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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.$18.99ISBN: 9780805058642Availability: Temporarily Out of StockPublished: 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.$24.99ISBN: 9781632291202Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$17.99ISBN: 9780763652296Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$17.99ISBN: 9781484723029Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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!$17.99ISBN: 9780810938724Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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$17.99ISBN: 9780152287764Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9781885008350Availability: UnavailablePublished: 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9780399237485Availability: UnavailablePublished: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - 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.$17.95ISBN: 9781620141946Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: Lee & Low Books - December 31st, 2016
The story of a young Haitian boy who loses his parents as they attempt to flee Haiti in a boat, and after this loss can only communicate with the outside world through playing his drum.$7.99ISBN: 9781582460482Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$7.95ISBN: 9780881064117Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9780060579685Availability: UnavailablePublished: 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.$18.99ISBN: 9780374312510Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$16.95ISBN: 9781454913450Availability: Temporarily Out of StockPublished: Sterling Children's Books - September 1st, 2015$17.99ISBN: 9780399233425Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: Philomel Books - June 13th, 2013
Has the moon ever followed you home at night?$17.99ISBN: 9780374374563Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9780805078930Availability: UnavailablePublished: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - 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!$17.99ISBN: 9781338053142Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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 LiteraturePresented as a thoughtful$18.99ISBN: 9780399231162Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$15.00ISBN: 9780763619619Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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."$12.99ISBN: 9781484799239Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017From 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.
$6.99ISBN: 9780439802512Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$18.99ISBN: 9780399257742Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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
$17.99ISBN: 9780763670023Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9781584300311Availability: UnavailablePublished: 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9781600603341Availability: UnavailablePublished: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2011
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.$21.75ISBN: 9780756940591Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: Perfection Learning - April 1st, 2013$17.95ISBN: 9781605540795Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: Redleaf Press - February 11th, 2014
The essential resource for 20 years$18.99ISBN: 9781596435407Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013
A John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner
Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.$15.95ISBN: 9780975958001Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Chicago Children's Museum - April 1st, 2005With 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.$18.99ISBN: 9781606840016Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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$18.99ISBN: 9781442483217Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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).$7.99ISBN: 9780064462266Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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)$15.00ISBN: 9780763623449Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$20.99ISBN: 9781683042228Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$7.99ISBN: 9781484788417Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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!$16.95ISBN: 9781419712197Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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.$14.99ISBN: 9780578110875Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.$17.99ISBN: 9781250047199Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.Currently UnavailableISBN: 9781584300489Availability: UnavailablePublished: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2003
- An African American girl discovers the beauty of the color black in all of the wonderful objects around herCurrently UnavailableISBN: 9780064467094Availability: UnavailablePublished: HarperCollins - August 16th, 1997
Help kids with their math skills plus their reading skills with the engaging and fun MathStart series!$18.99ISBN: 9781419721373Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Harry N. Abrams - September 6th, 2016$16.99ISBN: 9780061962783Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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!Currently UnavailableISBN: 9781442401945Availability: UnavailablePublished: 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.$12.99ISBN: 9781620103401Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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 all get$17.99ISBN: 9781302900052Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: 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.