By Taye Diggs Summary: Relates the experiences of a dark-skinned, curly-haired child who wishes he could look more like the lighter-skinned children in his community until his mother helps him realize how wonderful he is inside and out.
All Kinds of Families
By Norma Simon Summary: In a book far ahead of its time, All Kinds of Families celebrated the broad diversity of American families when it was first published in 1976. Now Norma Simon and Sarah S. Brannen have updated this classic for the modern age. Multicultural and multigenerational people demonstrate what being in a family means and how all families offer each other support and love
The Color of Us
By Karen Katz Summary: Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.
Keisha Ann Can
By Daniel Kirk Summary: Keisha Ann is proud that she can ride the school bus, share with friends, and help the teacher. As she zips through her day, she knows what fun learning and playing can be.
Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus!
By Atinuke Summary: Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She can't wait to fly across the world and visit her granny in Canada. But can she find enough warm clothes for the cold winter weather? And will her family miss her?
By Atinuke Summary: Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always somebody to laugh and play with.Anna Hibiscus loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties. But more than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow.
Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
By Eric Litwin Summary: Pete the cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
By Eric Litwin Summary: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!
Last Stop on Market Street
By Matt de la Pena Summary: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
By Mo Willems Summary: When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler's temper tantrum.
By Gary Soto Summary: To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.
By Stephen Savage Summary: When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?
Billy Bloo is Stick in Goo
By Jennifer Hamburg Summary: Told in rhyme, a parade of characters tries to help Billy Bloo free himself from the goo, but only manages to get trapped in the goo instead.
By Bell Hooks Summary: A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.
By Diana Murray Summary: A young girl walks through the bustling city, while a pigeon flies above, both spotting hidden shapes at every turn
Thunder Boy Jr.
By Sherman Alexie Summary: Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name
By Yuyi Morales Summary: Bilingual text, accompanied by colorful photographs, explores the famous artist's life, and illuminates the laughter, love, and tragedy that influenced her work.
By Derrick Barnes Summary: Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
By Kathryn Erskine Summary: A harrowing picture biography of civil-rights activist and Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba. National Book Award-winning author, Kathryn Erskine, pairs up with newcomer Charly Palmer to convey Makeba's contributions to the anti-Apartheid movement, including her work with Nelson Mandela.
Black on White
By Tana Hoban Summary: Black illustrations against a white background depict such objects as an elephant, butterfly, and leaf.
By Joyce Wan Summary: Zoo animals hide from young readers and provide rhyming clues to their identities.
Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones
By Susan Hughes Summary: Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby. With various family configurations and settings ranging from a busy outdoor market to a high-rise apartment kitchen, the book wholeheartedly celebrates diversity. Gorgeous cut-paper collage art adds warmth and brightness, and brings the lyrical text to life. Repetition of the phrase "Upsy-daisy" on each spread lends familiarity, and reminds readers that love for a little one is a universal feeling.
Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions
By Abrams Appleseed Summary:After images of baby faces introduce six facial expressions: happy, angry, surprised, silly, and sleepy, the reader is asked to make the same face and then find that baby among several other faces. Includes a mirror for babies to watch themselves make faces
Books for Grades 1-3
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret
By Bob Shea Summary: While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
By Bill Martin and Eric Carle Summary: Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way.
Pete Won't Eat
By Emily Arnold McCully Summary:Pete the pig does not want to eat his slop, but cannot go out to play with his brother and sisters until he does.
Charlie & Mouse
By Laurel Snyder Summary: Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.
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By Patricia MacLachlan Summary: Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite.
Get a hit, Mo!
By David Adler Summary: "Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?"-- Provided by publisher.
Pete the Cat
By Eric Litwin Summary: Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
A big guy took my ball!.
By Mo Willems Summary: Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
It's shoe time!
B Bryan Collier & Mo Willems Summary: If you choose to wear unmatched shoes, can they still be a pair?
King Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
By Butler, Dori Hillestad Summary: Kayla places her tooth in a Tooth Fairy pillow, but it disappears before the Tooth Fairy has a chance to visit--can her dog King help Kayla find the missing tooth?
Fly Guy and the Frakenfly
By Tedd Arnold Summary: Buzz has a nightmare that his best friend Fly Guy has created a gigantic Frankenfly monster.
The Infaous Rastos
By Kara LaReau Summary: Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.
By Troy Andrews Summary: A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
By Dv Pilkey Summary: George and Harold create a new comic book hero in Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, who faces off against his archnemesis Petey the cat.
By Gaia Cornwall Summary: "Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board.
The Bad Guys
By Aaron Blabey The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.
Ada Twist, scientist
Summary: Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
By Bruel Nick Summary: Bad behavior reigns when Kitty's owners leave Kitty and Puppy at home for a week with Uncle Murray as their pet sitter.
Blue Sky White Stars
By Naberheus Sarvinder Summary: "A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, landscape"-- Provided by publisher.
By Kelly Lynos Summary: Fourth-grader Jada's best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends, if only one of her teammates would stop being mean.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
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By Phil Bildner Summary: A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit.
By O'Neal, Shaquille Summary: "Little Shaq doesn't love trying new things, especially if he might not be very good at them. So when his class is assigned projects for the school's upcoming art show, he's not sure that his skills will transfer from the basketball court to the art studio. Can Little Shaq find the confidence to embrace his own style and create a piece for the show?"-- Provided by publisher.
The Water Princess
By Susan Verde Summary: "The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village"--
Books for Grades 4-6
By Amar'e Stoudemire Summary: Between sports, school, and working for his father, eleven-year-old Amar'e's life is full and he is not yet ready to concentrate on basketball--but when a group of older boys start hogging the local basketball court he knows that he has to do something to help his friends.
Nikki & Deja
By Karen English Summary: When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected.
The Carver Chronicles: The New Kid
By Karen English Summary: Third-grader Gavin and his friends aren't sure what to make of the new boy in their class, Khufu. He doesn't look or act like other kids. When Gavin's bike goes missing, they think Khufu stole it, but did he?
Sofia Martinez: My Fantastica Family
By Jacqueline Jules Summary: Sofia Martinez and her family head for the beach, but she has packed too many games; she makes a family time capsule to which Abuela contributes; and the family is shopping for back-to-school supplies when four-year-old Manuel disappears.
By Jacqueline Woodson Summary: In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.
Out of Wonder
By Kwame Alexander Summary: Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.
The First Rule of Punk
By Celia Pérez Summary: Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
The Losers Club
By Andrew Clements Summary: Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.
By Sheela Chari Summary: "Along the train lines north of New York City, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla's necklace and the disappearance of Peter's brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of parkour, graffiti, and diamond-smuggling, Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall. Can Myla and Peter find Randall before it's too late, and their shared family secrets threaten to destroy them all?"
50 Wacky Things Animals Do
By: Wagner, Tricia Martineau Summary: Describes fifty strange animal behaviors, including how cuckoo birds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, how male penguins offer stones to female penguins, and how electric eels defend themselves with electric shock waves.
By: Kelkar, Supriya Summary: Gandhi asks for one member of each family to join the fight for independence from the British, and when ten-year-old Anjali's mother is jailed for doing so, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother's work.
Dara Palmer's Major Drama
By: Shevah, Emma Summary: Dara Palmer dreams of being an actress, but when she does not get a part in the school play she wonders if it is because of her different looks as an adopted girl from Cambodia, so Dara becomes determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight.
A Dash of Trouble
By: Meriano, Anna Summary: Wanting to be a part of her family's Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret.
Full Cicada Moon by Hilton
By: Hilton, Marilyn Summary: In 1969 twelve-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi's mixed-race background and interest in "boyish" topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider.
Gone to Drift
By: McCaulay, Diana Summary: Gone to Drift tells the story of a 12-year-old Jamaican boy, Lloyd, and his search for his beloved grandfather, Maas Conrad, a fisherman who is lost at sea
Inside Out & Back Again
By: Lai, Thanhha Summary: Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
By: Warner, Sally Summary: Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes of Oak Glen Primary School is looking for a new best friend, and he decides that the best way to find one is to come up with a bunch of amazing things to do at recess--and see who shares in the fun.
The last kids on Earth
By: Brallier, Max Summary: "Jack teams up with the evil King Wretch in order to convince his friends to stay with him instead of going in search of others who may have survived the monster apocalypse"-- Provided by publisher.
The Night Diary
By: Hiranandani, Veera Summary: Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.
By: Kurtz, Jane Summary: Jupiter and her family have spent their lives on the road, moving from town to town in a trusty old van and earning their living by playing music for tourists.
Ruby Lee & Me
By: Hitchcock, Shannon Summary: When a formerly segregated North Carolina town hires its first African-American teacher in 1969, two girls--one black, one white--confront the prejudice that challenges their friendship.
By: Lawrence, Mike Summary: Accidentally abducted by an alien named Mabel, Avani joins Mabel at Camp Andromeda, a camp for Star Scouts where she has the adventure of a lifetime.
Stella Diaz has Something to Say
By: Dominguez, Angels Summary: When her class is assigned a project where each student must speak on their favorite subject, Stella Diaz, who sometimes lapses into Spanish and pronounces words wrong, must overcome her fear of public speaking.
Rip And Red
By: Bildner, Phil Summary: "Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in brand-new ways and discover that sometimes radical change is nothing to be afraid of"-- Provided by publisher.
The Sweetest Sound
By: Winston, Sherri Summary: "Shy ten-year-old Cadence grapples with an overprotective father, a mother who's skipped town to pursue stardom, and what to do when a recording of her amazing voice leaks before she's ready to share it with the world".
Books for Grades 7 & Up
The Hate U Give
By: Thomas, Angie Summary: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
By: Woodson, Jacqueline Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother. Summary:
The 57 Bus
By: Slater, Dashka Summary: "One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met.
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By: Linda Williams Jackson Summary: In Stillwater, Missippi, in 1955, thirteen-year-old African American Rose Lee Carter looks to her family and friends to understand her place in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.
After the Shot Drops
By: Randy Ribay Summary: Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.
By: Chmakova, Svetlana Summary: On her first day in a new school, Peppi Torres trips into a shy boy in the hall. Peppi is mortified when the other kids laugh at them and nickname Peppi "Nerder Girlfriend." To prove she isn't the boy's girlfriend, Peppi shoves him and runs away.
Ban This Book
By: Gratz, Alan Summary: "In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don't mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world.
By: Lu, Marie Summary: "The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.... Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer"
Between the Lines
By: Grimes, Nikki Summary: A group of high school students grow in understanding of each other's challenges and forge unexpected connections as they prepare for a boys vs. girls poetry slam. Includes author's note about foster home care.
By: Clayton, Dhonielle Summary: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
Black Panther: the young prince
By: Smith, Ronald L. Summary: T’Challa of Wakanda is a king and the wearer of the title Black Panther. The Black Panther is the protector of Wakanda, and T’Challa is the most revered and respected of those who have held the throne. That is, of course, he will be, when he grows up and the title is passed down to him.
By: Chmakova, Svetlana Summary: In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different--math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...
Calling My Name
By: Tamani, Liara Summary: "Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose"
Children of Blood and Bone
By: Adeyemi, Tomi Summary: Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
By: Stone, Nic Summary: Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
By: Ireland, Justina Summary: When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.
By: Reynolds, Jason Summary: "Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds. Ghost. Lu. Patina.
By: Rhodes, Jewell Parker Summary: "After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till".
For Every One
By: Reynolds, Jason Summary: "Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds's rallying cry to the dreamers of the world..."
Long Way Down
By: Reynolds, Jason Summary: As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Love, Hate & Other Filters
By: Ahmed, Samira Summary: Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.
March. Book one
By: Lewis, John Summary: The book is presented in the form of a graphic memoir of John Lewis's life. The traditional graphic book frames depict the various aspects of Lewis's early life and his early role in the Civil Rights Movement, set against his role in 2009 as a Congressman when Barack Obama was about to be sworn in as the United States President.
March. Book Two
By: Lewis, John Summary: Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement's young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
March. Book Three
By: Lewis, John Summary: Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning andbest-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one ofthe key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin andartist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a newgeneration, urgently relevant for today's world. By the fall of 1963, theCivil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, andas chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis isguiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continuesto force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every stepforward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legaltricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change isto give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."
Midnight without Moon
By: Jackson, Linda Williams Summary: It's Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can't wait to move north. But for now, she's living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man's cotton plantation. Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till's murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.