Read the World: Brazos' Book Picks

Our weeklong Read the World celebration is underway! Our shelves are brightened immeasurably by works written by immigrants and international authors. Through our Spring Break programming, we hope to convey the importance of Houston's many voices. Joy, our kids specialist, has a few particular books on her list that fit the bill. Read below to peek in on what she'll be sharing this week!

On Saturday, we had a great time reading TEACUP, a story of a boy wanderer who must journey across the water to find a new home. Rebecca Young spins a magical tale of displacement and hope, while Matt Ottley mirrors those themes through beautiful color washes and expansive landscapes.

Our Monday choice: LOST AND FOUND CAT, based on an incredible true story. When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can't stand to leave their cat, Kunkush. Unfortunately, he gets lost along the way, and makes an incredible journey before reuniting with his family thousands of miles from their starting point. This story speaks to the importance of family, and the helping hands they find along the way.

JINGLE DANCER, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, conveys the power of Native American tradition. The warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu complement author Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text as she tells the affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Trevor Lai is the author and illustrator of TOMO EXPLORES THE WORLD. With the help of his best friend, Maya, and his expert tracking dog, Captain, Tomo builds his own boat and sets off on an adventure at sea. Perfect for budding innovators who like to think outside the box, TOMO EXPLORES THE WORLD is a fun and inspiring story that emphasizes creativity and imagination to achieve your goals.

THE WATER PRINCESS is a moving tale of a little girl's efforts to improve her community's quality of life by bringing clean drinking water to her village. Inspired by the childhood of African-born model Georgie Badel, Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds shed a light on a struggle that occurs in parts of our world (both near and far) to this day.

MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME explores the linguistic differences even the closest of family members can struggle with. Mia and her abuela work hard to communicate and share stories (with the help of a feathered friend). MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME is an endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.

Last but not least, NOT QUITE BLACK AND WHITE focuses on a simple realization: "from the darkest of dark to the brightest of bright, we're each pretty special, not quite black and white." Animals abound in this hilarious book that introduces colors in an inventive and charming way. 

Don't forget to check our calendar to keep up with the rest of our Spring Break events!

Teacup Cover Image
By Rebecca Young, Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227774
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - October 4th, 2016

Jingle Dancer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780688162412
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - April 5th, 2000

Tomo Explores the World Cover Image
By Trevor Lai, Trevor Lai (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250085450
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Imprint - October 25th, 2016

The Water Princess Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399172588
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Mango, Abuela, and Me Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763669003
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 25th, 2015

Not Quite Black and White Cover Image
By Jonathan Ying, Victoria Ying (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062380661
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2017

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