Staff Pick

Picture books can be for young and old and help us see hope in the midst of chaos. John McCutcheon’s story Flowers for Sarajevo (Peachtree, $19.95), illustrated by Kristy Caldwell, leaves you feeling both the impact of war and the strength of the human spirit; an enclosed CD with music by cellist Vadro Smailovic completes the package. The Banana-Leaf Ball (Kids Can, $18.95) by Katie Smith Milway also tells of all-too-real violence through the eyes of a child. After fleeing his native Burundi, Deo is living alone in a refugee camp in Tanzania when he goes from being bullied to being teammates with his rival. Shane Evans’s illustrations evoke a full range of emotions, from fear when Deo initially has to flee his home, to joy when play and friendship ultimately triumph. Ages 7-10.

 

Flowers for Sarajevo Cover Image
By John McCutcheon, Kristy Caldwell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781561459438
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2017

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World (CitizenKid) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771383318
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 4th, 2017

Staff Pick

Amina’s Voice (Salaam Reads, $16.99) by Hena Khan is one of the first titles from Salaam Reads, a new imprint from Simon and Schuster focused on publishing books with Muslim protagonists. Tag along with 6th-grader Amina as she struggles to navigate changing friendships and familial cultural traditions and expectations in order to find her inner strength. Need a little action and adventure? Follow Farah and her two best friends into The Gauntlet (Salaam Reads, $16.99) by Karuna Riazi as they try to solve puzzles in order to save her brother and others trapped inside a mechanical board game. Want more emotion? Meet Ruthie in Lucky Broken Girl (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) by Ruth Behar, a truly unique, multicultural coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a young Cuban-American girl confined to her bed after a tragic accident. Ages 9-12.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492065
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

The Gauntlet Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481486965
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

Lucky Broken Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399546440
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 11th, 2017

Staff Pick

Travel to Australia and meet a boy with anti-immigrant views who falls for an Afghan refugee girl in The Lines We Cross (Scholastic, $18.99) by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Or follow 16-year-old Fabiola in American Street (Balzer & Bray/Harper Teen, $17.99) by Ibi Zoboi when her family emigrates from Haiti to Detroit and faces the stark realities of one girl’s struggles trying to find her way in a new world. Ages 13-17.

The Lines We Cross Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338118667
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 9th, 2017

American Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062473042
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 14th, 2017

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