Library Director Krista McDonald is next up for our list of favorite new books. One of the collection areas that Krista manages and develops is children’s books and these are few of her favorite recent purchases. Krista also handles our collections in education, psychology, social work, visual arts, and women & gender studies, to name a few.
“Beauty and the Beast: a Retelling” by H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings.
“This retelling of Beauty and the Beast ‘draws on the cultural imagery of West Africa.’ I selected this title for highlighting because the author has previously won the Coretta Scott King Award, the book is a multicultural version of a familiar fairy tale, and it also is a good resource for an assignment I have assisted students with which requires them to find alternate versions of fairy tales.”
“Jack and the Beanstalk,” by Nina Crews.
“Another retelling of a fairy tale that works for the assignment. The story is told with multicultural characters photographed in a modern, urban setting.”
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur by Deborah Heligman, consultant Shira Stern. “This diverse, informative series introduces children to a varied selection of religious and cultural holidays presented from a global perspective. I had previously selected a number of children’s books for holidays and celebrations that most American children would be familiar with (think Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day) and felt that we needed additional materials describing some that represent global cultures and religions. Each book has a series author as well as an expert consultant to ensure cultural and religious accuracy.”
Another title Krista selected is this Introduction to the Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto and consultant Haiwang Yuan. A reviewer in Booklist said “Vivid, colorful photographs of fireworks, lion dancers, lanterns, and food fill the pages of this introduction to Chinese New Year. The concise but informative narrative notes when the event occurs cites a few of the countries where it is observed and explains the reasons behind the customs and symbols, especially those traditions involving children.