Published by Greenwillow Books, Harper Collins, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-06-226812-9 Book Review “Billy sighed. He realized that as soon as one problem is solved, something else is right there, waiting to take up your time.” Throughout Billy Miller’s second grade school year, new problems do surface, one after the other, […]