Featured Books

Out of This WorldOut of This World
By Michelle Markel
Illustrated by Amanda Hall
Ages 4-8

A gorgeously illustrated picture book biography about the fascinating life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, from Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall, the acclaimed team behind The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau. Ever since she was a little girl, Leonora Carrington loved to draw on walls, in books, on paper—and she loved the fantastic tales her grandmother told that took her to worlds that shimmered beyond this one, where legends became real. Leonora’s parents wanted her to become a proper English lady, but there was only one thing she wanted, even if it was unsuitable: to be an artist. In London, she discovered a group of artists called surrealists, who were stunning the world with their mysterious creations. This was the kind of art she had to make. From life in Paris creating art alongside Max Ernst, to Mexico where she met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Leonora’s life became intertwined with powerful events and people that shaped the twentieth century. Out of This World is the powerful, stunningly told story of Leonora Carrington, a girl who made art out of her imagination and created some of the most enigmatic and startling works of the last eighty years.

She SpokeShe Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World
By Kathy Macmillan & Manuela Bernadi
Illustrated by Kathrin Honesta
Ages 8-12

When the world tells you to stay quiet, do you listen, or do you speak up? In She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, with the touch of a button, readers can hear Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall, Shirley Chisholm, Susan Shown Harjo, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Leymah Gbowee, Dr. Temple Grandin, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tammy Duckworth, Dr. Joanne Liu, Abby Wambach, and Malala Yousafzai. Through succinct profiles, stunning portraits by illustrator Kathrin Honesta, and the original voices of these women, She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World will inspire readers of all ages to share their own truths and change the world.

Pippa's Passover PlatePippa’s Passover Plate
By Vivian Kirfield
Illustrated by Jill Weber
Ages 4-8

Sundown is near, and it’s almost time for the Seder to begin–but where is Pippa’s special Passover plate? Pippa the Mouse has been working hard all day–cleaning her house, setting the table, cooking the meal. Everything looks great–but her special Seder plate is missing! Searching through her tiny house turns up nothing, so Pippa ventures out to ask her neighbors if they can help. Bravely, she asks the other animals for help, but the snake, owl, and cat haven’t seen her plate, either. But it’s almost time for the Seder to begin, so she keeps looking–and when she finds it, she invites all the other animals home to join her celebration. A final spread with Pippa and her guests getting ready to hide the matzo and celebrate also shows the Passover plate with its six essential symbolic items: zeroah (a roasted bone), beitzah,(an egg), maror and charoset (bitter herbs), chazeret (mortar or paste), and karpas (a spring vegetable).

Chicken SundayChicken Sunday
By Patricia Polacco
$17.99, $7.99p
Ages 5-10

First published in 1998, Chicken Sunday is a masterpiece, full of heart, empathy and community–wonderful for sharing at Easter and all year long! After being initiated into a neighbor’s family by a solemn backyard ceremony, a young Russian American girl and her African American brothers determine to buy their Gramma Eula a beautiful Easter hat. But their good intentions are misunderstood, until they discover just the right way to pay for the hat that Eula’s had her eye on. A loving family story woven from the author’s childhood. From the reviews:

–“In this moving picture book, the hatred sometimes engendered by racial and religious differences is overpowered by the love of people who recognize their common humanity.”–Booklist, starred, boxed review

–“The text conveys a tremendous pride of heritage as it brims with rich images from her characters’ African American and Russian Jewish cultures–A tribute to the strength of all family bonds.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review