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BY EILEEN SPINELLI, GUILIANO FERI
God made Whale and gave him a home in the blue-deep waters of the sea, a family with whom he could play and splash, and a joyful song to sing. And then one day, when a wild storm raged above, God gave Whale a job to do. Whales faithful spirit fills the pages of this vibrant story and gives a new twist to the classic, well-loved biblical tale.
Eerdmans 2012 32 PP. Cloth
BY JERI H WATTS, FELICIA MARSHALL
Kenyon, an African-American boy, enchanted by his grandmother's stories of their family history, asks her to designate him the Keeper of the family lore. But his grandmother tells him that title is reserved for the girls of the family. Kenyon soon learns a valuable lesson that reveals the power of a family's love. Full-color illustrations.
Lee & Low 1997 32 PP. Paper
BY ROBERT KRAUS
Leo couldn't do anything right. He couldn't read. He couldn't write. He couldn't draw. When Leo's father asks what's the matter with Leo, Leo's mother explains that he's simply a late bloomer. In his own good time, Leo does read, he does write, and he does draw. "Reassuring for late bloomers, this book is illustrated with beguiling pictures."--"Saturday Review." Full color.
HarperTrophy 1990 32 PP. Paper
BY ALISON MCGHEE, MARC ROSENTHAL
Clean, cold, white snow! Snow for sledding. Snow for catching on your tongue. Snow for making a SNOWMAN! Is there anything as wonderful as SNOW? Is there any better friend than a SNOWMAN? Snow isn't forever, though. The wind shifts, the weather warms and snow melts into spring. The Snowman has become something else--the fog, the rain. But, how can this boy forget his good friend? He doesn't...and he doesn't have to. Bestselling author, Alison McGhee reminds us all that nothing that has been cared for can ever disappear for good, for, "What you love will always be with you." And, this tender story about the power of friendship will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
Atheneum 2011 32 PP. Cloth
BY MARTHA ALEXANDER
Small hardcover. Max's teacher wants the class to color-in pictures for Mother's day presents, but Max knows that his mother would not want a dumb flower picture drawn by someone else. Determined to express his creativity, Max runs off to draw his own picture. Full color.
Charlesbridge 2009 32 PP. Cloth
BY HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE
2010 32 PP. Cloth
BY CHRIS HAUGHTON
Bold, hilarious artwork captures the innocent charm of affable George, a dog who is trying to be good with disastrous results.
Candlewick 2012 32 PP. Cloth
BY MARGARET WOILD, JULIE VIVAS
Two children compare their granny with others. Some grannies have thin legs, fat knees, crinkly eyes, or big soft laps. Their granny has a wobbly bottom and wears an old red sweater that was grandpa's. She has a style all her own--and to the children who love her, this granny is perfect. Full of warmth and good humor.
HM 1993 32 PP. Paper
How Fiction By Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus
BY JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN
"A parable . . . is a metaphor expanded into a story," writes John Dominic Crossan, in this interesting and chewy study of the parables of Jesus - both the parables told by Jesus, and the parables about Jesus.
HarperOne 2012 259 PP. Paper
BY MARIE-HELENE DELVAL, ARNO
The Psalms describe a whole range of emotions, from joy and wonder to sadness and regret. This collection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers, uses simple yet powerful imagery to help children express their feelings.
Eerdmans 2003 40 PP. Cloth
A Graphic Retelling
BY SABRINA JONES, MARC MAUER, FOREWOARD BY MICHELL ALEXANDER
More than 2 million people are now imprisoned in the United States, producing the highest rate of incarceration in the world. How did this happen? As the director of The Sentencing Project, Marc Mauer has long been one of the country's foremost experts on sentencing policy, race, and the criminal justice system. Now, Sabrina Jones, a member of the "World War 3 Illustrated" collective and an acclaimed author of politically engaged comics, has collaborated with Mauer to adapt and update the original book into a vivid and compelling comics narrative. Jones's dramatic artwork adds passion and compassion to the complex story of the penal system's shift from rehabilitation to punishment
New Press 2013 111 PP. Paper
What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?
BY SHANE CLAIBORNE, TONY CAMPOLO
For all the Christians facing conflict between Jesus' words and their own lives, for all the non-Christians who feel they rarely see Jesus' commands reflected in the choices of his followers, "Red Letter Revolution" is a blueprint for a new kind of Christianity, one consciously centered on the words of Jesus, the Bible's "red letters." Shane and Tony candidly bring the words of Jesus to bear on contemporary issues of violence, community, Islam, hell, sexuality, civil disobedience, and twenty other critical topics for people of faith and conscience today.
Nelson 2013 272 PP. Cloth
BY CYNTHIA RYLANT
In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars.
Atheneum 1991 32 PP. Paper
Along The Underground Railroad
BY ANITA RIGGIO
In the mid-1800s, a boy and his mother help support themselves by making panoramic eggs of maple sugar. The boy, Luke, who is deaf, paints pictures that fit neatly inside the eggs. When a man bursts into their home and accuses them of hiding slaves, Luke's mother can honestly deny the charge. But she is that very day planning to meet their contact on the Underground Railroad to pass along information regarding the next "safe haven." Luke's mother is held at home, but the boy is courageous and resourceful in using his creative talents to help make the connection.
Boyds Mill Press 1997 32 PP. Paper
A Kwanzaa Story
BY ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS, DANIEL MINTER
In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars.
Albert Whitman 2000 32 PP. Paper
What can you hear when you are completely silent? Beautifully illustrated and gently written, Silence encourages children to stop, listen, and reflect on their experiences and the world around them. Using qualities of mindfulness, readers are asked to pay attention to what otherwise gets drowned-out in our noisy environment and use those sounds as a means to develop imagination and curiosity, and learn a little more about themselves.
Magination 2012 32 PP. Paper
BY GARY SOTO, ED MARTINEZ
As she helped her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner, Maria slipped her mother's diamond ring onto her finger for just a moment. But suddenly, the ring was gone, and there were 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring. "A warm family story that combines glowing art with a well-written text to tell of a girl's dilemma."--School Library Journal, starred review.
Paperstar 1993 32 PP. Paper
BY ANGELA JOHNSON, DAVID SOMAN
"A small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Grandaddy. . . . The African-American child and grandfather are distinct individuals, yet also universal figures, recognizable to anyone who has ever shared the bond of family love across generations".--School Library Journal, starred review.
Orchard 1990 32 PP. Paper
BY T A BARRON
When Grandpa dies, the whole family grieves, and his youngest grandson can't imagine life without him. Everyone has fond memories of Grandpa, but where is he now? The youngest boy thinks he knows; Grandpa is still close by, a part of all the people and places he loved.
Puffin 2001 32 PP. Paper
BY ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, ERIC CARLE
"Noah was a righteous man," says Isaac Bashevis Singer, so he and his family were to be saved from the flood. But rumor had it that only the best of all living creatures were to be taken aboard the Ark with Noah. In a fresh and lively approach to the age-old account, Isaac Bashevis Singer sets down the dialogue of the animals as they vie with one another for a place on the Ark.
Square Fish 1973 32 PP. Paper
BY CORNELIA SPELMAN, TERI WEIDNER
"This book is positive and assertive without being frightening. It lets young children know that it's all right for them to choose when, and by whom, they are to be touched."--"School Library Journal." Full color.
Albert Whitman 1997 32 PP. Paper
Killing By Remote Control
BY MEDEA BENJAMIN
A comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing and most secretive fronts in global conflict: robot warfare. Who is producing the drones, where are they being used, who controls these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use? In vivid, readable language, this book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons.
Verso 2013 246 PP. Blank
Editor Donna Schaper has drawn forty passages from the writings of one of the twentieth century's great African American spiritual teachers to structure forty days of meditation. Each day's program includes a short passage from the writings of Howard Thurman, a biblical passage, a fragment from the Psalms, and suggestions for reflection, journaling, and prayer.
Augsburg Books 2009 108 PP. Blank
BY DESMOND TUTU AND DOUGLAS CARLTON ABRAMS
Based on an actual event in the South African childhood of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this colorfully illustrated book tells a story of learning to forgive. Appropriate for ages 6-9, this book is also Tutu's tribute to Father Trevor Huddleston, the cleric who advised him and helped him learn to overcome his anger and work for a world in which love can win over hate.
Candlewick Press 2012 32 PP. Cloth
BY KAI JACKSON ISSA
Born into segregated Florida in 1899, young Howard Thurman worked hard to help support his family, but he also loved school, reading and learning, and dreamed of honoring his late father s wish that he could attend college. With the support of friends and family, young Howard transcended the limits on Negro education and earned a scholarship to an out-of-town high school, through his own hard work and the generosity of a stranger. A moving testament to the bonds of community and the power of faith, this book shows the early life of the man who became a seminal civil rights leader and an inspirational religious thinker. Grades 2-4, full color illustrations.
Lee & Low Books 2008 32 PP. Paper
Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers' Strike Of 1909
BY MICHELLE MARKEL
When young Clara's family immigrates to New York in 1903, her father cannot find work, but Clara can get a job in the garment industry, where conditions for women workers are deplorable. Defying the belief of male union leaders that women workers aren't hardy enough to protest, self-educated Clara leads a general strike against long hours, low pay, and poor conditions that becomes a turning point in the rights of women workers. True story for ages 4-8.
Balzer & Bray 2013 32 PP. Cloth
A parable based on the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon, and the movement that has grown up around it, this is the story of how two villages caught in a cycle of antagonism and revenge are able to turn toward peace by building a forgiveness garden in which to reflect and talk. Ages 4-6.
Feiwel and Friends 2012 32 PP. Cloth
BY KARMA WILSON
Based on Psalm 118:24 ("This is the day that the lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it"), this rhyming book helps children express gratitude for the simple joys: "I will rejoice as I run and play. Thank you, dear God, for this beautiful day!" Ages 4-7.
Zonderkidz 2006 32 PP. Paper
BY KATE HOSFORD
Young Uma wants to understand infinity. She asks a cook, her teachers, a friend, her Grandma, all of whom offer a new way to think about "forever" in our day-to-day world. Delightful, imaginative illustrations. Kindergarten through grade 5.
Carolrhoda Books 2012 36 PP. Cloth
BY TOMIE DEPAOLA
Humorous images and very few words depict the story of a duel between a bumbling knight and a clumsy dragon, who eventually discover that there are better things to do together. Ages 4-8.
PaperStar (Penguin) 1980 32 PP. Paper
Letters To A Fellow Seeker
An Introduction To Quaker Testimonies
Faith And Practice Of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (paper)
Worship In Song - Clothbound
Friends General Conference
The Quaker Way