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2014-Tara's Lookout

by Eugene R. Caputi (author, illustrator) | Self-published (2012) | Children
$8.95-RP4244 | 32 pages

Tara is a young girl with developmental disabilities who spends most of her time observing the world from her family's terrace. Home-schooled, she's lonely and bored until one day she gets a chance to save a life. The story exposes readers to day-to-day life in India and serves as a gentle reminder about acceptance of those who are differently abled.

2014-The Herd Boy

by Niki Daly (author, illustrator) | Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2012) | Children
$17.00-RP4245 | 32 pages

Malusi is a herd boy. It is a big job for a small boy, but no matter the danger, he does his job well. But he also dreams of being more than a herd boy someday: Malusi wants to be president. This story explores the idea that many great leaders have come from humble beginnings.

2014-Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

by Philip Dray (author) and Stephen Alcorn (illustrator) | Peachtree Publishers (2008) | Children
$18.95-RP4246 | 48 pages

This book recounts the amazing story of Ida B. Wells, a former slave from Mississippi who became a crusader for justice, helping to bring an end to lynching in America and leaving a legacy of activism for freedom and equality that would find its full expression during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

2014-Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy

by Bill Wise (author) and Adam Gustavson (illustrator) | Lee & Low Books (2012) | Children
$18.95-RP4247 | 40 pages

Hoy dreamed of one day playing Major League Baseball, a fantasy for many boys but more of a long shot for Hoy, who was deaf. This story salutes one of the most inspirational figures in baseball history. A talented player with a standout record, Hoy is proof that success in life should be measured by drive and determination, not differences.

2014-Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back

by Laura Pedersen (author) and Penny Weber (illustrator) | Tilbury House Publishers (2012) | Children
$16.95-RP4248 | 32 pages

Ella worries her family has forgotten how to be together. Instead of playing games and making waffles, everyone is talking on cell phones, playing video games and using the computer. What's a girl to do? When Ella makes her move, it gets everyone's attention. This book speaks to the issue of managing technology so that it can be more family-friendly.

2014-Puffling Patrol

by Ted Lewin (author) and Betsy Lewin (illustrator) | Lee & Low Books (2012) | Children
$19.95-RP4250 | 56 pages

Erna, Dani and their father drive through their Iceland town at night every August looking for baby puffins, called pufflings, that have glided from their nests on the rocky cliffs to the streets instead of the sea. Will they be able to rescue all the pufflings before they encounter danger? Will the baby birds make it to the sea?

2014-Sheila Says We're Weird

by Ruth Ann Smalley (author) and Jennifer Emery (illustrator) | Tilbury House Publishers (2011) | Children
$16.95-RP4249 | 32 pages

Sheila thinks her neighbors are weird. They hang their laundry outside to dry and ride bikes to the library instead of driving. They even use a push lawn mower rather than a gas one. But their homemade soup tastes great, and she loves picking tomatoes from their garden. What gives? Are they really weird, or do they have some good ideas?

2014-Traveler: A Story of Trust, Faith and Hope Encircled by Love

by Mary Alice Parmley (author) and Jackie Onstead (illustrator) | Indian Trail Press (2011) | Children
$15.95-RP4251 | 32 pages

The Nativity story is the backdrop for a dog named Traveler's journey to Bethlehem, where he finds friendship and love from his new friends at the inn and the stable where Jesus is born. This book introduces children to the many gifts in life that come from friendship.

Agatha's Feather BedAgatha's Feather Bed

by Carmen Agra Deedy

Agatha sells woven wares and imparts knowledge to all, especially children. "Everything comes from something, nothing comes from nothing." But, after she orders a new feather bed, six naked, shivering geese pay her a visit demanding their feathers back.

Purchase information:$7.95

Un Colchón de Plumas para ÁgataUn Colchón de Plumas para Ágata

por Carmen Agra Deedy; Ilustraciones por Laura L. Seeley
Ágata es dueña de una tienda de tejidos. Los niños le preguntan de dónde vienen los tejidos. Ella contesta que todo proviene de algo. Ágata no siempre tiene presente su propio consejo. Una noche seis gansos desnudos y malhumorados la despiertan reclamando las plumas de su nuevo colchón de plumas, que la mantienen calentita en la cama. El final es una solución que satisface a todos y que a la vez recuerda a los lectores el delicado equilibrio entre los recursos naturales y nuestra responsabilidad.

Purchase information:$7.95

Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of HomeMali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home

by Youme

Mali Under the Night Sky is the true story of Lao-American artist Malichansouk Koumanchao, who walked with her family from Laos to Thailand when she was 5 years old. Due to wars not contained by borders, she and her family had to leave their home to be safe. She remembers the journey and the beauty and strength of Lao culture.

Purchase information:$17.95

The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed FamiliesThe Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families Bonus Book

by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

For a long time the people of Harigigo, a village in the tiny country of Eritrea, were living without enough food for themselves and their animals. Then along came a scientist, Gordon Sato, who helped change their lives for the better, and it all started with some special trees.

Purchase information:$19.95

One World Kids Cookbook: EasyOne World Kids Cookbook: Easy, Healthy and Affordable Family Meals Bonus Book

by Sean Mendez

This colorful, amply illustrated cookbook of international recipes emphasizes the educational, nutritional and social benefits of cooking with children, offering 19 recipes from as many nations. The book devotes four pages to each recipe and country, along with enriching notes on food and cultural facts. The emphasis here is on fun, collaboration, invention and food as an engaging art rather than exact science.

Purchase information:$20.00

Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and ConservationOnly the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation

by Jan Reynolds

For hundreds of years the Maasai have moved with their herds of cattle and goats, across thousands of miles in Kenya and Tanzania. Today their traditional way of life is threatened and they are meeting these obstacles head-on by adapting their lives and agricultural practices while keeping their vibrant, close-knit culture alive.

Purchase information:$9.95

Psalms for Young ChildrenPsalms for Young Children

by Marie-Hélène Delval

This selection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers, uses language and imagery appropriate for children while remaining faithful to the spirit of the biblical texts.
e-reader version available

Purchase information:$16.50

The Smell of Old Lady PerfumeThe Smell of Old Lady Perfume

by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Sixth grader Chela is a soccer-playing nerd excited about starting school. After her best friend turns on her and acts like she doesn't exist, she buries herself in schoolwork and in the warm comfort of her family. This small world is turned upside down when her father is rushed to the hospital and her grandmother arrives to help the family.

Purchase information:$7.95


by Tania Duprey Stehlik

Violet goes to school with children who are all different colors – some are red, some are yellow and some are blue. But she is the only one who is purple. When one of her friends at school asks about her skin color she wonders – Why am I Violet?

Purchase information:$14.95

Amazing Faces2012: Amazing Faces

by Lee Bennett Hopkins
A collection of poems focusing on universal emotions.
Purchase information: $18.95

The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights2012: Beatitudes (The): From Slavery to Civil Rights

by Carole Boston Weatherford

In this book the Beatitudes form the backdrop for a powerful free-verse poem that traces the African-American journey from slavery to civil rights.
Purchase information: $17.00

Faith book cover2012: Faith

by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis and Cynthia Pon

Celebrations of faith can bring people together.
Purchase information: $7.95

14 Cows for America2012: 14 Cows for America

by Carmen Agra Deedy and Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah 

An unexpected gift to a Kenyan village is a light of hope.
Purchase information: $17.95

14 Vacas para USA2012: 14 Vacas para USA

por Carmen Agra Deedy y Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah

Una historia en una lejana aldea del oeste de Kenia, África.
Purchase information: $17.95

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace2012: Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace

by Jen Cullerton Johnson

A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, scientist and environmentalist Wangari Maathai who -despite opposition to women’s rights - started her own Green Belt Movement in an effort to restore Kenya’s ecosystem by planting millions of trees.
Purchase information: $18.95

What Will You Be Sara Mee?2012: What Will You Be Sara Mee?

by Kate Aver Avraham

At her tol, the first-birthday party, Sara Mee plays the traditional Korean prophecy game toljabee while her extended family and friends watch.
Purchase information: $7.95


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