Children's Books About Racism And Diversity – This beautiful lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented artist Keturah A. Bobo. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe. Ages 4-8.
A lyrical and uplifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, have always mattered, and always will, from rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier. Discover this poignant, timely, and emotional picture book, an ode to Black and Brown children everywhere that is filled with hope, assurance, and love. Tami Charles writes a poetic and lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, assuring readers that they always, and always, matter. This powerful and rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that their substance and value have never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughs, through the hardship of the struggles of teenagers and the pain and heart of the present day. they always, and always, matter. Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, All Because You Matter gives readers pride, joy and comfort, remembering their roots and strengthening them for the days ahead. This book will be released in October 2020. Ages 4-8.
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Sing a Song: How to “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Generations Inspired by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Keith Mallett
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Just in time for the 120th anniversary of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – this uplifting book celebrates the Black National Anthem and how it inspired five generations of one family.
In Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, one of them the principal of a segregated, all-black school, wrote the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” so that their students could sing for a tribute on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in in 1900. From this. At the time, the song provided inspiration and comfort for generations of Black families. Mothers and fathers passed it on to their children who sing it to their children and grandchildren. It was sung during major moments of the Civil Rights Movement and at family gatherings and college graduations. Inspired by the enduring meaning of this song, Kelly Starling Lyons and Keith Mallett tell a story about generations of families who have gained hope and strength from the song’s inspiring words. Ages 4-8.
This lyrical and stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.
A young Asian woman notices that her eyes look different from her peers. They have large, round eyes and long eyelashes. He realizes that his eyes are like those of his mother, his grandmother and his sister. They have eyes that kiss at the corners and shine like hot tea, crease into crescent moons, and are full of stories of the past and hope for the future.
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Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in his life, he recognizes his own beauty and discovers a path to love and empowerment. This powerful and poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.
In an evocative picture book rich with the scents, flavors, and traditions that define a young woman’s summer with her grandmother, debut author Michelle Sterling and illustrator Aaron Asis come together to celebrate the gentle bonds of family love that spans oceans and generations.
For a girl, summer is the season of no school, days spent at the pool, and picking golden leaves from the trees. But summer doesn’t start until her lola—her grandmother from the Philippines—comes for her annual visit.
Summer is special. For her lola she filled the house with the aroma of mango jam, funny stories of baking mishaps, and her sweet quiet singing in Tagalog. And in turn, her granddaughter takes Lola to the beach, to see the fireworks in the park, and to catch fish at her lake.
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When Lola visits, the whole family gathers to cook and eat and share in their happiness of another season spent together. However, as summer transitions to autumn, her grandmother must return home, but not without a surprise for her granddaughter to preserve her special summer a little longer. Ages 4-8.
In 1994, Yuyi Morales left his home in Xalapa, Mexico, and came to the United States with his son. She left almost everything she owned, but she did not come empty-handed. He brought his strength, his work, his passion, his hopes and his dreams. . . and their stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner, Yuyi Morales’ gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. The passage of Yuyi and his son Kelly was not easy, and Yuyi did not speak English at that time. But together, they find an unexpected, incredible place: the public library. There, book by book, they unravel the language of this strange new land, and learn to make their home in it. Dreamers is a celebration of what migrants take with them when they leave their homes. It’s a family story. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, carrying our gifts wherever we go. Beautiful and powerful at any time, but given a particular urgency as the status of our Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story both topical and timeless. The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included is a short autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experiences, a list of books that inspired him (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and memories he used to create this book. A parallel Spanish-language edition, Soñadores, is also available. Ages 4-8.
What’s in a name? For a girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from—and who she may one day be. If you ask, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has too many names: six! How did such a small person end up with such a big name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns about Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and also other homonyms. As she hears the story of her name, Alma begins to think that she might be perfect after all – and realizes that one day she will have to tell her own story. In her debut author-illustrator, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their origin stories or names. Ages 4-8.
An encouraging book to find the courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or speak, or where you are; maybe it’s what you eat, or something as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps in a place where no one really knows you, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art remind us that we all feel out of place sometimes—and how brave we are to go anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and start sharing our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway. Ages 4-8.
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This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also permeated with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, which offer a deeper insight into the achievements of the past, while bringing great attention to the resistance and the spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. The robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional details for those wishing to learn more. Ages 6-9.
An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates the true stories of forty pioneering black women in American history. Enlightening text paired with compelling illustrations bring to life iconic and lesser-known female figures from black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou and filmmaker Julie Dash. . Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who have done extraordinary things—bold women whose actions and beliefs have contributed to making the world a better place for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they put pen to paper, took to the air or spoke up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages all stood up against a world that did not not always accept. The leaders in this book