Picture Books

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

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Pete the cat loves his white shoes.  He loves them so very much that he sings about them.  One day while he is walking and singing he steps in some strawberries and his shoes turn red.  But instead of becoming angry, he sings about how much he loves his red shoes.  When he steps in mud and his shoes turn brown, instead of becoming angry, he sings about how much he loves his brown shoes.  The book Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean is a great picture book about a cat that "goes with the flow."

Pete's philosophy is summed up at the end by his statement that "no matter what you step in just keep walking along and singing your song."

Show Way

By Jacqueline Woodson

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The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me

By Ann Grifalconi; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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Two Caldecott Honor recipients join to bring you the incredible journey of one man, as he recounts the story of his passage on the Underground Railroad to his granddaughter. His message is one of cheer, for although he and his family found troubles during their escape, he found that folks, black and white, "helped lift us up when we was down." How, then, could he ever turn his back on another human being?
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Henry's Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

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Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog: Based on a True Story

By Elisa Carbone

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A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virginia to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

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Most Loved in All the World

By Tonya Cherie Hegamin

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Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice. A picture book.

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My Chincoteague Pony

By Susan Jeffers

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Every summer on Chincoteague Island, there is an auction of ponies who have swum across the channel from Assateague, where ponies run free. If Julie works hard and saves her money all year, perhaps she can win the pony of her dreams, her very own Chincoteague pony. J Fic Jef

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Cherries and Cherry Pits

By Vera B. Williams

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Little Bidemmi tells sweet stories about cherries--buying them, sharing them, and eating them--with her words and pictures.

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The Rose in My Garden

By Arnold Lobel

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A variety of flowers grows near the hollyhocks that give shade to the bee that sleeps on the only rose in the garden.

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Buzz

By Janet Wong

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As Mommy and Daddy begin their day and get ready for work, a child observes this morning routine at home as well as the buzzing of a busy bee outside the window.

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