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A Stopwatch from Grampa

Written by: Loretta Garbutt Illustrated by: Carmen Mok For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Loss, Grief, Death, Intergenerational Relationships, Grandparents, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary:  A Stopwatch from Grampa begins right as our main character’s grandfather has passed away, leaving them his stopwatch.  Grampa…

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At the Mountain’s Base

Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Weshoyot Alvitre  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Military, Women Pilots, Family, Grief, Culture & Traditions, Historical Fiction, Global Community, Own Voices. Summary: This is one of the most beautiful and emotional books that I’ve read in a…

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An Ordinary Day [released March 10]

Written by: Elana K. Arnold Illustrated by: Elizabet Vukovic For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Social-Emotional Learning, Grief, Loss of Pet, Cochlear Implant Visibility, Home Birth, Childbirth, Love.  Summary:  Wow. Wow wow wow.  This book is absolutely breathtaking and caught…

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Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business

Written by: Lyla Lee Illustrated by: Dung Ho For ages: 6-9 years Language: English & some Korean Topics Covered: Parent Loss, Korean-American Experience, New Experiences, Moving, Growing Up, Family, Social-Emotional Learning, Friendship, Single-Parent Families. Summary:  This is an adorable early chapter book that we are…

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Barely Missing Everything

Written by: Matt Mendez Cover Art by: Dana Ledl For ages: Young Adults Language: English Topics Covered: Growing Up, Latinx Identities, Racism, Sports, Alcohol & Marijuana Use, Family, Incarceration, Filmmaking, Friendship, Police Brutality, Pregnancy.  Summary: This book was one of those stories that everything I anticipated…

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Patina

Written by: Jason Reynolds Cover Art by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton For ages: YA Middle Grades Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Grief, Death, Social-Emotional Growth, Sports, Women in Sports, Growing Up, Coping, Friendship, Black Culture & Identity. Summary: Patina is just trying to do her best at a…

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The Immortal Jellyfish

Written & Illustrated by: Sang Miao For ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Grief, Loss, Love, Social-Emotional Growth & Development, Death. Summary:   This is a beautiful book in both storyline and artwork.  Our main character is a small boy who is told…

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King and the Dragonflies

Written by: Kacen Callender Cover Art by: Tonya Engel For ages: YA Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, LGBTQ, Death, Relationships, Friendship. Summary: We got this book from a friend who received a pre-release copy from the ALA Conference!  We are so excited to have…

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A Stone for Sascha

Written & Illustrated by: Aaron Becker For ages: 5 and up Language: English Topics Covered: Family, POC-Centric Narratives, Loss, Grief, Historical Fiction, Love, Pets. Summary: This book actually has no words, just pictures.  A family loses their dog, Sascha, just before going on vacation.  While on…

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