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Firefly Letters
Engle, Margarita

The freedom to roam is something that women and girls in Cuba do not have. Yet when Fredrika Bremer visits from Sweden in 1851 to learn about the people of this magical island, she is accompanied by Cecilia, a young slave who longs for her lost home in Africa. Soon Elena, the wealthy daughter of...

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Firefly Letters
Engle, Margarita

A powerful novel in verse about an early women's rights pioneer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

When Fredrika Bremer asked the Swedish Consulate to find her a quiet home in the Cuban countryside, she expected a rustic thatched hut, not this luxurious mansion...

Item No. 9781250110961
$10.99
First Rule of Punk PB
Pérez, Celia C

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching.

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first...

Item No. 9780425290422
$8.99
Frankly in Love
Yoon, David
An Instant New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller!

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist



An Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Book

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

...
Item No. 9781984812209
$18.99
Freedom Soup
Charles, Tami
Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year's soup -- and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be.

The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.
Ti Gran's feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

Every year, Haitians...

Item No. 9780763689773
$16.99
Freedom Summer
Wiles, Deborah
John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me.
He's not allowed.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to...
Item No. 9780689878299
$7.99
Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos
Brown, Monica

Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor 2018

ALA Notable Children's Book 2018

New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2017

Barnes...

Item No. 9780735842694
$17.95
Front Desk
Yang, Kelly
Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!* Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* Many readers will recognize themselves or their...
Item No. 9781338157826
$7.99
Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story
Noble Maillard, Kevin

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

"A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff." --The New York Times Book Review

Told in lively and powerful verse by...

Item No. 9781626727465
$18.99
Funny Bones
Tonatiuh, Duncan
A ​New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015
A Robert F. Sibert Award Winner
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book

An ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Book

Discover the story behind José Guadalupe Posada's iconic Día de Muertos...

Item No. 9781419716478
$18.95
Gary
Rudge, Leila
Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world--until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own.

Most of the time, Gary is just like the other racing pigeons, eating and sleeping and dreaming of adventure. There's just one thing that separates him from the...

Item No. 9780763689544
$16.99
Ghost Squad
Ortega, Claribel A

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that...

Item No. 9781338280128
$17.99
Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
Bates, Amy June

A 2020 Sydney Taylor Honor Book!
A 2019 National Jewish Book Award Winner!

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin's...

Item No. 9781419727474
$17.99
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Swamp, Chief Jake

Reading Rainbow Selection, PBS Kids
Editor's Choice, Booklist
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

A traditional Iroquois celebration of the beauty and spirit of Mother Earth, as told by a contemporary Mohawk chief.

For as long as anyone can remember, Mohawk...

Item No. 9781880000540
$10.95
Going Down Home with Daddy
Lyons, Kelly Starling

A 2020 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK

Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.

Kirkus Reviews...

Item No. 9781561459384
$17.99
Good Night Friend/Shubh Raatri Dost English/Hindi
Chanani, Nidhi

Bilingual in English and Hindi, this board book by Nidhi Chanani, author/illustrator of PASHMINA and I WILL BE FIERCE, is an essential addition to a diverse library.

As day turns to night, follow Bhai (brother) and Behan (sister) in their Indian farm home while they bid their animal friends a good night. Children will love this sweet sleep tale that builds their Hindi and English vocabulary. Every page includes Hindi language script, Romanized Hindi, and...
Item No. 9781643072807
$9.95
Grandfather's Journey
Say, Allen
Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in America and Japan, Allen Say gives us a poignant acount of a family's unique cross-cultural experience. He warmly conveys his own love for his two countries, and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once. "The immigrant...
Item No. 9780395570357
$17.99
Grandpa Across the Ocean
Yum, Hyewon
Though separated by language, age, and an ocean, a child and grandparent find common ground in this warm, witty picture book

Grandpa lives on the other side of the ocean.
He takes naps all the time. He eats different foods. He speaks an unfamiliar language. His house is the most...

Item No. 9781419742255
$16.99
Hair Love
Cherry, Matthew A
A New York Times Bestseller and tie-in to Academy-Award Winning Short Film Hair Love

I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We...

Item No. 9780525553366
$17.99
Hands Up (Softcover)
McDaniel, Breanna J

This triumphant picture book celebrates Black joy by reclaiming a charged phrase and showing readers how resistance can be part of their everyday lives.

A young Black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises...

This triumphant picture book celebrates Black joy by reclaiming a charged phrase and showing readers how resistance can be part of their everyday lives.

A young Black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up...

Item No. 9780593326640
$8.99
Hands Up!
McDaniel, Breanna J
This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.

A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun,...

Item No. 9780525552314
$17.99
Hanuman Moves a Mountain
Maranville, Amy
HARINI AND HANUMAN ARE BACK! In this retelling of a well-loved Hindu story, Hanuman will use all his power to save the life of a friend, and Harini will learn a valuable lesson about loyalty, devotion, and using your strength for good.
Item No. 9781631778490
$19.95
Harvesting Hope
Krull, Kathleen

In this Pura Belpre award-winning picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honree Yuyi Morales, acclaimed author Kathleen Krull celebrates Latinx civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. An inspirational book about resistance and hope.

When Cesar Chavez led a 340-mile peaceful...

Item No. 9780152014377
$17.99
Cosechando Esperanza (Harvesting Hope)
Krull, Kathleen

When Cesar Chavez led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But he wasn't always a leader. As a boy he was shy, soft-spoken, and teased at school. He lived in ramshackle sheds and slaved as a field...

Item No. 9780152051693
$7.99
Healer of the Water Monster
Young, Brian

American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner: Best Middle Grade Book! Brian Young's powerful debut novel tells of a seemingly ordinary Navajo boy who must save the life of a Water Monster--and comes to realize he's a hero at heart.

When Nathan goes to...

Item No. 9780062990402
$16.99