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July Picture Book Review

  Peace, love and kindness were the themes used in last week’s Storytime. With too many books to select from, here is a short list of books that go along with the theme of acceptance, kindness, and understanding.

Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges is based on the experiences of the author’s grandmother. Ruby was unlike little girls growing up in Old China; her grandfather allowed any grandchild to get an education when girls were restrained from reading and writing at the time. Ruby persisted and worked hard to keep up with her male cousins.  Her grandfather supported her education when many opposed. Ages 4-8

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, is the classic “once upon a time” fairytale with a gender twist. The king and queen need to abdicate the throne to their only son but worry that he was delaying his search for a bride. A dragon invaded the kingdom the prince met an unexpected individual to help him save the day. Ages 4-8.

A is for activist by Innosanto Nagara is a witty, powerful and informative ABC picture book that touches everything from LGBTQ rights, indigenous and immigrant rights to diversity! The bold and powerful illustrations resemble activist art and are great conversation starters. Some of the vocabulary in this book is advanced. For example, “Z is for Zapatista of course.” Parents or teachers might need to spend a couple of minutes deciphering each tern and concept to their children. Ages 3-6

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh is the true story of desegregation that began with Mexican-American children, seven years before Brown v The Board of Education. This case was disputed in the federal district court when education in California was segregated. Ages 6-9.

Ask a youth librarian at the Youth Reference desk for more suggestions on this topic.