The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition - Reyna Grande

Staff Pick

With The Distance Between Us (Aladdin, $17.99) in today’s divisive political climate, author Reyna Grande felt compelled to share her personal experience of the problems that all too many immigrant families face. As children, Reyna and her siblings were left to endure a life of lonely deprivation with their hostile extended family in Mexico while both parents worked in the United States. Eventually, Reyna’s father returned to lead the children on a harrowing journey across the border so that they could reunite with their mother and begin a new life together in Los Angeles. Despite the constant strain that their immigrant status put on the family, Reyna persevered and became the first family member to graduate from college. The young readers’ edition of Grande’s inspiring memoir will help children appreciate the courage and fortitude of immigrants from all countries. Ages 10-14.

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ISBN: 9781481463713
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Aladdin - September 6th, 2016

Playground - Mies Van Hout

A trip to the Playground (Lemniscaat USA, $17.95) usually entails a quick ride in the car or walk through the neighborhood. The two children in Dutch author/illustrator Mies Van Hout’s new picture book, however, take a different route. In each two-page spread, the friends travel through increasingly fantastical landscapes, accumulating new companions along the way. Van Hout contrasts bright, colorful splashes of watercolors with small, detailed characters in her depictions of the buddies’ journey through imaginary forests, over mountains, and into a creepy cave. At their mundane destination, the sedate black-and-white swing set, the gang has second thoughts: maybe the journey is the destination after all! Ages 3-6.

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ISBN: 9781935954514
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Published: Lemniscaat USA - April 1st, 2016

A Handful of Beans - Jeanne Steig, William Steig

The only thing possibly more entertaining than a classic book of fairy tales is an irreverent book of fairy tales told with a certain amount of sass and flippancy. A Handful of Beans (Atheneum, $17.99) is a reprint of an edition by Jeanne Steig and William Steig, originally published nearly twenty years ago and definitely worth the second look. Rumpelstiltskin was never so cleverly cantankerous, nor the Big Bad Wolf quite so suave and slick! Each of the six tales is accompanied by several of William Steig’s recognizable quirky illustrations. This witty collection is sure to crack up even the most stoic of readers. Ages 4-8.

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By Jeanne Steig, William Steig (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481439619
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - February 2nd, 2016