Diverse Books: 2015 Children’s Book Picks - The Melting Pot
It’s the holiday season! While most people are pushing and fighting their way to the latest toy or gadget, you could be browsing through your local bookstore. Why not give the gift of a great story to the littlest people on your list?
Let’s add the sweet holiday flavors of dates and sugarplums to the melting pot.
The Princess and the Pony is perhaps one of the funniest books I’ve come across in a very long time. The cover alone issues a ‘girl power’ message, but the subtle messaging inside the book is also fabulous. Princess Pinecone lives in a diverse world filled with a broad range of cultures of skin tones. Even her parents are interracial. (Her mother is a chocolate dipped Xena Warrior Princess.) Princess Pinecone and her flatulent little pony will melt your heart and fill your story time with belly laughs. Enjoy!
The Princess and the Pony written and illustrated by Kate Beaton
Introducing Kate Beaton, a major new picture book talent, and author/illustrator of #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller HARK! A VAGRANT!
Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...
From the artist behind the comic phenomenon HARK! A VAGRANT, THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I can describe Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns in one word: beautiful. Each page is filled with stunning visual collages of textures, patterns, and colors mixed with photo elements. This book features a loving, multi-generational family practicing Muslim traditions. A glossary at the back of the book provides kid friendly definitions to assist with learning and understanding.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors written by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam's beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent's lap. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.
As a child, I hungered for books in urban settings similar to what I saw in my day-to-day life. In Grandma’s Gift, Eric Velasquez gives us a peek into his grandmother’s New York Puerto Rican neighborhood. In his youth, Mr. Velasquez spent his Christmas breaks with his grandmother while his parents worked. A trip to the museum pulls them both out of their comfort zones providing a doorway to life changing experiences. I enjoyed this book so much; I am planning on finding the first book in the series.
Grandma’s Gift written and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
This prequel to Eric Velasquez's biographical picture book Grandma's Records is the story of a Christmas holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican Christmas celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift?a set of paints?to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A heart-warming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild.
The heart-warming message in You’re Here for a Reason is deceptively simple yet potent and powerful. We are all connected. We are all loved. WOW! During the holiday season, what better message could you possibly share with little folks in your life?
You’re Here for a Reason written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
You're here for a reason. If you think you're not
I would just say that perhaps you forgot . . .
a piece of the world that is precious and dear would surely be missing if you weren't here.
Every person matters. Here, national-bestselling and beloved author Nancy Tillman shows readers how each of us fits into life's big picture, and how the world would be incomplete without you in it.
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