Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas

People, Identity & Culture
Gail Piernas-Davenport
Marion Eldridge
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Albert Whitman & Company
People, Identity & Culture

In this multicultural New Year's story, Shanté searches the neighborhood for black-eyed peas—which symbolize good luck—for her family's celebration dinner. On her journey, she learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as how January 1st is celebrated by other members of her community. The author includes additional pages of information about diverse New Year's traditions and special foods.

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through town, Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm—and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

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