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GLOBAL BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Wishing you happy Holidays. I hope that, if you receive gifts this time of year, it will be lots of wonderful books. Here are some global stories about hope, love and peace that we can use around the world.

A Kwanzaa Miracle by Sharon Shayers Gayle with art by Frank Norfleet is a heartwarming story about the neighbors in an apartment building getting together to celebrate Kwanzaa, a relatively new, secular celebration based on African harvest traditions. Ashley and Darryl are scared of mean Mrs. Jackson who always scolds them. Until they discover that Mrs. Jackson lost her daughter and is all alone. Through visits, they come to enjoy their neighbor and even honor her as special ancestor during the Kwanzaa celebration. The back of the book explains the seven principles of Kwanzaa. ISBN 0-439-69003-X, Scholastic

Sélavi, A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme is a wonderful, unique story. Inspired by real children in Haiti, it features a homeless child who tries to find a safe place to live. Soon, he meets other children who help and support him until they all get chased away. He finds a group who tries to give him shelter. When the community works together, they accomplish their goal of building a safe place to live and also a radio station to broadcast and share their stories, their hopes and dream. The radio station is real and so are the characters in this touching picture book. ISBN 0-938317-84-9, Cinco Puntos Press

A wonderful new title by Peter H. Reynolds and his son Henry Rocket Reynolds is All We Need Is Love. This story sneaks into your heart while you are reading it… Poppy and Little One agree, all they need is love. And a soft pillow. Oh, and a roof over their heads. Slowly, their wish list grows until they accumulate more and more and have a house full of things. Then the big storm blows it all away and they discover that, yes, love is really all they need. And a soft pillow! This is a great story for a wide age range that can be accompanied by discussions on how much stuff we really need and what is essential. ISBN 978-1-338-57233-5, Scholastic

Because I Already Loved You by Andrée-Anne Cyr, with art by Bérengère Delaporte is a lovely but sad picture book that can fill a much needed void. The still-born birth or death of a new baby is acknowledged as a very sad event for the parents but not often addressed properly for the young sibling who has eagerly awaited the birth. This story is beautiful and realistic and a good tool to use for families faced with the tragic loss of a new baby. ISBN 978-1-77306-973-9, Groundwood Books

What Is Peace? by Wallace Edwards asks a question that you can expand in the classroom. Is Peace old or new? Is Peace near or far? Is it quiet or loud, captive or free? So many ways to think about what exactly peace is. Coupled with exquisite art full of things to discover, this picture book is rich in both text and illustrations and can be used as a discussion point for students of all ages.

ISBN 978-1443148436, North Winds Press

Margriet Ruurs is a Canadian author of over 40 books for children. Her next in person author presentations will be at international schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

www.margrietruurs.com