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Himawari House book cover

Himawari House

Harmony Becker

Graphic Novels, Read Woke

"When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets Hyejung and Tina, two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths."--Provided by publisher.

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Incredible design, a wide breadth of illustration styles, strong female friendships, humor, and polyglots adjusting to life abroad. Himawari House is a delectable slice of life through and through! -Casey

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The girl and the wolf

Katherena Vermette

jE Vermette
Read Woke, Picture Books

"A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again."--

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I love the reversal of classic fairytale tropes, this is one of my favorites. -Casey

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Our little kitchen

Jillian Tamaki

jE Tamaki
Read Woke, Picture Books

"A crew of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community. Includes a recipe and an author's note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book"--

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When the light of the world was subdued, our songs came through : a Norton anthology of Native nations poetry

811.6080897 /When
Read Woke, Poetry

"United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology. This landmark anthology celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Opening with a blessing from Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday, the book contains powerful introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections. Each section begins with a poem from traditional oral literatures and closes with emerging poets, ranging from Eleazar, a seventeenth-century Native student at Harvard, to Jake Skeets, a young Diné poet born in 1991, and including renowned writers such as Luci Tapahanso, Natalie Diaz, Layli Long Soldier, and Ray Young Bear. When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through offers the extraordinary sweep of Native literature, without which no study of American poetry is complete"--

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For me, poetry anthologies are evergreen. I always find something new to enjoy upon a revisit. I am particularly excited about revisiting this lovely anthology edited by Joy Harjo. -Casey

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Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

FICTION/Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
Read Woke, Horror, Historical Fiction

"The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico"--

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I'm anxiously awaiting any news of the forthcoming miniseries based on Mexican Gothic. Until then I will settle or rereading this fabulous slow-burn horror. -Casey

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Bodies are cool

Tyler Feder

jE Feder
Picture Books, Read Woke, Diverse Characters

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text celebrate bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, with different kinds of hair, eyes, spots, scars, and more.

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Bodies Are Cool! Unashamedly all bodies positive and I am definitely here for it. -Casey

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Your mama

NoNieqa Ramos

jE Ramos
Picture Books, Read Woke

Illustrations and easy-to-read text twist classic "your mama" jokes into a celebration of the beauty, power, and love of motherhood.

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Remember all of those "your mama" jokes in the '90s? Well, all joking aside, Your Mama is awesome! -Casey

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My nana's garden

Dawn Casey

jE Casey
Picture Books, Read Woke

A little girl visits her grandmother in different seasons, and together they explore the wonders of her garden. Until, one day, Nana isn't there anymore. But as winter gives way to spring, the girl learns that life goes on, and so does the memory of those we love. --

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Gardening as a metaphor for the passage of time? Yes please! -Casey

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Stroller coaster

Matt Ringler

jE Ringler
Picture Books, Read Woke

A quick-thinking father thwarts his daughter's impending temper tantrum when he transforms an everyday walk outside into an exciting strollercoaster ride through the neighborhood.

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Raul The Third's signature style meets a perfect pun for littles--be sure to watch out for all of the bilingual background fun! -Casey

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Off to see the sea

Nikki Grimes

jE Grimes
Picture Books, Read Woke

"The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean."--Provided by publisher.

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Bathtub adventure awaits! Take the plunge, you'll be glad you did. -Casey