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The Undefeated by
Call Number: Juv 811.6 ALE
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.
Bear Came Along by
Call Number: PS MOR (Preschool fiction)
Publication Date: 2019-06-04
An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river.
The Double Bass Blues by
Call Number: Easy LON
Publication Date: 2019-10-22
After school orchestra practice, young Nic carries his double bass through rough neighborhoods to his grandfather's home, where he and Grandaddy Nic play jazz music with friends, delighting the neighbors.
Going Down Home with Daddy by
Call Number: Easy LYO
Publication Date: 2019-04-01
Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.
We Are Water Protectors by
Call Number: Easy LIN (Easy Fiction)
Publication Date: 2020-03-17
Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.
Me and Mama by
Call Number: Easy CAB (Easy fiction)
Publication Date: 2020-08-25
For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama.
The Cat Man of Aleppo by
Call Number: Easy B ALJ (Easy biography)
Publication Date: 2020-04-14
The Caldecott Honor-winning true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War courageously offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats. Aleppo's city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty except for the many cats left behind. Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbors flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay. He can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. The next day more cats come, and then even more! There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.
A Place Inside of Me : a poem to heal the heart by
Call Number: Easy ELL (Easy fiction)
Publication Date: 2020-07-21
Illustrations and easy-to-read text express a child's awareness of being filled with deep emotions, from joy to sorrow and anger to compassion, but above all, love.