The Origami Master

When Shima discovered the small warbler was folding the beautiful origami animals, he put it in a birdcage so he could watch its art. But the warbler will only apply its skill to escape captivity.

The Origami Master by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer



Trouble for Trumpets

Grumpets are never happy “unless they are laying their paws on things that belong to others.” Which means the Trumpets must defend against invasion and their land “turning slowly into a cold, dark waste of Grumpets.”

Trouble for Trumpets by Peter Dallas-Smith


Henry Climbs a Mountain

I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least.” Thus Henry David Thoreau begins “Resistance to Civil Government.” And from an incident in Thoreau’s life we have…

Henry’s imagination remains free even while he is in jail for not paying taxes to a government that supports slavery.

Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Johnson


The Wall

Artist Peter Sís remembers growing up under totalitarianism in Prague. There were bugged telephones, government lies and corruption, informers, fear and secret police.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís


Red Kite, Blue Kite

Tai Shan’s great joy is to fly kites with his Baba. Even when his father is sent to a labor camp during the Cultural Revolution, Tai Shan flies his kite so Baba can see it. Eventually, his father is freed and they can fly kites together again.

Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang


Mia’s Story

Mia and her family don’t have much, but they have dreams and are willing to work. Then Mia has an idea that may help their dream become possible.

Mia’s Story by Michael Foreman



Mossy, a box turtle, has been collected from her pond and put on display by a well-intentioned academic. She will live a long life in this safe environment. But Mossy is not happy until she is returned to her pond.

Mossy by Jan Brett


Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose

It’s free! And soft-hearted Thidwick must be nice to his guests. So more freeloaders join the pests on his antlers, until hunters have Thidwick in a terrible spot. Was Thidwick finished? Decidedly not!

Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss


The Whispering Cloth

A Hmong Story. How would it feel to flee one’s homeland as bullets pass overhead? Or to spend years in a refugee camp patiently waiting for a chance to live in freedom? Little Mai learns to stitch her story as she waits.

The Whispering Cloth by Pegi Deitz Shea


Freedom Bee

There is little satisfaction in working when the Queen Bee takes everything each bee collects. When most of the workers settle for what the queen gives back to them, the hive becomes shabby and disaster strikes. Good thing Scout is there!

Freedom Bee by Nicole Haas


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