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  • Below you will find a list of books that can be found in our library with a short description of the book.  These are the books Mrs. Betts has found most delightful, insightful, fun, or intriguing.

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    Any Questions?

    by Marie-Louise Gay Year Published: 2014

    A writer's answer to questions about writing and illustrating stories.  A unique book that can be used to prompt many different writing projects.  Also a story of how a giant deals with a beast.  Great opportunity to explore the idea of being an upstander.  

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    Chik Chak Shabbat

    by Mara Rockliff Year Published: 2014

    Goldie Simcha makes cholent for her neighbors every Saturday carrying her family tradition of shabbat in her own special way.  When she gets sick and there is no cholent for her neighbors, each neighbor contributes something special to the shabbat.

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  • Emily's Blue Period

    by Cathleen Daly Year Published: 2014

    An early chapter book about Emily who connects with Pablo Picasso's "Blue Period".  As she struggles to make sense of how her family is changing she is able to use art as a way to make sense of her new world.

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    Grandma in Blue with Red Hat

    by Scott Menchin Year Published: 2015

    A Boy explores what makes art, art.  Then he applies what he has learned about art to the characteristics of a special family member.

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    Lillian's Right to Vote

    by Jonah Winter Year Published: 2015

    Follow one hundred year old Lillian on her journey to voting in 2008.  Her journey begins with a reflection on her ancestors and moves through the civil rights movement to modern day America.  An author's note is included.

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    Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

    by Edwidge Danticat Year Published: 2015

    Saya misses he mama who has been taken away by the customs police.  Saya's mama records stories for Saya to listen to while she is away. While Saya's papa is studying and writing letters to free his wife.  Saya writes a letter of her own.  This letter paves the way for her mama to come home. This story can be used to build empathy for the many families that have separarated because of not having the proper papers to stay in our country.  This story does not villify the law, but challenges us to think and feel what others are enduring.

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    Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama

    by Hester Bass Year Published: 2015

    Picture book describing racial integration in Huntsville, Alabama 1962-1963.  An age appropriate, broad description of desegregation in this city and the struggles faced.  The author's note at the end gives context for the book and she also offers a short bibliography of other reading on the subject.

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    The Case For Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

    by Selina Alko Year Published: 2015

    The story of Mildred and Richard Loving made accessible to young audiences.  This explains how the interracial couple had to fight systems of injustice in order to be a family.

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    The Hula-Hoopin' Queen

    by Thelma Lynne Godin Year Published: 2014

    Kameeka wants to be the hula-hoopin' queen of 139th street.  Jamara is tough competition.  When Kameeka meets Jamara on the street, Kameeka has to decide between finishing an errand for her mother or competing with Jamara.

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