Children & Teens Books of the Week

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That Is My Dream!: A Picture Book of Langston Hughes's
By Langston Hughes, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399550171
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - October 3rd, 2017

Pulsing with imagination and hope, this illustrated edition of Langston Hughes’s classic poem “Dream Variation” follows a young black boy living in a segregated town in the 1950s. As he observes the injustices around him, the boy imagines a world in which he and his family can live without fear. Daniel Miyares’s breathtaking watercolors depict the boy’s daydreams of soaring on giant birds, drinking from a stream, and lying in the grass—all with a loving, racially integrated group of friends. Young readers will immediately respond to the beauty, pathos, and hope of the boy’s imaginings as he declares, That Is My Dream! (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99). Ages 6-9. Elli Bloomberg.

Blast From the Past
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763645649
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - January 10th, 2012

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763664428
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - December 10th, 2013

What Color Is My World? (Candlewick, $17.99 hardcover/$6.99 paperback), asks a mysterious handyman as he assists thirteen-year-old twins Herbie and Ella in repairing the fixer-upper recently bought by their parents. Their exploration of the old house quickly becomes an exploration of The Lost History of African-American Inventors and how their inventions and innovations changed everyday life and the world. From James E. West (who invented the microphone in your cell phone), to Dr. Charles Drew (who developed large-scale blood banks), to George Crum (inventor of the potato chip), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld have written a delightfully informative and eye-opening history book with a charming, accessible story as its framing device. Ben Boos’ and A.G. Ford’s big, colorful illustrations and fold-outs are as amazing and engaging as the stories themselves. Ages 8-12. Marc Villa.

YA Pick
The Skin I'm in (New Cover) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423103851
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Published: Jump at the Sun - August 1st, 2007

Nearly all her life, Maleeka Madison has been teased for her dark skin. No matter how much she tries to blend in, she can’t escape her classmates’ cruel jokes and songs. It doesn’t help that she is grieving the death of her father, and going to school in her mother’s unevenly-sewn homemade clothes. But as Maleeka enters the seventh grade, a new teacher—who also grew up being bullied, as she was born with a white patch on her face—encourages her to question her peers’ assumptions. As Maleeka explores her feelings through creative writing, she begins to wonder whether beauty and success really are about fitting in and staying quiet. The Skin I’m In (Jump at the Sun, $8.99), originally published in 1998, is a relevant, empowering examination of colorism and courage. Sharon G. Flake’s punchy, engaging prose will connect with readers even twenty years later. Ages 11 and up. Elli Bloomberg.