“Jabari Jumping. ”Written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall.… Jabari conquers the fear of ski jumping. My three-year-old daughter often refers to the book, saying, “I will be brave like Jabari.” – Kelly M., Brooklyn, New York
“Ugly vegetables, ”Grace Lin. This story tells of an Asian American family planting a garden. It connects culture, food and family. I like the fact that it is about vegetables because they are usually the least favorite food of children. As such, he lends itself to a lot of different conversations. – Linda Kuan, San Diego
“Be kind to Eddie Lee, ”Written by Virginia Fleming, illustrated by Floyd Cooper.… The protagonist of this book, Eddie Lee, suffers from Down syndrome. His neighbor Christie learns to appreciate Eddie Lee’s differences when they visit the magic pond together. I love this book because it allows readers to really get into the shoes of the characters. – Anne Chalcraft, Waterfront, Washington.
Independent (from 7 to 10)
“Seahorse Badge, ”Written and illustrated by Graham Bays. On the danger of pollution. Also beautifully illustrated. The book rhymes, so it’s fun to read it out loud in a group. – Jennifer Strabley
“Hundred dresses, ”Written and illustrated by Eleanor Estes. He stuck in me for life. Published in 1944, this is a timeless tale of the power of ridicule and bullying, as well as the sense of shame when the protagonist does not intercede for an outsider. Although the details of children’s lives today are different, the problems and emotions are the same. – Sylvia Rortvedt, Arlington, Virginia.
“Intestines, ”And other graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier. My daughter is a fifth grader with dyslexia. She flipped through each of these books in a day or two. They were interesting, relevant and accessible. – Kim Sords, Foster City, California.
And big kids (11+)
“Tristan Strong punches a hole in the sky, »Kwame Mbalia. This book has it all: adventure, folklore, black history, a hilarious helper, tough choices, and instructions for dealing with guilt and grief. History is etched into your memory. – B. Shareese Moore, Baltimore