Picture Book

A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis on TumbleBooks
Edna the penguin only knows the three colors that surround her: white ice, black night, and blue sea. She is convinced there is something more out there. So she sets out on a quest—a quest for color. When she finally finds what she’s been looking for, it’s everything she hoped for and more. But that doesn’t mean she will ever stop looking.

Beginning Reader

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal on KanopyKids
The bestselling creators of EXCLAMATION MARK! introduce a triangle, circle, square, and rectangle who celebrate the gift of friendship. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it’s good to have a group of pals.

Chapter Book for Young Readers

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban, ebook on Library2Go
Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family’s life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It’s 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather’s dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn’t until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can reclaim the piece of herself that she left behind and accept all that has happened to her family.

Fiction Book for Older Readers

Mahalia Jackson: Gospel Singer and Civil Rights Champion by Montrew Dunham on AudioBookCloud
The Childhood of Famous Americans series illustrates how life experiences and personal qualities and characteristics shape your future. Lively illustrations and engaging text tell Mahalia Jackson’s excellent story.

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