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Loteria: First Words Primeras Palabras: First Words / Primeras Palabras Cover Image
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay Cover Image
El Chupacabras Cover Image
What Can You Do with a Rebozo? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? Cover Image
Waiting for the Biblioburro Cover Image
Cuauhtémoc Bilingual Wooden Shapes Puzzle
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana Cover Image
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré Cover Image
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx Cover Image
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln Cover Image
Across the Bay Cover Image
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes Cover Image
Back to School: A Global Journey Cover Image
We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom Cover Image
Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens Cover Image
My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World Cover Image
We Got This.: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be Cover Image
I Learn from Children: An Adventure in Progressive Education Cover Image
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:30am

Meet some of the wackiest creatures under the sea—creatures that look like food—through eye-catching photos and engaging text. This funny, informative book introduces readers to the egg yolk jellyfish, the lettuce sea slug, the chocolate chip sea star, and many more! Accessible text and engaging photos make this a very fun read.
Jenna Grodzicki is the author of Finn Finds a Friend (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017), I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures that Look Like Food (Millbrook Press, 2019), and Harmony Humbolt - Perfect Pets Queen (Clear Fork Publishing, 2020). She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. Learn more at

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:30am

French bulldogs Toby and Pinkie learn to live together and form a heartwarming friendship.

Toby loves basking in the morning sun, snuggling in a lap in the afternoon, and toasting his tummy by the fireside at night, but somehow his warm spots never last. What Toby wants more than anything is to find something as warm as the sun that never fades or fizzles.

Then one day, Pinkie comes along, and she starts hogging all of Toby's favorite places. Toby feels alone and forgotten, and slinks away. . . but Pinkie follows him, determined to prove that she is the something as warm as the sun Toby has been looking for all along. 

From the acclaimed duo of Kate and Jim McMullan, creators of I Stink! and I'm Dirty!, comes this story about two unforgettable French bulldogs--the perfect story for parents bringing home a new sibling.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:30am

Join local children’s book author Michael Dotsikas for a fun and interactive Story Time with his inspiring children’s books. Michael is an award-winning author, and creator of Benjamin Birdie—the little bird with a BIG DREAM—and the critically acclaimed Benjamin Birdie book series.

Benjamin Birdie's First Flight is a story about a little bird who attempts his first flight against his mother's warnings. His adventure begins when he tumbles down his tree and then seeks assistance back to his nest from several tree-dwelling animals. The uplifting story offers lessons in kindness, compassion, friendship, determination and honesty. Readers are introduced to a remarkable variety of exotic tree-dwelling animals (many of which are endangered species), showcasing earth's diverse animal kingdom.

Benjamin Birdie and the Tree Dwellers is book #2 in the Benjamin Birdie Book Series, and sequel to the award-winning and critically acclaimed Benjamin Birdie's First Flight. After an unsuccessful first flight, Benjamin Birdie is still anxious to fly high in the sky like all the other birds. With his wings now grown stronger, and support from his mom, Benjamin is ready to give flying another try. Nervously leaping from his nest, he stumbles at first, but recovers just in time after hearing the encouraging voices of all his tree-dwelling friends, cheering him on!

Born in Greece and immigrating to the United States with his family when he was four, Michael currently lives in Manorville, NY with his wife, their two youngest of five amazing children and their two precious pups. Traveling and spending time with family and friends are favorite pastimes. You can find out more about Michael on his website at


Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:30am

The creators of the award-winning When's My Birthday? team up again to create an inspirational book for anyone—parent or child—looking for support when facing a new challenge. This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

Author Julie Fogliano is an author of bestselling children's books, including A House That Once Was, illustrated by Lane Smith, When Green Becomes Tomatoes, illustrated by Julie Morstad, and And Then It's Spring and If You Want to See a Whale, both illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:30am

Join author Lauren Rubin for a fun an informative Story Time with her new book LOOK UP! New York CIty!

LOOK UP! New York City is the first volume of an exciting new series of architecture and design books inspiring kids of all ages. An architecture book, activity book, and history book all in one, LOOK UP! is an on-the-go, fun, and informative architecture book. Filled with great drawings and doodling activities for kids as well as beautiful images, architecture detailing, and fun historical facts you can use to learn, explore, create, and color.

Lauren Rubin, has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. And as the mother of two young children, Lauren has donated her time giving architecture tours to her local schools for children as young as 4 to teens in middle school. Lauren has a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Architecture.

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This recommended collection of books is representative of the excellent anti-bias and multicultural literature available for educators and parents of young children through age twelve. All the titles in Books Matter have been reviewed by ADL staff and are frequently updated with new and noteworthy books.