Natsumi’s Song of Summer by Robert Paul Weston, Illus. by Misa Saburi

Review by Logaine Navascués

Friends share a common language. Sometimes it’s in the words they speak or in the games they play. Others, in the small details of daily life, those instants when magic reveals itself, such as when cicada bugs leave the underground world and emerge into the sunlight. … More Natsumi’s Song of Summer by Robert Paul Weston, Illus. by Misa Saburi

Ocean Speaks: Marie Tharp and the Map that Moved the Earth by Jess Keating, Illus. by Katie Hickey

Review by Logaine Navascués

The ocean is a big blue mystery and Marie wants to unravel it. She is used to investigating the countryside with her father, but the sea is different: she can hear it calling, although she still cannot understand what it says. … More Ocean Speaks: Marie Tharp and the Map that Moved the Earth by Jess Keating, Illus. by Katie Hickey

Ho’onani Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, Illus. by Mika Song

Review by Verena Rodriguez

Ho’onani wants to sing the traditional Hawaiian hula chant at her school festival, but there is one little problem: She is not a kane (boy). However, she doesn’t feel quite like a wahine (girl) either, so when her teacher opens auditions for everyone, Ho’onani is ready to participate enthusiastically. … More Ho’onani Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, Illus. by Mika Song

Sergeant Billy: The True Story of a Goat Who Went to War by Mireille Messier, Illus. by Kass Reitch

Review by Verena Rodriguez

From prairie goat to decorated war hero, Sergeant Billy is based on the true story of a goat who went to World War I and fought—yes, we are talking about a real goat—with the Canadian Fifth Battalion. … More Sergeant Billy: The True Story of a Goat Who Went to War by Mireille Messier, Illus. by Kass Reitch