With a stirring text by Kelly Starling Lyons, vibrant pictures by Laura Freeman, and an afterword from Philip Freelon himself, it is sure to inspire the next generation of dreamers and builders. Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José́. During Earth Hour, individuals, communities, and businesses in more than 7,000 cities turn off nonessential electric lights for one hour. Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbors flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. 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. 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. 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. Because of segregation, black people weren’t allowed to compete against white people in sports. Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo & Olivia Gatwood, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III  (Ages 6 – 11) Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness. He decides to investigate―and meets the legendary Fox Man. Inspired by the global movement to empower girls through education, this lyrical story tells of one small girl who reads a book that lights a spark. Almost immediately, he was plunged into conflict: as a child in Hong Kong as it was invaded and occupied by the Japanese; as the object of discrimination and bullying; and as a teenager grappling against the influence of gangs. But when Truly and her sidekick pug Sir Noodles discover that the animal shelter is all out of treats, it’s time for their biggest invention yet… the Super Snack Machine! Martin believed that no one should remain silent and accept something if it’s wrong. Thank you! Yet there is magic . The Bronx! Every two years, on the first Tuesday of November, Stanton Elementary School closes for the day. 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. Follow along on their adventure as they try to find their way back to their mom, dad, and little sister, Eliana. Isaiah is now the big man of the house. The Slave Who Went to Congress by Frye Gaillard (Author), Marti Rosner (Author), Jordana Haggard (Illustrator) Ages 8 – 12. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Lymon’s father is, for the time being, at Parchman Farm–the Mississippi State Penitentiary–and his mother, whom he doesn’t remember all that much, has moved North. A Diverse STEM/STEAM Book STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) are even more vital predictors of success in the 21 st century. Claire Wang never thought she’d be one of them, until her parents pluck her from her privileged life in Shanghai and enroll her at a high school in California. Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. But that didn’t stop him. She loved going to school, and she knew that, one day, she would use her voice to empower other young girls, just like her. She decides to make traditional Korean New Year food, a rice cake soup that’s her favorite. The next day more cats come, and then even more! Together for Kwanzaa (Pictureback(R)) Juwanda G. Ford. Destiny loves everything about school, but when she shows up to Paul Robeson Prep, it’s bigger than she ever imagined, the uniforms are plain, and all her friends already have a “thing.” Destiny suddenly doesn’t feel so fresh and wonders how she’ll ever stand out. Music Is My Life: Soundtrack your mood with 80 artists for every occasion by Myles Tanzer, Ali Mac Ages 8 – 12 One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. A Journey Toward Hope by Victor Hinojosa (Author), Coert Voorhees (Author), Susan Guevara (Illustrator) Ages 4 – 8 But for many years, only white men of means were allowed to vote. In 1993, she became the second woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court. . The kids and grown-ups at a community center begin with lots of colorful fabrics and an idea. Working to overcome the language barrier and bullying she experienced in a strange new country, Rita eventually made her way to Hollywood with a dream to be a star. See more ideas about childrens books, middle grade books, chapter books. Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, Baljinder Kaur Ages 4 – 8 Includes a worksheet for each experiment mentioned. Frankie Sparks and the Lucky Charm by Megan Frazer Blakemore and Nadja Sarell (Ages 7 – 10). 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. Demonstrating the power of protest and standing up for a just cause, here is an exciting tribute to the educators who participated in the 1965 Selma Teachers’ March, featuring evocative illustrations and eyewitness testimonies. Thanks so much for stopping by! Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot! Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society. Selena Quintanilla’s music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family’s band. His little sister, Charlie, asks too many questions, and Mama’s gone totally silent. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow Ages 14 and up Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts Ages 6-9 Her string of hit songs earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now young readers will learn about her early years, her time in Congress, her presidential bid and how her actions left a lasting legacy that continues to inspire, uplift, and instruct. He’s got big plans, and no doubt he’ll see them through–as he’s creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. The girl is then moved to write her own story, which she shares with girls around the globe, and it ignites a spark in them, lighting up the whole world. Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mama, and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of nowhere–AKA Bogalusa, Louisiana. But her beloved neighborhood is changing. On land and sea, Zheng Yi Sao’s power rivaled the emperor himself. But then the real drama starts. Let’s stay in touch! Barbies? […] The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books  […], […] hyperfocused on diversity and inclusivity. Ready? But one day, the shoes begin to pinch Malika’s toes. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! Voices from the March on Washington by George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis Ages 10 -14. : Baseball: Amazing but True Stories! Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, Juana Martinez-Neal Ages 4 – 7 Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell (Author), R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator) I Am Brown by Ashok Banker, Sandhya Prabhat (Ages 5 – 8) This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons On How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, illustrated by Aurelia Durand (Ages 11 – 15) So when they discover a riddle that opens a magic portal in the Science Space at school, they can’t wait to check it out! Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—has learned from Ena (his mom) and Ade (his dad) to maintain a strong mind, heart, and spirit. Would he be allowed to continue to live as he wished? Together. Organised by mood, young ones can dip into the library to discover new artists from decades past to present day. books! He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. In these profiles, young readers will find role models, inspirations, and maybe even reasons to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow. 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. Who Did It First? Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson Ages 7 – 10 This is a story―a poem, a song, a celebration― about feeling at home in your own beloved skin. Paperback. Lesson Plan. Thank you! Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd, Nneka Myers Ages 3-7 Is it fan mail? Will Frankie and Maya find their lucky charm, or figure out how to create some luck all on their own? . But when Azaleah gets home, she quickly realizes extra credit isn’t as easy as she thought. WeAreTeachers Staff on March 8, 2016 We can talk to students about respecting each other’s differences until we’re blue in the face, but sometimes, it takes a good story for them to truly get the message. Most of the books listed here are recommended either for infants, … She spends most of her time drawing, often behind the sofa while her family watches TV. It’s not long before Julián and Marisol set off for some magic and mischief of their own, and when things take an unexpected turn, the pair learns that everything is easier with a good friend by your side. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. Jesse Owens by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Anna Katharina Jansen Ages 4 – 7. Tyaja Uses the THiNK Test by me, Linda Ryden and illustrated by Shearry Malone. until she arrives and learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution. Glancing down into the water, the insect is mesmerized by the glowing bioluminescence, mistaking it for other fireflies. Along the way, Emmett learns that no matter what, there can be many ways to define family. Zheng Yi Sao agreed to marry him only if she got an equal share of his business. His son, Luis, works hard too–in school, book by book. With Mama at the restaurant and Daddy at work on a big case, it seems Azaleah is the only one available to track down the stolen stuffie. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls. Every little girl (and boy!) The lyrical title comes from how Douglass “paid” other children to teach him. I searched Book Expo America and my local library’s stacks to find these diverse chapter book series. Ever since he found his first book, Anna Karenina, years earlier, he’s been collecting books–thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones– to add to the collection in his home. . As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can’t remember it. Or else she’s next. Daisy’s Yeh-Yeh is visiting for the first time from China, and Daisy is so excited to meet him! Feel free to subscribe to my mailing list if you’re not already. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn’t belong and struggles with her identity. Princess Truly is a great inventor! From acclaimed author and illustrator pairing comes a beautiful picture book biography about the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and how she fought for respect throughout her life. At the age of 81, after a lifetime of making his body, mind, and heart stronger, Fauja decided to run his first marathon. We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade (Ages 3-6) She needs it to express who she truly is. Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. It’s a laboratory full of robots, 3D printers, an antigravity chamber, and more. When something we love goes away we paint it on the wall so it’s always with us, Mister Ray tells her, and Naomi discovers that no matter how her world changes, as long as she has places and people to love, she will always have a home. There aren't enough diverse children's books on the shelves, according to the Cooperative Children's Book Center, which updated its data on … Through the eyes of one inquisitive and thoughtful young narrator, young readers explore the idea of perspective, and come to realize that all of us, everywhere, share the colors of the world. He knew his grandmother but not his father. Ruth eventually found work as a law clerk, and her determination, diligence, and skill led to a distinguished career as a lawyer. He never stopped striving. After a childhood spent looking up at the stars, Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and to earn a salary for scientific research. Explore the stories of well-known people like Rosa Parks and Barack Obama, and lesser-known figures like Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American doctor, and Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and mathematician. My Rainy Day Rocket Ship by Markette Sheppard (Author), Charly Palmer (Illustrator) Ages 4-8 Chia always goes to bed hungry and tired, until one day in the middle of the night he wakes to a strange noise. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace. Top 100 Paid Top 100 Free #1. They get to run through corn mazes, play games, decorate pumpkins, and most importantly: eat a lot of cider donuts. Most of the books listed here are recommended either for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary readers since my children fall within those groups and so do the little readers in my core target audience. And now his grandfather bears a striking resemblance to el lobo. Celebrate all the sweet things that Baby discovers about Halloween. In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”, By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music by Carole Boston Weatherford and Bryan Collier (Ages 4 – 8) Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives. Yasmin loves to write, but she can’t decide who her hero is. Trapped in a Video Game Dustin Brady. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. The Dramatic Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith, Gloria Felix Ages 6 – 8. Fauja Singh was born determined. 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. Thank you! This vibrant black history book for kids makes it fun to learn about how these individuals created lasting change and paved the way for future leaders. : 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Willis Hudson (Author), Erin K. Robinson Log in, FREE Diverse Books for Classrooms Program. Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman (Author), Akem (Illustrator) Ages 4 – 8 Wait until you try and find chapter books with diverse characters! She just wanted to play tennis against the best athletes in the world. Author Ellen Labreque takes readers through each exciting moment, from his iconic dunks to his 81-point game–all the milestones that span Kobe Bryant’s legendary career and legacy. 22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels. There’s a class-wide campaign, complete with posters, articles, and speeches. Her family loves nothing better than to beach comb and surf together…but the beach is clogged with trash! Take a walk through the Bronx and what do you see? As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day. Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel, Paola Escobar Ages 4 – 8 I’m Gonna Push Through by Jasmyn Wright, Shannon Wright (Ages 4-8) (Ex. In this deeply moving nonfiction picture book, award-winning author Caren Stelson brings Sachiko Yasui’s story of surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and her message of peace to a young audience. Your turn:  What books from this list are you most looking forward to? And other times he’s afraid, because he’s so often misunderstood and called what he is not. The Fighting Infantryman: The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier by Rob Sanders, Nabi Ali Ages 6 – 9 The family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where at twenty-nine, Biden was elected one the youngest United States Senators ever elected. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. This is his story. Each child packed a suitcase and boarded the Mexique, expecting to return home in a few months. Martin Luther King Jr became one of the most important civil rights leaders in America by fighting for equality for black people. The Siha Tooskin Knows series uses vivid narratives and dazzling illustrations in contemporary settings to share stories about an 11-year-old Nakota boy. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. Back matter includes science facts about fireflies and bioluminescence, as well as information about Carson’s life. So when newly-elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt finally asked Frances to be the first female Secretary of Labor and help pull the nation out of the Great Depression, she knew she had to walk through that open door and forward into history. This book harnesses that feeling, by collecting together 80 of music’s finest artists to guide young people through the good, bad and sad times. But when the queen bee of Violet’s cheerleading squad ends up dead following a sex tape that’s not as consensual as everyone wants to believe, Violet’s friends from the spirit world decide it’s the perfect time for Violet to test her skills and finally accept the legacy of spiritual fighters from whom she’s descended. THE BROWN BOOKSHELFhttps://thebrownbookshelf.com/ HERE WEE READhttp://hereweeread.com/2019/11/the-2020-ultimate-list-of-diverse-childrens-books.htmlWE NEED DIVERSE BOOKShttps://diversebooks.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-books/HAPPY SUMMER […], Thanks for all the great book ideas. Brave. And the result is something warm and wonderful they all can share. You’re welcome! She makes lists. Azaleah becomes determined to make sure the musical isn’t ruined for Nia. Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became a Bookmobile Ballerina by Lea Lyon & Alexandria LaFaye, illustrated by Jessica Gibson Ages ( – ) Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham (Author), Charles Waters Mehrdokht Amini Ages 8-12 Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak Ages 4 – 8 I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (Author), Rachel Moss (Illustrator), Ashley Rousseau (Contributor) Ages 4- 8 She is an explorer who wonders about what lies above the water’s surface…especially the young girl she has spied from a distance.
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