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Begin with a Bee by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs, and Phyliss Root and illustrated by Claudia McGehee
This is a fascinating book about the life cycle of the rusty-patched bumble bee, with a focus on the importance of the queen bee. The notes at the end of the book include information about the rusty-patched bumblebee and ways that readers can help protect them. Very informative.
Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz and illustrated by Micah Player
A child runs down an L.A. street, passing the many vendors, in search of the Paletero Man, so he can get a paleta on the hottest day of the hottest month. Careful, observant readers will notice the child loses his money along the way. Luckily, the generosity of neighbors means everyone is able to enjoy a paleta. This is a fun book about community with bright, lively illustrations. The song the book is based on can be found here.
Trouble with Tattle-Tails (The Fabled Stables Book 2) by Jonathan Auxier and illustrated by Olga Demidova
Auggie is a boy who cares for beasts, whether or not they are strange, dangerous, or hard-to-love. In the second book in the Fabled Stables series, he has to rescue the Tattle-Tails. The portal in a new stall in his stable, brings Auggie to a village where the Tattle-Tails have attached themselves, like tails, to the villagers and are causing chaos by tattling on them. This is another adventurous, magical, and funny book in the series. Very entertaining.
J.D. and the Family Business by J. Dillard and illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts
J.D. is an eight-year-old barber working at a shop in his neighborhood. When he decides he wants to be known beyond his town of Meridian, he agrees to start a YouTube channel with his sister to highlight their skills doing hair and nails. This is another delightful book about J.D.'s adventures as he follows his passion. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in August.
Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz and illustrated by Fahmida Azim
Samira and her family are living in Bangladesh, after fleeing their home in Burma. Adjusting to her new life, she makes new friends, overcomes a fear, and decides to learn to surf so she can enter a contest and help her family. This novel in verse gives insight into the life of a refugee family and shows the power of friendship.