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Black dove, white raven by Elizabeth Wein

Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.

The diviners by Libba Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Explore a different culture with these fascinating teen books. 

Two teens from different ethnic groups in present-day Afghanistan must fight their culture, tradition, families, and the Taliban to stay together as they and another village boy relate the story of their forbidden love.

If you could be mine by Sara Farizan

In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

The books below are set in many different places. Use them to take a trip, somewhere new and exotic, or somewhere familiar. 

When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes a note on the true story of Columbia's BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.

The sky of Afghanistan by Ana A. de Eulate

A little Afghan girl dreams of peace spreading throughout her country.

Check out a variety of musical stylings to play in the car. Warning: musical taste will vary, and not all albums are suitable for listening on repeat until a child finally tires of them.

This CD, designed to entertain babies in the car, contains a selection of classical music with catchy, yet complex musical patterns, without startling loud bursts or over-stimulating sounds.

Turn turn turn [sound recording] by Elizabeth Mitchell

Two of the foremost makers of handmade, independent, and family friendly music join forces for a collaborative album. Among the tracks is a new version of the classic song Turn Turn Turn written specifically for children by Toshi Seeger.

Many of these nonfiction titles include actual digging, but others just dig up the facts. Many could be used to earn your Make History badge instead. 

True stories can be especially compelling, but if nonfiction's not your thing, try a different format. Graphic novels can put a new spark in real life events. The following suggestions are either straight nonfiction or based on true stories. 

Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

Journey into Mohawk Country by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

Classic stories are told, retold, then changed and retold again. Rediscover some of your favorite stories in a new way. Although these classics are usually considered children's stories, grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun.

Bonus: find your own adapted classic and share on Social Media #CYSStoryBox. 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
Also available in: e-book

Film Adaptations: Disney Animated Peter Pan; Live Action Peter PanPeter Pan Live; Neverland; Pan (coming 2016)

The original adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman

When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates.

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.

 

Travel with these animals on the move.

When a young Wilson's warbler named Sammy wakes up one morning, ready to start his first migratory journey to Panama, he finds that the other warblers have already left, so he looks for help from other animals, who each have their own way of getting through the winter.

Two little birds by Mary Newell DePalma

Two little birds make their first grand migration south, and later return home to start new families.

Browse this list to find titles with more in-depth information on real people who have impacted history. To find other biographies, you can do a Shelf Location search for "JBIO."

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

In graphic novel format, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.

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