By Matt De La Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 3–5. This book describes the Sunday routine of a young boy and his grandmother. The routine consists of church followed by a bus ride through the city to a soup kitchen where […]
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Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor of Friends Journal.
By Jean-François Dumont. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014. 32 pages. $16/hardcover. Recommended for ages 4–8. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The full double-page gorgeously colored pictures are brimming with life, and the text is clear in a neat font. Zita is a gosling who can’t keep in one-two, one-two step with the disapproving goose leader, Igor. […]
Margaret Crompton is a British Quaker and author of the Pendle Hill pamphlet Nurturing Children’s Well-Being.
By Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard. Wisdom Tales, 2014. 32 pages. $16.95/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. A couple of fairly innocent accidents land young Samuel in trouble with Hamza, the tax collector’s son. Because Samuel’s father is the grand vizier in Granada, a job that puts him much higher on the social ladder, Hamza […]
Dee Cameron is a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting.
By J.H. Shapiro, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Charlesbridge, 2015. 32 pages. $15.95/hardcover; $7.95/paperback; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5–8. Magic Trash, an exuberant picture book that brings the biography of artist Tyree Guyton to young readers and listeners, has recently become available in the formats of paperback and eBook. When Tyree was a small boy, he collected discarded […]
A retired Friends school librarian, Margaret Walden, having recently moved from Detroit, Mich., to Lakewood, Ohio, now attends Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting.
By Talcott Broadhead. DangerDot Publishing, 2013. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 6 and up. As a transgender and genderqueer-identified person, as an advocate, and as someone who works with kids, I’ve been waiting for a book like Meet Polkadot for a long time—a picture book geared toward young readers that affirms the existence and validity […]
Kody Hersh serves as the youth programs assistant for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
By Lois Rock, illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi. Lion Children’s Books, 2014. 64 pages. $14.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 9 and up. How often do we Friends hear the term Christocentric as if Christ is not an integral part of Quakerism? I have watched my Quaker meeting struggle with our spiritual identity, and a few years ago, I […]
Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting and a professional storyteller and workshop leader. She has told stories at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting’s annual sessions.
By Ashley Bryan, photographs edited by Rich Entel. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014. 80 pages. $19.99/hardcover; $12.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–14. Ashley Bryan’s Puppets is a book for browsing. It doesn’t tell a story or give instructions. Rather, it is a collection of strange and beautiful characters assembled from found objects, each one accompanied by a […]
Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, where she teaches First-day school. A former middle school art teacher, she now stays home with her children, while working as an artist and author of children’s books.
By Ann Turner, illustrated by James Ransome. HarperCollins, 2015. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 8 and up. It is hard to imagine how someone could capture an entire complex life more effectively than Ann Turner has done in this picture book biography of Sojourner Truth. It is the voice that lifts like song right off the […]
Alison James is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting.
By Duncan Tonatiuh. Harry N. Abrams, 2014. 40 pages. $18.95/hardcover or eBook. Recommended for ages 6 and up. In the summer of 1944, the Mendez family move from the city of Santa Ana, Calif., to a farm in the nearby town of Westminster. After years as a farm laborer, Gonzalez Mendez intends to be his own boss. […]
James Foritano attends Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting.
By Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 80 pages. $18.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 10–14. Chasing Cheetahs provides an interesting perspective of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) whose goal is to protect the lives of endangered cheetahs in Africa. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal on earth, reaching speeds of 70 miles […]
Vickie LeCroy is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting.
May 2015 / Friends and Other Faiths
John Pitts Corry
Shabbat and First Day
My Quakerism and Eastern Spirituality
Allow Me to Introduce You, Witches and Friends
In the Manner of Morocco
Business Lessons from Levi Coffin
Friends in Business: Peggy Tierney
Connecting readers with Quaker Orgs
Young Friends Bookshelf
Quaker Books May 2015