When the Troublesome Triplets–Mr. Omi, Mr. Omaye, and Mr. Ono–complain that they have seen ghosts in Farmer Tanaka’s field, Papa sets off with his son to hunt the ghosts. Set in California in the 1920s, this delightful father-son story speaks to all young children who yearn to overcome their fears. Readers also come to realize
This bilingual (Spanish/English) book tells the story of Diego and his family, migrant farmers who move from state to state picking fruits and vegetables. Each day brings a new experience–a different place, a different crop, and different people to meet. But no matter where Diego goes, his radio goes with him–it helps him to learn
This bilingual memoir by Mexican-American poet Juan Felipe Herrera depicts his childhood as a migrant farm worker. Herrera recounts the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves.
Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an empty farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten,
A touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world. When Mimi finds out her favorite words—simple words, like apricot, blackberry, buttercup—are disappearing from the English language, she elects her granddaughter Brook as their Keeper. And did you know? The only way to save words is to know them.
Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah
Younger and older readers will enjoy We Are the Gardeners, written by Joanna Gaines and illustrated by Julianna Swaney. In this book, Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame) and her kids chronicle their adventures starting a garden, describing the mishaps, joys, and lessons that happen along the way. They begin with a story many
As a young man, John James Audubon, the renowned American woodsman and artist, had to make a choice between following his father’s dreams for him and discovering his own special destiny. In this book, Robert Burleigh imagines a conversation in which Audubon tells his father why he has chosen to forgo the ordinary life of