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Montgomery’s View: Celebrating Differences

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors



One of PPL’s core values is inclusiveness. The Library is a welcoming and safe space for everyone.  The core values of the Association of Library Service to Children include collaboration, inclusiveness, integrity, respect and responsiveness.  The Youth Services areas of the library want to celebrate these core values and present bibliographies to welcome our neighbors and all of their differences.

It is our privilege to serve the needs of all of Portland. To that end the Youth Services Department has created some lists of books that might help in conversations around refugees and differences.  There are books for all ages – picture books, novels, nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels.  There are titles that clearly show the plight of refugees from around the world.  There are titles that are nuanced and included to make the reader see how others look at differences. For example, They All Saw A Cat a Caldecott Honor book that shows a cat walking through his world – and how he is seen by others.  And the Newbery Honor book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, which features a trio of characters ( a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim) and includes many a debate and much to think about.

The library has rich collections which causes the dilemma and challenge of “how does one streamline a bibliography”.  The lists that we have posted include titles that were published between 2014 and 2017.  We have many more wonderful titles on our shelves that we would love to share with our library users.  Please come in and ask us for more information – and we will be happy to assist you in finding what you need.


Celebrating Differences  –

Teen Refugees,Immigrants and Asylum Seekers  –






Montgomery’s View: Frank and Lucky Get Schooled (a Picture Book)

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families


by Lynne Rae Perkins

Published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)

Frank has a bad day until he meets Lucky at the shelter and rescues him. This is the story of a boy and his dog and their loving relationship. Together they learn a lot – Lucky went to school 10 times and Frank went to school thousands of times. But their learning doesn’t stop at school. Lucky loves science and enjoys the natural world immensely – he sees a squirrel (“can I catch it”), a bee (“can I eat it”) and a mud puddle (“does it feel good”). Lucky even helps Frank learn about science – botany and entomology from the burrs and ticks he needs to pick off his dog, chemistry as he searches for the best way to get rid of skunk odor, astronomy as they are forced outside because of the skunk odor, math – infinity the number of biscuits that Lucky could eat and percentages to figure bed requirements for boy and dog. They look at reading, history, art and geography – but best of all they share the whole world with each other. The watercolor illustrations are expressive and the thought bubbles are a perfect addition.

This book is funny, entertaining, clever and informative. It is a positive treat!

Find it at the Portland Public Library today.

Montgomery’s View: Among a Thousand Fireflies (a picture book)

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tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families


Poem by Helen Frost and Photographs by Rick Lieder

Published by Candlewick

A beautiful tale of two fireflies seeking each other in the dark among thousands of other fireflies. (An end-note explains how the male and female fireflies are seeking flashes that are in sync.) It is the simplicity of the tale and the brief but captivating poem that make this book so alluring. The team of Frost and Lieder (creators of STEP GENTLY OUT and SWEEP UP THE SUN) have again exquisitely explored the natural world and the small creatures that live around us – and are often taken for granted. The photos are stunning – and the harmony of words and photos is absolute. The design of the book also adds so much.

The end-note is very informative.

As Lieder says on the book jacket flap: “Watching fireflies, we see sparks of magic come to life.” Readers will long for a summer’s night to go out and gaze at the fireflies.

Pick up a copy at the Portland Public Library


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