Asian

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma, Joanna Ho and Teresa Martinez *New*

Before Yo-Yo Ma became one of the most renowned and celebrated cellists, he wanted to play the double bass. But it was too big for his four-year-old hands. Over time, Ma honed his amazing talent, and his music became a reflection of his own life between borders, cultures, disciplines, and generations.

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi *New*

Discover how to turn darkness (anger) into light in this unique book about the famous peacemaker.

Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister Chitra Soundar *New*

A tender series of stories about Sona, unsure about sharing her parents when her baby sibling is born, and her delightful extended family, brought to life by Jen Khatun’s gentle images.

Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look 

The whole family is looking forward to Uncle Peter’s wedding… except Jenny. While everyone is preparing for the traditional Chinese wedding, Jenny worries that she won’t be Uncle Peter’s number one anymore. Maybe she can stop the wedding? A charming picture book that highlights many traditions of a Chinese wedding, from the tea ceremony to good-luck money and the bride’s many different dresses.

Lin Yi’s Lantern by Brenda Williams

Lin Yi really wants a red rabbit lantern for the Moon Festival. When his mother sends him to the local market to buy food, he tries his best to barter in order to have money left for the lantern. Lin Yi’s Lantern is a gentle story about temptation and selflessness, complemented by the most expressive gouache illustrations. Includes information on market life in China, the traditional Moon Festival, and instructions for making a Chinese lantern.

The Empty Pot by Demi 

The Empty Pot has sold more than 300,000 copies in hardcover and paperback. A fable about a young Chinese boy, a contest to become the next emperor, and the importance of honesty. 

Drawn Together by Minh Lee

The story starts about the generational and cultural disconnect, but like in real life, all you need to make a good connection is one shared passion. Soon this grandfather and grandson discover that they don’t have to eat the same food, watch the same TV shows or even speak the same language to bond.

 

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

Spunky little Suki wears her favourite kimono on her first day back to school. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer. Initially, her classmates laugh but Suki soon wins them over by telling them about the street festival she attended with her grandmother and even doing an impromptu dance. Suki’s Kimono is a lighthearted story of courage and independence, complemented by cheerful watercolour illustrations.

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

Aneel’s grandparents are visiting from India. His grandfather, Dada-ji, is the best storyteller, and Aneel loves hearing about how in his youth, adventurous Dada-ji shook mangoes off trees and tied knots into wild cobras. Aneel decides to give Dada-ji his “power of a tiger” back by cooking him hot roti with tongue-burning mango pickle. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is a sweet family story as well as a rollicking tall tale, energetically told with exuberant acrylic illustrations.

 

Cora cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

Little Cora is excited: Today she gets the be her mom’s assistant chef! Together they prepare pancit, her favourite Filipino noodle dish. Cora helps with all the grown-up jobs, from shredding the chicken to stirring the noodles carefully in the pot. At dinner time Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking. Cora Cooks Pancit is a delightful picture book that captures the warmth between mother and daughter beautifully.

 

King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

The Pakistani spring festival Basant has arrived, and Malik is getting ready for the traditional battle of kites. In his wheelchair, he guides his kite Falcon through fierce battles and takes down his bully neighbour’s kite first and all the others after that. He is the king! But when the bully tries to take a kite from a little girl, Malik finds a generous way to help her. With stunning collages made of traditional Pakistani fabric, handmade paper, burlap, silk, and ribbon, King for a Day introduces young readers to a centuries-old festival and the tradition of kite fighting.

 

A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Dara loves her grandmother’s stories about growing up in Cambodia. Lok Yeay tells of the fruits and plants that grew there, and how her family would sit in their yard and watch the stars that glowed like fireflies. Lok Yeay’s dream of going back one day to see her brother is disrupted when she gets a phone call with sad news. Little Dara becomes determined to bring her grandmother back to a place of happiness. A Path of Stars is a touching story about family and loss.

 

The Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

When Rubina comes home with her first birthday-party invitation, her mother asks why people in the US celebrate birthdays, as in Pakistan they do not. Rubina has to take her little sister along despite her insistence that “they don’t do that here.”  Not only does little Sana demand to win every game, but she also steals Rubina’s prized party favour. Big Red Lollipop is a fresh picture book with a clever storyline and irresistible illustrations.

 

Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Inspired by her grandfather in Japan who used to play in an orchestra, Hana starts studying violin and after only three lessons signs up for the school talent show. Despite her brother’s teasing, she is determined to play her best and practises every day. At the show, Hana surprises everyone – even herself. Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin is a delightful picture book that celebrates music, individuality and the special bond between a child and a grandparent.
 

 
 

Black Characters and Black History

Change Sings, A Children's Anthem, Amanda Gorman and Loren Long *New*
A lyrical picture book debut from presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and No.1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. "I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don't fear change coming, And so I sing along."

 

Looking for Jumbie, Tracey Baptiste and Amber Ren *New*
New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste and acclaimed illustrator Amber Ren take readers on a fun, creepy, storytime-ready romp through a forest filled with creatures from Caribbean folklore.

Mae Among the Stars, Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington *New*
A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

I Am Enough, Grace Byers *New*
This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry *New*
It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters. Zuri knows her hair is beautiful, but it has a mind of its own!

The Day You Begin, Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez *New*
There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. 


Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice (Hardback), Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman *New*
Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian American ever elected Vice President of the United States in this moving picture book biography of Kamala Harris.
 

The No. 1 Car Spotter series, Atinuke *New*
Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is No. 1. He's the No. 1 car spotter in his village - probably the No. 1 car spotter in the world! Follow his adventures in his west African village. 

 

Anna Hibiscus series, Atinuke *New*
Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!

 

My Beautiful Voice, Joseph Coelho *New*

A moving, lyrical picture book about a shy child unlocking the power of their own voice through poetry, with the helping hand of an extra special teacher.

I Am Every Good Thing, Derrick Barnes and Gordon C James *New*
A poetic paean to the brilliance of black boys, its energetic pages filled with courage, joy and vivid, dynamic illustrations. “I am a roaring flame of creativity,” it asserts, “and without a shadow of a doubt, I am worthy to be loved.”

Coming to England, Floella Benjamin *New*
A picture book version of Floella Benjamin’s superb autobiography). When Floella and her siblings follow her parents from Trinidad to Britain, they hope the Queen will be there to meet them – but their welcome is colder than expected. 

A Story About Afiya, James Berry *New*
Poetry from James Berry. Afiya has only one dress, but that dress is all she needs – each day it takes on the beautiful imprints of her memories (flowers, birds, tigers or shoals of fish), and is washed clean in time for morning.

Sulwe, Lupita Nyong'o

It follows the story of a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter. The story is ultimately about colorism and learning to love oneself, no matter one's skin tone.

Disabilities

Coming soon!

 

Empathy and Kindness

Peace, Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul *New*
Peace is on purpose. Peace is a choice. Peace lets the smallest of us have a voice. From a hello and pronouncing your friend’s name correctly to giving more than you take and saying I’m sorry, this simple concept book explores definitions of peace and actions small and big that foster it.


The Day You Begin, Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez *New*
There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. 

 

My Beautiful Voice, Joseph Coelho *New*
A moving, lyrical picture book about a shy child unlocking the power of their own voice through poetry, with the helping hand of an extra special teacher.

Everybody Feels series, Moira Harvey *New*
Topics include feeling shy, jealous, worried and lonely. Follow the characters as they experience these feelings.

 

All The Ways To Be Smart, Davina Bell *New*
From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.

I'm Here, Peter H. Reynolds

Reminds us that children and the friendships they make can take flight in unexpected ways!

 

Strictly No Elephants, Lisa Mantchev

Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

 

Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy, Maria Dismondy 

It's Gabe's first day of school in America, and he doesn't speak English. This story shows how a simple act of kindness is worth more than a thousand words. Kindness really is a universal language.

 

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy,  Susan Verde

I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family―millions strong.

 

Empathy is my Superpower, Bryan Smith

Why does her brother cry when it's dark? Why does her classmate Kayla take so long to do her math? And what's up with that

strange-smelling dish that Priya brings to lunch every day? With the help of her parents, Amelia soon learns about the importance of empathy and starts to see the power it can have! Will Amelia be able to put her new-found skill to good use and help others find the strength in empathy as well? This storybook also includes tips to help parents and teachers foster empathy in every child.

I Am Enough, Grace Byers

A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This book offers lessons in accepting who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. 

If You Plant a Seed, Kadir Nelson

Beloved award-winning author-illustrator Kadir Nelson presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity.

 

One, Kathryn Otoshi

Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.

 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today, Carol McCloud

This heart-warming book encourages positive behaviour by using the concrete concept of an 'invisible bucket' that holds your good thoughts and feelings. When you do something kind, you fill someone's bucket; when you do something mean, you dip into someone's bucket and remove some good thoughts and feelings.

All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions. A school where diversity is a strength. 

Come With Me, Holly McGhee

After the atrocities of 9/11 in the States and the bombings in Brussels in early 2017, McGhee and Lemaitre reached out to one another with thoughts of hope and perseverance. The result is a lyrical and timely story about a little girl who learns the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.

 

Those Shoes, Maribeth Boelts

"Those Shoes" tells a story of generosity and selflessness in the midst of peer pressure.

 

Enemy Pie, Derek Munson

This book offers a sweet message about the right way to treat our "enemies" -- with kindness.

 

Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson

Each kindness makes the world a little better. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down. Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.

 

Superheroes Club, Madeleine Sherak

The heroes of this story strive to find different awesome ways to help others and show that kindness may be the best superpower.

 

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About A Simple Act of Kindness, Kerascoet

This simple yet powerful picture book--from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team--tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

 

Kindness is Cooler, Mrs Ruler, Margery Cuyler

This book tells the story of a kindergarten class that discovers the value of being nice and doing good deeds.

 

The Monster Who Lost His Mean, Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Everyone knows that the M in monster stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can't be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all? One young monster's attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers--with a little help from new friends--that it's not what you're called but who you are that counts. As the title suggests, this book shows it's never too late to choose acceptance, inclusion and empathy. 

Who Are You? Ella The Enchanted Princess, Rosaria L. Calafati

A book featuring a girl with alopecia. A young princess named Ella who is different from other princesses: she has no hair.

 

Why Am I Me?, Paige Britt

Celebrates humanity and diversity, inviting readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.

 

The Pirate of Kindergarten, George Ella Lyon

A book about a girl with amblyopia. Ginny, a kind girl who sees doubles of everything. With the help of her pirate patch, Ginny can read, run, and even snip her scissors with double the speed!

 

We All Have Different Abilities (Celebrating Differences), Melissa Higgins

A book that celebrates the many talents and abilities that each one of us has.

 

A Different Little Doggy, Heather Whittaker

A tiny little dog named Taz sees benefits to being small and is comfortable with who she is.

 

Special People Special Ways, Arlene Maguire

Combines delightful rhymes and beautiful watercolour illustrations to take the reader on a journey of discovery and positive images of children with various disabilities.

The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading. 

 

The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes

Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is "never going to stand by and say nothing again."

 

The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig

A story that shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.

My Family Doesn't Look Like Your Family, Tenielle Stoltenkamp

We are all one big family after all! How do we encourage conversations about family in a way that's reflective and inclusive of the diverse society we live in? Single parent, blended family, same sex couples, fostered, live-in grandparents, carers ... it's time we expand the image of families in children's stories.

 

Jewish

Chik Chak Shabbat, Mara Rockliff

Everyone in Goldie Simcha's apartment building knows it's Friday night when they smell her delicious Shabbat cholent. But one Friday night, Goldie doesn't feel well enough to cook. Her neighbours step up to create a very special Shabbat potluck for the entire building to enjoy together. ​

Maya Prays for Rain, Susan Tarcov

It's a beautiful day in Maya's neighbourhood and her neighbours have sunny activities planned. But it's Sehmini Atzeret and that means Jews the world over will pray for rain -- will this run the day for her friends? 

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must go alone. When Gittel arrives, she discovers the ink on the address she was given has run. How will she find her family?

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup
In this picture-book, Sophie's grandmothers are both from different cultures, but both make great chicken soup. A tale about how we all have more in common than we might think.

Sammy Spider series, Sylvia Rouss

The popular Sammy Spider series is an introduction to various Jewish traditions and festivities. 

 

LGBTQ+

 

The Problem with Pierre,  C.K. Smouha, Suzanna Hubbard *New*

Alan and Bertram are next-door neighbours. They are also best friends. They are also very, very different to one another. Bertram is extremely neat, and Alan is messy. When Bertram gets a cat, called Pierre, he is dismayed to find that Pierre prefers it at Alan’s house.

Prince & Knight, Daniel Haack

A modern fairy tale about a Prince and Knight. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance. Described as a: "Victorious . . . the premier queer-friendly fairy tale."

 

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, Christine Baldacchino

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom’s dress-up center. The children in Morris’s class don’t understand. One day when Morris feels all alone and sick from their taunts, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.

 

My Princess Boy, Cheryl Kilodavis

Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy.

 

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, Marlon Bundo

A story about a boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children's book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

 

Be Who You Are, Jennifer Carr

Written by a mother who tells of her own experience of raising and supporting her transgender child, and how she helped the school to support her as well.

 

I am Jazz, Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transgender kids everywhere.

 

Annie's Plaid Shirt, Stacy B. Davids

Themes of gender norms, identity, individuality, tolerance and self-esteem. Annie’s mom tells her that she must wear a dress to her uncle's wedding. Annie protests, but her mom buys her a fancy new dress anyway. Annie is miserable. Why can't her mom understand? Then, Annie has an idea. But will her mom agree?

 

Sissy Duckling, Harvey Fierstein

Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. But when his father is wounded by a hunter’s shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero.

 

Gender Now Coloring Book, Maya Gonzalez

A coloring book meant to provide reflection and support unity by showing multiple genders standing together. Inside you’ll find stories, pictures, games and more to encourage and remind you that you are free to be! 

 

When Aidan Became a Big Brother, Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita

When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl, but as he grew older, he realized he was a trans boy. When he finds out he is going to be a big brother, he learns the most important thing about being an older sibling: how to love with his whole self.

 

Fabulous Families, Francesco Maddaloni and Guido Radaelli

An illustrated children's book about love that goes beyond gender and color through the stories of 7 unconventional animal families.

Meet Polkadot, Talcott Broadhead

Polkadot as well as Polkadot’s big sister Gladiola and best friend Norma Alicia, introduce readers to the challenges and beauty that are experienced by Polkadot as a non-binary, transgender kid.

 

Pinky and Rex and the Bully, James Howe

Pinky’s favorite color is pink, and his best friend, Rex, is a girl. Kevin, the third-grade bully, says that makes Pinky a sissy. Deep down, Pinky thinks Kevin is wrong, but he’s still worried. Does Pinky have to give up his favorite things, and worse, does he have to give up his best friend?

 

Pugdog, Andrea U'Ren

Mike and his pup are great friends. But Mike doesn’t know very much about dogs. Not only is Pugdog not a pug—Pugdog is not even a he, as Mike had thought all along, but a she! Mike feels obliged to give Pugdog a crash course on how to look and act the way a girl dog should. The only problem is Mike doesn’t know much about this subject either.

 

Steven Universe, Rebecca Sugar

Many books and graphic novels are set in the “Steven Universe”, an Emmy award winning animated series on Cartoon Network. Follow the adventures of Steven and the Gems. This series Includes LGBTQ, non-binary characters, and an intersex character.

Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim

Eid and the Moon Bangles, Sara Khan *NEW*

With its cheerful, kid-friendly, and vibrant illustrations and enticing storyline, Eid and the Moon Bangles teaches young readers about the significance of Ramadan and Eid; the importance of giving, even if it means sacrificing something we really want; and never giving up, especially when we wish good for others.

Under My Hijab, Hena Khan *NEW*

With rhyming text and cheerful illustrations, this book provides a friendly introduction to hijabs for all readers, and celebrates the many Muslim women and girls who choose to wear them.

The Red Lollipop, Rukhsana Khan

When Rubina comes home with her first birthday-party invitation, her mother asks why people in the US celebrate birthdays, as in Pakistan they do not. 

 

Riding a Donkey Backwards Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin, Sean Taylor and the Khayaal Theatre

Timeless wisdom is found in absurdity in these tales of an iconic Muslim character known as the sagest man in the village -- and also its biggest fool. 

 

King for a Day, Rukhsana Khan

The Pakistani spring festival Basant has arrived, and Malik is getting ready for the traditional battle of kites. With stunning collages made of traditional Pakistani fabric, handmade paper, burlap, silk, and ribbon.

 

Like the Moon Loves the Sky, Hena Khan

The author shares her wishes for her children: "Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky." 

 

Halal Hot Dogs, Susannah Azia

Musa has the perfect idea for his special Jummah treat, but things don't go according to plan. Will Musa be able to get a yummy Jummah treat for his family?

The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story, Aya Khalil

Kanzi’s family moves to a new school. Luckily, her new teacher values Kanzi’s culture and language. She helps Kanzi share her Egyptian culture and Arabic language with her classmates.

 

I’m New Here, Anne Sibley O’Brien

Back home, Jin and Fatimah knew their languages and were included in their classes. Being new, they now feel lonely and confused. This book shows how they feel and make friends.

 

Malala’s Magic Pencil, Malala Yousafzai

Malala dreamed of the things she’d do if she had a magic pencil. Even after bad men tried to stop her, Malala writes, using her words as the magic to spread a message of hope.

 

Bilal Cooks Daal, Aisha Saeed

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make daal. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to his favourite dish. As the day goes on more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the daal.

 

Neurodiversity

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome, Clarabelle van Niekerk

Sam doesn't like his pancakes to touch, his sister is annoyed with his repetitive song, and his new coat hurts his skin, but once he is diagnosed, teamwork-based support helps Sam's life become a little easier.

My Brother is Autistic, Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

This book describes an autistic child from his brother's point of view. It talks about ways autistic kids can be helped and how they can better relate to their family and surroundings.
 

Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts, Julia Cook

This book tells us about Zak, a boy with autism.

 

A Friend Like Simon, Kate Gaynot

A special educational book to help introduce children to autism.

 

All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism, Shaina Rudolph

Story of Zane, a zebra with autism, who worries that his differences make him stand out from his peers. With careful guidance from his mother, Zane learns that autism is only one of many qualities that make him special.

 

Ian's Walk: A Story About Autism, Laurie Lears

About a sister who takes a walk with her brother who has autism and how he sees the world different than she does.

 

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, Julia Finley Mosca

When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet she did just that. Her unique mind saw her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

 

My Friend Has Autism, Amanda Doering Tourville

My friend Zack has a disability called autism. But that doesn’t matter to us. We talk about airplanes, build models, and enjoy hanging out at each other’s house. I’m glad Zack is my friend!

 

The Friendship Puzzle: Helping Kids Learn About Accepting and Including Kids with Autism, Julie L. Coe

 Mackenzie loves to make new friends, and she's very excited when she finds out there is a new boy at school named Dylan. But when her attempts at befriending him fail, she goes to her mother for advice. Together they determine to solve this “friendship puzzle.” 

Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears, Jennifer Veenendall

About Izzy, a feisty first grader, whose behavior is often misunderstood as she tries to cope with sensory overload in her new surroundings.

The Alphabet War, Diane Burton Robb and Gail Piazza

A realistic depiction of the long, slow process that leads to Adam’s eventual success as a reader. He sees “p” as “q” and “b” as “d” … and Adam would rather play with clay than read. His teacher wants him to practice, and so begins the alphabet war.

Lemon the Duck, Laura Backman

A story about a duck that was born with Neurological issues and is taken care of by a classroom of students. They learn through caring for Lemon the duck about acceptance, love, and how extra special care can go a long way!

 

Race and Representation

Sulwe, Lupita Nyong'o

It follows the story of a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter. The story is ultimately about colorism and learning to love oneself, no matter one's skin tone.

 

The Name Jar, Yangsook Choi

A beautifully told story that encourages children to be themselves and not be afraid or ashamed of their heritage and background.

 

Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside, Kenneth Braswell, Joe Dent, and Julie Anderson

We don't often take the time to discuss with our children how and why protest to injustice occurs. To adults it may seem that our children sit on the outside of social activities, when the truth is, they are very aware of the change in their environments.

 

Yokki and the Parno Gry, Richard O'Neill and Katharine Quarnby

One of a series of 3 books about Traveller lifestyles and cultures, aiming to dispel some of the negative stereotypes people have about Gypsy, Roma Traveller people.

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro, Richard O'Neill and Katharine Quarmby 

One of a series of 3 books about Traveller lifestyles and cultures, aiming to dispel some of the negative stereotypes people have about Gypsy, Roma Traveller people.

 

Polonius the Pit Pony by Richard O'Neill

One of a series of 3 books about Traveller lifestyles and cultures, aiming to dispel some of the negative stereotypes people have about Gypsy, Roma Traveller people.

 

Refugee

Dancing Hands. How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, Margarita Engle and Rafael López

As a little girl, Teresa Carreño the piano helped her share her joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous. So famous that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House!

 

Strong Female Characters

Mae Among the Stars, Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington *New*

A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

 

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman *New*

Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian American ever elected Vice President of the United States in this moving picture book biography of Kamala Harris.

Any book in the "Little People, Big Dream" series, Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.


 

The Paperbag Princess, Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

 

Me, Jane, Patrick McDonnell

A thoughtful and creative picture book which tells the story of Jane Goodall, and how she came to be the world's foremost primatologist.

 

Pearl Power series, Mel Elliott

Pearl Power is a feisty five-year-old who believes very strongly in girl and boy equality. Her first adventure sees her moving house and changing school whilst remaining clever, strong and kind. Upon meeting one boy who seems to think that boys are better than girls, she teaches him a lesson in girl power, as well as in kindness. The story is written in rhymes throughout to enhance rhythm and enjoyment for the reader as well as making it easier to develop reading skills for the listener.

 

The Princess and the Pony, Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dream... From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

 

Rosie Revere Engineer, Andrea Beaty

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. Her invention complete, Rosie attempts a test flight--but after a moment, the machine crashes to the ground. Discouraged, Rosie deems the invention a failure, but Aunt Rose insists that on the contrary, it was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. Reassured, Rosie returns to her engineering and inspires her classmates to join in the fun.

 

Ada Twist, Scientist, Andrea Beaty

Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

 

Eva the Adventurer, Elly Gedye

Eva is a bright, determined girl with a bountiful imagination. She fills each day with adventures, squeezing in as much as she can before bedtime. A trip to the moon, cure a rare disease, drive a train? Absolutely.

 

Little Feminist Book Set (Artists, Pioneers, Leaders, Activists), Emily Kleinman, Lydia Ortiz

The Little Feminist Board Book set comprises of four books – Artists, Pioneers, Leaders and Activists – with each one featuring colourful illustrated portraits of real women who have made a historical impact on the world. With simple sentences these books introduce young children to these important women.

 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed History, Kate Pankhurst

Travel through the Underground Railroad with the brave and courageous Harriet Tubman, turn the pages of the hauntingly brilliant Frankenstein with the incredibly talented Mary Shelley and prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey through history with these and many other remarkable women. Overflowing with vibrant and beautiful illustrations, and wonderfully engaging text, Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is a celebration of just some of the inspirational women who put their mark on the world we live in. Written by the incredibly talented Kate Pankhurst, prepare to be inspired.

 

Daisy’s Books, Kes Grey

The trouble with life is it's SOOOOOOOOO unfair. Daisy's been grounded. No HOPPING or SKIPPING, FLYING or PARACHUTING. She's lucky she's even been allowed out of her bedroom after what she's done. But what HAS she done that is SOOOOOOOOOOO naughty? You'll have to read the book to find out!

 

Ara the Star Engineer, Komal Singh

This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers. Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm!

Zoey and Sassafras (book series), Asia Citro

Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. Sometimes Zoey needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and other times she needs to do research. 

Anna Hibiscus, Atinuke

A collection of four linked stories of family life set in modern west Africa. Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!

Rapunzel, Bethan Woollvin

Rapunzel is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beautiful hair and sells them for her own profit. Can Rapunzel ever figure out a way to escape? This bold and funny story removes the handsome prince altogether, making Rapunzel the mistress of her own destiny.

Little Red, Bethan Woollvin

Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way through the woods to visit her grandmother. The wolf hatches a dastardly plan, gobbles up Grandma and lies in wait. But this Little Red Riding Hood has a plan of her own. In this defiant interpretation of the traditional tale, the cheeky, brave little girl seizes control of her own story.

Billy and the Beast, Nadia Shireen

This story of Billy’s quick thinking and resourcefulness is a gentle reminder for children that we all have the power to change our environment and stand up for our loved ones. It’s delightful to see a picture book feature a brown-skinned girl protagonist outwitting the rather stupid Beast.

 

Latinx

Run, Little Chaski!: An Inka Trail Adventure, Mariana Llanos and Mariana Ruiz Johnson
In this tale set in the ancient Inka empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal messenger. But on his first day things quickly start to go awry. Will Little Chaski be able to deliver the royal message on time?

Zonia's Rain Forest, Juana Martinez-Neal
A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book illuminates a young girl's day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru.

Alma and How She Got Her Name, Juan Martinez -Neal
If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all -- and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. 

¿De dónde eres? or Where Are You From?, Yamile Saied Méndez and Jaime Kim
When a girl is asked where she’s from—where she’s really from—none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn’t give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one. English and Spanish

Turning Pages, My Life Story, Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells her own story for young readers for the very first time. As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! 

A Girl Named Rosita. The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!  Anika Aldamuy Denise and Leo Espinosa
When young Rosita moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States, she didn’t know what to expect—but she knew she loved to sing and dance. Rita eventually made her way to Hollywood with a dream to be a star. There, she fought to be seen and heard, eventually landing her iconic role in West Side Story and, finally, winning her groundbreaking Oscar.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation, Duncan Tonatiuh
Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

Dancing Hands. How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, Margarita Engle and Rafael López
As a little girl, Teresa Carreño the piano helped her share her joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous. So famous that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! 


Dreamers, Yuyi Morales 
Yuyi Morales brought her hopes, her passion, her strength, and her stories with her, when she came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son. Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. 


Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, Sonia Sotomayor
Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have.


Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage, Tracey Kyle
With new food to taste, music to dance to, and a parade to watch, Pepe couldn't be more excited to celebrate and share his Hispanic heritage in the parade. Mexican, Dominican, Panamanian, Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Chilean, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Cuban cultures are all represented in the parade. 

Chicano Jr's Mexican Adventure, Raúl Jiménez
Chicano Jr. is a young boy with Mexican roots, who has lived his whole life in the US, and is travelling to Mexico for the very first time to meet his grandparents. Experience Chicano's adventures as well as his cultural shock in this book for children and children at heart. Bilingual


Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro, Monica Brown
On most days, teacher and librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez packs his two burros, Alfa and Beto, with books and makes his way over mountains and through valleys to visit children in far-flung villages in rural Colombia—all for the sake of literacy and culture. Bilingual EN/SP

Tito Puente, Mambo King or Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo, Monica Brown
In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards—and all the beats in between—this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."

The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espiritu del parque Chicano,  Beatrice Zamora and Meza Maira
Join Bettie and Bonky as they discover a magical park located in the most peculiar place, under a bridge! They learn to love their new home in Barrio Logan, a neighborhood with a rich history in San Diego, California. Through the eyes of a mystical señora they travel through a historical journey of a community's struggle to build a park. Bilingual EN/SP

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar
An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature.

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello or Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello, Monica Brown and  Elisa Chavarri

Growing up in the late 1800s, Julio Tello, an Indigenous boy, spent time exploring the caves and burial grounds in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. Over his lifetime, Julio Tello made many revolutionary discoveries at archaeological sites around Peru. He showed that Peru's Indigenous cultures had been established thousands of years ago. Bilingual EN/SP