January 2021 Explore Families and History

Books of the Month

Freedom Soup

by Tami Charles; illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara (Candlewick Press)

A grandmother teaches her granddaughter to make their traditional New Year’s soup and shares the story of Haitian independence.

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

by Kwame Mbalia (Rick Riordan Presents/Disney)

Tristan, in mourning for his best friend Eddie, attempts to recover Eddie’s story journal and finds himself on a mission to save a world populated with people he knows from stories—African American folk heroes and West African gods.

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It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)

By Trevor Noah (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Trevor Noah recalls his childhood in South Africa and shares stories of his parents' illegal interracial relationship, apartheid, bullying, and poverty as well as dating, dancing, and daring entrepreneurship.

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Reading and Literacy in January