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A Kurta to Remember

Gauri Dalvi Pandya (author) Avani Dwivedi (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936115

Tomorrow is moving day and one little girl worries about moving so far, far away from her Aaji and Ajoba. But Aaji gifts her with a handmade kurta. A kurta with two big pockets for holding all the small things that will remind the girl of her grandparents--from the mogra flowers in Aaji's hair to Ajoba's diya. Then the girl has an even better idea and helps Aaji make two more kurtas with pockets she can fill to remind her grandparents of her too. When finally they are on other sides of a big ocean, they put on their kurtas--and do not feel so far, far away from one another. This touching story about worry and loving reassurance is part of our Own Voices, Own Stories collection.

A Voice Like Yours

Frank Murphy, April Groman (author)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936191

Each of us has a unique and powerful voice, whether we speak loudly or softly, sing or sign, or without any words at all. What matters is how we use that voice--because voices are meant to be used. Some of us use it to express ourselves through art. And some use their voices to vote and make big changes. Others use their voice to inspire or lift up others, helping other voices to be heard. Your voice is yours alone--and the world needs a voice like yours.

Hello Baby Brown Bear!

Beverly Rose (author)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936238

From their furry ears to their furry tails, baby bears are so cute! Discover more about these adorable animals with your own adorable little one. Filled with fun sound words and sweet photos, (human) babies will reach for Hello Baby Bear! again and again.

T is for Trails: A Hiking Alphabet

Judy Young (author) Sharisse Steber (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936634

In the United States alone there are close to 60 million hikers. And it's the most popular outdoor activity in Canada. While hiking is a lot of fun, there are many health benefits, including physical exercise and stress relief from being out in nature. Using poetry and expository text, T is for Trails: A Hiking Alphabet gives young readers an A-to-Z guide on how to prepare and make the most of their outdoor adventures. Front and back matter includes information on trail symbols and instructions on how to read a compass.

The Girl Who Loved Poutine

Lorna Schultz Nicholson (author) Rachel Qiuqi (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936672

Zoey loves poutine with its French fries, gravy, and squeaky squeaky cheese curds. It's her favourite dish to make with her father. And it's their annual tradition to make it for their shared July 1 birthday. Zoey is excited. Tomorrow is her fifth birthday! It's also a holiday in Canada. This year, family members--grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins--from across Canada are coming to celebrate Zoey's birthday. But as a surprise to Zoey, everyone is bringing their own special poutine dish. Back matter includes information about the history of this classic dish, as well as a recipe.

When You Go Into Nature

Sheri M. Bestor (author) Sydney Hanson (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936757

When you go into nature, just look around you. You'll learn to move slowly and let go, to be flexible and soft while staying strong, and to revel in your uniqueness while working with those around you. This gentle introduction to mindfulness and meditation encourages children to take cues from the creatures and sights around them, giving readers tools to manage worry and big feelings.

Some Days Are Yellow

Suzanne Slade (author) Michelle Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936559

Some days are easy! The sky is sunny, and it feels like the whole world is your oyster. Everything goes according to plan, and we know what to expect. Other days are tough! There might be raindrops or skinned knees. Things don't go our way and we feel overwhelmed. But that is the up-and-down rollercoaster ride we call life. And everyone experiences it. The most important thing to remember is "No matter your day, tomorrow's brand new!" What a difference a day can make! An important message to keep in mind.

Swallows Swirl

Christina Wilsdon (author) Jess Mason (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936597

One child's year is punctuated by the life cycle of the swallows roosting in the eaves of the shed. She watches as they build nests and teach their young to snap up bugs, zipping through the air in loop-the-loops. Winter comes and she imagines their journey south, towards warmer, longer days. And when the swallows return? She greets them open armed as friends. This is a joyful celebration of seasons and life cycles, a lyrical ode to the wonders of nature around us. Back matter includes STEM content on swallows, their life cycle, and migration paths.

Looking for the Eid Moon

Sahtinay Abaza (author) Sandra Eide (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936474

Sara can't wait for Eid, the Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan. It's a wonderful holiday with festive decorations, special foods, and family and friends getting together. But Eid won't begin until the crescent moon is spotted.

Leafy Landmarks: Travels with Trees

Michelle Schaub (author) Anne Lambelet (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936436

Road trips can be a lot of fun, especially when there are intriguing places to visit and new things to learn. Through a variety of poetic forms, readers are taken on an armchair cross-country journey across the continental United States to visit 14 historic tree sites, some famous and others less well-known. From the Emancipation Oak in Hampton, Virginia, to the Methuselah tree in Shulman Grove, California, readers will discover trees that have traveled to the moon, witnessed the founding of our country, and inspired hope during troubled times. Fascinating facts covering geography, history, and nature will encourage everyone, young and old, to take a closer look at our arboreal friends. An author's note provides tips on how to be a tree champion and how to plan your own "leafy" road trip.

Sam and Lucy

MaryJo Scott (author) MaryJo Scott (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936511

Lucy is Sam's best hen. She takes good care of the baby chicks and makes sure all the chickens in the flock have a place to roost. Everyone loves Lucy. Especially Sam. Lucy and Sam do the chores together, go fishing--and Lucy always waits for Sam's bus after school. When Lucy starts to limp, the vet lets Sam know that Lucy is getting old and the best thing to do is give her lots of extra love. Which is just what Sam does. This tender story tells readers of love, loss, and appreciating the friends we have while they're with us.

Hello Baby Giraffe!

Beverly Rose (author)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936276

From their big eyes to their long necks, baby giraffes are so cute! Discover more about these adorable animals with your own adorable little one. Filled with fun sound words and sweet photos, (human) babies will reach for Hello Baby Giraffe! again and again.

Ice Cream Everywhere: Sweet Stories from Around the World

Judy Campbell-Smith (author) Lucy Semple (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936313

Everywhere you go, all around the world people are eating ice cream! And while some folks spoon up sundaes and some savor Syrian bouza--one thing is always true: ice cream is joy! Travel the globe and discover a mouthwatering selection of cold, creamy treats. Which one is your favorite?! Ice Cream Everywhere includes a map, an author's note--and three scoops of fun!

Junia, The Book Mule of Troublesome Creek

Kim Michele Richardson (author) David C. Gardner (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936351

Junia is a mule. But she's not just any mule. She's a mule with an important job. Every morning she carries her Book Woman up and down the rugged hills and surrounding woodlands near the Kentucky town of Troublesome Creek. Book Woman is a Pack Horse librarian. She and Junia deliver free books and reading material to the people living in the hills and woods. It's not easy work. Every month they ride hundreds of miles to make their deliveries. They've traveled through sunshine, rain, and snow, up twisting, turning paths where no car or wagon could ever go. But Junia can--steady, sure-footed, bighearted Junia. The library patrons are counting on Book Woman's visits, and Book Woman is counting on Junia. And Junia won't ever let her friend down. Junia, the beloved, spunky mule from the bestselling The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek series, comes to vivid life for young readers in this picture book tribute to Kentucky's Great Depression Pack Horse Library Project.

Just Flowers

Erin Dealey (author) Kate Cosgrove (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936399

Izzy's new neighbor is a bit of a grump--though they are both botanically inclined. When the neighbor discovers unwanted flowers--again and again--in his precious rose garden, he bids Izzy to take them away. Izzy does--and uses the blooms to brighten someone else's day. Before long, the town is bursting with Izzy's flowers. The grumpy neighbor doesn't see the fuss. "They're JUST FLOWERS!" he yells. "Just flowers" that brought joy and color to everyone in town. Can Izzy finally get that neighbor to accept the bloom of friendship?

A Little Bit of Everything

Meghana Narayan (author) Michelle Carlos (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668936153

Amaya was born on a winter night—and every experience and memory helps to build her identity. She is a little bit of Mama, whose family is far away in India, and a little bit of Papa, whose mother immigrated from China for a new life. She is a little bit of the salty ocean and a little bit of the rolling storm. A little bit of the stars in the sky, and a little bit of so many other things. When Amaya’s new sibling arrives, she knows just what to say about who she is, and what her sister will become. With stunning, whimsical art, this lyrical book asks readers to celebrate their own uniqueness—and that of others.

Dancing the Tinikling

Bobbie Peyton (author) Diobelle Cerna (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668935491

"Jojo, come dance!" Lola calls, inviting him to leap between the clapping and slapping bamboo poles and dance the tinikling with her. Whirling, twirling, and singing in Tagalog, Jojo tries but trips. Lola dances between the two poles easily, the same way she dances between their American and Filipino cultures--Jojo knows that dance! And finally, spinning and hopping to the rhythm of his life, he's dancing the tinikling! Part of the Own Voices, Own Stories Collection.

So You Want to Be an Astronaut

Clayton Anderson (author) Iris Amaya (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668908532

What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you reach for the stars? Do you value teamwork and shoot for the moon? Are you out of this world? You want to be an astronaut! It's a tough job but learn from a real-life astronaut what it takes to achieve that goal--and what you can do right now to help prepare for blast off! Discover the values, qualities, and soft skills needed to be a space traveler--or succeed in any ambition.

La Mariachi

Isabel Estrada (author) Addy Rivera Sonda (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668935484

Tuchi longs to join in and play with the school's mariachi band, but it's the 1970s and in her community, mariachi is only for the boys. Still she hopes--and wishes on Señora Luna. When Tuchi stumbles across her nana's guitarrón, Nana teaches her to play in secret. The music rumbles inside Tuchi like desert thunder. Will Tuchi be ready for the big audition? And will Señora Luna help Tuchi make her wish come true?

Who Am I?

Julie Buchholtz (author) Aliya Ghare (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668908334

"Who am I?" a young girl asks her mom as she snuggles close. "You are the fire that burns and the eagle that soars. You are the oak tree and the wild rose," says momma. Written from an Indigenous perspective, Who Am I? tells the story of how we are all connected to our ancestors, our past and future, and the Earth--and how it is everyone's duty to fend off darkness, connect to the past, offer safety and shelter, and color the world with beauty. An Own Voices, Own Stories Grand Prize winner.

Street Monsters

Barbara Joosse (author) Kevin M. Barry (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668935477

It's a snowy winter's night in the city. The bedroom lights are off and it's time to settle down to sleep. But wait! What's that? Strange and scary sounds are coming from the streets outside. What can be making these sounds? Are monsters coming? Don't worry! All will soon be revealed. These monsters aren't here to frighten. They are here to help. Through rhyming text and atmospheric artwork, young readers can first imagine what might be making these mysterious sounds. Then a turn of the page identifies the actual "monsters"--vehicles and equipment like snowplows and garbage trucks--that help keep a city running smoothly. And now that all is well, it's time to go to bed! This clever concept is based on a bedtime ritual the author used with her own grandchildren to assuage their nighttime fears.

A Family Like Ours

Frank Murphy, Alice Lee (author) Kayla Harren (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668908457

Everyone's family is unique--and good! From sprawling extended families and close-knit units to adopted and chosen families, A Family Like Ours celebrates all those important connections we build over the years. Regardless of what yours looks like, family is a place for support, safety, growth, and inspiration. What is special, surprising, or sensational about your family?

The Wildes: The Vaquita

Roland Smith (author)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668935460

Ring and Asia Wilde's wild life is anything but ordinary. Instead of attending school, they travel the world with their tutor and parents (scientists who work to protect endangered species). On their last adventure, they swung through the Amazon rainforest to save their mom from vile kidnappers--while defending the forest's population of golden lion tamarins. Now they're in Baja, Mexico--the Sea of Cortez to be exact--searching for the endangered vaquita and finding danger and conspiracy instead.

Do Not Eat This Book! Fun with Jewish Foods & Festivals

Beth Kander (author) Mike Moran (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668935453

With a little Yiddish and a lot of humor mixed in, this bubbly read-aloud picture book about holiday foods and traditions emphasizes the joy of the Jewish experience. Rhyming text takes readers through Jewish holidays, including Tu B'Shevat, Purim, and Chanukah, and their related special dishes. Colorful artwork brings the mouthwatering foods to the page and the table. But no matter how delicious the foods look, do not eat this book! Back matter includes a glossary describing each holiday, along with easy, kid-friendly recipes for the featured dishes, kitchen-tested by the author and her family.

The Pie That Molly Grew

Sue Heavenrich (author) Chamisa Kellogg (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668908211

Using "The House That Jack Built" rhyme scheme and beginning with the planting of a single seed, the journey of bringing a pumpkin to harvest comes to life for young readers. Under Molly's watchful eye and care, each stage of growth--from the seed to the sprout to the leaves to the final fruit on the vine--is showcased. And at the end, Molly's lovely pumpkin is turned into a delicious pie for one and all to share in a celebration of gratitude. All from the seed that Molly sowed. Back matter includes fun facts about pumpkins, the important pollinators who help them grow, as well as a pumpkin pie recipe.