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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Picture Books
This crop of diverse picture books takes young readers around the world, into history, and even into fantastical realms. They were reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2017, and January 2018.
All the Way to Havana. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Mike Curato. 2017. Holt, $17.99 (9781627796422). PreS–Gr. 2.
Engle celebrates the persistence and ingenuity of the Cuban people. A boy and his family head to Havana in their 1953 Chevy, and Curato’s vibrant illustrations chronicle the scenic ride.
Before She Was Harriet. By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illus. by James Ransome. 2017. Holiday, $17.95 (9780823420476). K–Gr. 3.
In reverse chronology, Harriet Tubman’s multifaceted accomplishments come to life through poetic text and vivid images.
A Different Pond. By Bao Phi. Illus. by Thi Bui. 2017. Capstone, $15.95. (9781623708030). K–Gr. 3.
This wistful, beautifully illustrated story describes how a Vietnamese American man and his young son head out before dawn to fish for their supper in a nearby lake.
Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer! / Esteban de Luna, irescatador de bebés. By Larissa M. Mercado-López. Illus. by Alex Pardo DeLange. 2017. Arte Publico/Piñata, $17.95 (9781558858473). K–Gr. 3.
Mercado-López’s bilingual text introduces Esteban, both a caped hero and a gentle boy, who rescues a baby doll from the park. The art is as warm and homey as the appealing story.
In Your Hands. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Brian Pinkney. 2017. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481462938). Gr. 1–3.
Addressing her son, an African American mother reflects on how she’s comforted and protected him, but as he goes into the wider world, she also prays for his safety. A heartfelt message of strength for troubling times.
Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone. By Alice Brière-Haquet. Illus. by Bruno Liance. 2017. Charlesbridge, $16.99 (9781580898270). Gr. 1–3.
This French import, strikingly illustrated in black and white, focuses on young Nina and shows how early events in her life shaped her adult passions.
This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World. By Matt Lamothe. Illus. by the author. 2017. Chronicle, $17.99 (9781452150185). K–Gr. 3.
Real children from Russia, Japan, Italy, Uganda, India, Iran, and Peru are introduced and their lives compared throughout a single day. The similarities and differences are delicate and astonishing.
Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim. Illus. by the author. 2017. Sasquatch/Little Bigfoot, $19.99 (9781632170774). Gr. 1–4.
In search of their missing grandmother, Joon and his older sister follow large animal tracks through a closet door and into a fantasy world filled with characters from Korean folktales.
Yo Soy Muslim. By Mark Gonzales. Illus. by Amini Mehrdokht. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads, $17.99 (9781481489362). PreS–Gr. 2.
Framed as a letter to his daughter, this joyfully reverent book reminds readers that life is filled with both beauty and questions. Boisterous artwork captures the inclusiveness of Islam, showing children of different races and colors.
Yokki and the Parno Gry. By Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby. Illus. by Marieke Nelissen. 2017. Child’s Play, $16.99 (9781846439278). K–Gr. 3.
This beautifully illustrated Romani folktale tells of a magical horse that sweeps children away to faraway lands. A unique, engaging story.
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