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Les ratés

by Tania Baladi, illustrated by Mathieu Potvin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, art & architecture

Simone a beaucoup de talent en dessin. Mais elle veut faire des dessins parfaits. Rien de moins. Auprès d’un artiste, elle apprend à faire confiance à son instinct et à regarder d’une nouvelle façon.

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Leah's Mustache Party

narrator Nadia Mike & Miali Buscemi, illustrated by Charlene Chua
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: humorous stories, birthdays, imagination & play, self-esteem & self-reliance, halloween

"Quirky, playful, affirming fun!"—Kirkus

Four-year-old Leah loved being a pirate for Halloween. She never considered being a princess or a fairy, no matter what her friends said.
But once Halloween has come and gone, Leah misses so many things about her costume. She misses her sword. She misses saying "Arrrr!" But most of all, she misses her sil …

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A Sky-Blue Bench

by Bahram Rahman & Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, diversity & multicultural

It's Afghani schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg."

Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in …

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The Big Bath House

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Gracey Zhang
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: multigenerational, self-esteem & self-reliance, asian american

A joyful celebration of Japanese cultural traditions and body positivity as a young girl visits a bath house with her grandmother and aunties

You'll walk down the street / Your aunties sounding like clip-clopping horses / geta-geta-geta / in their wooden sandals / Until you arrive... / At the bath house / The big bath house.

In this celebration of …

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Welcome to the Cypher

by Khodi Dill, illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), self-esteem & self-reliance, music

Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression.

“Welcome to the cypher!

Now huddle up nice and snug.

You feel that circle around you?

Well, that’s a hip hop hug!” 

Starting with beatboxes and fingersnaps, an exuberant narrator introduces kids in his community to the powerful possibilities of rap, from turning …

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Living With Viola

by Rosena Fung
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, self-esteem & self-reliance

Heartbreakingly honest and quietly funny, this graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.

Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school—and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that on …

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Barnaby

by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Kass Reich
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: birds, alternative family, new experience, self-esteem & self-reliance

A vain blue budgie flies the coop only to find that there's no place like home
Barnaby is a blue budgie who’s got it all: a golden cage, bells to jingle-jangle, and an owner who gives him all the snacks and attention he wants. Until his owner brings home a “friend” for Barnaby: a little yellow canary.
Barnaby is not happy. When his tantrum …

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Our Table

illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: multigenerational, self-esteem & self-reliance

Creative visionary of The Word Collector, Happy Dreamer, and The Dot, #1 New York Times bestseller Peter H. Reynolds creates a tender, lyrical story of multigenerational love, tradition, and family coming together with gratitude and thanks.

 

 

An Amazon Best Children's Book of 2021

Celebrated, bestselling creator Peter H. Reynolds brings his signature …

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