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Pond

By Jim LaMarche. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Pond is a picture-story book for school-age children about habitat restoration set in the upper Midwest or Northeast. Matt discovers a spring in an area known as “the pit.” His sister, Katie, and their friend Pablo join him […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors of Earthcare for Children, a curriculum they are currently revising.


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Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

By Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 48 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $5.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. As a teacher of nonviolence, Mohandas Gandhi can take on superhero proportions in the imagination. It could be easy to revere his example while finding it impossible to follow. We have […]

Lisa Rand lives on a small farm in Berks County, Pa. She writes a blog at Lighttoreadby.wordpress.com.


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Du Iz Tak?

By Carson Ellis. Candlewick Press, 2016. 48 pages. $16.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 4–8. On the opening pages of Du Iz Tak?, a caterpillar, wearing an improbable number of shoes, clambers along the underside of a twig, dangles there by the last two of those shoes, then says, “Ta ta!” and wraps herself into a well-formed […]

Margaret T. Walden is a school librarian, retired from Friends School in Detroit, and now a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting.


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The Storyteller

By Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 48 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $4.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Occasionally a book that is marketed to young children is a treasure trove for everyone. Evan Turk’s book is a wonderful example of the power of the story. In this original tale based in Morocco, Turk has created […]

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


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The Sound of Silence

By Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. A young Japanese boy on his way to school meets a traditional koto player who challenges him with the idea that the most beautiful sound is silence. There in the middle of Tokyo, […]

Alison James is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting.


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A Bike Like Sergio’s

By Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2016. 40 pages. $15.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 5–8. This is that rare story—a moral tale that’s subtle and suspenseful. Ruben wants a bike. He knows just how a bike would improve his already pleasant, though not opulent, life. On an errand to buy some groceries […]

Dee Birch Cameron is a librarian in El Paso, Tex., whose work has appeared previously in Friends Journal.


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A Year of Borrowed Men

By Michelle Barker, illustrated by Renne Benoit. Pajama Press, 2015. 40 pages. $18.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 6–9. As a child of World War II, born on the edge of London in 1941, I was intrigued by the voice of Gerda, growing up in Germany at the same time. When I was a child, Germans were […]

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


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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

By Margriet Ruurs, translated by Falah Raheem, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr. Orca Book Publishers, 2016. 28 pages. $20/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 6–10. Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey tells the heartrending story of Rama, a little girl whose life changes dramatically. At first, her childhood is delightful. She eats a delicious breakfast prepared […]

Diya Abdo is a native Arabic speaker and associate professor and department chair of English at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. She is the founder and director of Every Campus a Refuge.


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Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

By Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. Groundwood Books, 2016. 36 pages. $18.95/hardcover; $16.95/PDF. Recommended for ages 7–12. A book of poems, in Spanish with English translations, Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds is a poignant exploration in words (by Jorge Argueta) and images (by Alfonso Ruano) of the experience of […]

Ken Jacobsen currently teaches theology and ministry formation at Chicago Theological Seminary. Bilingual from his upbringing in Venezuela, Ken has an ongoing concern for north-south dialogue among Friends in the Americas, a concern he focused on in his years of service with Friends World Committee for Consultation.


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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

By Nora Raleigh Baskin. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 208 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $7.99/paperback (released May 16, 2017); $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. The introduction to this book gives a hint as to what comes next. My immediate thought was: I wonder how this story would land for me if I had not experienced that […]

Lucinda Hathaway is a member of Sarasota (Fla.) Meeting and author of Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia and ’Round the World: Takashi Sails Home.


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