The Wall in the Middle of the Book
A young white knight is confident that the wall in the middle of the book protects his side from the dangers of the other side, but he doesn’t seem to notice that there is danger looming on his side of the wall too.
How to Read a Book
Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
A poetic tribute to the art of reading a book.
A fussy eraser and a mischievous pencil spar in an adventure that finds them out-performing each other before they decide to work together for the sake of fun and imagination.
The Day War Came
Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
War came and took everything from the child narrator, and her new country doesn’t seem to have room for her. Still, the clear, child-friendly illustrations and poetic text offer a hopeful ending. While the story does not identify the girl’s country of origin, the illustrations and the author’s afterword suggest she is from Syria or Iraq.
Randall de Sève, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
A little white girl hesitates to initiate a friendship with her new white neighbor, Zola, because she imagines Zola is busy with another friend, an elephant.
Grains of Sand
A stylistically white brother and sister dream up ways to save sand from a beach vacation.
When Grandma Gives you A Lemon Tree
Jamie L. B. Deenihan, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this imaginative take on that popular saying, an African American girl is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. But when she follows the narrator’s careful and funny instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all.
Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market
Raul Gonzalez, illustrated by Elaine Bay
Little Lobo, and Bernabe, his dog, deliver supplies to vendors at the Mercado, a busy town market.
Mina vs. the Monsoon
Rukhsanna Guidroz, illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta
Mina, an Indian girl, loves to play soccer all year round in her hometown. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can't help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn't understand. The doodhwalla doesn't understand. That's when Mina decides she'll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected and wonderful discovery about her mother.
A white boy accompanies his white dad as he works at night as a school custodian.
The Good Egg
Jory John and Pete Oswald
When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels like he needs to be perfect.
Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves
Lauren H. Kerstein, illustrated by Nate Wragg
It’s summertime, and you’re invited for a rollicking day at the pool with Charlie, an African American boy, and his pet dragon, Rosie. But be careful, swimming with a dragon can be challenging. As Rosie and Charlie blow bubbles, practice flutter kicks, and offer shoulder rides, Rosie proves that dragons make the most fun pets ever. Now, if only Charlie can keep Rosie’s attention focused on the rules at the pool and not on her gummy snacks.
Under My Mother’s Hijab
Hena Khan, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel
As a young Muslim girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.
Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
The festival of traditional Japanese arts is coming up, and little Natsumi's big personality is too much for her family's quieter traditions, until her grandfather introduces her to taiko drumming.
Lubna and Pebble
An evocative tribute to the refugee crisis and the power of friendship finds a little girl enduring hardships in a World of Tents by sharing stories and confidences with her best friend, a pebble, before realizing that a lost young newcomer needs the pebble even more.
Where are you From?
Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jamie Kim
A powerful story about a simple question: where are you from? When a young Latina is asked where she’s from, “where she’s really from,” she’s no longer as sure as she once was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question, but he doesn’t quite give her the answer she expects.
My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother, and Me: These Are the Things We Found by the Sea
Living by the sea offers an abundance of charms for the two young biracial brothers in this poetic ode to beachcombing. When the fog disappears, the path to the beach beckons, with all the treasures it leaves behind: lobster traps, buoys, fused glass, urchins, a note in a bottle. But best of all is all the neighbors they meet along the way.
Don’t Touch my Hair!
Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up.
Thank You, Omu!
Omu enjoys cooking thick red stews for her evening meal. One day, while her pot simmers, a little boy knocks at her door, enticed by the delicious aroma. Of course Omu shares with him and later with others: a police officer, a hot dog vendor, a shop owner, a cab driver, a doctor, an actor, a lawyer, a dancer, a baker, an artist, a singer, an athlete, a bus driver, a construction worker, and the mayor! Predictably, the pot is empty when suppertime arrives, but Omu's friends give back with a feast that everyone enjoys.
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family
With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab, which is made of a beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. However, not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.
We are Brothers
Yves Nadon, illustrated by Jean Claverie
With his big brother's support, a young African American boy finds the courage to jump off the big rock at the lake.
Lesléa Newman, pictures by Amy June Bates
This story brings to life a not-too-distant history of immigration to Ellis Island. When it's time for nine-year-old Gittel and her mother to leave their homeland behind and go to America for the promise of a new life, a health inspection stops any chance of Gittel's mother joining her daughter on the voyage. Knowing she may never see her mother again, Gittel must find the courage within herself to leave her family behind.
Benji, the Bad Day and Me
Sally J. Pla, illustrated by Ken Min
Sammy, a brown-skinned boy, is having a very bad day at school and at home until his autistic brother, Benji, finds a way to make him feel better.
My Papi has a Motorcycle
Daisy Ramona takes a trip around the neighborhood with her father on his motorcycle and sees familiar people and places but also a community that is rapidly changing around her.
A young African American girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world.
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Ebony Glenn
A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more. Later, when she visits her Christian grandmother, the story emphasizes that interfaith families love one another regardless of religion.
A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a brown-skinned young girl attending a life-changing concert.