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Rosanne writes books for children. Her new picture book, Big Truck Day, will go on sale in September of 2022. Her newest novels are The Last of the Name, and the NY Times Best Sellers A Wolf Called Wander and A Whale of the Wild.. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Portland and writes in a treehouse in her back yard. She joined our staff in November of 2014.
If you are looking for the perfect summer family read aloud, look no further than the lushly illustrated Yoshi and the Ocean by Lindsay Moore. It's the true story of an injured sea turtle who is recued, rehabilitiated, and then released to make a 25,000 mile trek across the ocean to her home waters. This story is sweet enough for a four year old and meaty enough for middleschoolers. Oodles of information invite young animal lovers to care ever more deeply for the ocean.
The Horse Country series by Yamile Saied Mendez features a western horse therapy ranch and a diverse cast of characters who meet the many challenges of keeping a ranch running with a whole lot of heart. Perfect for the young horse lover in your life. The first two in the series, Can't be Tamed and Friends Like These, are out in the spring of 2022 and Where There's Smoke comes out in the fall.
Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case is a graphic novel about a future world where monarch butterflies are a vital source of medicine for human survivors. 10 year old Elvie and her caretaker Flora are on a mission to find the vaccine to cure sun sickness and to reunite with Elvie's parents. Futuristic adventure is interspersed with real world survial skills like navigating by stars. This appealing mix of fiction and non fiction will delight middle grade readers.
Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned artist working in the Haida, Heiltsuk, & Tsimshian tradition. His vivid, textural art lifts this wildlife ABC board book to the level of a trip to an art gallery.
Here's a book to honor all those workers, both the dreamers who design homes and bridges and fountains and books and the workers who make the building materials and assemble the dream. Perfect for little ones who love things that go and a fine tribute to the working community.
WISHES by Muon Thi Van tells the story of the refugee experience in spare but beautiful language placing that pain in the context of a benevolent world. Victo Ngai's art is gentle and muted but rich in detail. This is a great conversation starter for families and classrooms.
Here is a tender and thougtful story about Maisie, a girl recovering from a dance injury that threatens not her life but her whole sense of her self as a dancer and her circle of close friends from the studio. Her family tries to help her navigate her changing sense of her self and her future by leaning on their Makah/Piscataway heritage. Maisie's story is memorably set right here in the Salish Sea
This brilliant debut mystery by Angeline Boulley has so many angles to capture a reader's interest. There is a sports angle in the main character Daunis's hockey playing. There's a murder mystery involving drug-related deaths. There's a character who loves the intersection of traditional teachings about native medicine and organic chemisty. All set in a reservation town with a young woman searching for her place in her tribe and in her world. A gripping read for teens and adults.
PIECE BY PIECE is a standout in an incresingly crowded field of graphic novels. The watercolor artwork is so distinctive and expressive. a perfect match for the story. In it, Nisrin a Bengali-american girl living in Portland, navigates the difficult terrain of recovering from a hate crime. She delves into the nuances of the dicision to wear the hijab with thoughtful grace. An inspiring story for girls of every faith!
Jane Goodall's newest book is both a biography of her life as a primate researcher and climate and wildlife activist and a look at the science, the biology, of hope. I found Jane's life inspiring and her view of hope as a survival adaptation very encouraging.