By Thyra Heder (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Nia is excited to bring home her new turtle named Alfie on her 6th birthday, but eventually loses interest as Alfie doesn’t seem to notice all the effort she makes to include him in her life. Alfie has noticed, though, and sets off to do something special for Nia for her 7th birthday.
By Irene Latham & Charles Waters; Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko (Carolrhoda Books-a division of Lerner)
Irene and Charles end up as partners for a poem-writing project—and the poems they write focus on family, friends, food, and what they learn about race and the world around them.
By Mitali Perkins (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Three generations of women in the Das family struggle to find their places in the world and to accept one another and their life choices.
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