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Family Reading Recommendations

The Crane Wife, by Odds Bodkin (author) and Gennady Spirin (illustrator)

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When Osamu, a lonely sail maker, nurses an injured crane one blustery night, he never suspects that this simple act of kindness will change his life forever. This retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale teaches readers young and old a lesson about life and love.

Wild Rose’s Weaving, by Ginger Churchill (author) and Nicole Wong (illustrator)

Book cover of Wild RoseRose’s grandmother wants to teach Rose how to weave, but Rose is enjoying the beautiful day outside far too much to come in and learn. It’s not until Grandma shows Rose how she has woven the elements of nature into her rug that Rose wants to create a rug of her own.

The Weaver, by Thacher Hurd (author) and Elisa Kleven (illustrator)

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As the sun rises, the weaver begins her work, spinning thread, dying it, and then weaving it into a cloth along with the signs of love and friendship she sees down on earth. At the end of the day, the weaver spreads this extraordinary cloth over us, to warm and protect us all through the night.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors,by Hena Khan (author) and Mehrdokht Amini (illustrator)

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Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions

Mama’s Saris, by Pooja Makhijan (author) and Elena Gomez (illustrator)

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A mother and daughter share memories and make new ones while sorting through a suitcase full of gorgeous silk, cotton, and embroidered saris.

Suki’s Kimono, by Chieri Uegki (author) and Stéphane Jorisch (illustrator)

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Suki’s favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school—no matter what anyone says.

Colors of China, by Shannon Zemlicka (author) and Janice Lee Porter (illustrator)

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What color is China? It’s tan like the Great Wall of China, red like the Chinese flag, and green like fields of rice plants. Get to know China in this beautifully illustrated introduction to a country that is home to more people than any other nation in the world.

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