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If You Plant a Seed

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 4.19.34 PMBy Kadir Nelson. Balzer & Bray, 2015. 32 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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Kadir Nelson takes us into the vegetable garden for this enchanting, simple lesson in the benefits of generosity. Bunny and Mouse are Read the rest

Phila Hoopes is an eclectic Friend who attends Homewood and Patapsco Meetings in Maryland and pursues the experience of the Light in all faiths.


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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

61IU3DatLKL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_By Robbie Robertson, illustrated by David Shannon. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015. 48 pages. $19.95/hardcover; $15.54/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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On the first page, an unnamed narrator introduces us to “the evil Chief Tadodaho.” In a Read the rest

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


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Thankful

5115nlrxhuL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_By Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Archie Preston. Zonderkidz, 2015. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.75/paperback; $7.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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I am thankful for this picture book by Eileen Spinelli with paintings by Archie Preston. Thankful shines a light Read the rest

Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


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Meditation

Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids

MeditationBy Whitney Stewart, illustrated by Sally Rippin. Albert Whitman & Company, 2015. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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In order to live from a place of peace, to be peace in the world, we all Read the rest

Lisa Rand lives on a small farm in Berks County, Pa. She writes the blog Light to Read By at lighttoreadby.wordpress.com.


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Two White Rabbits

Two-White-Rabbits-by-Jairo-Buitrago-on-BookDragonBy Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado. Groundwood Books, 2015. 32 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $16.95/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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This mysterious picture book chronicles the journey of a young girl and her father from Read the rest

Dee Ann Birch Cameron, a retired school librarian in Texas, has attended Friends meetings for more than a half century.


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Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan StoryBy Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon. Tilbury House, 2015. 32 pages. $16.95/hardcover; $8.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5–8.

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I was perhaps nine or ten years old when I first began fasting for Ramadan. I don’t remember how Read the rest

Hina Fathima worked as an editorial assistant at Friends Journal in 2014 while attending Haverford College. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa., as a freelance photographer.


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The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story

PeaceTreeHiroshimaBy Sandra Moore, illustrated by Kazumi Wilds. Tuttle Publishing, 2015. 32 pages. $14.95/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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Knowing some bonsai growers, we were drawn to The Peace Tree from Hiroshima, a charming book Read the rest

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting. They are the primary authors of Earthcare for Children, a First-day school curriculum.


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Blackberries and Cream

Blackberries and Cream

Blackberries and CreamBy Leslie Rivver. Green Writers Press, 2015. 207 pages. $24.95/hardcover. Recommended for middle school students.

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Grace, affectionately called Gracie-girl by Ida Bell, her African American nanny, longs for the attention of her mother. The first sentence of Read the rest

Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller and has led workshops at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting sessions.


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Watch Out for Flying Kids

Watch Out for Flying Kids! How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community

Watch Out for Flying KidsBy Cynthia Levinson. Peachtree Publishers, 2015. 216 pages. $22.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Messages in Quaker meetings are often Earth-bound and forgettable. But I remember Jim’s challenge from years ago. He described how elite military Read the rest

Margaret Crompton (Britain Yearly Meeting) is a writer and lecturer whose publications include Pendle Hill pamphlet #419 Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Well-being (2012).


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She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World

She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World

She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the WorldBy Michael Elsohn Ross. Chicago Review Press, 2015. 192 pages. $19.95/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

As the title announces, She Takes a Stand features short biographies about 16 activist women and the causes for which they fought. Read the rest

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. A former middle school art teacher, she now stays home with her own children, while working as an artist and writer of books for children.


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