TitleAuthorIllustratorPublisherISBNAnnotationTeaching Notes
Racial Diversity
Social Justice
Religious Diversity
Family Diversity
Cause & Consequence
Change over Time
Compare & contrast
Continuity & Change
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the WorldCharles Smith Jr.Shane Evans
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Book Press
Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveLovely picture book with engaging information on each "day." Includes student friendly text as well as background information for teachers and adults. xxxxxxxxxx
30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 FlagAmanda DavisSally Wern ComportWorthy Kids
In the days following September 11th, a 30-foot American flag hung torn and tattered at 90 West Street, across from Ground Zero. A few weeks later, the flag was taken down by a construction crew and tucked away in storage, where it stayed for nearly seven years. The flag was brought out of storage in 2008 sparking a grassroots restoration effort that traveled over 120,000 miles across all fifty states, bringing together thousands of people, and helping America heal and rebuild . . . hand by hand, thread by thread, one stitch at a time.The flag was restored using pieces of retired flags from every state—including a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on after he was shot at Ford's Theater and threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner flag, which flew at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The pieces and threads were stitched in by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims, among others. xx
A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu NoguchiJames YangJames YangPenguin Random House
James Yang imagines a day in the boyhood of Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi. Wandering through an outdoor market, through the forest, and then by the ocean, Isamu sees things through the eyes of a young artist . . .but also in a way that many children will relate. Stones look like birds. And birds look like stones.Would be a great lesson to encourage students to "see what the artist sees." Author's note about Isamu is informative.xx
A Day for Rememberin' Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial DayLeah HendersonFloyd CooperAbrams Books for Young Readers
Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War.Another book emphasizing the importance of education. Told from the perspective of a young Black boy whose father was an advocate for freed slaves after the Civil War. Well documented backstory about the roots of Decoration Day in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865. Recent scholarship and articles can be found here. Image of the race course where prisoners were held can be found here. xxxxxxxx
A Friend for Henry Jenn BaileyMika SongChronicle Books
Henry would like to find a friend. But he discovers his classmates are too loud and too busy. Sweet story about an autistic boy who just wants a friend.Could be used to promote an inclusive environment in the classroom. Perfect for beginning of the year. FAIR Act
A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABCAnalisa TrippLyn RislingHeydey Books
Beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and cultural objects show off the spectacular diversity of California's indigenous cultures and environments.Another beautifully illustrated board book. Would be especially good for beginning English Learners. xxx
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe LouisMatt de la PenaKadir NelsonPuffin Books
On the eve of World War II, African-American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title. For much of America, their fight came to represent America’s war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers on this historic fight in which the American people came together to celebrate our nation’s founding ideals.First, the illustrations bring this story to life. Second, a terrific opportunity to highlight Joe Louis' work ethic and determination on his quest to become the world heavyweight champion. Also, check out the author and illustrator's "ticket" on the back cover. Great art project.xxxxxx
A Ride to RememberSharon Langley & Amy NathanFloyd CooperAbrams Books for Young Readers
Sharon Langley became the first African American child to legally ride the carousel at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore, Maryland, one month before her first birthday, in 1963. Her ride on the carousel followed a series of protests and the arrests of many, including children, who demanded the park integrate.Story of Sharon Langley who was the first Black child to legally ride the carousel in her homewotwn of Baltimore. Occurred on the same day as MLK's March on Washington speech - August 28, 1963. The carousel is now park of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Terrific PBS article here. xxxxxxxx
A River Ran WildLynne CherryHarcourt, Inc.
The author traces the environmental history of the river into the present, documenting the river's destruction by industrial pollution and its eventual reclamation. Small drawings of animals native to the area, items used by the people who lived along its banks, and relevant historical events border some of the text. The endpapers are illustrated with maps and include a brief chronology. Readers will be moved to consider their personal impact on the environment and what they can do to make a difference. From Titlewave.Great way to introduce industrial pollution and climate change to students.xxxx
A Shelter in Our CarMonica GunningElaine PedlarChildren's Book Press
Zettie and her Mama left their warm and comfortable home in Jamaica for an uncertain life in the United States. With Papa gone, Mama can't find a steady job that will sustain them and so they are forced to live in their car. But Mama's unwavering love, support, and gutsy determination give Zettie the confidence that, together, she and her mother can meet all challenges.Such an important story for all students, but especially those who may be unhoused. Author issues a call to action in the afterward. xxxxxxx
A Stone Sat Still
Brendan Wenzel
Brendan Wenzel
Chronicle Books
To some creatures it's a pebble, to others a peak, to some a smell. Each animal that encounters the stone knows it to be something unique, but the stone itself is a constant in an ever changing world. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveNice way to introduce perspective to young students. xxx
A sweet smell of rosesangela johnsoneric velasquezSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Two young girls participate in a freedom march and listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak during the Civil Rights movement.Another example of children playing a role in the quest for social justice. Love the subtle illustrations.xxxxxxx
ABC's of Black History, The Rio Cortez
Lauren Semmer
Workman Publishing
An impressive array of names, events, and concepts from Black history are introduced in this alphabet book for early-elementary readers... The rhyming verses are light on the tongue, making the reading smooth and soothing. The brightly colored, folk art–style illustrations offer vibrant scenes of historical and contemporary Black life.Students will love this book - and you will too! Highlights historical and current Black leaders. Rhymes are terrific for ELD reinforcement. Includes extensive teacher notes.xxxxxxxx
Abe Lincoln's DreamLane SmithLane SmithRoaring Brook Press
A funny, yet touching tale about a young girl and America's 16th president. Many teachable moments as Abraham Lincoln reflects on the modern world and the progress (or lack of) since his death in 1865. Metaphor of a ship on a journey to move the story along.xxxx
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed BasketballJen BryantFrank MorrisonAbrams Books for Young Readers
Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.Such an important book to share with students. Elgin Baylor should be a biography in every classroom. Athletic, a good teammate, and a powerful example of non-violent protest. Excellent addition. Fabulous illustrations. Also a great geography lesson as Baylor played for the Minnesota Lakers before they moved to Los Angeles. Video of Baylor's Top Five moments on the court as a Laker.xxxxxx
Alejandria Fights Back! La Lucha de Alejandria!Leticia Hernandes-Linares and the Rise Home Stories ProjectRobert Liu-TrujilloFeminist Press
For nine-year-old Alejandria, home isn't just the apartment she shares with Mami and her abuela, Tita, but rather the whole neighborhood. But lately the city has been changing, and rent prices are going up. Many people in el barrio are leaving because they can no longer afford their homes, and For Sale signs are popping up everywhere. Then the worst thing happens: Mami receives a letter saying they'll have to move out too. Alejandria knows it isn't fair, but she's not about to give up and leave. Join Alejandria as she brings her community together to fight and save their neighborhood.Great way to highlight some of the housing inequities that people experience in our country. Also a great example of how students can participate in local government.xxxxxxxxxx
AlfieThyra HederThyra HederAbrams Books for Young Readers
Lovely story that tells the friendship of a young girl and her pet turtle. Celebrates that friends can see their relationship and the world quite differently.Especially nice for younger students who may feel left out in a friendship. Also good for promoting bond between child and pet.xxxx
All are WelcomeAlexandra PenfoldSuzanne KaufmanAlfred Knopf
A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. Every student can find themself in this book. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveA must-read for every classroom. All students, no matter their background, can see themselves in this book. Important read, especially in our current political climate. FAIR Act opportunity. xxxxxxxxxx
All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed EverythingAnnette Bay PimentelNabi H. AliSourcebooks eXplore
True story of Jennifer Keelan, a young girl with cerebral palsy, who joined activists in Washington, DC for what became known as the Capitol Crawl in 1990. The Crawl, along with other protests, lead to the signing of the 1990 Americans with Disabilties Act.Great opportunity for teachers and students to recognize that simple things, like going to school or eating in the lunchroom, are difficult for people with disabilities. Also a powerful example of how children can make a difference. Book includes a forward by Jennifer Keelan and a simple timeline of the Disabilities Rights Movement and Jennifer's life. FAIR Act opportunity.xxxxxxx
Alma and How She Got Her NameJuana Martinez-NealJuana Martinez-NealCandlewick Press
Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela has six names! Alma learns the story of each of her names and realizes that each one is a perfect fit.Wonderful story for children who may be curious about the origin of their names. Would be a terrific beginning of the year activity. Caldecott Honor Book - and well-deserved. Stunning artwork. Also available in Spanish.xxxxxx
Alvin AileyAndrea Davis PinkneyBrian PinkneyDisney Hyperion978-078681077-2Describes the life, dancing, and choreography of Alvin Ailey, who created his own modern dance company to explore the black experience.A perfect addition to the classroom biography section.xxxxx
An Inconvenient AlphabetBeth AndersonElizabeth BaddeleySimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Once upon a revolutionary time, two great American patriots tried to make life easier. They knew how hard it was to spell words in English. They knew that sounds didn’t match letters. They knew that the problem was an inconvenient English alphabet. In 1786, Ben Franklin, at age eighty, and Noah Webster, twenty-eight, teamed up. Their goal? Make English easier to read and write. But even for great thinkers, what seems easy can turn out to be hard.Details the origins of Noah Webster’s first American English dictionary and the struggles of Webster and Benjamin Franklin to help unify the new country through language in the 1780s. Students will appreciate the frustrations of the two men. Would be great to use with ELL students as they also understand how difficult English can be.xxxx
and tango makes threeJustin Richardson and Peter ParnellHenry ColeLittle Simon
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.True story of two penguins who create a non-traditional family.xxxx
Antiracist BabyIbram X. KendiAshley LukashevskyKokila, Penguin Random House
Introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Provides the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest ages. Great discussion with the author can be found here.xxxxxx
Areli is a DreamerAreli MoralesLuisa UribeRandom House
In the first picture book written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story. When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too.This is a moving story--one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country--about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that has provided relief to thousands of undocumented children, referred to as “Dreamers,” who came to the United States as children and call this country home. Important for young readers to understand what others have experienced to live in America. xxxxxxx
Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine HunterKathy WhiteheadShane Evans
G. P. Putnam & Sons
Picture book biography of folk artist Clementine Hunter. Throughout her life, she overcame prejudice, poverty, and hard times to create beautiful folk art that is now celebrated across the country. The words and images in this book show that Hunter was not stopped by self-pity, and she did not wait for the perfect time to paint. She had no canvas, so she made art with whatever she could find––window shades, glass bottles, old boardsCan you imagine being an artist who isn't allowed into your own show? That's what happened to folk artist Clementine Hunter. Her paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.xxxxxxx
As Fast As Words Could FlyPamela M. TuckEric VelasquezLee & Low Books Inc.
Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father's excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located. When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school--especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.Testament to the power of hard work, determination, and belief in yourself to overcome life's challenges. MIght be a great connection to an innovations/inventions unit (manual/electric typewriters). Winner of the New Voices Award.xxxxxx
Bad Seed, TheJory JohnPete OswaldHarper Collins
The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us. Annotation adapted from Titlewave.Perfect for class meetings. Many opportunities for discussion about acceptance of others.xx
Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWIIMarissa MossYuko ShimizuAbrams Books for Young Readers
Tells the story of Kenichi "Zen" Zenimura, a Japanese American baseball player, who spent time in an Arizona internment camp during World War II and his creation of a baseball field there. Beautifully illustrated. Includes author and illustrator's notes and photographs. California connection - Fresno.National Park Service images of Manzanar can be found here. xxxxxxxxx
Bartali's Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy's Secret HeroMegan HoytIacopo BrunoQuill Tree Books
Gino Bartali pedaled across Italy for years, winning one cycling race after another, including the 1938 Tour de France. Gino became an international sports hero! But the next year, World War II began, and it changed everything. Soldiers marched into Italy. Tanks rolled down the cobbled streets of Florence. And powerful leaders declared that Jewish people should be arrested. To the entire world, Gino Bartali was merely a champion cyclist. But Gino’s greatest achievement was something he never told a soul—that he secretly worked with the Italian resistance to save hundreds of Jewish men, women, and children, and others, from certain death, using the one thing no authority would question: his bicycle."Elbows in. Head down. Face to the wind." Fascinating story of a world-class bike rider and his participation in the Holocaust (he was on the right side of history!) xxxxxxx
Baseball Saved UsBaseballDom LeeLee & Low Books Inc.
Shorty and his family, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, have been forced to relocate from their homes to a camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fighting the heat, dust, and freezing cold nights of the desert, Shorty and the others at the camp need something to look forward to, even if only for nine innings. So they build a playing field, and in this unlikely place, a baseball league is formed. Surrounded by barbed-wire fences and guards in towers, Shorty soon finds that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect as well.Perhaps a little long for a read-aloud, the story is so important to American history. Don't miss the author's and illustrator's notes. xxxxxx
Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the MapSue MacyMatt CollinsHoliday House Books
Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. But in April 1896 she made history by leading her team to victory in the first-ever women's intercollegiate basketball game against the University of California at Berkeley.Terrific story of the very first women's basketball game at the collegiate level. The final score? 2-1. A recap of the history of the game can befound here along with primary source images. And Go Bears, despite the outcome. California story.xxxxx
Be Amazing: A History of PrideDesmond Is AmazingDylan GlynnFarrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
The history of Pride told by drag kid Desmond Is Amazing. Begins with the Stonewall Riots and includes short biographies of Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Ru Paul. Very positive tone. Nice for students to learn about LBGTQ+ trailblazers from one of their own peers. Short glossary included. FAIR Act opportunity.xxxxxxx
Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler WaringNancy ChurninFelicia MarshallCreston BooksGrowing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn't see any artists who looked like her. She didn't see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. 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. Back in Philadelphia, the Harmon Foundation commissioned her to paint portraits of accomplished African-Americans. Her portraits still hang in Washington DC's National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured.See Laura's art in the Smithsonian here. Laura is also a member of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. Read more about her life here. xxxxxx
Before She was HarrietLesa Cline-RansomeJames E. RansomeHoliday House Books
Biography of Harriet Tubman told in reverse, highlighting her many roles in history. Also interesting is that Harriet's story is told in reverse, as if she is remembering her life. Corretta Scott King Honor Award.Great twist on the traditional biography. More information can be found here. xxxxxxx
Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota StoryS.D. NelsonAbrams Books for Young Readers
Lakota Black Elk fought in the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn at twelve years old, was shot at Wounded Knee, and performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Using archival material, Sioux author-artist Nelson offers a first-person account of Black Elk's life. Captioned black-and-white photographs and extensive notes provide historical context and critique the exploitation of Native American tribes. Timeline and bibliography included in teacher notes.Books with a Native perspective are a rarity. This one is a bit lengthy for a read aloud, but could be used thorughout the indigenous peoples' unit. Some of the photographs are graphic, but important to the story. Important perspective. xxxxxx
Black is a Rainbow ColorAngela JoyEkua HolmesRoaring Brook Press
A young black child ponders the colors in the rainbow and a crayon box and realizes that while black is not a color in the rainbow, Black culture is a rainbow of its own.Rhythmic words tell the story of Black culture. Many opportunities for further readiing, "Black is the robe on Thurgood's back." Stained glass church windows with the names of Till-Mobley, Baker, Edelman, Hamer - strong women in the Civil Rights movement. xxxxxxxx
Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle FaceLarissa TheuleKelsey Garrity-RileyAbrams Books for Young Readers978-10-4197-3412-0Louise Belinda Bellflower lives in Rochester, New York, in 1896. She spends her days playing with her brother, Joe. But Joe gets to ride a bicycle, and Louise Belinda doesn’t. In fact, Joe issues a solemn warning: If girls ride bikes, their faces will get so scrunched up, eyes bulging from the effort of balancing, that they’ll get stuck that way FOREVER! Louise Belinda is appalled by this nonsense, so she strikes out to discover the truth about this so-called “bicycle face.” Set against the backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement, Born to Ride is the story of one girl’s courageous quest to prove that she can do everything the boys can do, while capturing the universal freedom and accomplishment children experience when riding a bike.Love everything about this book! Bicycles were so liberating for women in the late 1800s. They providede affordable transportation for young people to socialize without chaperones. They also were instrumental in fashion reform - bloomers! xxxxx
Brave GirlMichelle MarkelMelissa SweetBalzer & Bray, Harper Collins
True story of how immigrant Clara Lemlich, fought back against the poor treatment of her fellow factory workers and led the largest walkout of women workers in the country. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveExcellent background information about Clara and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire can be found here. Another great site for background information is from Cornell University. xxxxxxx
Brother Eagle, Sister SkyA Message from Chief SeattleSusan JeffersDial Books0-8037-0963-3The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. The great American Indian Chief Seattle spoke these words over a hundred years ago.His remarkably relevant message of respect for the Earth and every creature on it has endured the test of time and is imbued with passion born of love of the land and the environment.xxxxxxx
Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa StoryS.D. NelsonS.D. NelsonAbrams Books for Young Readers978-1-4197-1838-0A picture book biography that examines the life of Buffalo Bird Woman a Hidatsa Native American who lived during the 1800s.xxxxxxxx
Butterflies Belong Here: A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of ButterfliesDeborah HopkinsonMeilo SoChronicle Books
In this moving story of community conservation, a girl finds a home in a new place and a way to help other small travelers. This book is about the real change children can make in conservation and advocacy—in this case, focusing on beautiful monarch butterflies.Alternates between story and expository text about butterflies. For read-aloud, I'd suggest only reading the story piece. Then double back and learn about butterflies. I think students would have difficulty following the text otherwise. Teacher tip: The butterfly project is all laid out for you should you decide to take on this project.xxxx
Carter Reads the NewpaperDeborah HopkinsonDon TatePeachtree Atlanta
Picture book of Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History Month. Emphasizes the important of pursuing curiosity and encouraging a hunger for the knowledge of stories and histories that have not been told.What an interesting book! Would be wonderful to pair with 28 Days. Themes of literacy and social justice. Includes resources, timeline, and interesting author and illustrator notes. Be sure to note the front and back covers which feature an impressive list of Black Americans, including Colin Kaepernick and Barack and MIchelle Obama.xxxxxx
Cat Man of Aleppo, TheIrene Latham and Karim Shamsi-BashaYuko ShimizuG. P. Putnam & Sons
Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbors flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay--he can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. The next day more cats come, and then even more! There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.Nice way to gently introduce war and its consequences to students. Many children will only associate war with military images. This story shows a more human side. More information about the catmen of Aleppo can be found here. Caldecott Honor Book.xxxxxx
Change Sings: A Children's AnthemAmanda GormanLoren LongViking Press
Anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves."I hear change coming, in its loudest proudest song; I don't fear change coming, And so I sing along." There is hope for the future!!! It would be great to read this book at the beginning and the end of the school year.xxxxxxx
Child of the Civil Rights MovementPaula Young SheltonRaul ColonDragonfly Books
Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.Terrific perspective on the Civil Rights Movement, told in small short stories of different experiences. Nice to have more details about Andrew Young's participation - "We Were One Family."xxxxxxxxx
Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jimenez, Daughter of the NahuaGloria AmescuaDuncan TonatiuhAbrams Books for Young Readers
This moving, beautifully illustrated biography tells the remarkable story of how model and teacher Luz Jiménez became “the soul of Mexico”—a living link between the indigenous Nahua and the rest of the world. Through her deep pride in her roots and her unshakeable spirit, the world came to recognize the beauty and strength of her people.Another opportunity to share Indian Boarding School example - in Mexico. Same experiences of the students (no use of native language or customs). And another example of the importance of education.xxxxxxxxx
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Gold Ross, Cherokee Aerospace EngineerTraci SorellNatasha DonovanMillbrook Press
Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work. Another winner from Traci Sorell.Terrific Character Education opportunities (list in Teacher Notes). Also check out her NASA profile, Smithsonian blog piece, and her story on the one-dollar coin. xxxxxxx
Cool CutsMechal Renee RoeMechal Renee RoeDoubleday Books for Young Readers
African-American boys and their cool hair are celebrated in this bright, joyful read-together picture book that will have boys everywhere repeating the book's chorus: "I am born to be awesome "This book is just plain fun. Use your GLAD strategies and have the class chant, "I am born to be awesome."
Coretta ScottNtozake ShangeKadir NelsonAmistad
Poetic language paired with powerful images make this biography/history of the Civil Rights Movement a moving, provacative read–aloud. Every library will want copies of this lyrical tribute to an elegant woman and the era she represents.Reall nice to have a beautiful story about Mrs. King. Nice biogaphical information in teacher's notes. Nice biography here. xxxxxxx
Cot in the LIving Room, TheHilda Eunice BurgosGaby D'AlessandroKokila, Penguin Random House
Night after night, a young girl watches her mami set up a cot in the living room for guests in their Washington Heights apartment, like Raquel (who's boring) and Edgardo (who gets crumbs everywhere). She resents that they get the entire living room with a view of the George Washington Bridge, while all she gets is a tiny bedroom with a view of her sister (who snores). Until one night when no one comes, and it's finally her chance! But as it turns out, sleeping on the cot in the living room isn't all she thought it would be.A young Dominican American girl in New York City moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work overnight shifts in this honest and warm picture book debut. Really enjoyed this book and the child's perspective.xxxxxxx
Coyote at the Big Time: A California Indian 123Lyn RislingLyn RislingHeydey Books
Counting from one clapperstick up to ten stars twinkling above the gathering, Coyote explores indigenous cultural traditions, including songs, dances, hand games, art--and, of course, delicious food. Lyn Risling's beautiful illustrations depict the diversity of traditions that continue to thrive throughout the state. At once a fun introduction to numbers and a celebration of community, this lively counting book shows babies and toddlers how to take in the beautiful world around them.This is a board book, so may not be age appropriate for the classroom. That said, the illustraitons are terrific and the items being counted (clapper stick, Good Luck song, Brush Dance, Peon Players, fry breads, etc.) could certainly lead to additional exploration. xxxx
Crayon Man, The
Natasha Biebow
Steven SalernoHoughton Mifflin
True story of Edwin Binney who discovered Crayola crayons with the help of his schoolteacher wife.Crayons are ubiquitous, everyday items, but as this informational picture book attests, that wasn't always the case. The hero of this tale is Edwin Binney, American businessman and inventor. In the early 1900s, Binney (who'd already pioneered dustless chalk for teachers) listened to his customers and family when they clamored for a new product: inexpensive, easy-to-use crayons for children. After a lot of messy experimentation with various materials and colors-aspiring scientists and makers may feel a surge of recognition-Binney finally struck the "top-secret formula" that eventually became Crayola crayons. Great story of persistence and determination...and scientific process!xxxxxx
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of ShapesHena KhanMehrdokht AminiChronicle Books
A beautiful picture book that simultaneously explores shapes, Islam, and the cultures of the Muslim people. From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes-and traditions-of the Muslim world.Fabulous book that could double as a geometry lesson. Would be nice to use with one of the Islamic holidays that often fall within the school year.xxxxx
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh CutDerrick BarnesGordon C. JamesDenene Millner Books
This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair--a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins.Empowering book...and fun. To be read with swagger. "A fresh cut does something to your brain,right? It hooks up your intellectual." Bu sure to read the author's note at the end. "The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins."xxxxxxx
Danbi Leads the School ParadeAnna KimAnna KimViking Books
Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember! Absolutely loved this book! Great example of how the human character can come together to celebrate our differences. Nice alternative to All Are Welcome.xxxxx
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President LincolnMargarita EngleRafael LopezAthenum Books for Young Readers
In the dark days of the Civil War, a girl named Teresa Carreño sat down at a badly tuned piano to play for a special audience: Abraham Lincoln and his family. This book tells the story of how a young refugee from Venezuela comforted the grieving president with her music. A story of overcoming fear and using one's talents to spark joy despite unforeseen obstacles. Illustrations also tell a story.xxxx
Danza! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de MexicoDuncan TonatiuhDuncan TonatiuhAbrams Books for Young Readers
The story of Amalia Hernández and the formation of the Folkloric Ballet, one of the most famous and successful dance companies in the world.Another beautifully illustrated picture book biography by Duncan Tonatiuh. Students will enjoy this one and appreciate Amalia's creativity and persistence. Official Ballet Folklorico website here. xxxxxxx
Day War Came, TheNicola DavisRebecca CobbCandlewick Press
Imagine if, on an ordinary day, after a morning of studying tadpoles and drawing birds at school, war came to your town and turned it to rubble. Imagine if you lost everything and everyone, and you had to make a dangerous journey all alone. Imagine that there was no welcome at the end, and no room for you to even take a seat at school. And then a child, just like you, gave you something ordinary but so very, very precious. Powerful story of war through a child's eyes. Focuses on the impact of war and the refugee crises on children. The child-like drawings soften the impact of war without diminishing the impact. Connection to the 3000 Chairs project and the author's words can be found here. Another opportunity for students to design a chair for those who no longer have a school or a home.xxxxx
Day You Begin, TheJacqueline WoodsonRafael LopezNancy Paulsen Books
Heartening book about Roberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, who finds the courage to connect and reminds the reader that we all feel like outsiders sometimes. Emphasis on inclusiveness.Could be paired with All Are Welcome. Lovely beginning of the year book, perfect for class meetings or when a new student is added to the class.xxxxxx
Dear Primo: A Letter to My CousinDuncan TonatiuhDuncan TonatiuhAbrams Books for Young Readers
Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in America, share letters about their lives. Glossary of Spanish words included. Amazing artwork.Great way to have students realize that their similarities are greater than their differences. Could serve as an excellent "pen pal" activity, especially during distance learning.xxxxx
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant WorkersSarah WarrenTwo Lions978-0-7614-6107-4This is the story of Dolores Huerta and the extraordinary battle she waged to ensure fair and safe work places for migrant workers. The powerful text, paired with Robert Casilla's vibrant watercolor-and-pastel illustrations, brings Dolores's amazing journey to life. A timeline, additional reading, articles, websites, and resources for teachers are included.Each page highlights a different aspect of Dolores' life. Dolores is...a teacher, a mother, a friend, a warrior, an organizer, and a peacemaker. Great story to show the many layers of this important California woman. Nice synopsis of Dolores' life can be found here on the California Hall of Fame site. Also a nice biography and lesson on activism here. xxxxxxxxxxxx
Drawn TogetherMinh LeDan SantatFirst Book
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens—with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.An amazing book with a sweet message. Very few words, which would encourage students to carefully analyze the illustrations and make inferences.xxxxx
Dream Builder:The Story of Architect Phillip FreelonKelly Starling LyonsLaura FreemanLee & Low Books Inc.
Story of the architectof the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Philip Freelon celebrates a Black STEM role model who focused his career on designing schools, libraries, and museums.Beautiful story. Pair this book with Someone Builds a Dream and How to Build a Museum. Nice biography of Mr. Freelon, who recently passed away from ALS, can be found here. xxxxxxx
DreamersYuyi MoralesYuyi MoralesNeal Porter Books, Holiday House978-0-8234-4055Dreamers is a celebration of what immigrants bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveMany connections for our students, especiall immigrants who are English Learners. Main character finds a home in the library which is filled with classic and notable titles...and learns to read, speak, and write to "make our voices heard." California author. xxxxxxxxxx
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed MusicMargarita EngleRafael LopezHoughton Mifflin
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers.Great example of striving for gender equality in all areas, not just sports which is often what younger students consider. Beautifully told and illustrated. Background information and primary sources can be found here. xxxxxx
Duck RabbitAmy Rosenthal
Tom Lichtenheld
Scholastic Books
Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck. Annotation adapted from Titlewave

Hands-down one of the most engaging read alouds to remind us that everyone brings their own perspective to a situation. xx
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahLaurie Ann ThompsonSean QuallsSchwartz & Wade Books
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people-but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message- disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.FAIR Act opportunity. Learn more about Emmanuel and his foundation dedicated to empowering people with disabilities at xxxxx
EncounterJane YolenDavid ShannonHarcourt, Inc.0-15-225962-4Story of the first meeting between Christopher Coumbus and the new world as seen through the eyes of a Taino boy.Use as an important starting point for conversation on Columbus. Told from the perspective of a native. Stunning illustrations.xxxxxxx
Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America
Deborah Diesen
Magdalena MoraBeach Lane Books
A timeline of voting rights showing how enslaved people, women, and women of color were all denied the right to vote. Throughout the book, the demand for voting equality grows with the crowd. Many opportunities to use primary sources with this book. The chant that runs throughout the book, - But nothing could muffle Equality's Call: A right isn't a right till it's granted to all - could be especially powerful with younger students.xxxxxxxx
Everybody Cooks RiceNorah DooleyPeter J. ThorntonCarolrhoda
Carrie is sent to find her younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited. Recipes are included.Students and families could share their favorite rice dish as a follow-up to this read aloud. Important to note that we have more similarities than differences. xxx
Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn BrooksSuzanne SladeCozbi A. CabreraAbrams Books for Young Readers
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000) is known for her poems about “real life.” She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty—showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. Exquisite follows Gwendolyn from early girlhood into her adult life, showcasing her desire to write poetry from a very young age. This picture-book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression—all with a lyrical touch worthy of the subject. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950. And in 1958, she was named the poet laureate of Illinois. A bold artist who from a very young age dared to dream, Brooks will inspire young readers to create poetry from their own lives.In addition to highlighting Ms. Brooks' poetry, students should also appreciate her dedication to writing, especially when raising a family.xxxxxxx
Eyes that Kiss in the CornersJoanna HoDung HoHarper Collins
Stunning #OwnVoices picture book that highlights a young Asian girl’s self-love and appreciation of her eye shape. It is a characteristic that binds her to women across generations in her family.Story of self-acceptance - and beauty for all races. Important book to share with students, especially in light of current affairs. California author. Learn more about Joanna Ho here. xxxxxxx
Family ReunionChad & Dad RichardsonAshleigh CorrinBarefoot Books
Contemporary #OwnVoices tale, a boy is reluctant to go to his family reunion, which he's sure will be boring. Vivid, poetic language and rich illustrations bring readers along for the boy's emotional journey, as he ultimately finds himself enjoying the large and joyous gathering in spite of himself. This modern kid's-eye view depiction of a Black American extended family celebrates the importance of kinship and intergenerational ties.Story of a reluctant participant at a Family Reunion. Great multigenerational story. With a little attitude! xxxxx
Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman's Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union RightsAbrams Books for Young Readers
Fannie Sellins (1872–1919) lived during the Gilded Age of American Industrialization. Fannie dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice for all, and she sacrificed her life to help that dream come true. Fannie became a union activist, helping to create St. Louis, Missouri, Local 67 of the United Garment Workers of America. She traveled the nation and eventually gave her life, calling for fair wages and decent working and living conditions for workers in both the garment and mining industries. Not really a read aloud, but an excellent source for photos. Pair with Brave Girl. This book includes an index, glossary, a timeline of unions in the United States, and endnotes.xxxxxxx
Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a MarathonSimran Jeet SinghBaljinder KaurKokila, Penguin Random House
The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community. Lovely story about perseverance and grit. Illustrations give many clues to traditions of Sikh culture. xxxxxx
Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee, The Julie LeungJulie KwonLittle, Brown and Company
Hazel Ying Lee was born fearless—she was not afraid of anything, and the moment she took her first airplane ride, she knew where she belonged. When people scoffed at her dreams of becoming a pilot, Hazel wouldn't take no for an answer. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. It was a dangerous job, but Hazel flew with joy and boldness.Moving, true story about a groundbreaking figure will inspire young readers to challenge barriers and reach for the sky. A biography of Hazel from the Federal Aviation Association can be found here. Also from the Museum of Women Pilots. xxxxxxx
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote TaleJonathan LondonSylvia LongChronicle Books0-8118-1488-2Inspired by a legend of the Karuk people, the story of how Coyote captures fire and how Eagle, Cougar, Fox, Bear and others work together to help is a dramatic tale of bravery and cooperation.Hard to find, but when you do...grab it! Check used bookstores. Mine was found at a Goodwill.xxxxxx
First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America GreatSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceAgata NowickaLittle, Brown and Company
The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. And they are all immigrants or refugees to the United States of America. Their courage, their achievements, and their determination to change the world have helped make our country a stronger place. Literally someone for every student in this book. Clean formatting with bold illustrations. Especially nice is the "box" on each page with highlights of the immigrant's accomplishments and nice resources too. Perfect for ELD students. Great addition to the classrooom.xxxxxxxxxxxx
For All: Para TodosAlejandra DomenzainKatherine LohHard Ball Press
Flor and her dad make the dangerous journey from their poor country to a land called For All/Para Todos. Her father works long hours picking fruit in the fields for little pay, and soon learns that immigrants are not welcome.

Students will enjoy the rhythmic text that highlights not only the struggles of immigrants to the United States but also the unfair working conditions and inequities they face in education and communities. Includes a discussion guide. Bilingual.xxxxxxxxx
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's StoryRebecca Langston- GeorgeJanna BockCapstone Press
She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.Another Malala book, but with more details about the school her father ran and Malala's strength and determination. Also includes age appropriate details about the war in Afghanistan and the Taliban. Could be used to compare with the current situation and concerns for the liberties of girls and women.xxxxxxxxxx
Fred Gets DressedPeter BrownPeter BrownLittle, Brown and Company
The boy loves to be naked. He romps around his house naked and wild and free. Until he romps into his parents' closet and is inspired to get dressed. First he tries on his dad's clothes, but they don't fit well. Then he tries on his mom's clothes, and wow! The boy looks great. He looks through his mom's jewelry and makeup and tries that on, too. When he's discovered by his mother and father, the whole family (including the dog!) get in on the fun, and they all get dressed together.Absolutely refreshing. A celebration of individuality and self-expression. Great fun.xxxx
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-insCarole Boston WeatherfordJerome LagarriguePuffin Books
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.Story of the Greensboro Sit-Ins told from a young girl's perspective. xxxxxx
Fry Bread: A Native American Family StoryKevin Noble MaillardJuana Martinez-NealRoaring Brook Press
Rich with smells and sounds, Fry Bread radiates with Native American pride, the sharing of traditions and the love of family.So many ways to use in the classroom. Start with "Fry bread is..." Then ask if students have their own "fry bread" or "fry bread lady" in their lives. Great fun.xxxxxx
George vs. George: The American revolution as seen from both sidesRosalyn SchanzerRosalyn SchanzerNational Geographic
There are two sides to every story. Rosalyn Schanzer's engaging and wonderfully illustrated book brings to life both sides of the American Revolution. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveTerrific for the 5th grade classroom. Not many books offer the British perspective. A must have. xxx
Going HomeEve BuntingDavid DiazHarper Collins
Christmas is coming, and Carlos and his family are going home--driving south across the border to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. Can home be a place you don't really remember?Would suggest only using the text to convey this message. While colorful, the artwork does not add to the story of the depth of a parent's love for a child. xxxxxxxx
Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, TheKatie Smith MilwaySylvie DaigneaultKids Can Press
Eleven-year-old Maria Luz and her family have a small farm in Honduras, but may not have enough food to sustain them for the year, so Maria's father must leave home to find work, leaving her in charge of the garden. With the help of a teacher, Maria uses sustainable farming methods that yield good crops eliminating the "middlemen" who made profits on the backs of poor farmers.This book encourages students to be inspired to make a difference in the world. Students will enjoy reading and discussing problems that people in underdeveloped countries are having in growing enough food to sustain themselves. The illustrations are vibrant with a lot of attention given to the details. A section on Spanish words used in the book, suggestions on what we can do to help, and information on hunger around the world is also included.xxxxxxx
Grace for PresidentKelly DiPucchioLeUyen PhamHyperion Books for Children
After finding out there has never been a female U.S. president, Grace decides to run in her school's mock election, where she learns about the American electoral system and sets out to be the best person for the job even though her opponent, Thomas, seems to be winning all the boys' votes. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveGentle way to introduce the electoral college to students.Would be great to use with Student Council Representatives in the elementary grades. xxxxxxx
Grace Goes to WashingtonKelly DiPucchioLeUyen PhamDisney Hyperion978-136802433-4On a school field trip to Washington, D.C., student council member Grace and her classmates learn about the three branches of the federal government, how school government operates, the qualities of effective leadership, and how to be a good citizen. Provides a practical example of government in action at the school level.All students can experience government in action at a young age with this book as a model. Would be terrific beginning of the year Student Council read for elementary students.xxxxxx
Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, TheKaren Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaixDeborah Durland DeSaixHoliday House Books
Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched (both authors speak French and conducted first-person interviews and research at archives and libraries), this hopeful, non-fiction book introduces children to a little-known part of history. Perfect for children studying World War II or those seeking a heart-warming, inspiring read that highlights extraordinary heroism across faiths.Not really a read-aloud contender, but interesting story. Would be difficult for elementary students to follow without content knowledge of WWII Europe. Interesting story.xxxxx
Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot BoxMichael S. Bandy & Eric Stein
James Ransome
Candlewick Press
Granddaddy always makes time for play, especially fishing trips. He reminds his young gradnson, Michael, that it takes patience to get what's coming to you. One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening--and sure enough, everyone is lined up at town hall. For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn't be more proud. Beautiful story of the friendship between a grandfather and grandson. Unfortunately, Granddaddy never gets the chance to cast his vote due to voter suppression laws in the South. When Michael is able to cast his first vote, he brings a photo of his grandfather to the polls. Many opportunitites to dig deeper into the voting roadblocks of the 1950s and 1960s and beyond.xxxxxxxx
Greta and the GiantsZoe TuckerZoe TuckerFrances Lincoln Children's Books
This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg--the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world's climate crisis--using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children. Annotation adapted from TitlewaveClimate change and some scary creatures who represent some of the worst offenders. xxxxx
Hair LoveMatthew CherryVashti HarrisonKokila, Penguin Random House
Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. Annotation adapted from Titlewave.Nice story about a dad and his daughter...and hair! Also an award-winning short film.xxxx
Happy in our SkinFran ManushkinLauren TobiaCandlewick Press
Is there anything more splendid than a baby’s skin? Cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As children grow, their clever skin does, too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin’s rollicking text and Lauren Tobia’s delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family — and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.Kind of an All Are Welcome vibe - but would be terrific to use with the primary grades. Promotes diversity in skin color, relationships and abilities. Possible FAIR Act connection (students will notice different family structures in the illustrations). xxxxxxx
Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence MIllsRenee WatsonChristian RobinsonRandom House
Book that tells the life story of Florence Mills, touching on her family history, and describing her accomplishments as a singer during the Harlem Renaissance.Bold illustrations bring the story of Florence Mills to life. A short YouTube video of her life can be found here. An overview of her many accomplishments and the intersections of her life can be found here. xxxxxx
Harvesting HopeKathleen KrullYuyi MoralesHarcourt, Inc.015-201437-3Story of Cesar Chavez and his fight to organize migrant farmworkers in California.Also includes historical context for Chavez's life. Message of how one person can make a difference.xxxxxxxx
Hear My Voice: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States/Excucha Mi Voz: Los Testimonios de los jovenes detenidos en las frontera surena de los Estados UnidosWarren Binford, compiled byVarious illustratorsWorkman Publishing
Stories of children in migration - in their own words. Every day, children in migration are detained at the US-Mexico border. They are scared, alone, and their lives are in limbo. Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz shares the stories of 61 these children, from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico, ranging in age from five to seventeen—in their own words from actual sworn testimonies. Befitting the spirit of the project, the book is in English on one side; then flip it over, and there's a complete Spanish version.Incredibly moving. Be sure to read the Foreword and Amplifying Children's Voices sections. Includes Questions to Ask & Things to Think About section as well. Classroom appropriate, but hard to read/hear.xxxxxxxxx
Henry's Freedom BoxEllen LevineKadir NelsonScholastic Books
True story of Henry Brown, a slave in the 1800s, who mailed himself in a wooden box from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia for a better life. Caution should be used with younger children as Henry's wife and chlidren are sold to another slave owner.xxxxxxx
Hey, Little AntPhillip and Hannah HooseDebbie TilleyTricycle Press
What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen?Read this with a partner -one reader is the boy, the other the ant. Great opportunity, especially for littles, to stop and think before they