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Rebekkah's Journey: A World War II Refugee Story

Ann E. Burg (author), Joel Iskowitz (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410365774

In 1944 a vacant army base in upstate New York became the temporary home of over 900 men, women and children who had fled Europe towards the end of World War II. With little more than the clothing on their backs, Rebekkah and her mother are just two of the many refugees who come to live in the camp. Adjusting to a strange new world and a new language, Rebekkah puts aside her own fears to try and recreate tiny bits of home for her mother. A fictional story based on the real-life experiences of surviving refugees, Rebekkah's Journey shares the illuminating story of one refugee's arrival on America's shores.

The Tsunami Quilt: Grandfather's Story

Anthony D. Fredericks (author), Tammy Yee (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410308450

April 1, 1946 - an enormous tsunami wave strikes Hilo, Hawai'i, causing death and destruction. Even those islanders who are fortunate to have survived find their lives forever altered. Young Kimo loves his grandfather very much - they go everywhere together, sharing island stories and experiences. But there is one story his grandfather has yet to share and that is the reason behind their yearly pilgrimage to Laupahoehoe Point. Here, in silent remembrance, Grandfather places a flower lei atop a stone monument. It is only after his grandfather's sudden death that Kimo learns the story behind their annual visit and the reason for the sadness that has haunted his grandfather throughout the years. Evocative writing brings this tragic event from Hawaiian history to present-day reality for young readers today.

A Book for Black-Eyed Susan

Judy Young (author), Doris Ettlinger (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307538

When ten-year-old Cora and her family leave their home in Missouri, their hearts are filled with the hopes and dreams of a bright future gleaming with promise and opportunity. But the journey west by wagon train is harsh, and tragedy strikes swiftly and unexpectedly. Now Cora and her father must steel themselves for a different future from what they had carefully planned. How can they move forward when their hearts are broken? But move on they must, and Cora takes comfort in her new baby sister (named Susan after the black-eyed flowers). When Cora learns she and Susan are to be separated at the end of their journey, she looks to the past to help craft a link to their new lives. Judy Young is an award-winning author of children's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her other books in the Tales of Young Americans series are Minnow and Rose (2010 Storytelling World Resource Award) and The Lucky Star (2009 Storytelling World Honor Award). Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. Doris Ettlinger graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has numerous picture books to her credit, including the award-winning The Orange Shoes. Doris lives and teaches in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in western New Jersey.

I'm Not Moving!

Wiley Blevins (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656087

Dad says we have to move. He has a new job. Mom says I'll like my new room. Well, I'm not moving! Change isn't easy for young boys and girls. And when change means moving to a new school, a new house, and away from friends, well that can be downright complicated!

Sleepy Barker

Harriet Ziefert (author), Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055837

The Hola, English! series provides children with reasons to talk and things they will want to talk about. In Sleepy Barker, Barker the dog is awakened by one sound after another (howl, hoot, boom) but finally falls asleep after being reassured that mom and dad are there for him.

Good Manners with Family

Ann Ingalls (author), Ronnie Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733997

Explains what family manners are, how they should be used, and in what situations they should be used.

Best Mates on the Boat

Joanne Meier (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539594

Herbie and his siblings have fun with their imaginations while on their grandparents' boat.

An Airplane Daydream

Joanne Meier (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539563

Herbie Bear imagines piloting a plane while on a family vacation.

A Spider in the Race Car!

Cecilia Minden (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539570

Herbie Bear and his grandpa build a race car together. The project stirs Herbie's imagination and helps him to learn a lesson in bravery.

Rice and Beans

Wiley Blevins (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656001

Mom and Dad have blue eyes. Mine are black. We don't look much alike, but that doesn't matter to me! Adopted children may have different skin or hair color from parents or siblings. But there's a lot more to making a family than sharing red hair and freckles!

Sheep in The Closet

Mattia Cerato (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163984

Dad's worried about the crops. Mom lost her job. I just can't sleep! One sheep, two sheep. Every family has problems and even the youngest family members worry about them. But sometimes the solution can be as simple as believing in our dreams.

Mom's New Friend

Mattia Cerato (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163960

Mom has a new friend who comes around a lot. Why do I have to like him? His name is Dan, just like the stinky kid at my school.It's not easy for a young boy or girl to handle a new friend in their parent's life. But when they all go on a road trip together, things begin to look a little better.

Waiting for the Whales

Sheryl Mc Farlane (author), Ron Lightburn (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459804739

An old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea, tends his garden and waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. Until, one day, an unexpected visitor arrives. Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world.

Skye Above

Eric Walters (author), David Parkins (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459807020

Nine-year-old Skye has always had a fascination with flying. She’d love to be a pilot someday, like both of her parents, but deep down she really wishes she could be a bird. When Skye’s parents take her to Costa Rica, she is thrilled about all of the beautiful exotic birds she’ll get to see. What she doesn’t realize is that her parents have three big surprises planned, and each will offer her a different opportunity to feel what it’s like to fly. From snorkeling with baby sea turtles to parasailing out on the open ocean to zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, Skye will have more than one chance to fly like a bird before this trip of a lifetime is through

Baby, Come Out!

Fran Manushkin (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723024

Baby is happy in Mama's belly and no matter what enticement her family offers she won't come out until Daddy offers her a kiss. Delightful for expectant brothers, sisters, and mothers.

Moush Wants to Get Lost

Rouzanna Baghdasaryan (author), Yulia Lushnikova (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781601950154

Moush is having a bad day. His sister yelled at him and his mother scolded him. He hides in the closet and decides to run away from home. He begins to prepare by collecting things to take with him: his favorite coat, his schoolbag. But can he take from his home everything he would like to have with him?

Madison and the Two Wheeler

Vanita Braver (author), Carl DiRocco (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723147

Madison wants to ride her bike without training wheels, but after her first fall she loses confidence and doesn't want to try again. Her parents and Hope, her toy bluebird, urge her to keep practicing until she finally manages to ride without training wheels.

Madison's Patriotic Project

Vanita Braver (author), Carl DiRocco (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723130

Confident that her scrapbook will win first prize, Madison is upset when Jonathan wins instead. With consolation from her parents and Courage, her toy lion, she does the right thing and congratulates Jonathan on his success.

A Sweetheart for Valentine

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724113

When a very large baby is left on the steps of Town Hall, the villagers decide to raise the girl as their own. Oversized, but not under loved, Valentine wonders if there's a match for her anywhere in the world.

Mother's Mother's Day

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724021

Hazel and her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all go to visit each other on Mother's Day. But where's great-great-grandmother?

Always By My Side

Susan Kerner (author), Ian P. Benfold Haywood (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725097

A comforting, rhyming story written to help children understand that a father's love is forever, even if they grow up without his presence in their lives.

The Dark

Rouzanna Baghdasaryan (author), Manana Morchiladze (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854801

Jonah, like many little boys, is afraid of the dark. His older brother, Gor, and his baby sister, Arpi, share the bedroom with Jonah. But it's still a scary place at night, what with monsters under beds and on chairs, and who knows what's lurking in the spooky cupboard? But when Gor promises Jonah his favorite toy soldier if he'll just try not to be afraid, Jonah is too excited to sleep. Will the scary dark keep Jonah in his bed?

Maybe Later

Ingrid Lee (author), Gabrielle Grimard (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437620

Long, long ago, Johnny's grandpa found a bottle on the beach. When Johnny roots it out of the back of Grandpa's closet, he can see a mysterious shadow through the green glass. "We should break it," Johnny says. "Maybe later," says his grandpa. And so the story begins.

Andy's Cherry Tree

Miranda Haxhia (author), Zaur Deisadze (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854504

Andy's family is moving to a new house. His mother, his father, and his sister all pack up their favorite things. But Andy can't pack his favorite thing - it's growing in their backyard! It's a beautiful cherry tree, and Andy will miss it terribly. He picks some cherries to bring to the new house, and the family eats them with their lunch. When he mentions how much he misses his tree, his mother has a wonderful idea!

A Mango for Grandpa

Caroline Hudicourt (author), Ismer Saincilus (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854511

Grandpa had 27 grandchildren, all who loved him, and shared the mangoes he brought home every day. Grandpa and mangoes always brightened the day. But grandpa was getting sick, losing his memory and the ability to even cut the mangoes. He was slowly leaving his grandchildren.