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Swimming on the Lawn 

Swimming on the Lawn
By Yasmin Hamid

A gorgeous snapshot of Sudan's rich cultural heritage, seen through the eyes of a young girl coming of age in the 1960s

Told through the eyes of Farida, as well as her inquisitive sister and brothers, this is a beautiful story about growing up in Sudan. Sudanese culture and customs are brought to life, from the ubiquitous tea service and hearty breakfasts to the commemoration of Muslim holidays and the rites of birth and death. But a happy childhood spent in the capital and the rural villages of 1960s Sudan ends startlingly with a sudden military coup that changes the make-up of Farida's family forever. Swimming on the Lawn is a powerful reminder that many children around the world are affected by war and are helpless against it. At a time when America's reaction to refugees and asylum seekers is ambiguous, this book makes a strong case for compassion and care. Told in short, standalone chapters in direct and unadorned prose, the book is perfect for teachers to use as excerpts in the classroom. 

Robyn Boid 

Robyn Boid
By Maree Coote

Robyn Boid is a small, dedicated bird who loves to build nests and dreams of becoming an architect. She lives at the university, and listens to the architecture class through the window each day. Eager to learn, Robyn studies the all important architectural shapes, and works hard to practice her building skills. But all the while, she seeks the perfect design style for her very own nest: a nest to house her egg. Suddenly, she has a brilliant idea and finally understands the ideal shape for her own nest is . . . egg-shaped! Now that she has found her very own design solution, she uses all the skills she has learned at university to create a truly marvelous nest of her own.

 

My Hair is a Garden 

My Hair is a Garden
Words and pictures by Cozbi A. Cabrera

A gorgeously illustrated story spotlighting self-love and celebrating natural black hair

After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can't take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

Anybody's Game 

Anybody's Game
By Heather Lang, Illustrated by Cecilia Puglesi

The true story of one dedicated girl and the obstacles she faced to play ball

In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname "Tubby." She made the team—and inspired future generations. An inspiring and suspenseful story about what it means to want to do something so badly you're willing to break the rules—and how, sometimes, breaking the rules can lead to change.