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Our Superstars of October 2023

We loved these books and will repeat reading them every often. This time many of our story picks are must-read.

Best Book - Overall

# 1 Magic Ramen

The book is about Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin and the inventor of instant noodles. He dedicated his life’s work to addressing hunger. Economic shocks, extreme weather events, and conflicts like war cause world hunger today. Sadly, about 10% of the world's population goes to bed hungry every day. However, Ando’s innovative solution has helped to ease some of this suffering. The book features engaging and gorgeous illustrations that enhance the storytelling. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.

Andrea Wang's Magic Ramen, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz, is about the inventor of instant Ramen and his good intentions. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in this popular food item's history and its impact on the world.

# 2 The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

The harrowing tale tells the story of the Ndongo, a West African group brutally displaced by invaders. They were forced to board The White Lion ship, which transported them to an unfamiliar land. The narration is highly detailed and records every journey event. It is a valuable resource for those seeking to understand and appreciate the people's roots. The illustrations throughout the story skillfully and emotionally depict the narration. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.

Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson's The 1619 Project poignantly depicts the shift from freedom to slavery and peace to pain, as well as the consequent loss of identity. The emotional depth of the work is beautifully captured by Nikkolas Smith.

# 3 Lubna and Pebble

Upon arrival as a refugee, a little girl searches for comfort and finds it in the first thing she encounters. Despite her difficult situation, she shows kindness to another little boy who arrives at the tents after her. The vibrant illustrations brought the storytelling to life. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.

Wendy Meddour’s book, Lubna and Pebble, features the beautiful illustrations of Daniel Egnéus, which vividly depict the story of a refugee child and her remarkable resilience and compassion. The book’s child-friendly writing style makes it easy for young readers to comprehend and empathize with the main character’s experiences.

Best Book - Illustration

# 1 Hike

The story in this book follows a father and child on a hiking trip. It is told entirely through illustrations, making it an excellent tool for sparking a child’s imagination and encouraging them to tell their own stories. The illustrations are bright and lively, ideally suited to a wordless book. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.

Pete Oswald’s book, Hike, showcases the inspiring bond between a child and their father during a hiking trip. Through this heartwarming story, parents and children can find inspiration and a deeper appreciation for the power of bonding experiences.

# 2 Beneath

The book explores two crucial aspects to help us deal with our problems. First, taking a diversion, such as walking, can help us step away from our present issues and gain a more objective perspective. Second, having a trusted friend or family member who can support us during tough times is invaluable. They can empathize with our problems and even offer solutions. The illustrations in the book are also very appropriate for the storyline. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.

Cori Doerrfeld's Beneath tells the story of a walk in the woods that transforms into a journey of self-discovery. The protagonist's growth and exploration journey are inspiring and beautiful for the readers as the story progresses.

# 3 Behold! It's UniPig!

This book is an easy and enjoyable read for young children. Throughout the story, they engage in a game of hide and seek with the UniPig, which keeps them interested until the end. The illustrations complement the story, as they are vibrant and bring the tale to life. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.

Behold! It's UniPig! by Patrick Hueller, with stunning illustrations by C.S. Jennings, will keep children captivated as they play hide and seek with the elusive and rare UniPig.

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