Every year, the Newbery and Caldecott awards are given to some of the best children’s books of the year. But lesser known is the Batchelder Award, given to a book first published in a language other than English, in a country other than the United States. One of the 2017 Bachelder books is the picture book, “Over the Ocean,” by Taro Gomi. A Japanese girl in orange-red pants stands on the shore of a teal green ocean.
When you think of Cinderella, you probably don't think of a socket wrench. However, after you read the picture book "Interstellar Cinderella" by Deborah Underwood, you definitely see the traditional fairy tale in a new way. Here's how it begins: "Once upon a planetoid,/ amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed/ of fixing fancy rockets."
Charles R. Smith Jr. had mixed feelings about Black History Month. Although he was proud of his culture, he didn't like the idea of ignoring black history for the other 11 months of the year. As an author, he wanted to change this.
When Peter Lee's older brother dies in a car accident, his family changes completely. But "The Way Home Looks Now," by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, is not just about sorrow. It's about baseball. It's what the family loves.
Believe it or not, you have a science lab at home. All you have to is step into your kitchen. In "Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat," author Jodi Wheeler-Toppen provides more than 30 experiments and activities that can be performed with foods that you probably already have on your shelves. Wheeler-Toppen begins with with experiments using mixtures, such as ice cream and vinaigrette.
George Moses Horton loved words. More than almost anything, he wanted to learn to read. But George lived in North Carolina before the Civil War. He was enslaved. "Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton," follows George's amazing life and his commitment to language. As a youth he found an old spelling book and taught himself to read. Eventually, he composed poetry — not on paper, but in his mind. When George traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C. to sell vegetables for his master, the students teased him.
When Wangari Maathai was a girl in a small village in Kenya, her mother shared words that she would never forget: "A tree is worth more than its wood." "Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees" is a picture book biography about one of Kenya's great environmental and political leaders. As a girl, Wangari watched trees being cut down to make room for large British plantations.
The art of circus often involves the unimaginable. "Watch Out for Flying Kids!" by Cynthia Levinson, describes the amazing physical feats of children and teens who have trained their bodies in remarkable ways. They swing from trapezes, ride unicycles, juggle hats, contort their bodies, perform on rolling globes and much, much more. But just as unimaginable is the makeup of these circus programs. In the book, Levinson shows how children and teens from "social circuses" in St.
"My mama was a slave woman called Mau-Mau with sweet arms, and eyes like a hawk ... " So begins "My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth," by Ann Turner. In this richly-illustrated picture book, Turner allows Isabella (Sojourner's name from early in her life) to tell her own story. Isabella was one of twelve children, each sold "like horses for work." Eventually, she was owned by Master Dumont and his wife.
Jack thinks he is going to California as he speeds down the railroad track on a handcar. However, he and his four friends are heading east through Missouri. "Wanderville: Escape to the World's Fair," by Wendy McClure, is the story of five orphans who seek a life of safety and freedom. Their travels through Missouri hit an abrupt end when their handcar suddenly derails.