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189 Canaries
In a cozy room in northern Germany, a yellow canary sings rolling melodies to the miners and carpenters of the...
Animals, Books in Translation, Emigration/Immigration, European, History, Songs & Music
9 Kilometers
"As a young boy walks nine kilometers to school, he travels through the mountain and rain forest landscapes of southern...
Books in Translation, Character / Values, JUVENILE FICTION, Latin American, Patience, Poverty, Problem-Solving, Resilience
A Bird Or Two
Simple text and bright illustrations describe the work of French painter, Henri Matisse, particularly his joyful use of color.
Art & Artists, Biographies, Juvenile Nonfiction
A Different Story
Large or small, busy or calm, flying or sinking, even creatures as different as a rhinoceros and a rhinoceros beetle...
Books in Translation, JUVENILE FICTION, Tolerance / Acceptance
A Girl Called Problem
In 1967 Tanzania, when President Nyerere urges his people to work together as one extended family, the people of Litongo...
African, Character / Values, Contentment, Cultures, Family, Family Life, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION
A Good Day
"The tiger has a plan to escape from the zoo and find his real home -- all he needs is...
Books in Translation, Cats, Friendship, JUVENILE FICTION
A Head Full of Birds
"School is a lonely place for Nanette until she meets Noah, who understands how her unusual ideas make the world...
Books in Translation, Bullying / Peer Pressure, Emigration/Immigration, Friendship, School Stories, Social Issues, Social-Emotional Learning
A Perfect Spot
A ladybug needs a safe place to lay her eggs, but where can she find an open spot? Katydids flutter...
A Plan for the People
"This biography follows Nelson Mandela from his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to...
African, Biographies, Character / Values, Cultures, History, Juvenile Nonfiction, Tolerance / Acceptance
A River of Words
2009 Caldecott Honor Book An ALA Notable Book A New York Times Best Illustrated Children s Book A Charlotte Zolotow...
Biographies, Juvenile Nonfiction, Writers & Books
A Story Like the Wind
As a group of refugees huddles together in a rubber dinghy, one of them uses his violin to weave their...
Character / Values, Contentment, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION, Social Issues, Songs & Music, War / Refugees
A Story That Grows
Illustrations and easy-to-read text demonstrate that bedtime stories are as unique as the parents and children who share them.
Animals, Bedtime, Books in Translation, Family, Family Life, JUVENILE FICTION, Writers & Books
A Well-Mannered Young Wolf
"A hilarious story about why manners matter" One morning, a young wolf eagerly sets out on his first hunting trip....
Animals, Books in Translation, Humor, JUVENILE FICTION
A World of Praise
"Poetic text praises God for his love and care for his creation, from the mountains of Peru to the streets...
A Year With Mama Earth
In September, Mama Earth sighs out the first autumn frost, which crunches under children's feet. Mama Earth looks after nature's...
A slave girl convinces her master, the mighty Syrian general, Naaman, to seek a cure from his leprosy from the...
Cultures, JUVENILE FICTION, Middle Eastern, Social Issues, War / Refugees
Always With You
Orphaned at the age of four when her village in Viet Nam is bombed, Kim is rescued by American soldiers...
Asian, Character / Values, Courage, Cultures, JUVENILE FICTION, Social Issues, War / Refugees
Anna’s Heaven
After the death of her mother, Anna and her father imagine that Heaven might be a place where one can...
At Jerusalem’s Gate
A collection of poems which tells the story of the first Easter.
Easter, Holidays, Juvenile Nonfiction
At Your Baptism
Presents the text from the French Reformed liturgy for baptism and explains the meaning behind the ceremony. On board pages.
Juvenile Nonfiction
Attack of the Turtle
During the Revolutionary War, fourteen-year-old Nathan Wade joins forces with his older cousin, the inventor David Bushnell, to secretly build...
Character / Values, Contentment, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, History, JUVENILE FICTION, Mystery / Suspense, Science and Technology, Social Issues, War / Refugees
Back to Front and Upside Down!
While the rest of the class makes birthday cards for the principal, Stanley struggles with his words and letters.
Character / Values, Friendship, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION, Problem-Solving, School Stories
Bear Is Never Alone
A stirring, thoughtful story about the pressure to perform and the support of a true friend. When Bear sits down...
Animals, Books in Translation, Character / Values, JUVENILE FICTION, Social-Emotional Learning, Songs & Music, Tolerance / Acceptance
Bear with Me
"When a bear arrives and won't leave, he changes everything--from sleeping to shopping to hanging out with friends"--
Animals, Humor, Neurodiversity/Mental Health
Before You Were Born
What child isn't curious about those first days of life? In Before You Were Born, Nancy White Carlstrom expertly portrays...
Bird Life in Wington
Here are thirty striking stories that creatively teach the Chritian way of life by telling about the various birds who...
Still grieving for her father, twelve-year-old Birdie struggles to adjust to many changes, including when her grandmother, her mother, and...
Character / Values, Family, Family Life, Friendship, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION, Poetry / Poets
Black and White
"Black and White are very different. But when they work together, the two colors can go on the most amazing...
Concepts, Family, JUVENILE FICTION
Brigid’s Cloak
Relates a legend about the Irish slave girl who became Saint Brigid, beginning with a celestial song, a mysterious gift,...
Christmas, Cultures, European, Holidays, JUVENILE FICTION
Brother Hugo and the Bear
After painstakingly handcrafting a replacement copy of a library book, a medieval monk tries to protect it from a hungry...
Character / Values, Family, JUVENILE FICTION, Problem-Solving
Building a Dream
"In the Thai village of Koh Panyee, a team of boys builds their own football pitch on top of the...
Character / Values, Soccer fields
Building an Orchestra of Hope
"When a children's orchestra in Cateura, Paraguay, grows to have more students than instruments, music teacher Favio Chavez works with...
Biographies, Character / Values, Music teachers, Poverty, Problem-Solving, Social Issues, Songs & Music, Tolerance / Acceptance
Wrongly accused of cyberbullying, seventh-grader Jun Li, a brilliant student, more comfortable around computers than people, has seven days to...
Bullying / Peer Pressure, Friendship, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION, Mystery / Suspense, School Stories, Science and Technology
C. S. Lewis
Step through the other side of the wardrobe and meet the creator of the Chronicles of Narnia the man whose...
Biographies, Religion
Circles of Hope
Young Facile wants to plant a tree in honor of his new baby sister, but he faces many obstacles. The...
Character / Values, Cultures, Family, JUVENILE FICTION, Latin American, New Baby, Patience, Poverty, Social Issues
Colorful Mondays: A Bookmobile Spreads Hope in Honduras JUVENILE FICTION
Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new...
Character / Values, Contentment, Family, Family Life, Grief / Death / Illness, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION, Poetry / Poets, Social Issues
Dangerous Journey
The world-famous, much-loved classic Pilgrim s Progress is here retold for children. This abridged version uses the original words of...
Character / Values, Courage, JUVENILE FICTION
"During the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, siblings Soccoro and Paco must live with constant secrets while they wait...
Books in Translation, Cultures, Emigration/Immigration, History, JUVENILE FICTION, Latin American, Social Issues, War / Refugees
Do You Have a Dog?
Rhyming text describes some famous historical figures, from Annie Oakley and Merriwether Lewis to Jackson Pollock and Billie Holiday, and...
Animals, History, Juvenile Nonfiction
Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?
Katrina wants to know more about God: Mama, what does God wear? Does God like to paint? Does God ever...
Dreams for Our Daughters
"Rhyming text describes the kind, brave, change-championing person a young girl will become"--
Family, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, Juvenile Nonfiction, New Baby
Driftwood Days
A tree branch in the mountains travels through the seasons and across rivers and oceans until it becomes a piece...
Eli Remembers
After many years of watching the solemn lighting of seven candles at Rosh Hashanah, Eli finally learns how those candles...
Family, Grandparents, Grief / Death / Illness, Jewish Interest, JUVENILE FICTION
Ethan, Suspended
After a school suspension and his parents' separation, Ethan is sent to live with his grandparents in Washington, D.C., which...
Character / Values, Family, Family Life, Friendship, Grandparents, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, JUVENILE FICTION, Poverty, School Stories, Social Issues, Tolerance / Acceptance
Eva’s Story
"Eva Schloss -- the posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank -- recounts her experiences as Jewish refugee from persecution, a teenage...
Biographies, History, Jewish Interest, Social Issues, War / Refugees, Young Adult Nonfiction
In Wildsmith's hands, the familiar journey of the Exodus comes alive against stunning backdrops.
Jewish Interest, Juvenile Nonfiction
Father’s Road
Wong Chung encounters many obstacles as he and his father travel along the Silk Road.
Asian, Books in Translation, Cultures, History, JUVENILE FICTION, Science and Technology
How do you find joy in ordinary moments? How do you mark small wonders like the return of the fireflies...
Hardcover Bedtime, Character / Values, Contentment, Nature / Seasons, Poetry / Poets, Praise / Prayer / Hymns
Four Feet, Two Sandals
Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief...
Cultures, Family, JUVENILE FICTION, Middle Eastern, Poverty, Social Issues, War / Refugees
Friend of Numbers: The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan Juvenile Nonfiction
Friends of Liberty
Sally Gifford, a Patriot shoemaker's daughter, tries to maintain her close friendship with Kitty Lawton, the daughter of a Loyalist...
Character / Values, Contentment, Family, Family Life, Friendship, Growing Up / Self-Esteem, History, JUVENILE FICTION, Social Issues, War / Refugees
Georgia’s Bones
Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, Georgia began gathering all sorts of objects sticks and stones, flowers and bones. Although...
Biographies, Juvenile Nonfiction
Get on Your Bike
"When William and Bobby have a fight, Bobby jumps on his bike and leaves, but as he travels through the...
Books in Translation, Character / Values, Friendship, JUVENILE FICTION, Problem-Solving
Gilgamesh the Hero
This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and it's about things that still matter to us today:...
Cultures, Family, JUVENILE FICTION, Middle Eastern
Good King Wenceslas
Illustrated text of the carol about the kindness of Wenceslas, duke of Bohemia.
Christmas, Holidays, JUVENILE FICTION, Poverty, Social Issues, Social-Emotional Learning
Grandfather Whisker’s Table
In the late 1400s, while visiting the Corsa del Palio festival with his father, young Enzo asks the world's first...
Books in Translation, Cultures, European, History, JUVENILE FICTION
Hail Mary
With clear, simple language and sweet illustrations, this board book explains the meaning of one of the best-loved Christian prayers,...
Books in Translation, Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry / Poets, Praise / Prayer / Hymns
Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet
We walk on Earth's surface every day, but how often do we wonder about the incredible planet around us? From...