Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
ANIMALS MAMMALS DOGS JNF KEN
Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog -- it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.
Welcome by Barroux
Three lost polar bears search for a new home in this timely book from award-winning French illustrator Barroux. Life is quiet and peaceful on the ice for three polar bears, until, "CRACK!" The ice breaks, and they drift away. The sea is dangerous, so they need to search for a new home. Then, the polar bears see it . . . Land! They're saved! But the cows there think they are too furry, bearish, and tall, so they don't let them live there. The panda says there's no room on his island (though there clearly is!), and the giraffes pretend not to hear. All the while, their ice floe is getting smaller and smaller until they come to an empty island. A new home, all to themselves! That is, until three lost monkeys who are looking for a new home come along. The bears think about it, and say that they are welcome! Barroux's beautiful story was inspired by the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and promotes inclusiveness and welcomeness for children!
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis, this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. Based on Francesca Sanna's interviews with refugee families in Europe
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) by Bao Phi
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.
Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter
As an elderly woman, Lillian recalls that her great-great-grandparents were sold as slaves in front of a courthouse where only rich white men were allowed to vote, then the long fight that led to her right--and determination--to cast her ballot since the Voting Rights Act gave every American the right to vote.
One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth
POLITICS GOVT JNF WOR
Introduces early readers to the concept and practice of voting--with a focus on the American presidency. Learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are formed, why Election Day is held in early November, and much, much more