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My First Book of Haiku Poems [electronic resource] : a Picture, a Poem and a Dream; Classic Poems by Japanese Haiku Masters


Like “Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries” by Martha Collins and Kevin Prufer, this book of children’s poetry examines translation by pairing haikus in the original Japanese with the English translation and invites children to explore interpretation through accompanying illustration.

Ink Knows No Borders : Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Vecchione, Patrice (EDT)/ Raymond, Alyssa (EDT) |

Like “Kitchen Table Translation” by Madhu H. Kaza, this poetry collection for teens features the writings of immigrants as well as refugees, told from the perspective of young adult poets.

Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline, author. | eBook

Like “Self-Portrait in Green” by Marie NDiaye, this book is a memoir in verse, recounting the story of acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson growing up as a black girl during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights movement eras.

Julián is a mermaid

Love, Jessica, author, illustrator. | eBook

Like “Tentacle” by Rita Indiana, this children’s picture book includes strong themes of gender nonconformity, identity, the sea, and Latinx characters.

My sweet orange tree : the story of a little boy who discovered pain

Vasconcelos, José Mauro de, author. |

Like “Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas” by Machado de Assis, this story is a Brazilian bestseller in which a precocious boy explores the humor and pain of life.