Grace wants the lead role in the school play as Peter Pan. However, she is met with much doubt and uncertainty from her classmates because of her gender and skin color. With the support and wisdom of her mother and Nana, Grace learns that she can be anything she wants to be.
This book makes a good read aloud for children just starting school. In his first week of school, a young boy watches other children master skills to the delight of the teachers. Young listeners will identify with the young boy as he tries to find something special he can do to show his new friends and to find a place in the group.
The verses of this traditional children's song are the same in this colorfully illustrated version, but in this version the young reader can observe children from different cultures around the world getting washed, dressed, and preparing for a day in school.
Quinito's Neighborhood / El Vecinidario de Quinito
by Ina Cumpiano
Quinito takes a tour of his lively neighborhood and introduces readers to special people in the community: a cousin who goes to clown school, a neighbor who sews a wedding dress for a bank teller, his abuela (grandma) who drives a big truck, his tia (aunt) who paints murals and so on.
The bright and energetic illustrations should encourage children to find out who lives in their neighborhoods.
Quinito hace un paseo por su alegre vecindario y le presenta a los lectores a personas especiales de su comunidad: un primo que va a la escuela de payasos, una vecina que cose un traje de novia para una cajera del banco, su grandma (abuela) que maneja un camión grande, su aunt (tía) que pinta murales y así por el estilo. Las brillantes y vigorosas ilustraciones animarán a los niños a investigar quien vive en sus vecindarios.
Family, Friends, Multicultural, Spanish and Bilingual
Read Aloud, Read to Self
Tea with Milk
by Allen Say
Allen Say continues his family's story by describing how his American-born mother returned to live in her family's homeland of Japan during her high school years. While she must adjust to new Japanese traditions, she also meets her future husband, who also prefers tea with milk, as in America.