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Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look

The latest book in the popular and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series! Second-grader Alvin takes his fears to a whole new level on a family trip to China, from kung fu lessons and acupuncture treatment to the crowds at tourist attractions. With an unforgettable main character and delightful illustrations, this series will appeal even to reluctant readers.

Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life, Sue Cheung *New*
Maddy goes on a quest to discover her talent. Everyone else has one, so surely she must too … but thwarted by distressing clumsiness, will Maddy ever discover her unique gift? 
 

 

Black Characters and Black History

Nina, A story of Nina Simone, Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson *New*

This illuminating and defining picture book biography tells the story of little Eunice who grew up to become the acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James*New*
A young boy's trip to the barber shop is a joyful celebration of confidence and self-esteem.The barber shop is where magic happens! Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison *New*
Meet the little leaders. They're brave. They're bold. They changed the world. Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. 

 

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, Carole Boston Weatherford *New*
Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library.

 

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston, Alicia D. Williams *New*
A shimmering picture book that shines the light on Zora Neale Hurston, the extraordinary writer and storycatcher extraordinaire who changed the face of American literature. Zora was a girl who hankered for tales like bees for honey. Zora jumped from place to place, from the porch of the general store where she listened to folktales, to Howard University, to Harlem. And everywhere she jumped, she shined sunlight on the tales most people hadn’t been bothered to listen to until Zora. 

Windrush Child, Benjamin Zephaniah *New*

In this heart-stopping adventure based on real historical events, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us an important and intriguing time in Britain that's sure to fascinate young readers.

Space Detectives, Mark Powers and Dapo Adeola *New*

Two Earth boys stumble into a mystery on Starville, the world’s first orbiting city. Someone has set the station on a course to collide with the moon – but who? 

The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.

The Story of the Windrush, K.N. Chimbiri

In June 1948, hundreds of Carribean men, women and children arrived in London on a ship called the HMT Empire Windrush.  This brilliantly informative book tells their story, combining facts with accounts from people who were there, archive photos, mini biographies, maps and a timeline.  

Voices (series) - Diver's Daughter: A Tudor Story, Patrice Lawrence

Eve’s a black girl in Tudor London – and she’s diving into a shipwreck. They’re just like any other poor family, except that Eve’s mum was stolen from East Africa as a child. When the legendary warship Mary Rose is shipwrecked, a survivor named George Symon tells them some news. One of the crew sent to salvage its treasures is an African free diver! Well – Eve’s mum knows how to dive, too. If she can team up with this man, they could make their fortunes! But soon all of them are in dangerous water. Can Eve dive deep to save her mum?

 

Voices (series) - Son of the Circus - A Victorian Story, E. L. Norry

From the slums to the circus, a mixed-race Victorian boy seeks a place to belong. Ted lives with his mum and poorly big brother in the city of Bradfield. When a stranger turns up in their kitchen, Ted gets two big surprises. Firstly, the man – Pablo Fanque – is the first black circus owner in Britain. Secondly, he is Ted’s father. Before Ted can recover from his shock, he’s sent away with Pablo to learn the tricks of the circus trade. Pablo is determined that Ted should follow in his footsteps. But Ted isn’t at all keen on this terrifying new life among strangers. Can he adapt to it? And will he ever see his mother and brother again?

 

Voices (series) - Empire's End - A Roman Story, Leila Rasheed

Secrets, danger and cold! A North African girl faces royal intrigue at the edge of the Roman world: Britannica. When Camilla travels with her parents from Leptis Magna to Rome in 207 AD, she thinks she’s going to the centre of the world. But just a few months later, their little family is posted to the very edge of it: the alien and remote Britannica. When tragedy strikes, Camilla is left alone with the Empress while her father travels north. But this hostile, cold country she must now call home is also rife with deadly secrets.

 

Who was Rosa Parks?, Yona Zeldis McDonough

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. 

 

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr?, Bonnie Bader

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death from an assassin's bullet in 1968. 

Who was Nelson Mandela?, Pam Pollack

As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world. Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution. He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa. He became the country's first black president and went on to live his dream of change. 

Who was Harriet Tubman?, Yona Zeldis McDonough

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia.

 

Who Was Ida B. Wells?, Sarah Fabiny

Born into slavery in 1862, Ida Bell Wells was freed as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. Yet she could see just how unjust the world she was living in was. This drove her to become a journalist and activist. Throughout her life, she fought against prejudice and for equality for African Americans. Ida B. Wells would go on to co-own a newspaper, write several books, help cofound the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and fight for women's right to vote.

 

Who is Barack Obama?, Roberta Edwards

As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African-American president. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography is perfect for primary graders

 

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr., Doreen Rappaport

This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, IIyasah Shabazz

Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.

 

Disabilities

Some Kids Are Blind, Lola M. Schaefer

Teaches diversity and tolerance to young readers on the topic of blindness. This book also helps them understand and appreciate those who have health differences.

Some Kids Are Deaf, Lola M. Schaefer

Teaches diversity and tolerance to young readers on the topic of deafness. This book also helps them understand and appreciate those who have health differences.

My Friend Has Down Syndrome, Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Two children, one with Down syndrome and one without, learn that they are both good at different things and that by helping each other overcome their fears and difficulties they can accomplish a great deal together.

The Christmasaurus, Thomas Fletcher

A dinosaur-obsessed 10-year-old boy, William Trundle, goes on an adventure to see Father Christmas in a unique version of the North Pole. William is a wheelchair user. A story that shows wheelchair users can be action heroes too! The Winter Witch is the sequel to The Christmasaurus. 

 

Some Kids Wear Leg Braces, Lola M. Schaefer

An engaging text and full-of color photos where readers learn how leg braces can help and what daily life is like for someone who wears them.

 

 

Empathy and Kindness

I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness, Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds *New*

For there to be peace in the world, there must be peace in our hearts, and this gentle book offers a gentle introduction to mindfulness and inner peace. It reminds us all to breathe, notice the world around us, share kindness, and be present in the here and now.

The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes

Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school 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.

 

Indigenous and Native American

I Sang You Down from the Stars, Tasha Spillet-Sumner

Drawing from the Inniniwak Nation's traditional beliefs that babies choose their parents, this gentle and beautifully illustrated story follows a mother as she prepares the scared bundle that will bring a baby to her family. Published suggested reader age 4-8.

 

Berry Magic, Betty Huffmon

Long ago, the only berries on the tundra were hard, tasteless, little crowberries. As Anana watches the ladies complain bitterly while picking berries for the Fall Festival, she decides to use her magic to help. ""Atsa-ii-yaa (Berry), Atsa-ii-yaa (Berry), Atsaukina!"" (Be a berry!), Anana sings under the full moon turning four dolls into little girls that run and tumble over the tundra creating patches of fat, juicy berries: blueberries, cranberries, salmonberries, and raspberries. The next morning Anana and the ladies fill basket after basket with berries for the Fall Festival. Thanks to Anana, there are plenty of tasty berries for the agutak (Eskimo tee cream) at the festival and forevermore. Publisher suggested reader age 4-8. 

 

Sharice's Big Voice, Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays

An inspiring autobiographical picture book by and about US Congresswoman, Sharice Davids, who was one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.  The book is illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Obibwe Woodland artist, and is a reminder that a child's "big" voice can become the voice that fights for change.  

 

Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller, Doreen Rappaport
This beautiful addition to the Big Words series will inspire future leaders to persevere in empathy and thoughtful problem-solving, reaching beyond themselves to help those around them. Moving prose by award-winning author Doreen Rappaport is interwoven with Wilma’s own words in this expertly researched biography, illustrated with warmth and vivacity by Linda Kukuk.

She Persisted: Maria Tallchief, Christine Day 

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America's first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria! Publisher's suggested reader age 6-9 years.

 

At the Mountain's Base, Traci Sorell

A family, separated by duty and distance, waits for a loved one to return home in this lyrical picture book celebrating the bonds of a Cherokee family and the bravery of history-making women pilots.

 

Jumping Mouse, Misty Schroe

A fresh twist to a Native American legend of friendship and sacrifice. Jumping Mouse is just like another other mouse, except she has a dream--a dream to reach the fabled High Places. But one small mouse can't make the long journey alone. At the start of her journey, Jumping Mouse is gifted new long legs from wise Grandfather Frog. Filled with gratitude, she soon meets others who need assistance just like she did: a buffalo that cannot see and a wolf that cannot smell. In order to aid them, she must sacrifice her own sight and hearing, putting her dream of the High Places at risk. Through perseverance and belief, Jumping Mouse discovers who she was truly meant to be, and demonstrates the value of friendship, selflessness, and sacrifice.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Paul Goble

"There was a girl in the village who loved horses... She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way." And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. 

The Legend of the Bluebonnet, Tomie dePaola

This favorite legend based on Comanche Indian lore, tells the story of how the bluebonnet came to be. Tomie dePaola's powerful retelling and his magnificent full-color paintings perfectly capture the Comanche People, the Texas hills, and the spirit of She-Who-Is-Alone, a little girl who made a sacrifice to save her tribe.

How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend, Jerrie Oughton

This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote.

Frog Girl, Paul Owen Lewis

The grandmother frog wants her missing children back, so a Northwest Coast Indian girl must set them free before the volcano erupts, in a tale based on Native legends. 

The Water Protectors, Carole Lindstrom

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

 
 

Jewish

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, Peter Sís

Nicky & Vera is a masterful tribute to Nicholas Winton, who aged 29 in 1938 saved the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia.  His story is dramatised in this picture book which intertwine's Nicky's efforts with the story of a young girl he saved, Vera.  

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail

This adorable picture book brings together Elijah, a biblical figure, and a new kitten friend, also called Elijah in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family and friendship. 

Hat for Mrs Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

A celebration of winter mitzvahs, or kind deeds. This heartwarming winter story is perfect for those who love to knit and parents looking to teach their children about the importance of doing good for others!  ​

Yuvi's Candy Tree, Janice Porter

Plucky Yuvi, a little Jewish girl living in Ethiopia, dreams of a place where candy grows on trees. Based on a true story, this book tells of Yuvi's extraordinary journey to Israel with her grandmother -- a passage from famine and fear to oranges and freedom. 

My Grandmother's Stories: A Collection of Jewish Folk Tales, Adèle Geras

A woman retells the tales from her own childhood to her granddaughter, handing down the lore of her Russian Jewish heritage with stories of ancient Jerusalem, mythical villages, and more. 

Who was Anne Frank?, Ann Abramson

In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding. Who Was Anne Frank? looks closely at Anne's life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary. 

LGBTQ+

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

Sitti's Secrets, Naomi Shihab Nye *NEW*

Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning poet whose father was a Palestinian refugee.  In Sitti’s Secrets, Mona, who lives in America, goes to visit her grandmother in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Although Mona does not speak a shared language with her grandmother (sitti in Arabic), they are able to communicate through gestures, music, and actions. It is a beautifully written and illustrated book about a loving relationship between a child and her grandmother.

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.

The Butter Man, Elizabeth Alalou *NEW*

While impatiently waiting for dinner, young Nora's father tells her about his childhood in Morocco where he learned valuable lessons in patience, perseverance, and hope. 

Snow in Jerusalem, Deborah de Costa *NEW*

Living in different neighborhoods of Jerusalem's Old City, Avi and Hamudi have no idea that they are both caring for the same stray cat, until one day, the beautiful cat leads them both on a journey that defies boundaries and ends with an unexpected snowfall in Jerusalem, in an enchanting story of peace, hope, and friendship. 

The Stars in My Geddoh's Sky, Claire Sidhom Matze *NEW*When Alex's grandfather (Geddoh) comes for a visit from the Middle East, he brings with him presents and stories of his homeland that bring the two closer together, and when he prepares to leave, Alex's Geddoh gives him one special gift that the two can share for a lifetime.

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, Jeanette Winter *NEW*

Celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter weaves a hopeful tale of one woman's courageous book rescue.

Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time, Saira Mir *NEW*
Through short, information-rich biographies and vibrant illustrations, Muslim Girls Rise introduces young readers to the diverse and important contributions Muslim women have made, and role models they may never have heard of before, but whose stories they will never forget.

Baba, What Does My Name Mean?: A Journey to Palestine, Rifk Ebeid *NEW*

When Saamidah, a young Palestinian refugee, is asked by her friends what her name means, she isn't quite sure what to say. She turns to her baba for some answers - but what she gets is an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Join Saamidah on a lyrical journey, with dazzling illustrations, that brings to life her beloved homeland and celebrates the richness of her cultural heritage and the determination to return.

Meet Yasmin!, Saadia Faruqui

Yasmin is an exuberant girl who is interested in everything from exploring to building to fashion. Each book in this series shares short stories from Yasmin’s life.

 

Sadiq and the Desert Star, Siman Nuurali

Sadiq’s baba tells him the story of the Desert Star. Learning about the stars sparks Sadiq's interest in outer space and he looks for others to help him start his dream space club.

 

Amazing Muslims Who Changed the World, Burhana Islam ·

In this stunningly illustrated and beautifully-written treasure trove of iconic amazing and hidden Muslim heroes, you'll find people you might know, as well as some you might not.

 
 

Neurodiversity

Spaghetti Is Not a Finger Food, Jodi Carmichael

Connor knew a lot. He knew that Mrs. Winters did not like to be interrupted, but he was sure she would appreciate his fact-finding methods. One day Connor turned out to be the only one who could save the school from a dog-caused Code Yellow!

Leah's Voice, Lori Demonia

About two sisters facing the challenges and difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs, such as autism.

Waiting For Benjamin: A Story about Autism, Alexandra Jessup Altman

About a boy named Benjamin and how his family learns that he has autism. When they learn this, they hire special teachers to teach him how to listen and talk and play.

A Boy Called Bat, Elana K. Arnold

A story about a boy and the skunk who becomes his best friend, A Boy Called Bat is the first book in a series about a boy on the spectrum.

My Brother Charlie, Holly Robinson Peete

This story is about Charlie, a young boy with autism, tol through the eyes of his older sister.

 

Can you see me?, Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

With diary entries written by eleven-year-old Libby Scott, based on her own experiences of autism, this pioneering book, written in collaboration with esteemed author Rebe

Race and Representation

 

Who was? series, various

Each book features a story of an extraordinary individual, including many civil rights leaders. Our favourites include their stories of Martin Luther King, Jr, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Ida B Wells, Harriet Tubman, and the Dalai Lama. 

 

What was the Holocaust?, Gail Herman

An educational series on world events.

 

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, IIyasah Shabazz

Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.

 

Something Happened In Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice, Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Refugee

Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf

A child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

Sitti's Secrets, Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning poet whose father was a Palestinian refugee.  In Sitti’s Secrets, Mona, who lives in America, goes to visit her grandmother in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Although Mona does not speak a shared language with her grandmother (sitti in Arabic), they are able to communicate through gestures, music, and actions. It is a beautifully written and illustrated book about a loving relationship between a child and her grandmother.

Baba, What Does My Name Mean?: A Journey to Palestine, Rifk Ebeid

When Saamidah, a young Palestinian refugee, is asked by her friends what her name means, she isn't quite sure what to say. She turns to her baba for some answers - but what she gets is an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Join Saamidah on a lyrical journey, with dazzling illustrations, that brings to life her beloved homeland and celebrates the richness of her cultural heritage and the determination to return.

The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney

Life in Amira's Sudanese village is shattered when attackers arrive. She needs to find the strength to make the journey on foot to a refugee camp. The gift of a red pencil opens her mind.

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, Peter Sís

Nicky & Vera is a masterful tribute to Nicholas Winton, who aged 29 in 1938 saved the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia.  His story is dramatised in this picture book which intertwine's Nicky's efforts with the story of a young girl he saved, Vera.  

 

Strong Female Characters

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favili, Francesca Cavallo

What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama.

 

Greetings from Somewhere series, Harper Paris

An Early Reader featuring twin brother and sister, and parents in a role-reversal, travelling the world and solving mysteries. Not the best books in the world, but at the right age and stage our pair loved them.

 

Mango & Bambang series, Polly Faber

A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, an Asian tapir. Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins, filled with adventures, and of course, plenty of banana pancakes. The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a brilliant series from Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

 

Pippi Longstocking series, Astrid Lindgren

In this story Pippi and her friends, Tommy and Annika, have the best time together - going to the circus, buying ALL the sweets in the sweet shop and getting shipwrecked for the weekend. But when Pippi's long-lost father comes to visit, will Pippi sail away to sea with him and leave Tommy and Annika behind?

 

The Princess in Black series, Shannon Hale

Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black. The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black! Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when...Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret - she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! A rollicking read from the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham.

 

She Persisted:13 American Women Who Changed the World, Chelsea Clinton

An introduction to diverse, accomplished group of American women; Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, etc

 

Emily Brown series, Cressida Cowell

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile companion, a toy rabbit called Stanley, Emily sets out to get him back and teach that naughty queen a valuable lesson!

 

Lotta on Troublemaker Street, Astrid Lindgren

Little Lotta has Big troubles. Poor Lotta is having a very bad day. First, she wakes up mad because in her dream her older brother and sister were mean to her. Then, Mother expects her to wear a sweater that "scratches and tickles." Madder than ever, Lotta decides to run away and find a new place to live. After all, everyone at her house is mean, so she won't miss her family at all -- will she?

 

Ottoline series, Chris Riddell

Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve . . .

 

The Wild Washerwomen, John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

Once upon a time there were seven unhappy washerwomen. They had far too much washing to do and the owner of the laundry, Mr Balthazar Tight, was simply dreadful! So they decide to go on strike. They are so happy with their newfound freedom that it seems nobody can control them. Until along come seven woodcutters, eager to teach them a lesson. But perhaps the washerwomen will teach the woodcutters a thing or two instead, and everyone might just live happily ever after...

 

Ten Girls Who Changed the World (Lightkeepers), Irene Howat

Isobel Kuhn questioned whether God even existed. Mary Slessor grew up in a slum with an alcoholic father. Joni Eareckson broke her neck during a diving accident and Corrie Ten Boom just lived with her family in a little watch shop in Haarlem, Holland. What is so special about these girls and how did they change their world?

 

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Rachel Ignotofsky

Highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds. The book also contains fascinating infographics and an illustrated scientific glossary.

 

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, Nizrana Farook

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen's jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?

 

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli

What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

 

Computational Fairy Tales, Jeremy Kubica

Technically a princess. She's a computer scientist and needs to save the kingdom by working through comp/sci scenarios.

 

Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke

A fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke.

 

Hilda and the Midnight Giant, Luke Pearson

When creatures bombard Hilda's house with eviction notices, she has to think twice before making their acquaintance. Come to think of it, who is this giant who only appears at midnight, and why is Hilda the only person who can see him?

 

Ronja the Robber's daughter, Astrid Lindgren

On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt's castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy - for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt's arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends the worst quarrel ever between the rival bands erupts, and Ronia and Berk are right in the middle.

 

The Ordinary Princess, M. M. Kaye

Once upon a time, there was the most beautiful, extraordinary princess. At least, until the day of her christening, when a grumpy fairy placed a spell to make her ORDINARY!

 

Amulet/Stonekeeper series, Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic novel series #1 New York Times bestselling series which follows the adventures of Emily, a young girl who discovers a sentient and autonomous magical circular amulet in her maternal great-grandfather's house.

Coraline, Neil Gaiman

A dark fantasy novella about the adventures of Coraline, young explorer, in the Other World.

 

Latinx

Mario and the Hole in the Sky, How a Chemist Saved our Planet, Elizabeth Rusch and Teresa Martinez
Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs were tearing a hole in the earth’s protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned!

Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 American Latinas who made U.S. History, "Sé Audaz! Sé Valiente!: 11 Latinas que hicieron historia en los Estados Unidos", Naibe Reynoso and Jone Leal 
This book highlights 11 Latinas who excelled in their professions and made U.S. History by accomplishing something that hadn't been done before in various fields. Bilingual

Grandes Dreamers: Twelve Fierce Latina Trailblazers Who Paved The Way In the United States, Argelia Atilano and Anna Alvarado
Proudly highlights the life, journey, impressive careers and groundbreaking milestones of goal-driven Latina women born in the USA during the twenty and twenty-first centuries. Each one of these high achievers demonstrate in different ways how they have proudly embraced their biculturalism, heritage and ancestry in their home country.