All posts by Adina Bienst-Ventz

Ogilvy (Deborah Underwood)

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gender roles

from When Ogilvy moves to a new town, the possibilities feel endless. There are so many new bunny friends and fun things to do together! But in this town, bunnies in dresses play ball and knit socks, and bunnies in sweaters make art and climb rocks. Ogilvy wants to do everything—and won’t let a sweater or a dress get in the way.

My pooping puppy (Joshua McManus)

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silly, giggletastic stories, series 2/7

from Have you ever had a pet puppy! Well I’ve been told they like to poop a lot ! But surely they wouldn’t poop for long? So getting a puppy can’t be wrong ! Well find out what happens to a puppy that can’t stop pooping ! What on earth shall we do ! Are you daring enough to find out ! Read this book to see what happens.
This book is a funny, silly rhyming picture book for children, A wonderful rhyming childrens book for early readers ages 2-8 and jam packed with lots of kids humor !

I’m mad about pizza (Joshua McManus)

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silly, giggletastic stories, series 3/7

There is a boy who is “MAD” about pizza ! he likes to eat a “pizza with cheese while in the bath; I am not joking nor having a laugh”. But surely you can’t eat pizza all day long? Read this book and find out ! This book is a funny, silly rhyming picture book for children, A wonderful rhyming children’s book for early readers ages 2-8 and jam packed with lots of kids humor !

Fry Bread (Kevin Noble Maillard)

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Native American, food and drink, traditions


Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.
Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.
Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.
Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

Drawn together (Minh Lê)


Vietnamese-American, generations, understanding, drawing, grandson and grandfather communicate through drawing

from When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

Dance like a leaf (Aj Irving)


a girl has to deal with the death of her grandmother; Mexican illustrator

from As her grandmother’s health declines, a young girl begins to lovingly take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose paired with evocative illustrations by Mexican illustrator Claudia Navarro make for a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure (by A.L.Kennedy)

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book 1 in a series of 4 books

from “The first book in a hilarious, heart-warming series for children from Costa Award-winning author A. L. Kennedy, illustrated by Gemma Correll.
Badger Bill needs rescuing. He’s been kidnapped by two nasty sisters who are about to make him fight a boxing match against three even nastier dogs. The four most depressed llamas in the history of llamas need rescuing too. They are about to be turned into llama pies. But never fear – Uncle Shawn is here! He loves rescuing things. He has a rescuing plan, which involves dancing, and a mole, and an electric fence. What could possibly go wrong?

ISBN 9781406360493

our Subway Baby (by Peter Mercurio)

from “This gentle and incredibly poignant picture book tells the true story of how one baby found his home. “Some babies are born into their families. Some are adopted. This is the story of how one baby found his family in the New York City subway.” So begins the true story of Kevin and how he found his Daddy Danny and Papa Pete. Written in a direct address to his son, Pete’s moving and emotional text tells how his partner, Danny, found a baby tucked away in the corner of a subway station on his way home from work one day. Pete and Danny ended up adopting the baby together. Although neither of them had prepared for the prospect of parenthood, they are reminded, “Where there is love, anything is possible.”

ISBN 9780525427544

Chunky (by Yehudi Mercado)

from “Yehudi Mercado draws inspiration from his childhood struggle with his weight while finding friendship with his imaginary mascot, Chunky, as he navigates growing up in a working-class Mexican Jewish family.
Hudi needs to lose weight, according to his doctors. Concerned about the serious medical issue Hudi had when he was younger, his parents push him to try out for sports. Hudi would rather do anything else, but then he meets Chunky, his imaginary friend and mascot. Together, they decide to give baseball a shot.
Hudi has found the cheerleader he never had, as Chunky cheers him on even when Hudi barely makes the team. Baseball doesn’t go well (unless getting hit by the ball counts), but the two friends have a great time drawing and making jokes. While Hudi’s parents keep trying to find the right sport for him, Chunky encourages him to pursue his true love—comedy.
But when Hudi’s dad loses his job, it gets harder for Hudi to chart his own course, even with Chunky’s guidance. Can Chunky help Hudi stay true to himself, or will this friendship strike out?

ISBN 9780062972798)