But in time, empathy touched his heart. A changed man, he used his powerful words to help end slavery in England. But is she the Princess of Pranks? That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog. As Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy try to out-prank one another, things get way out of hand, until the two finally see eye and eye and decide to share the crown!
Hearing them coughing at night worries Iqbal. With help from his teacher, Iqbal learns all about solar energy cooking, which uses heat from the sun to cook — ingenious! Has Iqbal found a way to win first prize in the science fair while providing cleaner air and better health for his family at the same time? Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with God and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed.
Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting explores the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition by focusing on an event of great spiritual significance and beauty in the lives of Muslims. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.
Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? Fourth grader Zayd Saleem has some serious hoop dreams. He knows this deep in his soul. There are only a few small things in his way. A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Ziarnik This simple, lyrical picture book is as warm, reassuring, and filled with joy as a vacation at the beach.
Readers will join a little girl and her siblings as they wind down from a perfect day—hanging up towels, eating dinner, and getting ready for bed—each activity sparking a memory of their day—playing catch with the dog, chasing waves, and looking at sailboats along the shore. Americans by Douglas Wood What makes Americans great?
Americans are different from one another in many ways. And despite these differences, Americans share certain ways of doing and being that hold us all together. Two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother 15 questions about the man they remember as Grandad, and the world remembers as Nelson Mandela, the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. They learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner.
They learn that they can continue his legacy in the world today. Tanya Thompson-Badamosi Oh no! Gianna woke up with pink eye! When her mom takes her to the doctor, she learns how to make it better and what she has to do to keep the people around her from catching it. From choosing books to read to building things with clay to performing in a play, there are many exciting firsts to look forward to. He heard music everywhere and was full to bursting with his own. He ignited the imaginations of fellow countrymen and women with his Broadway and Hollywood numbers, crafting tunes that have become classics we still sing today.
What Is Light? Young readers will enjoy discovering the special glow in everything from nature to the smiles of loved ones. The light revealed on the final page makes a fitting finale for this sweet, bright tale. After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it means to be a leader.
He hits the streets of New Orleans to find some answers and soak up inspiration. Baby Loves Coding by Ruth Spiro Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book showcases the use of logic, sequence, and patterns to solve problems. Can Baby think like a coder to fix her train? Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last. Can a little creative experimenting save Noodle? Or will Sophia have to bid him adieu? But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.
But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.
But as their stories intertwine, these two young storytellers soon learn that a good story needs both conflict—dun dun duh! An irresistible celebration of imaginary play, storytelling, and the joys of collaboration, this gorgeous picture book features two strong voices throughout, making it the perfect read-aloud. Vibrant illustrations help children learn and identify the myriad colors that surround them every day, from the orange of a popsicle, to the green of a grassy field, all the way up to the wonder of a multicolored rainbow.
Are you new here? Do you know someone new? In Someone New , the same story is told from the perspective of the students who welcome the newcomers. An honest and heartwarming look at diversity, inclusion, and friendship. How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way!
Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever! Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts by Dianne White and Daniel Wiseman From being pushed on a swing to learning how to pump your legs yourself, from riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard.
They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next. A coming-of-age story that explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a true home. Lou enjoys her woodshop class and creating projects, and she plans to build the house on land she inherited from her dad, who died before she was born. But then she finds out that the land may not be hers for much longer. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps.
A Paintbrush for Paco by Tracey Kyle Paco loves daydreaming and drawing, but he struggles to concentrate during class. Could art be just what Paco needs? Venus and Serena Williams are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Before they were world famous, they were little girls with big dreams. Six days a week they awoke before the sun came up to practice their serves and returns, to learn to run faster and hit harder. They were unstoppable. At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match.
Some tennis fans cheered for these two fresh faces, while those who were unhappy to see two black girls competing in a nearly all-white sport booed and taunted them. Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when her grandmother sends Jasmine a daruma doll as a surprise gift, Jasmine colors in one doll eye and wishes for a flamingo to keep.
Diwali Celebrate the World by Hannah Eliot Each autumn we gather with our friends and family and light our brightest lanterns. In this lovely board book with illustrations from Archana Sreenivasan, readers learn that the five days of Diwali are a time to pray for a bountiful season, celebrate the special bonds between siblings, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Being You by Alexs Pate Award-winning author and professor Alexs Pate delivers a message of hope and self-discovery in a time of uncertainty in our world.
YOU helps us to see the wonder and light within each of us. Who Was Selena? Selena learned how to sing in Spanish and soon became hugely popular within the Latino community—so much so that she became the best-selling Latin artist of the s. His creativity appeals to children and adults alike and he has already won a Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and a Pulitzer Prize for his work. Meet Yasmin! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.
First Laugh! Who will earn the honor in this story? The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. Back matter includes information about other cultural ceremonies that welcome new babies and children, including man yue celebration China , sanskaras Hindu and aquiqa Muslim. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by themselves, with no adults to listen in.
When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives. Join Samuel Adams as he masterminds the Boston Tea Party, Ruby Bridges on her march to school, Colin Kaepernick as he takes a knee, and the multitude of other American activists whose peaceful protests have ushered in lasting change. But Mr. A World of Kindness by Ann Featherstone In a series of simple yet evocative questions, this impactful book asks children how they will show kindness and consideration for others.
Written by the editors of Pajama Press, and illustrated by celebrated Pajama Press artists, these stunning pages inspire meaningful discussion and storytelling about the understated yet powerful ways in which children might influence the world around them. A World of Kindess goes beyond mere rhetoric to examine, in a child-friendly way, everyday social interactions where a kind word or act could have a transformative affect on others. He passes wall after wall of artwork until he sees a painting that makes him stop and ponder. Before long the painting comes to life and an afternoon of adventure and discovery unfolds, changing how he sees the world ever after.
Outside My Window by Linda Ashman Children living in different parts of the world see very different things when they gaze out of their windows. One child looks out over a boulevard lined with palm trees, another sees a train whistling past snow-capped mountains, and another waves to her father as he tends to their garden. Leo Gets a Checkup by Anna McQuinn When Dad takes Leo to visit the doctor, Leo learns to wait his turn, sit quietly while his eyes and ears are checked, and be brave during a shot.
And, of course, Leo gets a book before he leaves! They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales In spare, lyrical verse and the vibrant images for which she has become legendary, Yuyi has created a lasting testament to the journeys, both physical and metaphorical, that she and Kelly have taken together in the intervening years.
Beautiful and powerful at any time, but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. Some families look different than others.
Perfect for families who are separated, whatever the circumstances, this message of love underscores the bond between parent and child in ways that little ones will understand. But then. Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us.
Pablo has a lunch date with his friend Matilde, who shows the moody poet her garden. Where Pablo sees conflict and sadness, Matilde sees love and hope. The story is less a biography of Neruda and his muse, Matilde Urrutia — , and more a simple ode to a vegetable that is humble and luminous, dark and light, gloomy and glad, full of grief and full of joy—just like life. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison As she and her mother enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, a young girl feels the Christmas spirit in every jingle, yum, and ho ho ho.
Ages Fourth-grader Sarai Gonzalez can do anything. She can bake, dance, and run her own cupcake business. So she hatches a super-awesome plan with her younger sisters and cousin to buy back the house. Will Sarai find a way to save the day? Inspired by true events from viral video star and social activist Sarai Gonzalez.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades.
With ninety-six lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists. Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of by Alice Faye Duncan This historical fiction picture book for children ages presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike—Dr.
Learn all about her amazing career in this illuminating and inspiring picture book biography of the lawyer, educator, politician, and civil rights leader. Grandpa and the Library by C. At the library Charles looks carefully at the picture books the librarians give him and also at the people around him, later drawing what he sees on scraps of paper at home. He learns to be patient and observant—and, by watching art students painting in the park, how to mix and use oil paints.
As he grows into an artist, he paints the people he sees and admires. Ultimately, Charles becomes a great artist whose works now hang in museums throughout the United States. What Can a Citizen Do? But things take a not-so-super turn when she realizes her superhero cape is stuck at the dry cleaner. Will she be able to face her fears, help her friends, and be the true hero everyone knows she is? Hudson Being a big sister is a big job. It takes a lot of work, and patience, but it s a lot of fun, too. This charming picture book explores the anticipation, excitement, and pride a young girl experiences as she helps to welcome a new baby to the family.
Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town, but his dad likes the family to stay close to home. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises Caleb and Bobby Gene that together, they can pull off the Great Escalator Trade—exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. And then see their brother present them with toys and sweets and special gifts!
Zoey must work with her mom and Sassafras to find a cure — and quickly! Will Rosie be able to invent a contraption to help one of the Riveters paint in the annual mural competition? Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull A picture-book biography on science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson, the groundbreaking American astrophysicist whose work has inspired a generation of young scientists and astronomers to reach for the stars! Perfect for STEM curricula and readers of all ages. Lorraine by Ketch Secor Lorraine and her Pa Paw spend their days celebrating life with the music of the Tennessee hills.
But when a fearsome storm rolls in and their instruments are nowhere to be found, can Lorraine find the music inside herself to get them through? Even Olympians have to start somewhere. And in this charming illustrated book, Laurie Hernandez tells the story of Zoe, a little girl who dreams of flying—and becoming a gymnast. When Zoe sees a gymnast on TV, she realizes that gymnastics is just like flying. Lu by Jason Reynolds Ghost. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together.
Thank You, Omu! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself? Each spread highlights an important trait, and is enhanced by a quote from Michelle herself. Kids will grow up hearing the words of this influential woman and will learn what YOU value in a person!
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera. Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? When he was very young, Juan Felipe Herrera picked chamomile flowers in windy fields and let tadpoles swim across his hands in a creek. He went to school and taught himself to read and write English and filled paper pads with rivers of ink as he walked down the street after school.
And when he grew up, he became the United States Poet Laureate and read his poems aloud on the steps of the Library of Congress. If he could do all of that. Blended by Sharon M. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever? They are, to be perfectly honest, the tiniest bit boring. One day, when they go missing, Juno discovers something amazing: a magical room filled with every kind of shoe she could possibly imagine!
Juno embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons from Frida Kahlo and Cleopatra to Lady Gaga and Serena Williams. Who Says I Love You? Every page engages children, encouraging them to practice vocabulary, animal identification, and animal sounds. In this lively introduction to different kinds of music, a little girl tries out lots of instruments so she can play with her whole family! Festive and animated cut paper art helps the sounds of music to leap off the page in this award-winning primer on musical genres.
But who inspired them? When the Chorebot she designs gets a mind of its own and tries to organize the whole city, Rox and her neighbor Amar race to recode Chorebot in time to save the day. Yes, I Can! Barrett Like many kids her age, Carolyn loves animals, castles, and building with blocks. She helps out her mom and dad, and even her baby brother. She cannot use her legs to walk and so she uses a wheelchair.
But she can do almost everything at school, even when she needs to do things a bit differently! Carolyn shows her classmates and readers how to learn about and be a friend to children with disabilities. I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Brad Meltzer This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. Some names are known, some are not, but all of the women had a lasting effect on the fields they worked in.
He saw the whole, where others saw only parts. And he noticed details others failed to see. Through stunning illustrations and lyrical prose, this picture book presents the life and accomplishments of Ernest Everett Just, an African American biologist who made important discoveries about the cell in the s. Through his careful observations and hard work, Ernest opened up the wonder of the universe to all of us, through a tiny egg cell.
This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the Civil Rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott.
When Martin Luther King Jr. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. His father, a beloved mariachi performer, teaches his son how to play the violin when he is only six years old. But when Carlos discovers American blues, he is captivated by the raw honesty of the music.
Unable to think of anything else, he loses all interest in the violin. When Carlos finally receives his first guitar, his whole life begins to change. Love Like Sky by Leslie C. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Auntie and Me by Karen Katz Someone special is at the door! Who could it be? Baby is ready for a fun-filled day with Auntie in this new interactive lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Baby Says by John Steptoe Spare text and lively illustrations tell the story of two brothers at opposite ends of a room.
The older brother plays with blocks on the floor, while a curious baby boy watches intently from his crib. Tired of not being chosen to hold the flag, she makes it her mission to finally get picked. Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world.
This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. This empowering alphabet-style book celebrates a wide range of skills and masteries in the arts, politics and activism, STEM, and more, providing accessible facts about these heroic women—and inspiring young readers to make the change they want to see in the world.
This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself—and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene. Will their dreams of pizza be dashed when the sub suspects that some of them have been cheating?
With beautiful artwork by Chinese illustrator Alina Chau, this festive board book teaches readers that Lunar New Year invites us to spend time with family and friends, to light lanterns, and set off fireworks, dance with dragons, and to live the new year in harmony and happiness. Mina vs. Nothing comes close to it. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina! Words to Love By by Rick Warren With warmth and wisdom, this inspirational book takes a heartfelt look at language and how children use words to encourage, forgive, express gratitude, heal, and love.
Little ones will be inspired by the many challenges Robinson gracefully rose to, while they learn important baseball and civil rights history. That is totally not okay with Sarai. She decides to organize a benefit concert to raise money!
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Can Sarai save the music? She absolutely loves the idea of targeting a certain someone—the practically perfect Ava. Practicing on her parents and sisters, Ellie May begins to brainstorm harmless pranks. The March on Washington by Bonnie Bader In , people from all over the country came together to fight for equal rights for African Americans.
But what did it take to get there? Learn about the inspiring people and incredible acts of courage that led to this historic march. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused.
She continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, this is the story of a remarkable pioneer. Bonus book published December ! Did you enjoy this list? If so, why not share it with your family, friends, fellow teachers or librarians. What books should I add to the list?
Feel free to share in the comments. Another year has passed and once again, thanks a lot for this. A lot of effort compiling this annual list. My pleasure! Yes, lots of work, but I enjoy producing it every year to help others. Thanks for checking it out! What a great list. Thanks for including Little Red Fort on it.
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I can email you a printable PDF of this current list though. I am excited to discover these books! May I also suggest a middle grade novel that comes out June ? Thank you for this inspiring list! I love the list! Janet Halfmann recently posted… Welcome! I love this list and your site. But I also notice there are never any Jewish books. I would love if you would add these stories too. Thank you so much! My little son is very pasionate about music and learning to play electric guitar these days. He really loves to read this book. Tom Perfhi recently posted… We are Coming Soon.
I hope the industry will take note. Thanks for stopping by! What lovely list to be a part of! Fantastic list. As a library employee I can honestly say this is one of the best I have found and you have included a ton of my faves. May I make a few suggestions for some additions? Just bought Go Show the World for a birthday gift! I remember visiting this list last year while on vacation.
I wanted my students to have all of these books for Christmas. Well, I decided to write one of my own. I decided another incredibly diverse story needed to be told. The main character, Dylan, loves colors and struggles with being confident in his choices when his friends do not agree with his decision to wear nail polish. Nailed It is based off a student I worked with who wears nail polish. His story is the story of many and will touch the hearts of each and every reader. I have received a lot of appreciation from parents and teachers who believe that my book is a valuable lesson for children to learn.
I am so grateful to be able to be an advocate for our students and to share this valuable story and lesson with the world. Nailed It encourages conversations that our future world-changers need to be having along with all the conversations that come from the books on this list. I find them a treasure trove of […]. Oh my! Such an amazing resource!
Now I will have books on hand for my 4 year old godson that include people who look like him, and have amazing stories to tell. I just found your list. Thank you so much for doing all this work! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
Sunny Track by Jason Reynolds Ghost. Tags: children's books , diverse books. Previous Post Next Post. November 13, at pm. Reply Mrs. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check it out. Reply Cornelius Jackson Another year has passed and once again, thanks a lot for this. G My pleasure! Reply Brenda Maier What a great list. November 14, at am. November 14, at pm. Reply Amy A superb list. G Thank you so much!
And so useful. G Thank you so much for stopping by! We look forward to reading your new book! I am only focusing on titles in this list. G That looks like a beautiful book, but this list is only for upcoming titles. Reply Jeanne Devlin My apologies — was so excited to see such a rich and vibrant list of diverse titles! Jeanne November 14, at pm. Reply John Very good the site I liked the tips and also the contents of the articles helped me a lot won another reader!!!
November 15, at pm. G Wonderful! Reply Jennell Lozin I love this list! G Thank you so much for checking it out! Reply Lizette H. November 16, at am. G Thank you for checking it out and recommending this book. I added it to the list! November 17, at pm. Reply Diego Lopes I love the list! The Library was named after Mrs. Henry P. Russell Helen Crocker Russell , a keen amateur gardener and horticulturist who was for many years a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Society.
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