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Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom

serval kitten
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Eszterhas
Author's First Name: 
Suzi
Illustrator's First Name: 
Suzi
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Eszterhas
Publisher: 
Owlkids
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A wildlife photographer’s irresistible story of fostering a serval kitten in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Charming photographs illustrate the text and chronicle Moto’s growth. Well-written and engagingly illustrated narrative nonfiction that includes maps, a table of contents, and some general facts about these less well-known cats. (7-10. K. Isaacs)

WANGARI MAATHAI: THE WOMAN WHO PLANTED MILLIONS OF TREES

Wangari Maathai
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Prévot
Author's First Name: 
Franck
Illustrator's First Name: 
Aurélia
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Fronty
Publisher: 
Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 
2015

 Dramatic, stylized artwork depicts the ecological and political contributions of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, whose tree-planting initiatives were rooted in the sociopolitical atmosphere of colonial and newly independent Kenya.

LOST GIRL FOUND

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bassoff
Author's First Name: 
Leah
Second Author's First Name: 
Laura
Second Author's Last Name: 
DeLuca
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Date: 
2014

Poni, one of the Lost Girls of the Sudan, flees her bombed out village for a refugee camp as others die around her, then must flee the camp or face a forced marriage. She finds shelter and a chance for education in a Nairobi convent. All royalties from this title donated to Africare.org.

LILA AND THE SECRET OF RAIN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Conway
Author's First Name: 
David
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jude
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Daly
Publisher: 
Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: 
2008

This original folktale about a withering drought in Kenya pits a young girl against the implacable forces of nature. Stylized acrylic illustrations convey the richly colored but severe landscape Lila traverses as she attempts to save her village.

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