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Eliza’s Cherry Trees:  Japan’s Gift to America
c 2011, Pelican Publishing Company
by Andrea Zimmerman
Illustrated by Ju Hong Chen



Different Just Like Me
c2001, Charlesbridge
by, Lori Mitchell
http: //www.differentjustlikeme.cc


Recycling, Step by Step
c 2012, Capstone Publishing
by Jean M. Lundquist

Water, Weed, and Wait
c 2010, Tricycle Press
by Edith Fine and Angela Halpin
Illustrated by Colleen M. Madden

Fairy Tales

Snoring Beauty
c 2008, Harcourt Children’s Books
by Bruce Hale
Illustrated by Howard Fine



The Lunch Thief
By Anne Bromley
Illustrated by Robert Casilla

Historical Fiction

The Bamboo Garden
c 2012, Songtree Books
by Susan Austin
Brief Synopsis:  Set in Berkely, California in 1923, The Bamboo Garden is the story of Tori Takahashi and Polly Griffin, twelve-year-old girls whose unlikely friendship is threatened by the anti-Japanese attitudes of the day.  It is a story of prejudice and courage told in the voice of each girl as they face their own individual challenges.
Visit Susan Austin’s website: http://www.songtreebooks.com/the-bamboo-garden/

Eliza’s Cherry Tree:  Japan’s Gift to America
c 2011, Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
by Andrea Zimmerman, Illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen
Eliza Scidmore worked for more than twenty years to bring the beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms to her hometown of Washington, D.C.  More than a million people come each year for the National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate Eliza’s cherry trees. Visit
Visit Andrea Zimmerman’s website: http://www.andreaanddavid.com/eliza_s_cherry_trees_106631.htm 


The Kite that Bridge Two Nations:  Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge
c 2013, Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills Press
by Alexis O’Neill, Illustrated by Terry Widener
Visit Alexis O’Neill’s website:  http://www.alexisoneill.com/the-kite-that-bridged-two-nations.html


Grandma’s Chocolate (El Chocolate de Abuelita)
c 2010, Pinata Books
Note:  Bilingual Book (English and Spanish)
by Mara Price
Illustrated by Lisa Fields
Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

Paper Son:  Lee’s Journey to America (Tales of Young Americans)
c 2013, Sleeping Bear Press
by Helen Foster James and Dr. Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
Illustrated by Wilson Ong
Visit Helen Foster James’ website: http://www.helenfosterjames.com/
Visit Dr. Virginia Shin-Mui Loh’s website:  http://virginialoh.com/

c 2011, Candlewick Press
by Carolyn Marsden


Lincoln Tells a Joke
by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
by Frank Keating
Paintings by Mike Wimmer



African American/Black History Month

I Am Rosa Parks
c 1997, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
by Rosa Parks
With Jim Haskins
Illustrated by Wil Clay

Martin’s Big Words
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
c 2001, Hyperion Books for Children
by Doreen Rappaport
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

by Nikki Giovanni
Illustrated by Bryan Collier


First Day Jitters
c 2000, Scholastic
by Julie Danneberg
Illustrated by Judith Dufour Love


c 2002, Columbus 81 Productions, Inc.
by Jerry Seinfeld
Illustrated by James Bennett

Tell Me a SCARY STORY … But Not TOO Scary!
c 2003, Clear Productions, Inc.
Little, Brown and Company
by Carl Reiner
Illustrated by James Bennett

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!
c 2002, Scholastic, Inc.
by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee


The Polar Express
c 1985, Houghton Mifflin Company
Written and Ilustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

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