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David Jumps In

Written by: Alan Woo Illustrated by: Katty Maurey For ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: History, Games, Friendship, Social-Emotional Learning, Moving, New School, Own Voices. Summary:  It’s David’s first day at a brand new school and he’s feeling a little anxious about making…

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I Am Brown

Written by: Ashok Banker Illustrated by: Sandhya Prabhat For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Self-Esteem, Social-Emotional Learning, Diversity, Empowerment, Own Voices.  Summary:  Folx, this book is beautiful inside and out.  I Am Brown is a celebration of the many…

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You Be You! The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family

This little book hopped off the shelf and into Lee’s hands like it was meant to be! In just 73 short, beautifully illustrated pages, author Johnathan Branfman and illustrator Julie Benbassat have created the guide that I wish I had…

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Sunny

Written by: Jason Reynolds Cover Art by: Vanessa Brantley Newton For ages: YA Middle Grades (mention of maternal death) Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Growing Up, Sports, Black Culture & Identity, Track & Field, Dance, Single Parenthood, Friendship, Homeschooling, Resilience, Own Voices.  Summary: This is the third…

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Wherever I Go

Written by: Mary Wagley Copp Illustrated by: Munir D. Mohammed  For ages: 6-9 years Language:  English Topics Covered: Refugees, Resettlement, Lived Experiences, Family, African Culture & Identity, Friendship, Growing Up, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary:  Abia has declared herself queen of the refugee camp she lives…

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Good Morning, Farmer Carmen! [Katie Woo’s Neighborhood]

Written by: Fran Manushkin Illustrated by: Laura Zarrin For ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Farming, Farmer’s Markets, Teamwork, Friendship.  Summary:  Do you know how refreshing it is to see a farmer in a book that isn’t a white man? I am…

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Freda and the Blue Beetle [released 4/15]

Written & Illustrated by: Sophie Gilmore For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Independent Thought, Courage, Freedom, Discovery, Wonder, Intuition, Bravery.  Summary:  This book is SO amazing. Freda is a free spirit that values discovery and adventure, much to the dismay of the other…

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Thukpa for All

Written by: Praba Ram & Sheela Preuitt Illustrated by: Shilpa Ranade For ages: 4-8 years Language: English & some Tibetan  Topics Covered: Friendship, Community, Disability, Cooking, Family, Global Community, Problem-Solving, Tibet, Ladakh Region. Summary: Tsering, our main character, is walking home.  He is excited to eat some…

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Noodlephant

Written by: Jacob Kramer Illustrated by: K-Fai Steele For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social Justice, Activism, Protest, Friendship, Community, Oppression, Community, Ingenuity, Peaceful Action.  Summary:  In our next installment of #sweetsandsocialjustice we have Noodlephant! I made some brown sugar cornmeal shortbread,…

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Mrs. Bibi’s Elephant

Written & Illustrated by: Reza Dalvand For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Community Involvement, Friendship, Pets, Family, Chosen Family, Empathy, Economics, Social-Emotional Learning.  Summary: Mrs. Bibi has a pet elephant, and they spend all of their time together.  The elephant loved playing with the…

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