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Roundup: Ten Holiday Books with Heart-Comforting Perspectives

Here, a list of just a few of my favorite holiday books that share heart-comforting perspectives:   Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2005) This is a … Continue reading

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Aunt Fanny’s Star

In the midst of grieving a death in our family, I was touched to have discovered the picture book Aunt Fanny’s Star (Minedition, 2017), written by Austrian writer Brigitte Weninger and illustrated by Turkey’s prominent Feridun Oral. In the story, … Continue reading

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Roundup: Fabulous Books About Immigrants and Refugees – Picture Books

Yesterday I shared some wonderful middle-grade books about refugees and immigrants. Today, I continue the theme by posting some of my favorite picture books that offer children and their adult caregivers insight into the immigrant’s experience: My Grandfather’s Coat by … Continue reading

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Roundup: Fabulous Books About Immigrants and Refugees – MG Novels

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of America’s first Refugee Travel Ban. According to World Relief Seattle: “Over the course of the first year of the Trump Administration, just 29,725 refugees have been admitted to the U.S., compared to 99,183 the … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give

It’s largely Starr’s wide circle of caring adults in her family and community, I believe, that create in the story such a beautiful tone of hope and love, even in the midst of some very dire situations. While Starr’s mostly black urban neighborhood of Garden Heights is painted as poor and gang-ridden, Thomas portrays Starr’s community as rich in heart, abundant with people who care, nurture, and unconditionally love their young. Continue reading

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