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North America – Picture Books

November 16, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Picture books which take place in specific North American nations:
Bermuda ; Canada ; Clipperton Island ; Greenland ; Mexico ; Saint Pierre and Miquelon ; United States



Catie Copley’s Great Escape by Deborah Kovacs (David Godine, 2009) 3
Catie Copley, a seeing-eye dog and canine ambassador at Boston’s Fairmont Hotel, visits Quebec City.

Race the Wild Wind: A Story of the Sable Island Horses by Sandra Markle (Walker, 2011) 3
A few horses, set free on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, soon become wild and, led by one fine stallion, find a way to survive. Includes historical notes and facts about wild horses.

Guttersnipe by Jane Cutler (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2009)
In Canada early in the twentieth century, Ben, the youngest in a family of Jewish immigrants struggling to make ends meet, decides to help out but when a hat maker gives him a chance, disaster strikes and Ben nearly loses hope.


Isabel’s House of Butterflies by Tony Johnston (Sierra Club, 2003)
Eight-year-old Isabel hopes that her plan will spare her favorite tree, keep the butterflies coming, and provide an income for her poor family in Mexico.

The Remembering Day = El Día de los Muertos by Pat Mora (Pinata Books, 2015)
Long ago in what would come to be called Mexico, as Mama Alma and her granddaughter, Bella, recall happy times while walking in the garden they have tended together since Bella was a baby, Mama Alma asks that after she is gone her family remember her on one special day each year.

Napi by Antonio Ramirez (Groundwood, 1004)
Her grandfather’s colorful stories give Napâi, a Mazatec Indian girl, a head full of images that carry over into her nightly dreams, in a Mexican tale about the joy of imagination.

Dear Primo: A Letter to my Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams, 2010)
Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.


Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood (Peachtree, 2010)
Day after day in the frozen north, a young Inuit girl catches brightly-colored objects while ice fishing and uses them to decorate her igloo, until the ice begins to melt and she drops in a gift of her own before leaving for the season.

NOTE: Red numbers denote how many holdings are noted in reQuest. An asterisk means that the book is available at the State Library Service Centers.

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