Cozy up with these 7 children’s books emphasizing empathy, overcoming differences | News

There is a short, but informative biography of the real woman who inspired the book: Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who was imprisoned for daring to learn to drive a car.

Co-written by Loujain al-Hathloul’s sister, Lina Alhathloul, the book contains beautiful pictures as well as a short letter to readers about summoning the courage to dream and create a better world.

“Eyes that speak to the stars.” Courtesy of HarperCollins.

“Eyes that speak to the stars”by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho; HarperCollins; $18.99; ages 4-8.

When friends at school create a painful picture of him, a young boy turns to his family for comfort and learns to love his heritage. Inspired by stories about his grandfather’s family, the boy recognizes his inner power and strength, and finds comfort in his father’s positive words.

This book is a beautiful companion piece to the author’s best picture book, “Eyes That Kiss in the Corners.” While the previous title focused on female family members, this offering focuses on three generations of male relatives. The idea of ​​”looking up” is a textual and visual motif again. Also, the author lives in Palo Alto!

“The Ogress and the Orphan”by Kelly Barnhill; Algonquin Books; $19.95; age 10-18.

“The Boy and the Orphan.” Courtesy of Algonquin Books.

In a small town that has fallen on hard times, the people put their faith in a brilliant new mayor, who promises that “he himself can help” to renew the town. Then the library burns down, and orphans go missing. Suspicion, encouraged by the mayor, focuses on a new way out who lives on the edge of town. Readers (and the orphans themselves) know that the outpouring is kind and helpful, but how can they convince people who refuse to listen?

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By an award-winning author, this book is about the importance of generosity and friendship in a community and a cautionary tale of how a town suffers when these qualities disappear.

“Millionaires for the month.” Courtesy of Penguin Random House.

“Millionaires of the Month” by Stacy McAnulty; Random Penguin House; $8.99; age 8-12.

On a class trip to New York City, two boys find a wallet belonging to a social media billionaire. Before returning to their owner, they take a $20 bill from the wallet, proving that it would never be lost, but they are wrong. To teach the kids a lesson, the billionaire offers them a deal: a $20,000 college scholarship or just over $5 million in cash that they must spend within 30 days. What would you choose?

The boys rent luxury cars, take their families to Disney World and (of course) spend thousands of dollars on video and in-app games. But the task of spending money quickly becomes a chore and then a big problem because it changes their relationships with friends, families and each other. The book is fast-paced and funny, but also thought-provoking.

“The Last Map” by Christina Soontornvat; Candlewick; $17.99; age 8-12.

This story of identity and integrity is as beautiful and intricate as the old maps. As an assistant to her country’s most famous map maker, 12-year-old Sai plays the role of a well-bred young woman with a bright future.

In reality, her father is a communicator and in a kingdom where the status of their ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could destroy her. She takes the opportunity to go on a trip to document the southern seas, but she is not the only one on board with secrets. When she realizes that the ship may be heading to a delicate area full of riches, but also dragons and other dangers, she must measure the effect of her lies. The book is suspenseful and exciting.

“Katie the Catsitter: Best Friends Forever.” Courtesy of Random House Books for Young Readers.

“Katie the Catsitter: Best Friends Forever” by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue; Random House Books for Young Readers; $12.99; age 8-12.

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This highly entertaining graphic novel series is based on a girl who, in the first book, cat-sat for her neighbor while she was also bow-hunting.

In the new book, someone is impersonating the villain, and it seems that Katie’s friends are all moving on from her. Like the first book, this one pairs realistic issues (friends falling apart) with suspense over a new crime wave. Oh, and did I mention there are lots of cats? Laughter guaranteed.

msgstr “Main player.” Courtesy of Scholastic.

“Main Player” by Kelly Yang; Scholastic; $17.99; age 8-12.

The fourth book in the wonderful “Front Desk” series, follows Mia Tang, the child of immigrants who manages a motel near San Diego. Mia tries to get a scholarship to go to summer camp for journalists, but first she has to get her grade up in PE class (of all things).

Fortunately for her, the 1999 World Cup between the US and China women’s soccer teams is being played at the Rose Bowl in southern California. Can Mia raise her level by interviewing players from the USA and China teams? This series is a wonderful exploration of the complex issues of identity and immigration, and a great reminder of how important the 1999 World Cup was for women’s sport.


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