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Recommended Nonfiction Picture Books from our 2021 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2021 Winter Newsletter.

 

Love in the Library written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura

Can love grow anywhere? Here’s an intimate story about the author’s maternal grandparents who met and fell in love in a library in Minidoka, an internment center for Japanese people who were incarcerated because they were of Japanese descent. “It didn’t matter who you were, just what you were.” The beautiful yet stark watercolor illustrations show that despite the harshness of life in the camp, the miracle of love is still possible for all of us.—Noreen

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By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536204308
Availability: Not Yet Published - Available for Pre-Order; Please See Publication Date Below Before Ordering
Published: Candlewick - January 11th, 2022

Nina written by Traci Todd, illustrated by Christian Robinson

This story about legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone will captivate young readers. From her earliest years, Nina (aka Eunice) had “music on the inside” and “music on the outside.” There’s so much to think about in this story. Nina’s musical journey, which begins in North Carolina, is woven with her awareness of identity and her growing recognition of the injustice demonstrated against Black people. Christian Robinson’s whimsical illustrations make you want to sing, dance, and stand up for racial justice.—Noreen

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By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524737283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Playing at the Border written by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Celebrated musician Yo-Yo Ma played Bach’s cello suites to an audience straddling the US-Mexico border in 2019 as part of an effort to build bridges through music, and this lovely picture book is a bridge of its own. Connecting Ma’s remarkable life with his global efforts, the music itself, and of course his cello (Petunia!), Ho’s lilting prose and Martinez’s clear-eyed, hope-filled palette show music transcends borders, and so can we.—Melinda

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By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062994547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2021

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