It's never too early to start talking to our kids about race. The books on this list serve as great starting points for these conversations. Each of the titles below address topics of racism, antiracism, activism, resilience, and how to to take action in our communities and beyond. Please note: some of these titles are pre-orders and will be available later this year. Check the "availability" line to see what we have in stock.
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Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life$15.99ISBN: 9781786037428Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class.$8.99ISBN: 9780593110416Availability: Out of StockPublished: Kokila - June 16th, 2020
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.
Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.$17.99ISBN: 9781499809169Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: little bee books - October 1st, 2019
"Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive . . .$11.99ISBN: 9781941367513Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Downtown Bookworks - February 18th, 2020
A Black Woman Did That! spotlights vibrant, inspiring black women whose accomplishments have changed the world for the better.
A Black Woman Did That! is a celebration of strong, resilient, innovative, and inspiring women of color.$17.99ISBN: 9781534425361Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019
A New York Times bestseller!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work
From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.$17.99ISBN: 9781338574852Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.$16.99ISBN: 9781580898355Availability: Out of StockPublished: Charlesbridge - September 17th, 2019
A little known civil rights hero and college football MVP finally gets a voice in this fictional account detailing Chester Pierce's game-changing play as he became the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon Line.$17.99ISBN: 9781626726314Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020
A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.
Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but
My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.$17.99ISBN: 9781442420083Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2012
Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And ea$16.99ISBN: 9781433828546Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018
Something Happened in Our Town follows two families -- one White, one Black -- as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.$19.99ISBN: 9781442412163Availability: Out of StockPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2014
Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.
Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young Malcolm Little was a natural born leader.$11.95ISBN: 9781609805395Availability: Out of StockPublished: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013
“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street$14.99ISBN: 9780711245679Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the inspiring minister and civil rights activist.
Little Martin grew up in a family of preachers: his dad was a preacher, his uncle was a preacher, his grandfather was a preacher…so maybe he’d become a great$18.95ISBN: 9781643438818Availability: Out of StockPublished: Beaver's Pond Press - May 12th, 2020$8.99ISBN: 9781250230812Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 10th, 2020
Adapted from the Texas Bluebonnet Award–winning Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics, this board book of poems and portraits from writer Margarita Engle and illustrator Rafael López celebrates the lives and accomplishments of amazing Hispanics.$18.95ISBN: 9781419710544Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, the Mendez family fought to end segregation in California schools. Discover their incredible story in this picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book and Robert F.$17.99ISBN: 9780062839930Availability: Out of StockPublished: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019
This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom—a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo.$18.99ISBN: 9780399246531Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!$10.99ISBN: 9781536203257Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Candlewick - December 24th, 2018
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner
Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.
“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”$16.99ISBN: 9780316475112Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017
This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.$17.99ISBN: 9780316475143Availability: Out of StockPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.$17.99ISBN: 9780525553366Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Kokila - May 14th, 2019
"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."
- Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker$9.40ISBN: 9780997157987Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: G Publishing - November 15th, 2016$20.95ISBN: 9781620145876Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Lee & Low Books - August 13th, 2019
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this beautiful biography of Maya Angelou describes how she rose above a childhood of trauma and emotional pain to become one of the most inspiring voices of our lifetime.
Writer, activist, trolley car conductor, dancer, mother, and humanitarian--Maya Angelou's life was marked by transfor$17.99ISBN: 9781534451865Availability: Out of StockPublished: Aladdin - October 15th, 2019
A New York Times bestseller!
A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.
When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just s$18.99ISBN: 9780062430151Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020
The inspirational story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden is brought to life in this picture book biography by the author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6.$17.99ISBN: 9781524768287Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Schwartz & Wade - January 7th, 2020
Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.$17.99ISBN: 9781561459384Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2019
A 2020 Caldecott Honor Book
"On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home."$17.99ISBN: 9780525582090Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020
An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this exquisite treasury will appeal to readers of Dear Girl and I Am Enough and have kids poring over it to find a poem that's just for them.
I am a canvas
Being painted on
By the words of my family
Friends$17.99ISBN: 9781442421134Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 15th, 2019
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom in this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E.$17.95ISBN: 9781592702886Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Enchanted Lion Books - November 19th, 2019
"Affirmations of black childhood abound, and whimsical wishes float like dandelion fluff. Equally as imaginative as the lyrical text, Corrin's boldly colored, textured illustrations beautifully capture the buoyant spirit of Layla, a brown girl exuding confidence, comfortable in her own skin--indoors and out.$18.99ISBN: 9780316431279Availability: Out of StockPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019
In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.
Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....$18.95ISBN: 9781572842243Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book$17.99ISBN: 9781492638322Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 14th, 2020
Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.
"Has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book"--The New York Times$17.99ISBN: 9780823437542Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Holiday House - September 17th, 2019
What do you do when an octopus captures Grandma? Put on your superhero cape and rescue her! This clever picture book tells two stories in one, from award-winning Afro-Latino artist Eric Velasquez.
The octopus Grandma is cooking has grown to titanic proportions. "¡Tenga cuidado!" Ramsey shouts. "Be careful!" But it's too late. The octopus traps Grandma!$17.99ISBN: 9781524718527Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019
A Caldecott Honor Book! A joyous celebration of family, community, and the unifying power of music, perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street.$17.99ISBN: 9781534421677Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
An NYPL Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A BookPage Best Picture Book of 2019
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection of 2019
In his eagerly a$7.99ISBN: 9780763679453Availability: Out of StockPublished: Candlewick - July 14th, 2015
"Inspirational in tone, this is a strong introduction for young listeners and readers to the American Civil Rights movement."—Kirkus Reviews$17.99ISBN: 9780525552314Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2019
This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.$6.99ISBN: 9780142301975Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Puffin Books - December 30th, 2002
Blue lost one boy to the streets and is determined that this time will be different. And Damon knows that even though he's the "man of the house," there's room for a friend like Blue in his life. At the end of the day, Damon has someone standing steadfast in his corner. Someone true . . . like Blue.$17.99ISBN: 9780525518778Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020
An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.$17.99ISBN: 9781524789961Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Workshop - February 26th, 2019
New neighbors have moved into the ground floor of a bustling apartment building. The bunnies upstairs are excited, but what will the other residents think? Sarah McIntyre's funny, light-hearted tale reveals there's no room for prejudice.$17.99ISBN: 9780735229358Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018
A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small.$18.99ISBN: 9780399231162Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2001
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.$17.99ISBN: 9780399547287Availability: Not On Our Shelves, Warehouse ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Philomel Books - May 2nd, 2017
From the Constitution to civil rights, from women's rights to the four freedoms, this kid-friendly picture book filled with fun facts and historical trivia shows how America got the nickname "land of the free."