Newbery and Caldecott Winners for 2022

by Karen Walch | Feb 01, 2022

The Last Cuentista
by Donna Barbra Higuera

Haley's comet has been knocked off course and will hit the Earth and destroy it. People are being sent to start life on a new planet, and Petra Pena's parents are among them Petra doesn't want to leave her grandmother, Lita. She doesn't want to be a scientist like her parents; she wanted to be a Cuentista (a storyteller). But off they go, and when she awakens on the new planet, she finds she is the only person who remembers stories of Earth. Can Petra save the people on the new planet with her stories?

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Watercress
by Andrea Wang

A young girl is dismayed when her parents see watercress growing in a ditch and stop the car to pick it. Hoping no one will recognize her, she sullenly pulls up the plants When watercress salad is served at dinner, she exclaims she only wants vegetables from a grocery store. Her mother, who has never talked much about growing up in China tells about living through a famine. The girl is "ashamed of being ashamed of her family." A beautifully illustrated book with a gentle message.

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