Story Starters Wishlist

Story Starters is a 10-week program for families with kids in grades PreK - 4 that provides the tools, support, and community for race conversationsthrough books, family events, and parent workshops.​ Help support Story Starters by donating a book from the program's wishlist, and support your local economy by buying it from Belmont Books.

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Ellray Jakes the Recess King! Cover Image
By Sally Warner, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780451469113
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Eight-year-old EllRay is down to one-and-a-half best friends, which leads his little sister to point out the obvious: he needs new friends. A spare, at least. For emergencies. So EllRay decides to audition other boys for the role of Spare Best Friend.


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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780425290408
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Perez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching.


Drita, My Homegirl Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780756989194
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Published: Perfection Learning - June 1st, 2008

A poignant story about the difficulties of leaving everything behind and the friendships that help you get through it.

Fleeing war-torn Kosovo, ten-year-old Drita and her family move to America with the dream of living a typical American life. But with this hope comes the struggle to adapt and fit in.


Amina's Voice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481492065
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 14th, 2017

A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2017

"Amina's anxieties are entirely relatable, but it's her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist." --Entertainment Weekly


Thunder Rose Cover Image
By Jerdine Nolen, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780152164720
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Published: Silver Whistle Books - September 1st, 2003

On a dark night of howling rain and booming thunder, Jackson and Millicent MacGruder welcome a new baby girl into their lives. Imagine their surprise when she sits up, thanks them for bringing her into the world, and informs them that she's quite partial to the name Rose.


The Colors of Us Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780805058642
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 15th, 1999

A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective.

Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.


Princeless, Book 1 Cover Image
By Jeremy Whitley, M. Goodwin (Artist), Jules Rivera (Artist)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781632291202
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Published: Action Lab Entertainment - February 9th, 2016

The first volume of Princeless as it's never been available before, in a special edition hardcover volume. This edition includes the full first volume written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by M Goodwin.


Desmond and the Very Mean Word Cover Image
By Desmond Tutu, A. G. Ford (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763652296
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - January 22nd, 2013

Based on a true story from Archbishop Desmond Tutu's childhood in South Africa, Desmond and the Very Mean Word reveals the power of words and the secret of forgiveness.


Bob, Not Bob!: *To Be Read as Though You Have the Worst Cold Ever Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484723029
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 14th, 2017

Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. His nose is clogged, his ears are crackling, and his brain feels full. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose summons slobbery dog Bob instead As Louie tries and tries to make himself understood in this funny picturebook, kids will love calling out with him, "Bob, not Bob


Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781426305108
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Published: National Geographic Society - November 25th, 2008

The 30 rights set down in 1948 by the United Nations are incredibly powerful. According to the U.N., every human-just by virtue of being human-is entitled to freedom, a fair government, a decent standard of living, work, play, and education, freedom to come and go as we please and to associate with anyone we please, and the right to express ourselves freely.


Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810938724
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2010

From first-time Mexican author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh comes the story of two cousins, one in America and one in Mexico, and how their daily lives are different yet similar. Charlie takes the subway to school; Carlitos rides his bike. Charlie plays in fallen leaves; Carlitos plays among the local cacti.


Flower Garden Cover Image
By Eve Bunting, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780152287764
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 29th, 1994

"An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box at the supermarket, ride the bus to their apartment, and put together a colorful gift for the child's mother.


Cora Cooks Pancit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781885008350
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Published: Shen's Books - May 1st, 2014

Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef.


Coming on Home Soon Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399237485
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Published: G. P. Putnam's Sons - October 7th, 2004

Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. It's war time, and women are needed to fill the men's jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missing Mama all the time. They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten even arrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mama left.


Calling the Water Drum Cover Image
By Latisha Redding, Aaron Boyd (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781620141946
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Published: Lee & Low Books - December 31st, 2016

Henri and his parents leave their homeland, Haiti, after they receive an invitation from an uncle to come to New York City. Only able to afford a small, rickety boat, the family sets out in the middle of the night in search of a better life.


Black Is Brown Is Tan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060287764
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Published: Amistad Press - March 26th, 2002

Brown-skinned mama, the color of chocolate milk and pumpkin pie. White-skinned daddy, not the color of milk or snow, but light with pinks and tiny tans. And their two children, the beautiful colors of both. For an all-American family, full of joy, warmth, and love,


The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World Cover Image
By Katie Smith Milway, Shane Evans (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771383318
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 4th, 2017

Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer.


Frog Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582460482
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Published: Tricycle Press - June 22nd, 2010

The chief's daughter goes under the lake and meets the frog people, and then saves them from a volcano's eruption.


A Carp for Kimiko Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881064117
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - July 1st, 1996

A CARP FOR KIMIKO is the story of a young girl's struggle against the strong current of tradition. Every year on Children's Day in Japan a kite in the shape of a carp is flown for each boy in the family. Kimiko is a little girl who desperately wants an orange, black, and white calico carp kite of her own to fly on this holiday.


Doo-Wop Pop Cover Image
By Roni Schotter, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060579685
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Published: Amistad - November 1st, 2008

Elijah Earl is used to keeping to himself. But he's not the only quiet one—Alishah hides behind her head scarf, Jacob twitches out of sight, Luis hides behind a book, and Pam Pam is the shyest of them all. It is not until the school janitor they call Doo-Wop Pop steps in that things begin to change for these shy students.


The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374312510
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 20th, 2007

Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one - the elusive Miss Hen.


Monster Trouble! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454913450
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 1st, 2015

Max and the Tag-Along Moon Cover Image
By Floyd Cooper, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399233425
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Published: Philomel Books - June 13th, 2013

Has the moon ever followed you home at night?


Little Humans Cover Image
By Brandon Stanton, Brandon Stanton (Photographer)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374374563
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 7th, 2014

Street photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog "Humans of New York." He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York.


Can You Say Peace? Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780805078930
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 25th, 2006

Children everywhere wish for peace

International Peace Day is September 21. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace


Why Am I Me? Cover Image
By Paige Britt, Selina Alko (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338053142
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017

Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.


The Way to School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781927583784
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Published: Second Story Press - September 15th, 2015

Minimal text and stunning photographs from around the world describe the remarkable, often dangerous journeys children make every day on their way to and from school. No simple school bus picks them up each day, but rather children travel through disaster zones, cross rapids, climb mountains, and maneuver on ziplines daily to get to the classroom. Some of them even carry their desks.


The Sandwich Swap Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423124849
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 27th, 2010

Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?


The Other Side Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399231162
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Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2001

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.


The Dot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763619619
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 15th, 2003

With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark -- and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."


Skin Again Cover Image
By Bell Hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781484799239
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Published: Jump at the Sun - June 6th, 2017

The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. The skin I'm in is just a covering. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide.


Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children Cover Image
By Sandra L. Pinkney, Myles C. Pinkney (Photographer)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439802512
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Published: Cartwheel Books - January 1st, 2006

The best-selling picture book is now available as a board book.
I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...


Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015


Happy in Our Skin Cover Image
By Fran Manushkin, Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763670023
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 25th, 2015

Is there anything more splendid than a baby's skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique--and what holds us together.

Look at you
You look so cute
in your brand-new birthday suit.


Davids Drawings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781584300311
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 1st, 2001

One winter day David sees a beautiful bare tree. As soon as he gets to school, this shy young boy who loves to draw begins a beautiful picture of the tree he has seen. One by one his classmates come by with suggestions for the drawing, but the fun really starts when they all join David to add grass, stickers, clouds, a rainbow, and other imaginative details to the picture.


Bein' with You This Way Cover Image
By W. Nikola-Lisa, Michael Bryant (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781880000267
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2013

On a beautiful sunny day, an African American girl visits the park and rounds up a group of her friends for an afternoon of fun and playground games. As they play, this happy crew discovers that despite their physical differences -- straight hair, curly hair; brown eyes, blue eyes; light skin, dark skin -- they are all really the same.


Amazing Faces Cover Image
By Lee Bennett Hopkins (Editor), Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781600603341
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 1st, 2010

In this contemporary yet timeless collection, acclaimed anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins brings together sixteen selections that reveal through poetic word imagery the common universal emotions and feelings we all have, whether they be happy, excited, wishful, proud, sad, or lonely.


Allie's Basketball Dream Cover Image
By Barbara E. Barber, Darryl Ligasan (Illustrator)
$21.25
ISBN: 9780756940591
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Published: Perfection Learning - April 1st, 2013

All The Colors We Are/Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel: The Story Of How We Get Our Skin Color/La Historia de Por Que Tenemos Diferentes Colores de P Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781605540795
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Published: Redleaf Press - February 11th, 2014

The essential resource for 20 years


When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435407
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013

A John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.


The Skin You Live in Cover Image
By Michael Tyler, David Lee Csicsko (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780975958001
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Published: Chicago Children's Museum - April 1st, 2005

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose.


Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cover Image
By Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780786807147
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Published: Jump at the Sun - October 1st, 2001

This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.


Looking Like Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781606840016
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Published: Egmont USA - October 27th, 2009

When you look in a mirror, who do you see?

A boy? A girl?
A son? A daughter?
A runner? A dancer?

Whoever and whatever you see―just put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM


Lizard from the Park Cover Image
By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442483217
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2015

A lonely boy's new pet grows into a rather large dilemma--and a Thanksgiving parade offers an uplifting solution--in this charming tale from the author of The Boy and the Airplane and The Girl and the Bicycle.


Let's Talk about Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This gorgeous book--great to read with kids of any age--allows for open-ended conversation and questions." (Brightly.com)


Ish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763623449
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 19th, 2004

A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book The Dot.

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.


I Like Your Buttons! / Em Thich Nhung Chiec Cuc Ao Cua Co!: Babl Children's Books in Vietnamese and English Cover Image
By Sarah Lamstein, Nancy Cote (Illustrator)
$19.49
ISBN: 9781683042228
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Published: Babl Books Inc. - June 29th, 2017

"I like your buttons, Mrs. Sutton-Jones " Kind words can be contagious. Cassandra's simple compliment to her teacher starts off a chain reaction of kindness through the teachers and students at school, adults at work, and families at home.


Happy to Be Nappy Cover Image
By Bell Hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781484788417
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Published: Jump at the Sun - January 3rd, 2017

Happy to be nappy
Happy with hair all short and strong.
Happy with locks that twist and curl.
Just all girl happy
Happy to be nappy hair


Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.


I Am Mixed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780578110875
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Published: Stranger Kids - August 7th, 2013

"I am mixed with all kinds of goodies."

Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds, and as they'll discover, they can enjoy the best of both. From Mommy's jazz beats to Daddy's classical piano, we will dance with the twins through a book that explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than the sum of their parents.


Mixed Me! Cover Image
By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250047199
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 6th, 2015

Mom and Dad say I'm a blend of dark and light:
"We mixed you perfectly, and got you just right."

Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them.


Black All Around Cover Image
By Patricia Hubbell, Don Tate (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781584300489
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2003

- An African American girl discovers the beauty of the color black in all of the wonderful objects around her


Elevator Magic Cover Image
By Stuart J. Murphy, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780064467094
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Published: HarperCollins - August 16th, 1997

When the elevator goes down, the subtraction starts and so does the magic. Ben sees crazy things everytime the door opens. Ride along as he subtracts his way down to the lobby, and decide for yourself if it's elevator magic.


Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller


Inside Out & Back Again Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061962783
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Published: HarperTorch - February 22nd, 2011

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award


Shooting Kabul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442401945
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 22nd, 2010

In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadi's parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When their underground transport arrives at the rendezvous point, chaos ensues, and Fadi is left dragging his younger sister Mariam through the crush of people.


Book Uncle and Me Cover Image
By Uma Krishnaswami, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781554988082
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 13th, 2016

Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she's just a kid. She can't even vote


Princess Princess Ever After Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620103401
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Published: Oni Press - September 20th, 2016

When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person.


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 1: BFF Cover Image
By Amy Reeder (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Brandon Montclare (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302900052
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Published: Marvel Comics - July 5th, 2016

LUNELLA LAFAYETTE is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world-but learned the hard way that it takes MORE than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous INHUMAN genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call TODAY.