Book Bites July 2022

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July 2022 Book Bites from our friends at Blue Willow Bookshop

First Words USA by Priddy Books

This small padded board book is packed full of photographs and illustrations of different things that represent the 50 states, from the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon to the impressive Empire State Building. As well as landmarks and monuments, it also includes images of animals, food, people, nature, and more.

My Fourth of July by Jerry Spinelli (Holiday House)

Picnics! Singing! Fireworks! It’s time to celebrate the best day of all–the Fourth of July! A responsible little boy who’s eager to do his part wakes up joyful and ready to celebrate his favorite day of all. But there’s a lot of work to do–pies to be baked, deviled eggs to be filled–and the boy has lots of jobs to complete before he can enjoy the fun.

America My Love America My Heart by Daria Peoples-Riley (Greenwillow Books)

What begins as a single question from a single child multiplies as America, My Love, America, My Heart sweeps across the country with every page turn, inviting in more and more children of color–and their questions. Does America love them just as they are? Inspired by the questions of her own childhood, the author has created a powerful and important book for Americans of all ages.

Sharice’s Big Voice by Sharice Davids with Nancy Mays (Harper Books for Children)

When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. But everyone’s path looks different and everyone’s path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids’ path to Congress to serve her country.

Yes We Will by Kelly Yang (Dial Books)

From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to flying to outer space like Franklin Chang-Díaz; from standing up to injustice like Fred Korematsu to becoming the first Asian American, Black and female vice president of the United States like Kamala Harris, this book illuminates the power of Asian Americans all over the country, in all sorts of fields. It answers the question, can we accomplish whatever we dream? With love, courage, determination, and lots of imagination, we can–and we will!

The Campaign by Leila Sales (Amulet Books)

For 12-year-old Maddie Polansky, the only good part of school is art class. And though she’s never paid much attention to politics, when she learns that the frontrunner for mayor of her city intends to cut funding for the arts in public schools, the political suddenly becomes very personal. So Maddie persuades her babysitter, Janet, to run for mayor.

Room To Dream (Front Desk #3) by Kelly Yang

Another heartwarming and inspiring story of Mia and friends! Mia and her immigrant family manage a small motel in Southern California. Mia strives for the American dream with the help of her neighbors and friends. In this delightful third installment, Changes on coming to the neighborhood. Mia is stretching her wings and helping everyone dream big.


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