Picture Books By Topic: community

Jayden’s Impossible Garden

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By: Mélina Mangal
Illustrated by: Ken Daley
Description: "Nine-year-old Jayden loves the outdoors, but his mother is nervous about him playing in their neighborhood. With the help of his neighbor Mr. Curtis, can Jayden help Mama see that nature and beauty are all around?"
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Jingle Dancer

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By: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrated by: Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Description: Contemporary Native American family, inter-generational sharing of traditions Young girl represents four loving, older family members in the traditional Jingle Dance.
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Kiki’s Hats

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By: Warren Hanson
Description: Joy of giving, creating a better world, leaving a legacy Kiki, an older woman, knits thousands of hats to give away and urges others to share them also.

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Last Stop on Market Street

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By: Matt de la Peῆa, Christian Robinson
Description: Multi-cultural (Af. Am.), grandson and grandma, city living, jealousy, thankfulness, volunteerism
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Miss Rumphius

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By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
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Description: Growing older, a lifetime, legacies, flowers, planting When still a little girl, Alice Rumphius decided that when she grew up she would visit faraway places, live by the sea and do something to make the world more beautiful–per her grandfather’s advice.
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Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs

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By: Linda Vander Heyden
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: Mr. McGinty and his dog Sophie love checking in on the monarch caterpillars and butterflies on their walks. But one day Mr. McGinty they find all the milkweed in town has been mowed down! And monarch caterpillars can’t survive without milkweed. Can Mr. McGinty come up with a plan to save the monarchs?
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn/series

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By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Arthur Howard
Description: Easy Reader. Mr. Putter’s neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn’t as easy as it sounds—for them or their pets. Mr. Putter’s everyday adventures continue in other books in the series such as Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch;
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Mrs. Katz and Tush

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By: Patricia Polacco
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Description: Friends & friendship, community, caring for others, cats & kittens, multi-cultural (African-Am. & Jewish). A lifelong and caring friendship between young Larnel and his neighbor Mrs. Katz. Many books by Patricia Polacco feature Positive Aging and intergenerational relationships–such as Chicken Sunday and The Bee Tree.
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Mr. George Baker

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By: Amy Hest
Illustrated by: Jon J. Muth
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Description: Intergenerational friends, multi-cultural (Af. Am.), long life and marriage of many decades, literacy and continued learning. At 100 years old, Mr. Baker is learning to read and rides the school bus with his very young friend Harry.
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My Hippie Grandmother

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By: Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrated by: Abby Carter
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Description: Contemporary grandmother, intergenerational fun, farmer’s market, music, activism. No aprons here. A young girl enjoys time with her unconventional grandmother who gardens in jeans, pickets city hall and drives a purple bus. Only hints of her youth in the ‘60’s. Sadly, out of print.
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