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Eid Mubarak

Are you looking for books about the holiday Eid al Adha? We have nonfiction books for children as well as picture books. The newest story is a book in Arabic:

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Man khaba kharūf al-ʻĪd by Taghrīd al-Najjār
Grandmother Fatoum tells her grandchildren how as a child she got attached to the Eid lamb. The story is retold in flashback and set in a Palestinian village.

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The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Aneesa and her grandmother come up with a plan to help two girls who are refugees celebrate Eid in America.

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We’re Off To Make ‘Umrah by Sana Munshey
A brother and sister join their parents on a trip to the city of Mecca to perform the sacred ritual of ‘Umrah.

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The Most Pleasant Festival of Sacrifice: Little Batul’s Eid Celebration by
Munise Ulker
Little Batula’s parents were worried about their children learning their own values and having a good Eid celebration in the US. So, neighborhood mothers decided to get together to plan a nice Eid ul-Adha celebration for their children and local kids in need.

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Going to Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert
A picture book shows a family’s pilgrimage to Mecca and what they do there.

If you’re looking for more books that feature Muslim children, try the new imprint Salaam Reads. They have picture books, chapter books and teen fiction and offer different kinds of stories including sports fiction and fantasy adventure.

New Juvenile World Languages Books

In response to demand, we have new picture books in the West African language Yoruba:

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Béárì Pípón, Béárì Pípón, Kílo rí?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
This bilingual picture book is a popular way to learn words for different animals and colors.

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Nkan iyàlénu fun Handa
Handa’s Surprise
by Eileen Browne
Handa brings a basket of fruit to her friend as a surprise, but thanks to the local animals she ends up getting a surprise herself. This is also a bilingual picture book.

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Omiran ni baba mi
My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac
A little boy uses imaginative language to describe his loving father in this bilingual picture book.

Black Joy

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I was intrigued by an ad I saw this fall for the book Crown, for which the author and illustrator earned several honors at this month’s Youth Media Awards. At the top of the ad were the words of a writer for Kirkus Reviews: “This book oozes black cool and timely, much-needed black joy.”

I thought “black joy” was a great choice of words. While it’s important for students to learn and understand history, reading about history can be a painful experience. Children who are learning to read need to be motivated to read, and one of the best ways to do that is to let children read books they enjoy.

At a library conference I met Alan Irby, a man who really gets this. He started  Barbershop Books to “Help black boys ages 4-8 to identify as readers” by putting books in barbershops. The books he had on display were are all ones kids love to read: The Adventures of Captain Underpants, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and other fun things.

The author Carole Boston Weatherford wrote about how even though the number and variety of books with African American characters increased from when she was little to when she had kids, she still had trouble finding books that matched her son’s interests:

“But with the exception of Ringgold’s Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky (1992), my children went five years — an eternity for a kid — without seeing another fantasy picture book with African American characters. In five years, a child can graduate from read-alouds to read-alones. A child’s interests can change. A child can even lose interest in books.”

So here, partly inspired by Scott Woods’ list of 28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2018), are some of the most appealing new books in the library. Some will touch on serious topics, but not in a way that overwhelms the reading experience.

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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
I’ve talked to a couple of people in the past year or so who hadn’t realized that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an author; he’s covered topics like African American history and the world of Sherlock Holmes as well as fiction and nonfiction about basketball.

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Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency by Pete Souza (also available as an ebook on OverDrive)
The Chief Official White House Photographer shares his photographs of President Obama in a book especially for children.

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Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Grandma’s purse is full of things like family photos and sparkly earrings (and the art depicting her house is full of great textures)

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Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, art by Keith Knight
I’m familiar with Keith Knight’s comics for adults; to the best of my knowledge this is his first time illustrating a book (Wimpy Kid-style) just for kids.

King & Kayla series, written by Dori Hillestad Butler and illustrated by Nancy Meyers
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A book from this series of beginning chapter books just earned a Geisel Honor as a distinguished title for beginning readers.

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Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Stories about Lola and her baby brother Leo are available in both Spanish and English!

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A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhané Wallis, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
The young actress tells the story of attending a red carpet awards ceremony (and when you’re nine, who else would you bring as a date but your mom?) in a picture book full of sparkly dresses.

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Shadows of Caesar’s Creek by Sharon M. Draper
Sharon Draper’s series Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs was one of the few chapter book series featuring African American boys. The series is now being reissued with new cover illustrations and a new name, Clubhouse Mysteries. This one has a haunted forest!

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Springtime Blossoms by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Michelle Henninger
Not many beginning reader books feature African American kids, either, but Bradford Street Buddies is a newer series that is an exception.

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Where’s Rodney? by Carmen Bogan, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Rodney’s class takes a field trip that makes a big impression on him.

series by Asia Citro, art by Marion Lindsay
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I’ve seen a kid go from I-don’t-like-reading to reading-while-walking in under 5 minutes because of this book! The rest of the beginning chapter fantasy series just arrived at the library.

Here are some places to look for more fiction and nonfiction featuring African Americans:

Amistad Press is an imprint of HarperCollins and published Chasing Space (there is a Young Readers’ edition as well as an edition for adults).

Jump at the Sun is a Disney imprint. It just published a board book edition of Homemade Love by bell hooks.

The NAACP Image Awards include a category for literature. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History won in the children’s category and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground won in the youth/teens category. The nominees for the awards are also listed online.

New picture books in Romanian

 

We have added new picture books to the collection to go with Ora Copiilor our new Family Storytime in Romanian!

New children’s books in Polish

 

We have new picture books in Polish to go with Rodzinne Czytanie Bajeczek po Polsku our new Family Storytime in Polish. Click the pictures for a list of new books!

Picture Book Month

It’s Picture Book Month! Take a look through the Children’s Services department and you will see little notes throughout the picture book collection pointing out some of our favorite titles.

Family Reading Night is coming!

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Family Reading Night
Clothespin Puppets Picture Book Show
Wednesday, November 15, 7-7:45 p.m.
All ages
See your favorite books come to life during a fast-paced mix of stories, puppets and audience participation. Get here early and meet the puppets and puppeteers starting at 6 p.m. Drop in.