Shelf Help November 2020

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Even though the holiday may look very different this year, many of us thinking of family. We can also see reflected in children’s books that all families can be different from our own.

This month Shelf Help explores families of all types, separated by oceans, borders and emotions. These three books look at the importance of family if they are around the corner or around the globe. 


Other Words for Home

This book tells the story of Jude, who flees the only home she has known in Syria to come to American with her mother, leaving her father and brother behind. Arriving in the U.S. brings lots of challenges and things she must adapt to, but it also contains elements of home and the opportunity to be seen for who she truly is.

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The True Story of Lyndie B. Hawkins

The True Story of Lyndie B Hawkins revolves around friendship, family and the struggles of Lyndie’s life. She battles with changes in her relationships with family and friends, caught between keeping her family secrets and getting the assistance they desperately need.

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Where Are You From?

This book is available in both Spanish and English.

A little girl asks such a simple question, "Where am I from?", and her Abuelo provides the perfect answer. The illustrations add a dreamy quality to this sweet story.

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