Summer time is a great time for us to continue reading books with powerful, fun and important messages with the young people in our lives! I hope these book recommendations will help us foster love and respect for the environment, encourage us to try new things and remind us that we can always take actions to make things more fair in our communities. I hope that they also help us reconnect with our families, friends, neighbourhoods and communities.
Martin and the River
By Jon-Erik Lappano, illus. by Josée Bisaillon
Groundwood Books, 36 pages, $18.99
Martin loves to play, observe, listen and interact with the river near his home. One day he finds out that his family will be moving to the city. Sad that he has to leave the beloved river behind, Martin comes up with a plan to take the river with him.
And J.J. Slept
By Loretta Garbutt, illus. by Erika Rodriguez Medina
Kids Can Press, 32 pages, $21.99
Baby J.J. is welcomed with love by his adoptive family. The home is always noisy with other siblings and a pet. J.J. does not seem to mind and sleeps through it all. A heartwarming book about the intricacies of family life and the different ways families come together.
Where Do Your Feelings Live?
By Catherine Hernandez, illus. by Myriam Chery
HarperCollins, 32 pages, $24.99
An important and gentle book about our different feelings and where they may live in our body. When we learn about our feelings we can welcome, honour, celebrate and embrace them. Readers will learn that knowing about our own feelings helps us be aware and empathetic to those of others.
School Is Wherever I Am
By Ellie Peterson
Roaring Brook Press, 40 pages, $24.99
A thoughtful and inspiring book that helps readers think about the different ways and places we can learn new things. The school building is just one of these places. We learn new things whenever we laugh, write, create, stumble and wonder, by ourselves and with others.
Together We Ride
By Valerie Bolling, illus. by Kaylani Juanita
Chronicle Books, 36 pages, $24.99
A girl learns to ride a bike with her father. Readers see the gentle and loving moments of guidance, independence and bravery between the two. The words and illustrations bring us right into the moment. Readers are encouraged to try something new and set their own goals.
Pow Wow Day
By Traci Sorell, illus. by Madelyn Goodnight
Charlesbridge, 32 pages, $19.99
Pow wow day is a special day, but River is sad: she is unable to participate in the jingle dress competition since she is recovering from an illness. Her community reminds her that she will heal and dance again. Includes extra pages at the back with information about pow wows.
Abuelita and Me
By Leonarda Carranza, illus. by Rafael Mayani
Annick Press, 32 pages, $21.95
A lovely book about the special relationship between a girl and her grandmother who do everything together. As they navigate the outside world, they experience racism in their everyday activities. An important book that reminds readers about the individual, collective and systemic actions needed to create fair and just communities.
You Are Not Alone
By Alphabet Rockers, illus. by Ashley Evans
Sourcebooks, 56 pages, $24.99
A beautiful book about the importance of building spaces of belonging for all. Readers learn about the experiences of different people and the actions everyone can take to make others know that they matter and belong. An important message from the book, “You are not alone, I got you!”
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