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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The First Rule of Punk By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780425290408
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

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 By Jenny Lombard Cover Image
$18.25
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780756989194
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 By Hena Khan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492065
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 14th, 2017

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017

“For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J.


Thunder Rose By Jerdine Nolen, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerdine Nolen, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$16.00
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780152164720
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - 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 By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780805058642
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - 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 By Jeremy Whitley, M. Goodwin (Artist), Jules Rivera (Artist) Cover Image
By Jeremy Whitley, M. Goodwin (Artist), Jules Rivera (Artist)
$24.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781632291202
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 By Desmond Tutu, A.G. Ford (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Desmond Tutu, A.G. Ford (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763652296
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Candlewick - December 3rd, 2012

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 By Audrey Vernick, Liz Garton Scanlon, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator), Matthew Cordell (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Audrey Vernick, Liz Garton Scanlon, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator), Matthew Cordell (Cover design or artwork by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484723029
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

From the Caldecott Award-winning and bestselling team of Audrey Vernick, Liz Garton Scanlon, and Matthew Cordell comes a hilarious sick-day read-aloud!


Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin By Duncan Tonatiuh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780810938724
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2010

Two cousins—one in the United States and one in Mexico—learn their lives aren’t so different in this charming picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book!
 
Meet Charlie and Carlitos.
Charlie lives in America.
Carlitos, his primo, lives in Mexico.
Cha


Flower Garden By Eve Bunting, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eve Bunting, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152287764
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Clarion Books - April 29th, 1994

In this warm and sunny picture book, follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they put together a wonderful birthday surprise for mom: a window box flower garden.


Coming on Home Soon By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399237485
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - 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 By Latisha Redding, Aaron Boyd (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Latisha Redding, Aaron Boyd (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781620141946
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock
Published: Lee & Low Books - December 31st, 2016

A moving story about a family's attempt to flee Haiti in a boat, and a young boy who bravely learns to navigate a new world through playing his drum.


Frog Girl By Owen Paul Lewis Cover Image
$7.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781582460482
Published: Tricycle Press - January 19th, 2001

Frogs have been stolen, an earthquake rumbles, a village is in peril. To restore calm to her land, a girl must delve beneath the surface of a lake, deep into a spirit world. What she finds will thrill readers and introduce them to a classic hero's journey.


A Carp for Kimiko By Virginia Kroll, Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.95
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780881064117
Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 1996

A wonderful look into Japanese tradition and culture through the eyes of a young girl, Kimiko. 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 desperately wants an orange, black, and white calico carp kite of her own to fly, but her parents remind her that there is a holiday just for girls–Doll's Day.


The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County By Janice N. Harrington, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312510
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - 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! By Lane Fredrickson, Michael Robertson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454913450
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Union Square Kids - September 1st, 2015

Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel--but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON'T let her be Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What's a girl to do?


Max and the Tag-Along Moon By Floyd Cooper, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Floyd Cooper, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399233425
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Philomel Books - June 13th, 2013

Has the moon ever followed you home at night?


Little Humans By Brandon Stanton, Brandon Stanton (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Brandon Stanton, Brandon Stanton (Photographs by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374374563
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 7th, 2014

An instant New York Times Bestseller!

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.


Why Am I Me? By Paige Britt, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paige Britt, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338053142
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017

This loving ode to our shared humanity is the perfect introduction to conversations about identity and Anti-Racism.* "Will invite the book's audience to grapple with themes of individuality, diversity, universality, and what it means to be human." -- The Horn Book, starred review"Loved it." -- Jacqueline Woodson, former Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Presented as a thoughtful


The Other Side By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399231162
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - 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.


The Dot (Creatrilogy) By Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780763619619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - 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 By bell hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By bell hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Cover design or artwork by)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781484799239
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

From legendary author and critic bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes a new way to talk about race and identity that will appeal to parents of the youngest readers.
The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. 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 By Sandra L. Pinkney, Myles C. Pinkney (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Sandra L. Pinkney, Myles C. Pinkney (Photographs by)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439802512
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
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...Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children.


Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
Winner of the Newbery Medal
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
 


Happy in Our Skin By Fran Manushkin, Lauren Tobia (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fran Manushkin, Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763670023
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Candlewick - 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.


Allie's Basketball Dream By Barbara E. Barber, Darryl Ligasan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Barbara E. Barber, Darryl Ligasan (Illustrator)
$21.75
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780756940591
Published: Perfection Learning - April 1st, 2013

The essential resource for 20 years


When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop By Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor, III (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596435407
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock
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 By Michael Tyler, David Lee Csicsko (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Tyler, David Lee Csicsko (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780975958001
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
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.


Looking Like Me By Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781606840016
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - 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 By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442483217
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
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.

When Leonard takes a shortcut through the park, he finds an egg and takes it home, where it hatches into a lizard (or so Leonard thinks).


Let's Talk About Race By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


Ish (Creatrilogy) By Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780763623449
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Candlewick - August 19th, 2004

A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle 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 By Sarah Lamstein, Nancy Cote (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Lamstein, Nancy Cote (Illustrator)
$18.74
ISBN: 9781683042228
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
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 By bell hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By bell hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Cover design or artwork by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781484788417
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

The groundbreaking picture book by legendary author bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka that celebrates hair, perfect for fans of Hair Love and I Love My Hair!
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 By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - 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.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life.


I Am Mixed (I Am Book #1) By Garcelle Beauvais, Sebastian A. Jones, Joshua Cozine (Editor) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780578110875
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
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! By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250047199
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
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.


Elevator Magic (MathStart 2) By Stuart J. Murphy, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stuart J. Murphy, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064467094
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 1997

“Kids, young and old, fall in love with math when they see how real-life and effortless it becomes thanks to these books.” --Kimberly D. Mueller, Ed.D., First Grade Teacher, Ashbrook School, Lumberton NJ


Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers) By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419721373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

Now a Netflix series!
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller

Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking “W


Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhhà Lai Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061962783
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: HarperCollins - 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 (The Kabul Chronicles) By N. H. Senzai Cover Image
$19.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781442401945
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 22nd, 2010

“A powerful read.” —Ahmed Rashid, New York Times Bestselling author of Taliban

“By the end of the book, young readers will be cheering for Fadi as a good friend.” —Mitali Perkins, author of Tiger Boy and You Bring the Distant Near

“Senzai has brought a whole new world to life for young readers.


Princess Princess Ever After By K. O'Neill Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781620103401
Availability: Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Published: Oni Press - September 6th, 2016

A sweet and positive fairy tale in which two princesses meet and embark on an adventure to overcome their own personal obstacles. 

2014 Cybils Awards Finalist
2014 Autostraddle Comic Art Award for Favorite Graphic Novel
2017 ALA Rainbow Book List Top Ten
2018 Sakura Medal Nominee


"It’s super cute, super queer, and feminist as a


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF By Amy Reeder (Text by), Brandon Montclare (Text by), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Reeder (Text by), Brandon Montclare (Text by), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302900052
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock
Published: Marvel - 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.