PK through 2nd Grade

Picture Books

List of 31 items.

  • My Dad is a Clown/Mi Papá es un Payaso

    José Carlos Andres and Natalia Hernández
    A stylistically drawn white child with two white dads is very proud of their jobs: one heals the body and one heals the soul.
  • Crown: an Ode to a Fresh Cut

    Derrick Barnes
    (2018 Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor) Follow the journey of an African-American boy as he celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly cut hair.
  • Square

    Mac Barnett
    This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really?
  • Hello Lighthouse

    Sophie Blackall
    When a white new keeper arrives at a remote lighthouse, he sets out to make it a home.
  • Absolutely One Thing: Featuring Charlie and Lola

    Lauren Child
    White siblings, Charlie and Lola, find math in their everyday life. Whether its choosing a single treat at the store, counting ladybugs, or noting the lateness of the time, they apply their math skills as they go about their day.
  • Let the Children March

    Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison
    When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes to speak at her church, an African-American girl and her brother volunteer to march in their parents' stead. The narrative explains why the Children's March was a necessary logistical move, one that children and parents made with careful consideration despite fear.
  • Cece Loves Science

    Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
    Cece, a biracial African-American and white girl, is a budding and inquisitive scientist. Her equally curious best friend Isaac, a light skinned boy, conduct experiments to see whether Luna's dog Einstein will eat his vegetables.
  • Islandborn

    Junot Díaz
    Lola, a Dominican-American girl, and her diverse group of classmates are assigned to draw pictures of their respective origin countries. Lola doesn't remember what life was like on the island, so she recruits her whole neighborhood to fill in the blanks.
  • Baabwaa & Wooliam

    David Elliott, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
    Two sheep, Baabwaa and Wooliam, live a quiet life. One likes to knit and the other likes to read. One day a unkept third sheep, who has sharp teeth, joins the pair, causing them to consider what it means to have a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
  • Alfie: The Turtle that Disappeared

    Thyra Heder
    Every story has two sides. The first half of the story is told from Nia, an African-American girl’s, perspective. Nia receives a turtle, Alfie, for her sixth birthday. As she gets ready to celebrate her seventh birthday she momentarily forgets about Alfie but worries when Alfie goes missing. Alfie, in the second half of the story, wants to do something special for Nia and embarks on a spectacular journey. You might get answers to what your pet was thinking when it disappeared that one time!
  • I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple act of Kindness

    Inspired by a real event, this wordless picture book features Vanessa, a girl of color, who becomes the target of bully behavior. One of her classmates decides she can demonstrate a simple act of kindness and walks with Vanessa to school. As they make their way to school, they're joined by one more child, then another, and another, until they become one large smiling group.
  • Saffron Ice Cream

    Rashin Kheiriyeh
    Rashin, an Iranian girl who has recently moved to the United States, is excited about her first visit to Coney Island. On the way there, she remembers what beach trips were like in Iran: the beautiful Caspian Sea, the Persian music, and most of all the saffron ice cream she shared with her best friend. But there are wonderful things in New York too: a subway train, exciting music, and maybe even a new friend.
  • Snail & Worm Again

    Tina Kügler
    (2018 Geisel Honor) Snail and Worm are best friends and discuss various objects they find around them, including a penny, shiny rocks, a beetle shell, and an orange flower.
  • 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

    Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross McDonald
    When 7 is accused of eating 9, worried 6 hires a detective to investig8.
  • Ruby’s Chinese New Year

    Vickie Lee
    As Ruby, a Chinese-American girl, travels to her grandmother’s house to bring her a gift for Chinese New Year, she is joined by all of the animals of the zodiac.
  • Franny’s Father is a Feminist

    Rhonda Leet, illustrated by Megan Walker
    In this story, a white father raises his white daughter, Franny, to believe that she deserves all the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities to fulfill her dreams that he has, while also showcasing the importance for male feminism and how it can play a vital role in the empowerment of young women.
  • Julián is a Mermaid

    Jessica Love
    While riding the subway home with his abuela one day, Julián, a brown-skinned boy, notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julian gets home all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name

    Juana Martinez-Neal
    When Alma Sofia Esperanza Josâe Pura Candela, a Latina girl, asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.
  • Princess Hair

    Sharee Miller
    With a self-affirming message, African-American girls celebrate hair shape, textures, and styles.
  • The Field

    Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara
    A group of Caribbean children highlight futbol, the world’s most popular sport, by showcasing its universal themes of teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance.
  • Pink is for Boys

    Robb Pearlman
    With a diverse cast of characters, this picture book challenges the idea that colors are only assigned to a particular gender.
  • All Are Welcome

    Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
    Follow a group of diverse children throughout a school day. Kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side by side with friends in baseball caps. At a school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions, the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
  • A Different Pond

    Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui
    (2018 Caldecott Honor) A seemingly simple story that is multi-layered and dense, Bao Phi, a Vietnamese-American boy, wakes up early with his father to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fish for food, not recreation. Through Phi’s father’s stories, we learn of their family and the costs of becoming a refugee.
  • This Day in June

    Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
    Celebrate at a Pride parade! The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBTQ history and culture and explains the references made in the story.
  • Nothing Rhymes with Orange

    Adam Rex
    All the fruits gather together and enjoy a rhyming party, but poor Orange feels left out because he does not rhyme with anything until Apple invents a new word.
  • Dude!

    Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
    While they are out surfing, a platypus and a beaver are startled when a shark surfaces in the nearby waves. After reading the story, the reader will appreciate and enjoy the many meanings behind the word “dude."
  • Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

    Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Lee White
    When blustery winds at the top of a steep hill prove troublesome for a white neighbor, young Kate, a white girl, thinks of an environmentally sound solution and fills an old wheelbarrow with young trees that she plants as a protective barrier.
  • Baby Monkey, Private Eye

    Brian Selznick
    Get out your magnifying glass! In this humorous book, Baby Monkey P.I. solves a series of mysteries. There's not a lot of detective work (he spends more time struggling with putting on his pants), but the details in the illustrations reveal plenty of clues.
  • Charlie & Mouse

    Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes
    (2018 Geisel Award Winner) Two biracial, white and Asian, brothers share a series of wacky adventures involving conversations with lumps, a neighborhood party, a rock-selling venture, and the invention of the "bedtime banana."
  • Teddy’s Favorite Toy

    Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine
    Teddy, a brown-skinned boy, has a lot of cool toys, but his very favorite doll has the best manners, fearsome fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style. Unfortunately, one morning something truly awful happens and it's up to Mom to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy.
  • I Got It!

    David Wiesner
    In this wordless picture book, a young white boy imagines all the ways he might not catch the baseball, and one way that he can.

Chapter Books

List of 16 items.

  • Noodleheads See the Future

    Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss. illustrated by Tedd Arnold
    (2018 Geisel Honor) Mac and Mac aren't the brightest pieces of pasta in the world, but their hearts are in the right place. The two decide to help their mama out by gathering firewood in hopes that she'll bake them a cake. As they are attempting to cut the very branch they're sitting on, a passing Meatball points out that they are mere minutes away from bruised bottoms. When his words come to pass, our heroes decide the meatball is clairvoyant and demand to know their future.
  • A Trio of Tolerable Tales

    Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Dušan Petricic
    In each of the short and humorous stories that feature a diverse cast of characters, a child prevails against dire circumstances of his or her situation through luck and perseverance.
  • Grace for Gus

    Harry Bliss
    (Graphic Novel) A nearly wordless graphic novel follows a fair-skinned second grade girl who uses the power of her creativity to raise money to buy a companion for her class pet.
  • King and Kayla and the Missing Dog Treats

    Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers
    (2018 Geisel Honor, Series) King's human, Kayla, an African-American girl, has baked some treats for a friend's new puppy, Thor, but some go missing and it is up to King to find the culprit.
  • Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt

    Ben Clanton
    (Graphic Novel Series) In the second installment the Narwhal and Jelly graphic novel series, happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly discover their inner superheroes in an anthology of three under-the-sea adventures. Want more? The third book, Peanut Butter and Jelly is also delicious read.
  • Chicken Squad Book 5: Gimmie Shelter

    Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
    (Series) The Chicken Squad uncovers mysterious remains while digging a storm shelter and they stop work to investigate just as a big storm is approaching.
  • Superstar

    Mandy Davis
    Lester Musselbaum, a white boy, loves science, especially space, more than anything, but since his astronaut father died in a shuttle accident five years ago, the 10-year-old's mother refuses to talk about the stars with him. When Mom goes back to work, the previously homeschooled Lester goes to public school. Navigating this strange place where no one, not even his teacher, understands him, the easily overwhelmed Lester gets into trouble daily. When a bully destroys Lester's anchor, a Superman figure that was a gift from his father, a kind classmate, an African-American boy named Michael Z, tells him to find his "thing", something he does better than anyone else. Since science is already his thing, Lester finds a way to use his smarts to deflect the angry bully.
  • Owl Diaries: Baxter is Missing

    Rebecca Elliott
    (Series) When they learn that a famous author is coming to visit Treetopolis, young owlet Eva and her classmates are assigned to write stories to share with the author, but Eva is so worried about her missing pet bat that she cannot think of anything to write.
  • Meet Yasmin

    Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly
    (Series) Yasmin, a Pakistani-American girl, is a 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.
  • Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

    Megumi Iwasa, illustrated by Jun Takabatake
    When Giraffe decides to write a letter and send it to the other side of the horizon, he finds a penguin pen pal. The two curious animals begin to exchange letters to try to learn more about each other. Translated from Japanese.
  • Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons

    Nancy E. Krulik, illustrated by Ben Balistreri
    A white princess who would rather be a knight accepts her skeptical king father's challenge to perform good deeds in order to prove her worthiness to attend knight school.
  • The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl!

    C. Alexander London, illustrated by Frank Morrison
    (Graphic Novel) Janice is Power Girl and her father is the superhero Wrong Man, for whom no crisis is too small: he can screw up anything! Both heros are African-American in this graphic novel.
  • I See a Cat

    Paul Meisel
    (2018 Geisel Honor) A housebound dog excitedly watchs a cat, bird, and other critters outside a window and eagerly races to join the outdoor wildlife. A perfect beginner reader book.
  • The Gumazing Gum Girl 3: Popped Star

    Rhode Montijo
    (Series) As Gabby Gomez, a Latina girl, is trying to tell her family she is Gum Girl, she encounters Ninja-Rina, a masked ballerina for whom no crime is “tutu” big.
  • Absolutely Alfie: The Worst Best Sleepover

    Sally Warner
    (Series) Known to many readers as Ellray Jake’s little sister, African-American seven-year-old Alfie now stars in her own series with a diverse cast. In this third installment, Alfie’s friend Lulu is only allowed to invite five of the twelve girls in her class to her sleepover.
  • My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories

    Salina Yoon
    (2018 Geisel Honor, Graphic Novel) A trio of stories in the form of a graphic novel follows Big Duck, whose adventures include getting his kite out of a tree when it becomes stuck, navigating the shoals of jealousy when Porcupine and Little Duck find a new friend, and forgetting something very important while building a lemonade stand with Porcupine.


List of 16 items.

  • Mae Among the Stars

    Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Kato
    Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, describes how as a child she dreamed of dancing in space while surrounded by billions of stars.
  • The United States v. Jackie Robinson

    Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
    A visual biography of Jackie Robinson's lesser known achievements as an equal rights activist. While serving in the military during World War II, Robinson was court martialed for refusing to move to the back of an integrated bus.
  • How Does My Home Work?

    Christine Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti
    Engaging retro-style illustrations share insights into the technology behind everyday life. Readers learn how flipping a switch makes lights turn on, the source of the water that flows from a faucet, and more.
  • She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed the World

    Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
    A companion to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World introduces women activists from different countries who fought for equal right to education, environmentalism, anti-war protests, women’s suffrage, and many more causes.
  • Manjhi Moves a Mountain

    Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Danny Popovici
    A tribute to the achievements of Dashrath Manjhi, an Indian man, who used a hammer and chisel to connect his community with a neighboring community with more resources.
  • Her Right Foot

    Dave Eggers, art by Shawn Harris
    Provides historical facts about the Statue of Liberty and also reveals how the story of the Statue’s right foot has become a symbol of the United State’s foundation of acceptance and diversity.
  • In the Past

    David Elliott, illustrated by Matthew Trueman
    A poetic introduction to the dinosaur world illuminates a host of creatures both novel and familiar, ranging from the mysterious trilobite to the famed tyrannosaurus rex.
  • The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar

    Margarita Engle, illustrated by  Sara Palacios
    In 1903, Aída de Acosta, a white Hispanic girl, became the first woman to fly a motorized aircraft.
  • Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to Librarian They Left Behind

    Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Amiko Hirao
    In 1942, children's librarian Clara Breed, a white woman, discovers that her young Japanese-American patrons are being imprisoned in internment camps and gives them stamped and addressed postcards so they can write to her. Endnotes and photographs gives historical context.
  • All that Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

    Meghan McCarthy
    The true story of a garbage barge that didn't have a place to dock and was one of the events that led to the recycling movement.
  • Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

    Markus Motum
    On August 6, 2012, the rover Curiosity touched down on the rocky surface of Mars and now it’s ready to guide you through the journey firsthand.
  • Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

    Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Micha Archer
    An uplifting account of the achievements of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, Bobbi Gibb. Gibb, who is white, was not allowed to participate in sports at school and was subsequently barred from the 1966 Boston Marathon, compelling her to prove that women are just as capable as men.
  • Libba: the Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

    Laura Veirs, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
    A rich biography of folk-music icon Elizabeth Cotten, an African-American woman. Known for unconventionally playing the guitar upside down and backward, it was what made sense to her left-handedness.
  • Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

    Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier
    The true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes, an African-American boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation.
  • The Boo-Boos that Changed the World: a True Story of an Accidental Invention (Really!)

    Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Chris Hsu
    Reveals how Band-Aids were invented by accident in 1920 by a white Johnson & Johnson employee who was searching for an easier way to bandage injuries.
  • Seeing into Tomorrow

    Richard Wright, illustrated by Nina Crews
    A selection of haiku poems by the acclaimed 20th-century African-American writer, Richard Wright, stands as an accessible introduction to his work and reflects the timeless and ubiquitous realities of African-American youth.

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