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        Kids’ Lit

        16 Books to Bring Racial Diversity to Your Child’s Collection

        Filling your little one’s shelf with books that feature brown and black children is one way to broaden her environment and perspective, and ensure a better understanding of diversity, inclusion and empathy. Here are some of our favorites.



        For Toddlers and The Preschool Set

        I Am Enough by Grace Byers

        Ideas about loving and accepting yourself are at the forefront of this New York Times bestselling book about kindness and respect.

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        All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

        Differences between children are celebrated in this diverse and inclusive bestselling book. The story follows a group of kids as they go through their school day and learn from each other.

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        Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

        An award-winning picture book--with simple yet warm and inviting illustrations--depicts a beautiful intergenerational relationship and explores themes of community, connection, and economic diversity.

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        Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

        Even the youngest readers can learn Antiracist Baby’s nine steps to building a better, more equitable world. Preorder this new book, out June 16, from the author of How to Be an Antiracist.

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        The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

        A classic, timeless story, this award-winning book made history as the first full-color picture book with a black hero, and still captures the attention of children today. It follows Peter, a black child, as he experiences the wonder of a first snowfall.

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        For Elementary School-Aged Children

        Firebird by Misty Copeland

        A story about a young girl finding her confidence, this gorgeously illustrated book--from Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre--teaches all kids about the importance of hard work and dedication.

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        Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

        This non-fiction picture book about the black women who helped NASA launch men into space is based on the New York Times bestselling book by the same name (which was also made into an Academy Award-winning movie).

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        Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

        Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni brings her lyrical writing to this telling of the powerful story of Rosa Parks. The story celebrates her courageous action and also tells the story of the Women’s Political Council who orchestrated the bus boycott that followed.

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        Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

        This powerful book from award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o inspires kids to see their own unique beauty, and teaches a message crucial to every child: that beauty comes from within.

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        Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

        A celebration of women in science, Ada Twist encourages an interest in STEM with a curious and charming African American protagonist who teaches the importance of always asking “Why?”

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        Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris

        Based on true events, this inclusive book shares the story of how the author’s mother, Maya, and aunt, Senator Kamala Harris, affected change in their neighborhood.

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        For Teens and Tweens

        New Kid by Jerry Craft

        Being the new kid is hard, and this graphic novel explores that experience along with issues of class and race. Any kid who struggles to fit in will identify with its protagonist, Jordan Banks.

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        The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

        Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the powerful story of Starr Carter and her friend Khalil, who is killed by police, will inspire teens to fight for justice.

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        The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

        This tender story of two brothers, their love of basketball, and their deep family ties is written in free verse--and will capture young minds with its poetry.

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        Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

        An instant bestseller, this West-African inspired fantasy tale is the first in a planned trilogy and tackles themes of oppression, class, and power.

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        All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

        The aftermath of police brutality is explored in this powerful novel. The story is told through the eyes of two teens--one black (the victim of the violence) and one white (the boy who witnessed it).

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