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Cover art for Big Momma Makes the World

Big Momma Makes the World

Written by Phyllis Root
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

This picture book, written by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, tells the story of the world as created by Big Momma, a no-nonsense character who keeps an eye on the world from above, occasionally saying, "Better straighten up down there!" but just as often, she looks down and says, "That's good. That's real good."

Recommended by mj

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Dodsworth in Paris

Written by Tim Egan

Dodsworth and the duck travel to Paris by ship. They enjoy the food, the sights. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre museum, Dodsworth and duck experience all things French. However, all does not go well as duck explores the city. Can Dodsworth save the day?

Lovely, sweet illustrations help us to explore Paris and bring the story to life!

An adventure that is fun and interesting!!

Recommended by Suzi
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Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus!

Written by Atinuke
Illustrated by Lauren Tobia

“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa”. Anna Hibiscus stories are gems. Each book contains short stories celebrating Anna’s extended family that combine the traditional and modern ways in which they live. We learn of clothing, customs and community in her world and at the same time see that Anna deals with similar problems such as her little brothers, Double and Trouble.

Recommended by Carol
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Jingle Dancer

Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem— how will her dress sing if it has no jingles? After listening to a traditional tale, she decides to find her jingles from various family members.
Jenna is careful to borrow only a limited number of jingles, "not wanting to take so many that [another's] dress would lose its voice."
Seeing Jenna as both a modern girl in the suburban homes of her inter-tribal community and as one of many traditionally costumed participants at the powwow will give some readers a new view of a contemporary Native American way of life, there’s a harmonious meshing of the old and new ways.
A powerful feature of this wonderful picture book is how it tells a story about a Native girl and her family's traditions without resorting to age-old stereotypes. And it’s got great illustrations. It would read aloud well.

Recommended by LouAnn
Cover art for Zero


Written by Kathryn Otoshi
Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi

Zero is bummed because she's different and despite her efforts to stretch and straighten, twist and turn, she isn't like the other numbers. With little self-esteem, Zero believes she just doesn't count. Beautifully colored hand painted numbers can be big bullies until a pile-up forces zero through nine to take a look at value in a whole new way. With the help of their new friend Zero, the numbers find they can reach greater heights.

Recommended by Jonas

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