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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Reading Widely: Picture Books

Start the new year with some diverse picture books for the little ones in your life or your library!

Last Stop on Market Street
Written by Matt de la Pena
Illustrated by Christian Robinson

CJ and his grandmother ride the bus across town every Sunday. This account of their ride through their bustling neighborhood and the differences between CJ and his neighbors provides a wonderful perspective on city life.

One Family
Written by George Shannon
Illustrated by Blanca Gomez

A playful and interactive text about all the different ways a family can be constructed.

Thunder Boy Jr.
Written by Sherman Alexie
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Thunder Boy Jr is named after his dad, but he wants a name of his very own. With the help of his dad, they pick out a name that celebrates him and who he is.

Green is a Chile Pepper
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Illustrated by John Parra

A book of children discovering all the bright colors in their Hispanic neighborhood.

Mixed Me
Written by Taye Diggs
Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Mike is biracial, and he has to answer a lot of questions about being mixed. And he does, knowing he's the perfect blend of the two parents who love him.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanters
Written by Hena Khan
Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

A beautifully illustrated book of colors that draws inspiration from Muslim culture.

Trombone Shorty
Written by Troy Andrews
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

A lively picture book autobiography of Troy Andrews, a trombone prodigy, also highlights the feel and energy of New Orleans.

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