Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson
“Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything . . . except each other!
“When Bear and Boy meet in the woods, they’re scared at first. Really scared. But soon these kings of the wild realize that no mountain is too big to conquer if you have a friend to climb it by your side.” [JPB ATKINSON,C]
Star Wishes by Marjean Cox
“Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered if someone else was seeing the same star you were? Have you ever cast out a wish and thought that, maybe, another person is expressing the same desire? This happens with little Max, Kiyo, and Hans as each of them gets ready for bed: telling their mothers good night, wishing upon a star, and wondering if others around the world are doing the same. In her debut book, Star Wishes, Marjean Cox gives us brief glimpses into the lives of these three young boys—one in the United States, one in Japan, and one in Germany—as they prepare for bedtime. She shows us how connected they really are, and that despite great geographic and cultural distances, their dreams and their aspirations are what bind them together.” [JPB COX.M]
The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
“Certain that her best friend, Oscar, is not dead despite the discovery of his bike off the end of the pier, Meg, knowing Oscar to be a loving boy who makes the world’s best apple tarts, confronts painful truths about her friend’s struggles with bullying, a broken heart and a dark secret. By the author of Back to Blackbrick. [J FITZGERALD,S]
Death is Stupid written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham
“‘She’s in a better place now,’ adults say again and again. But it doesn’t seem better, it seems stupid.
“This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death but refuses to succumb to banalities when talking about it. Necessary and beautiful, Death Is Stupid is an invaluable tool for talking about death, but also the possibilities for celebrating life and love.” [ J155.937 HIGGINBOTHAM]