| | Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena; illustrated by Angela Dominguez Which languages? Spanish and English, both color-coded and translated within the story.
Starring: Marta, una niña who seems grande to a tiny bug but pequeña to an big elephant; she's lenta compared to a swift horse, but to a poky turtle, she's rápida; and to a snake, she just might look sabrosa…
Read it for: a cheerful and dynamic exploration of vocabulary, comparisons, and opposites, illustrated by Pura Belpré Award honoree Angela Dominguez.
| | Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child; illustrated by Jonathan Thunder; translated by Gordon Jourdain What it's about: When Windy Girl and her loyal dog Itchy Boy fall asleep at a powwow, Windy Girl dreams of a powwow in which all the participants, from the jingle dress dancers to the veterans in the Grand Entry, are dogs.
Which languages? This whimsical, celebratory tale is a dual-language book told in both English and Ojibwe.
Who it's for: children and families looking for positive, authentic stories by and about Indigenous people.
| | ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market by Raúl the Third Welcome to: the Mercado de Chauhtémoc la Curiosidad, where Little Lobo and his dog Bernabé are busy making deliveries to all the various vendors.
Which languages? Helpful Spanish labels encourage language learners, while lively, bustling market scenes overflow with charming details.
Don't miss: the tiny, cowboy hat-wearing cucaracha who follows Little Lobo on his route.
| | Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Story by Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr; translated by Falah Raheem What it is: the poetic, poignant story of Rama and her family, whose quiet life in Syria is uprooted by civil war, forcing them to search for a safe new home.
Which languages? Dual-language text in both Arabic and English makes this story accessible to those who are learning to read in either language.
Art alert: Stepping Stones is illustrated and inspired by Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, who creates unusual and emotive collages made entirely from beach stones.
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