Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre

By Anika Aldamuy Denise. A lyrical picture book portrait of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian describes how Pura Belpré moved to America in 1921 and became an influential writer and puppeteer who is celebrated for championing bilingual literature.

What If You Had an Animal Tail?

By Sandra Markle. If you could have any animal’s tail, whose would you choose?

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Islandborn

By Junot Díaz. “Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland…and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage”–

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I am a Cat

By Galia Bernstein. Encountering a sequence of bigger cats, including a lion, panther and cheetah, Simon the housecat disagrees with their assessment that he does not measure up and endeavors to prove that he is just as much of a cat as they are, only smaller. A first picture book

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