Kids Diverse Reads

    • Betty Before X
      Ilyasah Shabazz

      A beautiful and inspiring portrait of four poignant years in the childhood of American civil rights icon Dr. Betty Shabazz. Betty overcomes the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.

    • A Big Mooncake for Little Star
      Grace Lin

      A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin.


    • As Brave as You
      Jason Reynolds

      When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally.

    • Carmela Full of Wishes
      Matt De La Peña

      When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish.


    • The Day You Begin
      Jacqueline Woodson

      We all feel like outsiders sometimes but when we are brave and share stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.


    • Garvey's Choice
      Nikki Grimes

      Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father

    • My Hair is a Garden
      Cozbi Cabrera

      After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can't take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear.


    • Juana and Lucas
      Juana Medina

      A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

    • Meet Yasmin
      Faruqi, Saadia,

      Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course!


    • Mommy's Khimar
      Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

      A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother's colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book

    • No Fixed Address
      Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

      A touching and funny middle-grade story about family, friendship, and growing up when you're one step away from homelessness.


    • Stella Diaz has Something to Say
      Angela Dominguez

      When a new boy named Stanley arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English. Based on the author's experiences growing up Mexican-American.

    • Tight
      Torrey Maldonado

      Bryan's dad is recently out of jail on probation and he wants his son to toughen up. Bryan's new friend Mike is tough and the two bond over their love of reading comics and drawing superheroes. Things get uncomfortable when it turns out Mike has some risky ideas about how to have fun.