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Book Review: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

9 Nov

52Synopsis: The large Vanderbeeker family has only known life in a brownstone on 141st Street, so the five kids (and their parents) are heartbroken when they find out their mysterious and cranky landlord who lives upstairs will not be renewing their rent after Christmas. The kids take on the challenge and over the course of 11 days, they do everything in their power to not only save the only home they’ve ever known, but to get to know their landlord at the same time.

With gifts, petitions, research and the help of pretty much the whole neighborhood, this is the story of what it means to be a friend and what home truly is.

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15 Picture Books to Celebrate Ramadan

2 Jun

Ramadan

  1. It’s Ramadan, Curious George by H.A. Rey, Hena Khan, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young
  2. Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman, illustrated by Sue Williams

  3. Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  4. The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon

  5. My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
  6. Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Holli Conger
  7. The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen
  8. A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen
  9. Ilyas & Duck: Fantastic Festival Eid-al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja, illustrated by Leo Antolini
  10. Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, illustrated by Proiti Roy
  11. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  12. Time to Pray by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon
  13. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon
  14. Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi, illustrated by Omar Rauuan
  15. Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr Story by Jonny Zucker, illustrated by Jan Barger

10 Titles for St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

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Grab your favorite leprechaun and pick up a book about St. Patrick, Ireland and the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  2. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
  3. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long
  4. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
  5. Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott
  6. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
  7. The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
  8. That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
  9. O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
  10. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tome DePaola

25 Titles to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

11 Feb

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A great list of picture books about love, family, kindness and friendship to share for Valentine’s Day (or any day of the year)!

  1. Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder and Melissa Sweet
  2. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt
  4. Snuggle Puppy! (a love song) by Sandra Boynton
  5. Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
  6. Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz
  7. The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
  8. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  9. My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
  10. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  11. Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide and Lane Smith
  12.  Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
  13. Shy by Deborah Freedmam
  14. One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez
  15. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  16. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore
  17. How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer and Caroline Jayne Church
  18. The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman
  19. The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
  20. All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham
  21. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
  22. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
  23. Dear Bunny: A Bunny Love Story by Michaela Morgan and Caroline Jayne Church
  24. Always by Emma Dodd
  25. Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda

10 Picture Books for Lunar New Year

27 Jan

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I know that Lunar New Year is celebrated in more than just the Chinese culture, unfortunately it is extremely difficult to find titles for Lunar New Year celebrations in other Asian countries (although I did find one). Enjoy these great titles and as always, let me know of others that you love to read!

  1. My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
  2. A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong
  3. The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan
  4. The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey
  5. Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn B. Otto
  6.  Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
  7. Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! by Demi
  8. The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
  9. Ten Mice for Tet by (Vietnamese Lunar New Year)
  10. This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong
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