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Yara's Spring

Coming of age against all odds in the midst of the Arab Spring.

Growing up in Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s ...

Anna at the Art Museum

By Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert
Illustrated by Lil Crump
Categories: Children's Fiction

Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

Going to the Art Museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t Touch! Do Not Enter! Quiet! ...

Why Are You So Quiet?

By Jaclyn Desforges
Illustrated by Risa Hugo
Categories: Children's Fiction

Into a world where it often seems nobody is listening comes a poignant story that celebrates the power of silence.  

“Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even ...

Crossing the Farak River

Fourteen-year-old Hasina is forced to flee everything she knows in this gripping account of the crisis in Myanmar.

For Hasina and her younger brother Araf, the constant threat of Sit Tat, the Myanmar ...

Margot and the Moon Landing

By A.C. Fitzpatrick
Illustrated by Erika Medina
Categories: Children's Fiction

A universal story about speaking, listening, and being heard.

Margot loves space. Astronauts, the stars, and especially the moon landing. So she can’t understand why all of her attempts to communicate ...

The Truth About Wind

A vividly imagined story about the importance of telling the truth, even if it means losing something you love.

When Jesse finds a toy horse and makes it his very own, his imagination runs wild. This ...

Salma the Syrian Chef

By Danny Ramadan
Illustrated by Anna Bron
Categories: Children's Fiction

Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama.

All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama ...

Superluminous

Nour loves the luminous glow she was born with, but it’s only when it starts to dim that she discovers the true power of her brilliant light.

Nour has a superpower: she glows. Her light shines so bright, ...

I Love My Purse

By Belle DeMont
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Categories: Children's Fiction

Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First ...

A Promise Is a Promise

When Allashua disobeys her parents and goes fishing on the sea ice, she has to use her wits to escape the Qallupilluit--the troll-like creatures her parents have always warned her about that live beneath ...