The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil
Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that’s why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts.
That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandma) in Cairo gave her and writes a poem in Arabic about the quilt. Next day her teacher sees the poem and gets the entire class excited about creating a “quilt” (a paper collage) of student names in Arabic. In the end, Kanzi’s most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.
This authentic story with beautiful illustrations includes a glossary of Arabic words and a presentation of Arabic letters with their phonetic English equivalents.
It's Just a ... What?: Little Sensory Problems with Big Reactions! by Hartley Steiner
Sensory issues are a difficult challenge for many children and their caregivers. In this picture book, Hartley Steiner shows the experience of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) from the point of view of the child, bringing awareness to how they feel in the moment through humor and giving adults the rare opportunity to view the situation from the child’s perspective. Children will be introduced to ways they can begin to ask for and accept help, and adults will learn how to scale reactions during situations of upset. This book covers a large range of situations addressed and resolved. In each scenario the child is having a big reaction, and the adult is able to solve the issue through simple answers, compassion, and humor.
Stella and the Bubble Man by Colleen Clancy Hansen
In this beautifully illustrated story with a special message, young Stella has her heart set on the “perfect vacation.” But when gray skies threaten overhead, Stella pouts and stomps down the boardwalk only to be surprised by new and unexpected marvels. Who is this man in the red-and-white-striped T–shirt? Before she knows it, Stella is mesmerized and surrounded by a magical moment that makes this the best vacation ever.
Ernie Gonzales. Escape from Paradise by Beth Shepherd
Bruce, Ernie and all the snails of Vinuela are loving life in their paradise garden. But one awful day Ernie wakes up to discover that Bruce and all the snails have gone! Local chefs have kidnapped them - to cook them in a giant paella! But before Ernie and his grandpa, Manuel, can do anything they get caught by terrifying thug slugs!
Will Ernie and Manuel escape the thug slugs? Can Bruce find courage to save the snails from being eaten? Will they ever be together again? Be thrilled by this dynamic, inspiring and heart-felt story in the Ernie Gonzales series!