Thank you again to Jane Mount of Ideal Bookshelf for working with her community to put together a booklist of recommendations for younger readers looking to understand our world. Reading is always good place to start.
A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.
"A gem for every household." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review$11.95ISBN: 9781609805395Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013
One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers
“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street$15.99ISBN: 9781786037428Availability: BackorderedPublished: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class.$10.99ISBN: 9780312384487Availability: Hard to FindPublished: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008
A tour-de-force by New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chi$8.99ISBN: 9780593110416Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Kokila - June 16th, 2020
A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Featured on Good Morning America, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more!$10.99ISBN: 9780147515827Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016
Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 7 all-new poems.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
A President Obama "O" Book Club pick$17.99ISBN: 9781512404425Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 1st, 2018
Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation.$19.99ISBN: 9780316436427Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018
A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history -- from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement -- by award-winning author Jabari Asim.$19.99ISBN: 9780316436427Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018
A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history -- from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement -- by award-winning author Jabari Asim.$7.99ISBN: 9780805071634Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Square Fish - October 1st, 2002
A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective.
Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.$18.95ISBN: 9781572842243Availability: BackorderedPublished: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book$7.99ISBN: 9780316262262Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.$17.99ISBN: 9780375869730Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012
From Caldecott Honor winner Christian Robinson and acclaimed author Renee Watson, comes the inspiring true story of Florence Mills.$18.99ISBN: 9780062667120Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Balzer + Bray - March 6th, 2018
A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.$18.95ISBN: 9781927583944Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Second Story Press - October 4th, 2016
When Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite being told to do otherwise. When she goes home for summer holidays, her parents decide never to send her away again, but where will she hide and what will happen when her parents disobey the law?$8.99ISBN: 9780525582199Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yearling - April 7th, 2020
The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, shares his personal story and the injustices he faced while growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this New York Times bestselling young readers' adaptation of his adult memoir.
$18.99ISBN: 9780399257742Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA Today Bestseller
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015$16.99ISBN: 9780316475112Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017
This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.$7.99ISBN: 9780440417996Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dragonfly Books - October 14th, 2003
A perfect read for back to school -- no matter what that looks like! The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?$12.99ISBN: 9780062691194Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019
Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature!$18.95ISBN: 9781948340007Availability: BackorderedPublished: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018
An honest explanation about how power and privilege factor into the lives of white children, at the expense of other groups, and how they can help seek justice. --THE NEW YORK TIMES
**A WHITE RAVEN 2019 SELECTION**
NAMED ONE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018$16.99ISBN: 9780062747808Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019
New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book!
A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.$19.99ISBN: 9781782409274Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ivy Kids - October 1st, 2019With this inspiring and brightly illustrated guide to power, learn about the different types of power, what it means to have power, and what you can do with your own power to create positive change in the world, no matter who or how old you are.
What makes you the boss of me? What makes a king a king, or a queen a queen?$17.99ISBN: 9780316519007Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.$8.99ISBN: 9780140384512Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Puffin Books - November 27th, 2001
The stunning repackage of a timeless Newbery Award Winner, with cover art by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winner Kadir Nelson!
With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart.$18.95ISBN: 9781419710544Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Harry N. Abrams - May 6th, 2014$12.99ISBN: 9781484799239Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017From legendary author and critic bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes a new way to talk about race and identity that will appeal to parents of the youngest readers.The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide.
$16.99ISBN: 9781433828546Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018
A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLERA Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)$7.99ISBN: 9781524701277Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yearling - January 8th, 2019
"The right story at the right time. . . . It’s not just a narrative; it’s an experience. It’s the novel we’ve been waiting for." —The New York Times
A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death in this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity.
$9.99ISBN: 9781442494985Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 29th, 2016
Sharon M.$17.99ISBN: 9781534425361Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019
A New York Times bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work
From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a pow$14.99ISBN: 9780711245211Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Featured by Oprah's Book Club on the Anti-Racist Books for Young Adults list curated by best-selling author Jacqueline Woodson
A USA TODAY Bestseller
Recommended by ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time magazine, and New York$18.99ISBN: 9781452150185Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2017
Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world—Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia!
In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.$17.99ISBN: 9781328780966Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Versify - April 2nd, 2019Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life$8.99ISBN: 9780440414124Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yearling - September 8th, 1997
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about an unforgettable family on a road-trip during one of the most important times in the civil rights movement.$19.95ISBN: 9781553796732Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2017
When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?$17.99ISBN: 9781338053142Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.
$7.99ISBN: 9781250308986Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Roaring Brook Press - December 31st, 2018
For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism.
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.$19.95ISBN: 9781459814479Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Orca Book Publishers - October 31st, 2017
This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their everyday actions.$17.99ISBN: 9781534421691Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020
A New York Times bestseller!
They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson.
In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empat$18.99ISBN: 9780316453691Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.