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A Splash of Diversity! This Week’s Diverse Discoveries!

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Nine Neat Books by Diverse authors you Need to Read!

Jojo’s Flying Side Kick (1995)

Author: Brian Pinkney

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

📚Yet another book by one of our favorite author/illustrators!

Jojo is one kick away from receiving her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do! But she may let her nerves get the best of her! Jojo begins to doubt her ability, though she practices really hard! This is a great book to encourage kids who may be facing a challenge to persist, keep going and face their fears!

Natalie’s Hair Was Wild! (2018)

Author: Laura Freeman

Illustrator: Laura Freeman

📚A cautionary tale! Do not let your hair get so wild and out of control that the whole zoo moves in! That is exactly what happened to Natalie! At first she did not mind the birds, rabbits, and zebras to name a few…until they began to get so noisy that she could not sleep! Then she had to call in the professionals!

Queen of the Scene (2006)

Author: Queen Latifah

Illustrator: Frank Morrison

📚Yes, you read that correctly! This book was written by the Queen herself…Queen Latifah! Living legend, rapper, actress, producer…Author! Queen Latifah shows us in her book that you can do and be the best at anything you put your mind to! With astonishing illustrations by the always fabulous, Frank Morrison!

I Grew Grandma’s Tomatoes (2018)

Author: Pamela C. Rice

Illustrator: Pamela C. Rice

📚When you receive special mail from your Grandma you plant them! Tomato seeds straight from Grandma’s garden! Plant them, water them, care for them, dream about them until they grow up red and ripe! Then, Snap! A picture for Grandma to show her, you did it!

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story (2017)

Authors: Marie Lamba & Baldev Lamba

Illustrator: Sonia Sánchez

📚An adorable book that shows the importance of community, team work and pride in where you live! When buildings move in and bring trash and debris with them a neighborhood does not sit back and let it take over! They come together, to plan and plant a magnificent garden where the children can play and the adults can gather and relax!

Pool (2013)

Author: JiHyeon Lee

Illustrator: JiHyeon Lee

📚What is better on a hot sunny day than a dip in the pool! How about the pool turning into a magical ocean adventure with whales and fish! A very fun and imaginative wordless book!

Watermelon Madness (2018)

Author: Taghreed Najjar

Illustrator: Maya Fidawi

📚If you or someone you know loves watermelon, then read this book! Little Noura loves watermelon so much she eats it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Refusing the delicious meals her Mama makes each day! But one night when a watermelon finds it’s way under her bed and causes Noura to dream in watermelon, will she get her fill?

What Can You Do With a Paleta? ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? (2009)

Author: Carmen Tafolla

Illustrator: Magaly Morales

Paletas are delicious Mexican popsicles! We even made our own after reading this book! Find out what else you can do with a paleta besides eat it! The text in this yummy book is written in both Spanish and English!

Listening with My Heart (2017)

Author: Gabi Garcia

Illustrator: Ying Hui Tan

📚Being kind and showing love towards others is important but so is being kind and loving yourself! Often in our quest to make the world a better place and make others feel valued we forget ourselves! This book is a good reminder to listen to and care for yourself!

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