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[BHE 98] More Multicultural Titles from the Singapore Public Library and Love for Hugless Douglas


Myra here.

It’s Sunday! The one day when we celebrate the books that have found their way into our hands and our shelves. This week, I am sharing a few of my book finds from the library that are in keeping with our current bimonthly theme:


Multicultural Titles from the Library


Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tavares, Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert.


Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and illustrated by A. G. Ford, The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton.


Our Rights: How Kids are changing the World by Janet Wilson, First Day in Grapes by L. King Perez and illustrated by Robert Casilla.


Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph became the world’s fastest woman by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz.

Love for Hugless Douglas


I just received this batch of goodies from Pansing Books: We Love You Hugless Douglas, Happy Birthday Hugless Douglas, Hugless Douglas Finds a Hug and two lovely activity books with over a hundred stickers on each one. Incidentally, we would be giving away two copies of David Melling’s Hugless Douglas to two of our CORL participants this January-March (click here to sign up if you haven’t already).

While I normally don’t do reviews for my BHE posts, I felt that the David Melling books deserve an exception. These books would undoubtedly be very popular with young children.


I think what makes them work so well is that there is just so much evident affection, brightness, and just plain light in these lovely picture books that resonate with so much love and glee.


It brings me back to a time when life was simple, filled with laughter, and easy-to-resolve conflicts and mishaps that end with joys and celebration. And look at this beauty:



Who would not want to give something so cuddly and huggable to a young kid who not only gets something to read, but something to hug her to sleep as well. These books are a must-have for very young kids who would like a new friend. I am sure Hugless Douglas would want to give you a hug too.

How about you, dear friends, what are the books that found their way into your hands this week?

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3 comments on “[BHE 98] More Multicultural Titles from the Singapore Public Library and Love for Hugless Douglas

  1. Love the look of “Hugless Douglas”, Myra. Thanks for sharing those. I actually am familiar with most of the others-great choices! It was my book fair week, & several books came out this week, like Gae Polisner’s The Summer of Letting Go, so there are new piles in my house! O happy day!


  2. These sound cute! 🙂


  3. Two graphic novels I read this week that might fall in your Multicultural basket are March Book 1 by John Lewis, a reporting about early American Civil Rights actions, and How Mirka Met a Meteorite, by Barry Deutsch, about a girl who struggles with her identity in an Orthodox Jewish village.

    I’ve read one of the Helen Keller books (the Annie Sullivan one) and I love the illustrations in Wilma Unlimited. Thanks for sharing!


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