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My Calendar: Holidays

Luana K. Mitten

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781615906031

Popular holidays throughout the year are highlighted for the emergent reader with engaging text and matching photos.

George Washington Carver

Jennifer Kroll (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396731

George Washington Carver was born a slave and grew up to be a great botanist and inventor! Readers will learn why George was known as the "plant doctor" as a young boy, his strong desire to learn, and how he taught other farmers about crop rotation. Vibrant images, supportive text, a glossary, table of contents, and index work in conjunction to engage and delight readers as they learn all they can about "The Peanut Man"!

Places Around the World

Dona Herweck Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433399770

Take a tour around the world with just a few flips of the pages! This engaging nonfiction reader features clear, vivid photos of landmarks from all around the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the Grand Canyon.

Write to Me

Cynthia Grady (author) Amiko Hirao (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580896887

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.

Friends for Freedom

Suzanne Slade (author)Nicole Tadgell (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346517

No one thought Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would ever become friends. The former slave and the outspoken woman came from two different worlds. But they shared deep-seated beliefs in equality and the need to fight for it. Despite naysayers, hecklers, and even arsonists, Susan and Frederick became fast friends and worked together to change America.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Natasha Yim (author)Grace Zong (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346296

In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

Waiting for Pumpsie

Barry Wittenstein (author)London Ladd (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580895453

In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah “Pumpsie” Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie’s first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America. This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today.

Rickshaw Girl

Mitali Perkins (author) Jamie Hogan (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607341406

Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

A Long Pitch Home

Natalie Dias Lorenzi (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580898263

Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.

Like Vanessa

Tami Charles (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897778

Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.

Esquivel!

Susan Wood (author) Duncan Tonatiuh (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607348269

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music - popular in the fifties and sixties - has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh’s fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel’s spirit to life.

Princess and the Peas

Rachel Himes (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897181

In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Ma Sally cooks the best black-eyed peas in Charleston County, South Carolina. Her son, John, is a highly eligible bachelor, and three local women vie for his hand in marriage by attempting to cook as well as Ma. At the last minute, a surprise contestant named Princess arrives at the door. Princess and John are well-matched, but Princess has her own ideas. When told she has won John’s hand, she asks him to scrub the pots and pans before she'll give him an answer. Her answer, it turns out, is that she wants to spend some time getting to know John first. Backmatter includes an author’s note and a recipe for Princess’s Black-eyed Peas.

Hanukkah Hamster

Michelle Markel (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126428

The holiday season is a busy time, with people bustling about. And it's a busy time for Edgar, a cabdriver who conveys passengers around the city. All day long Edgar drives his cab; many people going to many different places. At the end of one busy day, Edgar is so tired he climbs into the backseat of his cab to take a nap. But he discovers he is not alone. A little hamster has somehow been left behind from one of the many fares Edgar has driven. Edgar dutifully reports the hamster to the cab company's Lost and Found department, but in the meantime the little creature needs to be taken care of. Edgar brings the hamster to his apartment, making it a bed, feeding it, and even giving it a name, Chickpea. As Edgar starts his Hanukah observance, with no family nearby to share in it, the little hamster becomes more than a casual companion to the lonely man. But what happens when Chickpea's owner is found?

Sioux

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609586

An introduction to the Sioux lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Sioux story cautions against boastfulness and false warnings.

Apache

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609531

An introduction to the Apache lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. An Apache story recounts how the mountains were formed.

Cherokee

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609548

An introduction to the Cherokee lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Cherokee story recounts why some creatures are able to fly.

Iroquois

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609555

An introduction to the Iroquois lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. An Iroquois story recounts how the world began.

Nez Perce

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566609579

An introduction to the Nez Perce lifestyle and history, including their forced relocation and how they keep traditions alive today. A Nez Perce story recounts how different tribes came to exist.

The Navajo Code Talkers

J. Patrick Lewis (author, )Gary Kelley (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607872

Amidst a complicated history of mistreatment by and distrust of the American government, the Navajo people—especially bilingual code talkers—helped the Allies win World War II.

Apache

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606493

A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Apache, including warrior Geronimo and conflicts such as the Camp Grant Massacre.

Navajo

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606523

A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Navajo, including headman Manuelito and conflicts such as the Second Battle of Fort Defiance.

Cherokee

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606509

A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Cherokee, including chief John Ross and conflicts surrounding the Trail of Tears.

Iroquois

Steve Potts (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606516

A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian confederacy known as the Iroquois, including chief Hiawatha and conflicts such as the American Revolution.

Sioux

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606547

A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Sioux or Dakota, including warrior Crazy Horse and conflicts such as the U.S.–Dakota War.

The Story of Esther

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), Ron Kauffman (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599228150

A classic Bible story comes to life in this beautifully illustrated book!