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Review: "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" by Dana Simpson

Phoebe was hanging out by herself skipping rocks one day when one of her rocks skipped and hit Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, a unicorn, in the head.  Phoebe feels absolutely horrible, but Marigold claims Phoebe rescued her. She is so beautiful that she was trapped by her own reflection and could have been there for days without Phoebe’s help. As a result, she will grant Phoebe one wish. Infinity dollars, infinity wishes, and super powers were not possible, so Phoebe wishes for Marigold to become her best friend.

Review: "Raymie Nightingale" by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Clarke is stunned to learn that her father has run out on her family, but she’s just come up with a sure-fire plan to get him back: winning the 1975 Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. In her quest to become a Little Miss, Raymie attempts to learn baton-twirling and do good deeds around town, but her efforts result in a series of shenanigans. Luckily, tough-girl Beverly and sweetly eccentric Louisiana--Raymie’s new friends and fellow competitors--are there by her side to help.

Review: "Invisible Emmie" by Terri Libenson

“You’re probably wondering how I became a puddle of slime. Easily explained. It happened in a day. Okay, five hours, if you want to get technical. It involved a really embarrassing incident. I’ll get to that. I never thought I was much to look at to begin with, but a puddle of slime really isn’t very attractive. I’m hoping to return to human form soon.”

Book Review: "Stef Soto, Taco Queen" by Jennifer Torres

Estefania, “Stef”, Soto used to love that her family owned a taco truck. When they first bought Tia Perla, Stef and her family danced around the truck and drank strawberry soda together to celebrate the start of their new life. And what kid wouldn’t be popular when she can give her friends free tacos?

Stories About Refugees & Immigration

Stories about refugees and immigration flood our screens and overheard conversations every day. Sometimes we forget that there are individual lives behind the headlines. Cultivating empathy for those with different experiences of the world can be especially challenging for the children in our lives, who are just learning to see themselves in others.