Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts Ages 6-9 Late at night, he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. The Secret Lake Karen Inglis. full color. And after a few magical clues, it looks like there might be a leprechaun on the loose in Frankie Sparks’s house! Human rights belong to every single one of us, but they are often under threat. She’s the busiest butterfly around. Here is a list of books coming out 2021 to look for, I am excited about the Beyonce book and The Lunar New Year […]. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing nurse whose work reformed hospitals and one of the founders of the field of medical statistics. Her portraits still hang in Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured. Maybe, if they catch one, they will all get the gift of good luck! Bronxtones, the first board book in a new series, teaches young readers about colors through the vibrant palette of the Bronx, as captured by Bronx native Alex Rivera’s eye-catching photographs and creative design. Little Jesse, originally J.C., was born in Oakville, Alabama, during segregation. Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José́. Let’s work together to lift up black-owned businesses! Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! His son, Luis, works hard too–in school, book by book. From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall’s back, Black surrounds our lives. Azaleah’s younger sister Tiana can’t find Greenie, her stuffed animal, and she’s sure he’s been stolen. Then one day a mysterious bird appears in their lives. This book is a celebration of the many ways these hidden heroes have made a difference and will inspire young readers to make a difference, too. Mama Rose is tender and sweet—everything a child could wish for in a parent. But then the real drama starts. You betcha. This Level 3 I Can Read! Azaleah’s big sister, Nia, has been cast as Willa Wonka in the school musical, and the entire Lane family is looking forward to the show. Inspired by a mantra written for her third-grade students, Jasmyn Wright’s uplifting call to “push through” is an invitation to young readers to announce their own power and to recognize and reaffirm that of others, regardless of setbacks. Immigrant Architect is an introduction to architectural concepts and a timely reminder of immigrant contributions to America. Millicent and John hold these stories in their hearts long after their parents are gone. However, I’ve also included a few middle grade and young adult books for slightly older readers to enjoy as well. Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman (Author), Akem (Illustrator) Ages 4 – 8 Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. In Be Amazing, drag kid Desmond Napoles is Amazing, walking you through the history of the LGBTQ community, all while encouraging you to embrace your own uniqueness and ignore the haters. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. In this book from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Evonne Goolagong, the inspiring indigenous Australian tennis player. The inspiring true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community. She was a talented player, but she wasn’t welcome in the segregated All-American Girls Pro Baseball League due to the color of her skin. Althea didn’t care. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. Aretha Franklin was born to sing. As a daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington D.C., she attends one of the most rigorous public schools in the nation–black or white–and has her pick among the young men in her set. but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day. Long before the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, Ella Baker worked to lift others up by fighting racial injustice and empowering poor African Americans to stand up for their rights. All Are Welcome. in Chapter Books,Diverse Books Despite the upward trend of diversity in children’s book publishing, it is still challenging to find books with characters from a specific country or heritage. When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own. Find out how a boy who was not allowed to go to school or the movies with white people blazed a trail in civil rights. Featuring an introduction, map, timeline, and glossary, this must-have biography collection is the perfect read during Pride month and all year round. He challenged racism and overcame hardships to follow his passion and do the right thing. Ethel Payne always had an ear for stories. […], […] the better to help prevent the summer slide.Here are a few of my book lists to help get you started:The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s BooksCaribbean Picture Book RecommendationsMuslim Themed Book RecommendationsLatinx Book […], […] The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books by Here Wee Read […]. Photographs of protest posters celebrate the ongoing fight for gender equality, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, refugee and immigrant rights, peace, and the environment. Oh, The Things We’re For by Innosanto Nagara Ages 4 – 8 His parents always encouraged him and his siblings to be independent and strong. Princess Truly is a great inventor! Throughout history, women have been told that they couldn’t achieve their dreams, no matter how hard they tried. Told from first-person perspective, this picture-book biography draws from the real-life experiences of a young Frederick Douglass and his attempts to learn how to read and write. Isaiah is now the big man of the house. Others take a bit more digging. Though their reasons for making the journey are different and the journey northward is perilous, the four children band together, finding strength in one another as they share the dreams of their past and the hopes for their future. should own a copy of this incredible book. Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love Ages 4 – 8 and up Little Martin grew up in a family of preachers: his dad was a preacher, his uncle was a preacher, his grandfather was a preacher…so maybe he’d become a great preacher too. As a daughter of immigrants in 1930s California, Ming is often treated differently than other children at school. Martin Luther King Jr became one of the most important civil rights leaders in America by fighting for equality for black people. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Bread for Words: A Frederick Douglass Story by Shana Keller, Kayla Stark Ages 6 – 9 There, he found his passion for running, and was making national headlines by high school, where he equaled the world record in the 100-yard dash. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert Ages 12 and up. He eventually made his way to the New York gallery scene and on to international acclaim. Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis’ Fleet-of-Feet Girl by Megan Reid, Laura Freeman Ages 4-8 They’re called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the United States while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. 4.9 out of 5 stars 2,323. everywhere. Moving from family members to the wider community, she muses about which attributes her child will possess. And as a young child, there were other questions, such as Why am I a slave? Clean Getaway by Nic Stone Ages 8 – 12 Absolutely. When young Rosita moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States, she didn’t know what to expect—but she knew she loved to sing and dance. A diverse cast of characters all start―and finish―their first days of school, and have experiences that all children will relate to. Alexandra Penfold. Thank you! . That’s where she is, creating happy pictures on the backs of her parents’ old protest posters, when upsetting news shouts into the living room. Then Inna Ziya buys the shoes, and readers follow the shoes all the way across the world to Africa, where Amina, another little girl, who has fasted her first time for Ramadan is about to get an amazing gift! I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves. Now eighteen and just finished high school, River travels to Winnipeg to spend the summer with her Indigenous father and grandmother, where she sees firsthand what it means to be an “urban Indian.”. Martin believed that no one should remain silent and accept something if it’s wrong. Selena: Queen of Tejano Music by Silvia López, Paola Escobar A heartwarming picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends. It’s going to take a lot of work and help from old and new friends to make a difference, but Stella Díaz never gives up! Her dedication and grassroots work in many communities made her a valuable ally for leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and she has been ranked as one of the most influential women in the civil rights movement. Bo is small, too small to catch a monster―or so her brothers say. Together for Kwanzaa (Pictureback(R)) Juwanda G. Ford. Weaving together Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed. I searched Book Expo America and my local library’s stacks to find these diverse chapter book series. One Love (Music Books for Children, African American Baby Books, Bob Marley Book for Kids) Cedella Marley. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. Though there were plenty of empty seats, she was denied entry, assaulted, and threatened all because of her race–even though New York was a free state at that time. He knew his grandmother but not his father. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn. Frances realized she had to make her voice heard, even when speaking made her uncomfortable, and use it to fight injustice and build programs to protect people across the nation. This beautiful first-ever biography of Sylvia Townsend tells the story of how one determined girl got her wings by discovering the magic of the bookmobile, keeping the beat in her feet, and staying on her tippy-toes . Legendary artist Jerry Pinkney’s singular reinvention of this tale about love and sacrifice empowers young, twenty-first century girls with the strong message that “you should never give up your voice…for. A lyrical meditation on the preciousness of one child and the vastness of the universe, this gorgeously illustrated picture book shares the immensity of a parent’s love along with the message that we are all connected to the broader cosmos in important and intimate ways. In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: “Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Like going to school, or eating lunch in the cafeteria. Sideways Stories from Wayside School Louis Sachar. As she prepares for the audition and, eventually, the performance, Misty learns to lean on her newfound friends for inspiration and rely on her own can-do spirit to dance her very best. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization:Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. Or Jackie Mitchell, the 17-year-old girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James Ages 3 – 7 As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace. 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