A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

English 4 years and up Poetry Own Voices Black Lives Matter Social-Emotional Learning Critical Thinking Skills Media Consumption Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon Summary: This book just received a Caldecott Honor, which is incredibly well-deserved! This poetic story centers around the narrator working through feelings surrounding a police shooting of a young girl, which is…

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter

English MG & Up Historical Figures Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Black Culture & Identity Shani Mahiri King & Bobby C. Martin Jr. Summary: This gorgeous new release is a testament to how beautiful typography can influence a book’s design. A combination of bright colors, silhouettes, and names decorate the pages inviting the reader to take…

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

English 8-12 years Carole Boston Weatherford & Floyd Cooper How many of you have heard of Black Wall Street (Tulsa’s or Durham’s)? Or even about the event that this book explores? I personally didn’t learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre until graduate school, when a friend of mine wrote a paper about journalists Walter White…

Time for Kenny

Written & Illustrated by:  Brian Pinkney For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices Black Culture & Identity Black Joy Family   Summary: Kenny is a busy dude, and he has a lot to do. Getting dressed, escaping the vacuum, learning soccer…so many things! Luckily, Kenny has his family for love and support. His sister…

This Book is Anti-Racist Journal

Written & Illustrated by:  Tiffany Jewell & Aurélia Durand For ages: MG & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Sequels Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Anti-Racism Journal   Summary: Y’all, this book is FINALLY out in the world tomorrow. I’ve been impatiently awaiting it’s release for months, as soon as I heard it was being published. Anti-Racism…

Root Magic

Written & Illustrated by:  Eden Royce For ages: MG Language: English & some Gullah Topics Covered: History Own Voices Magic Police Harassment   Eden Royce Eden Royce is from Charleston, South Carolina and is a member of the Gullah-Geechee nation. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications and she is the recipient of the…

Curls

Written & Illustrated by:  Ruth Forman & Geneva Bowers For ages: Infant & Up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices BIPOC Protagonists Confidence Natural Hair Self-Esteem Friendship   Summary: In this gorgeous and poetic board book, the reader follows four friends that wear their natural hair in different ways. The children are buoyant and play…

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021: Northbound

Written & Illustrated by:  Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein & James E. Ransome For ages: 6-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: History Segregation Activism Jim Crow Own Voices Memory   Summary: This book is a wonderful story taken right from author Michael S. Bandy’s memories of a train ride during a segregated childhood. Michael and his grandmother…

Little People Big Dreams Musician Roundup: Aretha, Prince, & Elton.

Written & Illustrated by:  Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrators: Amy Blackwell (Aretha) Cachetejack (Prince) Sophie Beer (Elton) For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Women in Music Musicians Trailblazers Black Culture & Identity   Summary: Nobody can deny that the Little People Big Dreams series has been an international sensation, and with good reason….

#SweetsAndSocialJustice: Lizzie Demands A Seat!

Written & Illustrated by:  Beth Anderson & E.B. Lewis Kids Can Cook was illustrated by Esther Coombs For ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Racism Activism Sweets and Social Justice Bravery Courage Cooking   Summary:  Lizzie Demands a Seat!: This story is amazing, and especially so because it’s true! Elizabeth Jennings…