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Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence, the Books for Youth editorial staff has chosen the titles below as its favorite nonfiction, fiction, and picture book offerings.
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. By Frederick Joseph. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536217018). Gr. 7–12.
Sharing stories from his school and college experiences of racism, Joseph maintains an engaging, conversational tone while pointing out the ways in which white people sustain racism and how readers can become active accomplices rather than passive allies in antiracism.
Dancing at the Pity Party. By Tyler Feder. Illus. by the author. Dial, $18.99 (9780525553021). Gr. 9–12.
In expressive cartoon artwork that keeps the tone light, Feder celebrates and mourns her beloved mother in this pitch-perfect graphic memoir of love, grief, and healing, told with deep honesty and not a whiff of self-pity.
Dragon Hoops. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien. First Second, $24.99 (9781626720794). Gr. 8–12.
While searching for material for his next graphic novel, Yang surprises himself by getting engrossed in the story of the men’s basketball team at the high school where he teaches. As he traces the team’s path to the state championship, he simultaneously examines creativity and drive. (Top of the List Winner – Youth Graphic Novel)
Freedom Summer for Young People: The Violent Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. By Bruce Watson. Ed. by Rebecca Stefoff. Seven Stories/Triangle Square, $40 (9781644210093). Gr. 6–10.
In 1964, a coalition of civil rights groups recruited and trained college students to support Black voter registration efforts in rural Mississippi. While including the experiences of individual volunteers, this absorbing book tells the broader story of this pivotal voting-rights initiative.
Jane against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights. By Karen Blumenthal. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781626721654). Gr. 8–12.
The late, great, Sibert-nominated Blumenthal plunges headfirst into the murky waters surrounding not just the complex history of the Roe v. Wade landmark case but the century in America that led to the ruling.
Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation. By Candy Cooper and Marc Aronson. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781547602322). Gr. 8–12.
This compelling book records the story of a water-quality and public-health emergency that public officials refused to recognize until Flint, Michigan residents took action repeatedly on behalf of themselves, their families, and their community.
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh. By Candace Fleming. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $18.99 (9780525646549). Gr. 9–12.
Acclaimed nonfiction author Fleming maps the contradictory life of Charles Lindbergh, American hero, aviator, and environmentalist, whose anti-Semitism, white nationalism, and complex personal life makes him as disturbing a figure as he is a fascinating one.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316453691). Gr. 7–12.
Reynolds’ absorbing young reader’s adaptation of Kendi’s National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning uses engaging, conversational language to lay out the history of racism, its pervasiveness in American life, and the key differences among segregationism, assimilationism, and antiracism.
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball. By Jen Bryant. Illus. by Frank Morrison. Abrams, $18.99 (9781419741081). Gr. 2–5.
This picture-book biography of NBA legend Elgin Baylor, impressively illuminated by Morrison, tracks the baller’s life from youth to the big leagues, highlighting his principled stand against discrimination, as well as his innovative basketball skills.
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. By Christina Soontornvat. Candlewick, $24.99 (9781536209457). Gr. 5–8.
A thrilling, chronological narrative recounts the 18-day saga surrounding the now-famous Thai boys’ soccer team, from their harrowing captivity in a flooding cavern to the miraculous rescue that involved an international coalition of thousands. (Top of the List Winner – Youth Nonfiction)
Chance: Escape from the Holocaust. By Uri Shulevitz. Illus. by the author. Farrar, $19.99 (9780374313715). Gr. 3–6.
Shulevitz creates an arresting, affecting memoir of terrible privation as a Jewish child whose family fled Poland in 1939 and lived as refugees for a decade. In the spare, straightforward narrative, illustrated with Expressionist-style drawings, he credits his survival to chance.
Girl on a Motorcycle. By Amy Novesky. Illus. by Julie Morstad. Viking, $17.99 (9780593116296). Gr. 1–4.
An ode to wanderlust and self-assuredness, this picture-book biography illuminates the life of Anne-France Dautheville, the first woman to travel around the world on a motorcycle. Gorgeous illustrations celebrate the beauty of world cultures and following one’s heart.
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823442850). Gr. 1–4.
Illustrating an engaging and sometimes surprising text with vivid, minutely detailed oil paintings, this stunning picture book takes viewers into the hive for an up-close look at the life of a honeybee.
How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure. By John Rocco. Illus. by the author. Crown, $32.99 (9780525647423). Gr. 5–8.
This illustrated account of Apollo 11 meticulously explains the science and engineering behind every aspect of the mission, breaking information into digestible chunks and profiling a host of NASA personnel before placing readers in the historic moment.
Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker. By Patricia Hruby Powell. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781534406230). Gr. 3–6.
Striking gouache paintings illustrate this informative picture-book biography of civil rights leader Ella Baker, who listened well, spoke up for the poor and for women, and became a respected, effective figure within the civil rights movement.
On the Horizon. By Lois Lowry. Illus. by Kenard Pak. HMH, $16.99 (9780358129400). Gr. 5–8.
The attack on Pearl Harbor, the bombing of Hiroshima, and Lowry’s childhood experiences in Hawaii and Japan are interwoven into an accessible, unusual book of deeply felt poems recognizing the personal tragedies of war.
The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth. Ed. by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. Crown, $18.99 (9780593121610). Gr. 5–8.
This moving, versatile collection spans a range of diverse racial backgrounds and vantage points and offers a multifaceted look at the ways racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression and power shape our realities.
The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History. By Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace. Illus. by Charly Palmer. Boyds Mills & Kane/Calkins Creek, $18.99 (9781629794525). Gr. 3–5.
Responding to the suppression of African American voting rights in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, Reverend F. D. Reese organized the Teachers’ March. With a well-focused text and powerful, vibrant paintings, this picture book tells of the march and its aftermath.
This Is Your Time. By Ruby Bridges. Delacorte, $15.99 (9780593378526). Gr. 4–7.
In this short but moving book, Ruby Bridges, who integrated the New Orleans public schools in 1960 as a six-year-old, describes her pivotal role in civil rights history and encourages others to continue on the path toward social justice.
111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl. By Rina Singh. Illus. by Marianne Ferrer. Kids Can, $18.99 (9781525301209). Gr. 1–3.
Illustrated in bright, crisp earth tones and textured-leaf motifs, this appealing picture book tells how Sundar Paliwal’s radical idea of planting a tree for each newborn girl came to fruition in his Indian village through collaboration, persistence, and gradual change.
The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan. By Amy Alznauer. Illus. by Daniel Miyares. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763690489). K–Gr. 3.
In this picture-book biography of South Indian mathematician Ramanujan, Alznauer portrays him as a driven genius who produced work of lasting value, with Miyares’ colored inks creating vivid, imaginative scenes.
Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children. By Jonah Winter. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780449812914). K–Gr. 2.
Written in the lively, insistent voice of Mother Jones and illustrated with dynamic artwork, this picture book focuses on the reformer’s 1903 “Children’s Crusade” march, which brought attention to the plight of working children.
The Old Man and the Penguin: A True Story of True Friendship. By Julie Abery. Illus. by Pierre Pratt. Kids Can, $18.99 (9781525302084). PreS–Gr. 2.
After an oil spill, an old man in Brazil saves the life of an oil-covered penguin, and the two become lifelong friends. The simple, pleasing text and colorful, folksy illustrations create a lovable picture book with themes of empathy, environmental awareness, and friendship.
Burn. By Patrick Ness. Harper/Quill Tree, $18.99 (9780062869494). Gr. 9–12.
In an alternate Cold War–era America where dragons live alongside humans, teenage Sarah Dewhurst uncovers an earth-shattering prophecy while an assassin raised by a religious cult is trailed by two FBI agents. Ness masterfully builds an absorbing, tightly wrought alternate history that casts a sharp eye on the prejudices of the 1950s. (Top of the List winner – Youth Fiction)
Camp. By L. C. Rosen. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316537759). Gr. 10–12.
Randy gets to be his most extravagant self at Camp Outland, a camp for queer kids. But to get his dream guy, he’s going to have to become hyper-masculine. In this screwball comedy, Rosen digs into internalized prejudices within the LGBTQ+ community while always handling his characters with care.
Dear Justyce. By Nic Stone. Crown, $21.99 (9781984829672). Gr. 9–12.
In this moving, sharp story about LaQuan, a background character in Dear Martin (2017), who’s in a juvenile detention center for a crime he didn’t commit, Stone explores the criminal justice system, community trauma, systemic racism, and more.
Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story). By Daniel Nayeri. Levine Querido, $17.99 (9781646140008). Gr. 7–12.
In the tradition of 1,001 Nights, 12-year-old Khosrou, aka Daniel, knits together a whirlwind patchwork tale of his youth in Iran, his family’s perilous flight from home, and their oppressive life as refugees in Oklahoma.
Felix Ever After. By Kacen Callender. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $18.99 (9780062820259). Gr. 8–12.
Seventeen-year-old Felix—Black, queer, and trans—seeks out revenge on his transphobic bully and, in the process, begins questioning whether he feels comfortable identifying as a boy or if there’s a better label. An unforgettable story crafted by an author with obvious respect for teen readers.
Flamer. By Mike Curato. Illus. by the author. Holt, $25.99 (9781627796415). Gr. 9–12.
Over one transformative week of Boy Scout camp in 1995, chubby, awkward Filipino American Aiden wrestles with the growing realization that he’s gay. Curato’s spare black-and-white panels are accented with fiery bursts of red and orange in a stunning visual metaphor.
Foul Is Fair. By Hannah Capin. St. Martin’s/Wednesday, $18.99 (9781250239549). Gr. 10–12.
In this slick and divisive reimagining of Macbeth, Jade seeks out a brutal, bloody retribution against a group of prep-school lacrosse players who gang-raped her on her sixteenth birthday. This violent, feverish allegory moves at a relentless pace.
Gimme Everything You Got. By Iva-Marie Palmer. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $18.99 (9780062937254). Gr. 9–12.
Susan, a teenager in 1979, isn’t too interested in hooking up with boys—she’s got everything handled herself—until a hot new soccer coach rolls into town. But though she joins the team because of Coach Bobby’s short shorts, she falls in love with the team and the sport.
Given. By Nandi Taylor. Wattpad, $17.99 (9781989365045). Gr. 7–11.
As she tries to keep her throne from being usurped, Yenni, the princess of the Yirba tribe, travels to a colonizer’s nation to study battle magic and finds herself betrothed to a dragon. A fresh take that eloquently marries Caribbean folklore, magical-boarding-school tales, and whimsical interspecies romance.
Grown. By Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062840356). Gr. 8–11.
Enchanted wants nothing more than to sing, and a chance to perform with the legendary Korey Fields seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But before too long, his affection becomes abuse, and when he’s murdered, she’s the top suspect.
Legendborn. By Tracy Deonn. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $18.99 (9781534441606). Gr. 9–12.
Drenched in Southern magic, Deonn’s first novel puts a modern spin on Arthurian myth while challenging expectations and racial prejudice. To learn the truth about her mother’s death, Black teen Bree infiltrates a racist secret society at war with demons.
Lobizona. By Romina Garber. St. Martin’s/Wednesday, $18.99 (9781250239129). Gr. 8–12.
In an adventure rooted in Argentine folklore, Manu discovers her identity as the first lobizona, or female werewolf. Dialogue related in Spanish and immediately translated into English via italics brings Manu and the other characters to vivid life, making them, and the lore, absolutely memorable.
The Magic Fish. By Trung Le Nguyen. Illus. by the author. Random/RH Graphic, $23.99 (9780593125298). Gr. 8–12.
In intersecting fairy tales and family histories, Nguyen tells the story of Tiê´n, who’s trying to share a secret with his mother when she’s called back to Vietnam when her own mother dies. An arresting visual narrative about the power of shared stories.
The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice. By Lisa DeSelm. Page Street, $17.99 (9781645670803). Gr. 8–11.
In this captivating dark fairy tale laden with atmosphere and written in gorgeous prose, marionette turned girl Pirouette, a resourceful and captivating hero, makes a dangerous pact with a tyrannical ruler and his son to save her father.
Red Hood. By Elana K. Arnold. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062742353). Gr. 9–12.
The arrival of Bisou’s first period comes with heightened senses and an unasked-for family legacy of hunting wolves that prey upon women. The mythology of “Little Red Riding Hood” pulsates through the narrative, setting primal instincts loose in modern times.
They Went Left. By Monica Hesse. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316490573). Gr. 9–12.
Liberated from a German concentration camp, Zofia feels she has been broken by the horrors of the war, particularly where her memory’s concerned. However, she can’t forget the brother from whom she was separated, and she determines to find him.
The Voting Booth. By Brandy Colbert. Disney/Hyperion, $18.99 (9781368053297). Gr. 10–12.
Marva firmly believes political activism can make a difference; Duke feels obligated to vote because of its importance to his family. When Duke gets turned away at the precinct, the two Black teens connect in the attempt to cast their first votes.
Ana on the Edge. By A. J. Sass. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316458610). Gr. 4–7.
Sass masterfully balances Ana Jin’s passion for competitive figure skating with her journey to coming out as nonbinary, an issue brought to the surface through having to skate a princess-themed program and a new friendship with Hayden, a transgender boy.
Dress Coded. By Carrie Firestone. Putnam, $17.99 (9781984816436). Gr. 5–8.
After witnessing a friend’s humiliation at the hands of her school’s patriarchal administration and their oppressive dress code, eighth-grader Molly starts publishing everyone’s horror stories through a podcast, until her protest grows into a movement.
Dungeon Critters. By Natalie Riess and Sara Goetter. Illus. by the authors. First Second, $22.99 (9781250195463). Gr. 3–8.
Madcap antics, lots of jokes, evil plants, and solid friendships are at the heart of this sword-and-sorcery adventure, which features cheeky world building, quip-heavy dialogue, dense visuals, and simply dynamite page layouts.
Efrén Divided. By Ernesto Cisneros. Harper, $16.99 (9780062881687). Gr. 3–6.
Efrén struggles to manage life in the wake of his mother’s deportation in this powerful, timely debut novel. Cisneros offers a vivid glimpse into the tenuous lives of immigrant families, communicates the heartbreaking impact of deportations, and demonstrates the resiliency of those affected.
Fighting Words. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Dial, $17.99 (9781984815682). Gr. 5–8.
Ten-year-old Della offers the story of how she and her sister ended up in foster care, talking around the traumatic sexual abuse they suffered until she finally feels brave enough to put it into words.
Fly on the Wall. By Remy Lai. Illus. by the author. Holt, $16.99 (9781250314116). Gr. 4–7.
Tired of being babied by his protective family, Henry Khoo decides to prove his maturity by secretly flying from Australia to his dad’s apartment in Singapore. A delightful misadventure packed with humor, comics, and tween drama.
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero. By Kelly J. Baptist. Crown, $16.99 (9780593121368). Gr. 4–7.
Things have been tough since Isaiah’s father died, and the 10-year-old finds comfort in an old notebook of his dad’s writing. This and a caring community of adults help Isaiah reclaim his voice and become the hero his family needs.
King and the Dragonflies. By Kacen Callender. Scholastic, $17.99 (9781338129335). Gr. 4–7.
When King helps his former best friend run away, the weight of expectations and secrets leads King to examine what he knows about being brave, being a man, and being himself, especially with regard to his sexual and racial identities.
The Last Mirror on the Left. By Lamar Giles. Illus. by Dapo Adeola. HMH/Versify, $16.99 (9780358130437). Gr. 4–7.
Cousins Otto and Sheed track a fugitive through a series of mirror dimensions, finding worlds like theirs—but not. With nods to the boys’ Blackness and deep family ties, this is an emotionally resonant and action-packed sequel that manages to be an even greater adventure than its predecessor.
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. By Donna Barba Higuera. Levine Querido, $17.99 (9781646140039). Gr. 4–7.
The only thing standing between Lupe and meeting her baseball hero, Fu Li Hernandez, is an A in square dancing, a P.E. unit she attempts to have removed from the curriculum—only to have her efforts humorously backfire.
The Magic in Changing Your Stars. By Leah Henderson. Sterling, $16.95 (9781454934066). Gr. 3–7.
Rappin’, dancing Ailey is shaken when he flubs his audition for the school musical. But when Grandpa shows Ailey a magical pair of tap shoes, the two are whisked back to 1939 Harlem for unforgettable lessons in grit, family, and Black history.
Skunk and Badger. By Amy Timberlake. Illus. by Jon Klassen. Algonquin, $18.95 (9781643750057). Gr. 2–4.
Badger, a grouchy rock scientist, lives a solitary, tidy life in his aunt Lula’s brownstone, which is suddenly upended by the unexpected arrival of Skunk, his bubbly new roommate. Their odd-couple dynamic delivers a winning friendship story.
Spindlefish and Stars. By Christiane M. Andrews. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316496018). Gr. 5–8.
After Clo’s father fails to come home, she embarks on a mysterious journey to find him. Her search takes her to a strange island with enchanted tapestries that hold clues to Clo’s clouded past and her father’s whereabouts.
The Time of Green Magic. By Hilary McKay. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781534462762). Gr. 4–7.
In a vivid, involving narrative, Abi, her father, and her new stepbrothers and stepmother move into a house where magic is real and dangerous, until the individuals in this recently blended family start working together and looking out for each other.
Twins. By Varian Johnson. Illus. by Shannon Wright. Scholastic/Graphix, $12.99 (9781338236170). Gr. 3–6.
Twins Maureen and Francine have always been inseparable, but sixth grade changes everything, and it all comes to a head when outgoing Francine and shy Maureen run against each other for class president. A beautiful reflection on sisterhood and coming-of-age.
A Wish in the Dark. By Christina Soontornvat. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536204940). Gr. 4–7.
This “Thai-inspired . . . twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables” explores social justice through the journey of Pong, a boy who escapes prison to help lead a peaceful revolt against the fascist Governor and his light-making magic.
The Barnabus Project. By The Fan Brothers. Illus. by the authors. Tundra, $18.99 (9780735263260). K–Gr. 3.
In a secret lab below the Perfect Pets store, tiny Barnabus (part elephant, part mouse) leads his fellow imperfect pets, unfit for sale, in a daring escape. Beautifully illustrated and filled with drama and imagination.
Black Is a Rainbow Color. By Angela Joy. Illus. by Ekua Holmes. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781626726314). K–Gr. 3.
This celebration of African American people and ethnology explores what Blackness means to a child, starting with her focus on color and moving toward historical and cultural events, each line emphasizing the positive connotations of the word.
Hike. By Pete Oswald. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536201574). PreS–Gr. 2.
This near-wordless picture book about a father and child enjoying a hike in the wilderness communicates the quiet yet powerful experience of walking through nature in expressive artwork full of the wonders of being outdoors.
I Am Every Good Thing. By Derrick Barnes. Illus. by Gordon C. James. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780525518778). PreS–Gr. 3.
This powerful celebration of Black boyhood counters many of the negative messages that a racist society puts forth about African American boys, affirming their endless value through rhythmic text and radiant portraits.
If You Come to Earth. By Sophie Blackall. Illus. by the author. Chronicle, $18.99 (9781452137797). PreS–Gr. 2.
As a boy looks up from Earth, drawing on a long roll of paper that spirals into the sky, his message—describing every conceivable thing a visitor might encounter on his planet—is received by a spaceship.
Nana Akua Goes to School. By Tricia Elam Walker. Illus. by April Harrison. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780525581130). PreS–Gr. 3.
Zura’s anxious about what her classmates will think about the traditional Ghanian marks on her grandmother’s face at Grandparents Day. But Nana Akua finds the perfect solution. Rich artwork and a thoughtful perspective on cultural difference make this book a standout. (Top of the List winner – Picture Book)
The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story. By Tina Cho. Illus. by Jess X. Snow. Penguin/Kokila, $17.99 (9781984814869). K–Gr. 3.
This beautifully illustrated picture book introduces readers to the South Korean haenyeo, legendary women divers who hunt for deep-sea delicacies, as Dayeon learns the traditional practice from her patient grandmother.
‘Ohana Means Family. By Ilima Loomis. Illus. by Kenard Pak. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823443260). PreS–Gr. 2.
In this celebration of Hawaiian culture, the tradition of making poi to serve at a lūʻau is laid out one detail at a time, spread by spread, through poetic text and stylized watercolors that bring readers closer to the land and its people.
The Old Truck. By Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey. Illus. by the authors. Norton/Young Readers, $17.95 (9781324005193). PreS–K.
Spare, simply rendered prose and blocky, bright artwork composed of handmade stamps combine to tell an endearing, quietly deep story about a beloved cherry-red truck that helps a family on their farm over multiple generations.
Overground Railroad. By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illus. by James Ransome. Holiday, $18.99 (9780823438730). PreS–Gr. 3.
This handsome picture book, telling the story of a Black sharecropper family’s railway journey toward a northern city, offers an accessible introduction to the Great Migration through its gracefully written story and beautifully composed, mixed-media artwork.
The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story. By Thao Lam. Illus. by the author. Owlkids, $17.95 (9781771473637). Gr. 1–3.
With simplicity and depth, using a limited palette of precise cut-paper collages in wordless sequential panels, Lam tells two mirrored stories: her mother escaping from the Vietcong, and a group of deeply expressive ants making a similar journey in a paper boat.
See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog. By David LaRochelle. Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. Candlewick, $8.99 (9781536204278). PreS–Gr. 2.
This beginning reader features a dog named Max, the only character in sight, who finds himself at odds with the text as it describes characters who don’t appear to be in the frame—until the hilarious twists that cap each short chapter.
Up on Bob. By Mary Sullivan. Illus. by the author. HMH, $17.99 (9781328994714). PreS–Gr. 2.
Bob, a dachshund, determinedly sets about his day’s work: hilariously “unmaking” a tidy bed for his own day-long nap. However, someone else is eyeing Bob and his perfectly mussed bed.
We Are Water Protectors. By Carole Lindstrom. Illus. by Michaela Goade. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781250203557). K–Gr. 2.
A young Indigenous girl leads a rally against the construction of oil pipelines in this gorgeously illustrated picture book. While the text draws on specific cultural beliefs, its argument is universal: “We are stewards of the Earth.”
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