Events

May 2021

Reading Watercress, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

"Through powerful poetry and exquisite illustrations, the daughter of immigrants relates an emotional childhood memory that opened the door to her Chinese roots."--Shelf Awareness, starred review

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Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 11:00am
Watercress Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446247
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can. 

At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress. 

Presenting Arlo Draws an Octopus, an empowering picture book about creativity, making mistakes, and changing your perspective.

"Well-written and full of fun surprises."--Kirkus Reviews

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Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:00pm
Arlo Draws an Octopus Cover Image
By Lori Mortensen, Rob Sayegh Jr. (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419742019
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

In this gentle, uplifting story about changing your outlook when feeling discouraged, Lori Mortensen’s charming, relatable text captures for young readers exactly what it feels like when things don’t turn out the way we expect, and Rob Sayegh's illustrations bring Arlo and his “disaster-piece” to life with humor and vibrancy.

Reading Yes & Noa timeless tale of friendship, adjusting your perspective, and the joys (and trials) of siblinghood.

"It's hard to imagine a more perfect bedtime story for the end of an adventurous toddler day."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

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Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 11:00am
Yes & No Cover Image
By Elisha Cooper, Elisha Cooper (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250257338
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 13th, 2021

Good morning, good morning. It's time to wake up!

Join a cat and puppy pair through their day--the ups of being fed and romping through grass, and the downs of days that are too short and things that don't go as planned--as they realize that sometimes the very best thing that can happen is just being together.

Reading Ruby's Reunion Day Dinner, a joyful picture book that taps into the rich African American tradition of family reunions, with delicious food at the heart of the celebration.

On Here Wee Read's 2021 Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books

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Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 11:00am
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Ruby's Reunion Day Dinner Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063015746
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Published: HarperCollins - May 18th, 2021

Once a year, each of Ruby's relatives prepares a special dish to share at their family reunion. Daddy calls it their "signature dish"--and Ruby wants one of her own. She wanders through the bustling kitchen looking for inspiration. As she watches Pop-Pop's chicken sizzling in the skillet, Uncle G slicing onions, and Auntie Billie cooking corn on the hot grill, she wonders if she's just too young to have a signature dish. That's when she finds it-- the perfect solution!

Reading Me & Mama, "a beautifully illustrated, slice-of-life ode of adoration for doting daughters and marvelous mamas."-- Kirkus Reviews

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Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 11:00am
Me & Mama Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534454217
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - August 25th, 2020

Mama's love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!

On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is. 

June 2021

Reading Thao: A Picture Book, a funny, eye-opening story about the challenges of growing up with an unfamiliar name and learning to be true to yourself.

"Anyone in an unfamiliar environment will be able to relate... This work's clever construction and stark simplicity embody a kaleidoscope of 'mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors."--Kirkus Reviews

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Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 11:00am
Thao: A Picture Book Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771474320
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2021

Even though it's only four simple, familiar letters long, nobody can ever pronounce Thao's name. She's been called Theo, Tail, even Towel! But the teasing names--Tofu, Tiny, China Girl--are worse. Maybe it's time to be someone else? Thao decides to try on a different name, something easy, like Jennifer. It works, but only until she opens her lunchbox to find her mother's Vietnamese spring rolls, gỏi cuốn--Thao's favorite! Now, it feels a lot more comfortable to be herself.