This is the week of Hanukkah. While Sadie’s Shabbat Stories (by Melissa Stoller; illustrated by Lisa Goldberg, Spork, 2020) isn't about the holiday, the book does celebrate family ties and traditions. Telling stories about family heirlooms is a beautiful way to make family connections and learn your family’s history. No matter what our heritage, everyone has stories that are important and inspirational.
Melissa Berger Stoller brings the reader inside the special relationship between Sadie and grandma. Sadie learns to tell her own stories, bringing the past and future together. This book is especially important now, when many children cannot spend time with grandparents due to quarantine restrictions.
What does it mean to take action? To take a stand? To make your voice heard?
This important book takes a sensitive look at what it means to stand up for your beliefs.
We’re introduced to the cause – safe schools –when Maddie starts the narrative: "Let's walk together to show our support for safe schools.” But her friend Stella isn’t so sure they should do this, because only the older grades are allowed to walk for the cause. In the end, Maddie’s perseverance helps Stella to overcome her anxiety – and the whole class walks with courage and determination. The important takeaway for the reader: You’re never too young to stand up for what is right.
Walkout by Tina Shepardson; illustrated by Terry Sirrell. Spork, 2020. 32 p.