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Lubaya's Quiet Roar by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Philemona Williamson
Lubaya is a daydreamer and an artist. She likes being alone, sitting quietly, and listening. When her family attends a march, they share Lubaya's posters which everyone agrees speak the truth. This is a powerful story that shows how one can use their voice in quiet ways.
Geeger the Robot Goes to School by Jarrett Lerner
Geeger is a robot designed to eat unwanted food and supply electricity to the town of Amblerville. Because he is lonely, Geeger decides to attend school. While he is nervous about starting school, with the help of others, he learns to fit in and move past his mistakes. This is a fun and silly start to a chapter book series that I think many readers will love. The short chapters and illustrations will be appreciated by those who don't yet have the stamina for longer text.
A Thousand Questions by Saadi Faruqi
This book alternates between the perspective of two girls who become friends in spite of the fact that they have very different life experiences. Mimi lives in Texas and is visiting the grandparents she barely knows in Pakistan with her mother. Sakina lives in Pakistan and assists her father who is a cook for Mimi's grandmother. Both girls are dealing with family struggles and they each play a role in improving the other's situation. This a heart-warming story of friendship. The alternating viewpoints and the insight into Pakistani culture also make it a very interesting read. A very beautiful book.