Diverse and Multicultural Children's Books

We believe in offering a great selection of diverse books for all ages. Thank you for supporting diversity in the publishing world by purchasing these books from us, an independent bookstore. This page features books for preschoolers up through 8th graders; please click on the book title for more information about reading level and recommended ages.

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Cover Image
By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.


Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580892971
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - May 3rd, 2016

A cool idea with a big splash

You know the Super Soaker. It's one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.


George Crum and the Saratoga Chip Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781600606564
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2006

Now in paperback, an account of the life and career of George Crum, a biracial chef who is credited with the invention of the potato chip at a Saratoga Springs, New York, restaurant in 1853. Based on historical records, George Crum and the Saratoga Chip is a testament to human ingenuity, and a tasty slice of culinary history.


Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted a Million Trees Cover Image
By Franck Prevot, Aurelia Fronty (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896269
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - January 6th, 2015

Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea.


Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553533927
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Published: Dragonfly Books - January 26th, 2016

Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful, energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it.


Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure Cover Image
By Wynton Marsalis, Paul Rogers (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763639914
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 9th, 2012

The creators of Jazz ABZ are back for an encore With infectious rhythm and rhyme, musical master Wynton Marsalis opens kids' ears to the sounds around us.


Coming Home Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780698116122
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Published: Puffin Books - February 2nd, 1998

Young Langston Hughes was a dreamer. He dreamed about heroes like Booker T. Washington, who was black just like him. When he heard the clackety-clack of train wheels, he dreamed about the places it had been. But most of all, he dreamed about having a happy home. And so, one day, he began turning those dreams into beautiful prose.


She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story Cover Image
By Audrey Vernick, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061349201
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Published: Collins Publishers - October 19th, 2010

"A wonderful picture book biography. Little girls will be inspired."*

Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth's mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first--and only--woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823434282
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Published: Holiday House - February 27th, 2016

Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of Joe "King" Oliver.


Those Shoes Cover Image
By Maribeth Boelts, Noah Z. Jones (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763642846
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 9th, 2009

"In this witty, wise picture book, Boelts presents a kid's-eye view of a
consumer fad that rages through school at gale force." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)


We All Sing with the Same Voice Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780060739003
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Published: HarperCollins - January 4th, 2005

A lyrical and joyful celebration of inclusion and respect


The Invisible Boy Cover Image
By Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781582464503
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend...

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.


How We Are Smart Cover Image
By W. Nikola-Lisa, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781600604447
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2002

Musician Tito Puente. Ballerina Maria Tallchief. Explorer Matthew Henson. Congresswoman Patsy Mink. These are some of the people profiled in this book. They are well known for different reasons, but they also have something in common. They were all smart Readers will learn that being smart is about more than doing well in school.


Hiromi's Hands Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781620142516
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 31st, 2015

Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805094732
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 21st, 2014

Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is known mainly for his central role in the musical group the Band. But how did he become one of "Rolling Stone'"s top 100 guitarists of all time? Written by his son, Sebastian, this is the story of a rock-and-roll legend's journey through music, beginning when he was taught to play guitar at nine years old on a Native American reservation.


Charlie Parker Played Be Bop Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780531070956
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Published: Orchard Books (NY) - September 1st, 1997

"In a daring attempt to capture the raw energy of Parker's music . . . Raschka (pens) a text that's as lean as a poem and as mean as a blues refrain" ("Publishers Weekly", starred review). Full-color illustrations.


I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802796882
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker & Company - December 26th, 2007

Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life. His dreams had sails.

They took him from the port of Baltimore, around the world, and north to the pole.

No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world.


Jim Thorpe's Bright Path Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781600603402
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 1st, 2008

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802853790
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2015

A unique biography of a remarkable Reconstruction figure


Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781600605727
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 1st, 2005

If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn't know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball.


The Pot That Juan Built Cover Image
By Nancy Andrews-Goebel, David Diaz (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781600608483
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2002

Juan Quezada is the premier potter in Mexico. With local materials and the primitive methods of the Casas Grandes people -- including using human hair to make brushes and cow manure to feed the flames that fire his pots -- Juan creates stunning pots in the traditional style. Each is a work of art unlike any other.


Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781620141564
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 15th, 2016

Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock.


Trombone Shorty Cover Image
By Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419714658
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner
Hailing from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316213882
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award


A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day Cover Image
By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425287682
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.


Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Cover Image
By Robbie Robertson, David Shannon (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419712203
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 8th, 2015

Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation.


28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World Cover Image
By Charles R. Smith, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438200
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 13th, 2015

Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president.


Thunder Boy Jr. Cover Image
By Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316013727
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.


Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419707315
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

Sitting Bull (c. 1831-1890) was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull's childhood--killing his first buffalo at age 10--to being named war chief to leading his people against the U.S. Army, Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People brings the story of the great chief to light.


Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans Cover Image
By Phil Bildner, John Parra (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452125787
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 4th, 2015

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade.


Beautiful Moon Cover Image
By Tonya Bolden, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419707926
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - November 4th, 2014

A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens, the boy offers a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.


The Twins' Blanket Cover Image
By Hyewon Yum, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374379728
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 16th, 2011

One of School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2011

These look-alike twins have always shared everything their room, their toys, a crib, and, since the day they were born, a blanket. But as they grow into new beds, they need new blankets, too. Now they face a new dilemma: they don't know how not to share.


Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come yo


Jacob's New Dress Cover Image
By Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman, Chris Case (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807563731
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2014

Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.


Jingle Dancer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780688162412
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Published: HarperCollins - April 5th, 2000

The affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem--how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?


Poems in the Attic Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781620140277
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Published: Lee & Low Books - July 1st, 2015

During a visit to her grandma's house, a young girl discovers a box of poems in the attic, poems written by her mother when she was growing up. Her mother's family often moved around the United States and the world because her father was in the Air Force. Over the years, her mother used poetry to record her experiences in the many places the family lived.


Call Me Tree: Llamame Arbol Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780892392940
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Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - November 1st, 2014

In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins -Within/ The deep dark earth, - like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world.


In the Canyon Cover Image
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481403481
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 18th, 2015

Pull on your hiking boots and get ready to see the magnificent Grand Canyon From the author of the Caldecott Honoree All the World, here is a marvelous celebration of one of our nation's natural wonders.


Little Red Gliding Hood Cover Image
By Tara Lazar, Troy Cummings (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385370066
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 27th, 2015

Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won't believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with.


A Boy and a Jaguar Cover Image
By Alan Rabinowitz, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547875071
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 6th, 2014

2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner


Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion--their voice--but he stutters uncontrollably.

Except when he talks to animals...

Then he is fluent.


Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.


Sona and the Wedding Game Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561457359
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 1st, 2015

Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781580895699
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - December 6th, 2016

No one thought Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would ever become friends. The former slave and the outspoken woman came from two different worlds. But they shared deep-seated beliefs in equality and the need to fight for it. Despite naysayers, hecklers, and even arsonists, Susan and Frederick became fast friends and worked together to change America.


Viva Frida Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Tim O'Meara (Photographer)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436039
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 2nd, 2014

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.


Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza Cover Image
By J. L. Powers, George Mendoza (Illustrator), Hayley Morgan-Sanders (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781930900738
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Published: Purple House Press - September 1st, 2014

George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. Then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he's breaking more barriers--because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees.


One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia Cover Image
By Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator), Miranda Paul
$19.99
ISBN: 9781467716086
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Published: Millbrook Press - February 1st, 2015

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Cover Image
By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780449817445
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 6th, 2015

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story--which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey--is nothing short of remarkable.


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544102293
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 31st, 2015

Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule--until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongos. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret.


Mango, Abuela, and Me Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763669003
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 25th, 2015

A 2016 Pura Belpre Author Award Honor Book
A 2016 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award Honor Book

When a little girl's far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.


Juna's Jar Cover Image
By Jane Bahk, Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781600608537
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Published: Lee & Low Books - January 15th, 2015

Sometimes a simple, everyday object can take you away on great adventures. Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to collect things in empty kimchi jars. Then one day, Hector unexpectedly moves away without having a chance to say good-bye. Juna is heartbroken and left to wonder who will on go on adventures with her.


My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374388195
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - January 13th, 2015

Zulay and her three best friends are all in the same first grade class and study the same things, even though Zulay is blind. When their teacher asks her students what activity they want to do on Field Day, Zulay surprises everyone when she says she wants to run a race. With the help of a special aide and the support of her friends, Zulay does just that.


Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015


My Pen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423103714
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 10th, 2015

My pen rides dinosaurs
and hides an elephant in a teacup.
What can your pen do?Acclaimed author and illustrator Christopher Myers uses rich black-and-white illustrations to bring a sketchbook to life, showing that with a simple pen, a kid can do anything.


Pool Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452142944
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2015

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A NPR.org Best Book of the Year
Gold Medal Winner - Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show, 2015


My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood Cover Image
By Tameka Fryer Brown, Shane Evans (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670012855
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Published: Viking Children's Books - March 7th, 2013

What color is your mood?
On a really good day, Jamie feels purplelike the first bite of a juicy cold plum.
And with a crayon in his hand, Jamie eases into a green feeling--like a dragon dancing through a junglemade of green jello.

But when his brothers push him around and make fun of his drawings, Jamie feels like a dark gray storm brewing.


Arrorro, Mi Nino Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781600604416
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Published: Lee & Low Books - March 1st, 2004

Arrorro, mi nino -- Hush-a-bye, my child

It's time to go to bed, and what better way to lull your child to sleep than with a tender song or gentle game? In this beautiful collection of classic Latino lullabies and games, mothers and children happily embrace and treasure their traditions while sharing the universal joy of the special bond between parent and child.


Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Kimberly McKay (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781894717823
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Published: Pemmican Publications - August 24th, 2015

What incredible pluck Why does young Metisse insist on playing her fiddle for Grandmother's birthday when everyone knows girls are supposed to dance and leave the fiddling to the boys? It could be because Metisse feels the rhythm of tradition in more than one way.

This charming and witty debut story from Carole Lindstrom is warmed by tender illustration from Kimberly McKay


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781600608988
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 1st, 2014

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family's Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument.


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452103143
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Published: Chronicle Books - January 14th, 2014

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor
Parent's Choice Award
Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List
Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014


Harlem's Little Blackbird Cover Image
By Renee Watson, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375869730
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

From Caldecott Honor winner Christian Robinson and acclaimed author Renee Watson, comes the inspiring true story of Florence Mills.


A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375867125
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children


A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.50
ISBN: 9780802853028
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2008

2009 Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
NCTE Notable Children's Book


Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807530177
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - February 1st, 2015

His white teacher tells her all-black class, You'll all wind up porters and waiters. What did she know? Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed.


When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596435407
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.


Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat [With CD] Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni, Alicia Vergel De Dios (Illustrator), Damian Ward (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781402210488
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Published: Sourcebooks - October 1st, 2008

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLIST TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH


One Word from Sophia Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481405140
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2015

Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation.

Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad...and Grand-mama.

Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise?


The Purim Superhero Cover Image
By Mike Byrne (Illustrator), Elisabeth Kushner
$7.95
ISBN: 9780761390626
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Published: Kar-Ben Publishing - February 1st, 2013

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561458257
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - September 1st, 2015

Lowriders in Space, Book 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781452128696
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - November 4th, 2014

Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders--cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito.


Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) Cover Image
By Cathy Camper, Raul the Third (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452138367
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 5th, 2016

2017 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award Winner


Roller Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby--perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile


Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419706196
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Published: Amulet Books - October 1st, 2012

Welcome to Hereville, home of the first-ever wisecracking, adventure-loving, sword-wielding Orthodox Jewish heroine. A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, this fun, quirky graphic novel series will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine.


Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419703980
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 1st, 2012

Welcome to Hereville, home of the first-ever wisecracking, adventure-loving, sword-wielding Orthodox Jewish heroine. A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, this fun, quirky graphic novel series will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine.


Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419708008
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Published: Amulet Books - November 3rd, 2015

Welcome back to Hereville, where Mirka, the world's first time-traveling, monster-fighting Orthodox Jewish girl, faces her greatest challenge yet: babysitting Mirka just wants to find new adventures, but instead she's stuck babysitting her disapproving little sister, Layele. When Mirka pushes her sister into a stream, they both get in too deep with an angry magic fish.


The Turtle of Oman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062019783
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

Praised by the Horn Book as "both quiet and exhilarating," this novel by the acclaimed poet and National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye follows Aref Al-Amri as he says goodbye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The Birchbark House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786814541
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 13th, 2002

"[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside.


Indian Shoes Cover Image
By Cynthia Leitich Smith, Jim Madsen (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060295318
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Published: HarperCollins - April 2nd, 2002

What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins...or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?


George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545812542
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.


Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545798631
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 28th, 2015

"My name is Gaby, and I'm looking for a home. Having the nicest clothes or cell phone isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home
alone."
When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and


Kinda Like Brothers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545224970
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 29th, 2015

Jarrett doesn't trust Kevon.
But he's got to share a room with him anyway.


It was one thing when Jarrett's mom took care of foster babies who needed help. But this time it's different. This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon.


Little Miss Evil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781939392091
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Published: Spencer Hill Middle Grade - March 10th, 2015

When you live in a volcano, ride to school in a helicopter, and regularly see your dad on the news with the caption "EVIL GENIUS" underneath his picture, it takes a lot to rattle you.

Until you get a message that says: We have your father. Deliver the NOVA in 24 hours or we will kill him.


Tiger Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580896603
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - April 14th, 2015

One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve

When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub's anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching he wants to sell the cub's body parts on the black market.


How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937054557
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Published: Roadrunner Press - September 8th, 2015

A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land his people had ever known, and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost--one with the ability to help those he left behind.


A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385392310
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Published: Yearling Books - February 2nd, 2016

Fans of How to Train Your Dragon will love this whimsical tale, the first in a series, by a Newbery Honor winner, featuring charming illustrations and pet "training tips" in each chapter.

Crusty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly enough, Winnie seems to think Miss Drake is her pet--a ridiculous notion


From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250079848
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2016

Return to the world of Meg Cabot's bestselling and beloved Princess Diaries series in From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess this time through the illustrated diary of a spunky new heroine: Princess Mia's long lost half-sister, Olivia


Better Nate Than Ever Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442446915
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2014

"The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it's like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended." -Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the musical, Hamilton


Moving Target Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545773195
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 30th, 2016

Cassie Arroyo, an American studying in Rome, has her world ripped apart when someone tries to kill her father, an art history professor at an Italian university. Is she their next target?


Return Fire (Moving Target, Book 2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545773225
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 27th, 2016

WHO WILL CONTROL DESTINY?
Cassie Arroyo has the ability to use the Spear of Destiny. And despite knowing the dangers of such a powerful object, she uses it to shape the future and save her father's life.


Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities Cover Image
By Mike Jung, Mike Maihack (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545335485
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2012

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?
If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.
If not (and let's face it, it's "not"), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don't get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.


The Toymaker's Apprentice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399545177
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Published: Puffin Books - October 4th, 2016

A gorgeously imagined Nutcracker retelling from award-winning author Sherri L. Smith.


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The Jumbies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616205928
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

Corinne La Mer claims she isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?


Bayou Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316224857
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

A magical coming-of-age story from Coretta Scott King honor author Jewell Parker Rhodes, rich with Southern folklore, friendship, family, fireflies and mermaids, plus an environmental twist.


Echo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

2016 Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller
An impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force from a treasured storyteller

Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.


Stella by Starlight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442494985
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Published: Atheneum Books - March 29th, 2016

When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era "novel that soars" (The New York Times Book Review) that School Library Journal called "storytelling at its finest" in a starred review.


Nest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385386104
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Published: Yearling Books - February 16th, 2016

For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother.


I Lived on Butterfly Hill Cover Image
By Marjorie Agosin, Lee White (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416994022
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 10th, 2015

An eleven-year-old's world is upended by political turmoil in this "lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification" (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.


The Lightning Queen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545800853
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419710544
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

A 2015 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book and a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book


Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March Cover Image
By Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock (Retold by), Susan Buckley (Retold by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147512161
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Published: Speak - December 27th, 2016

A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes--now in paperback will an all-new discussion guide.


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385755559
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Published: Yearling Books - March 8th, 2016

Fans of Polly Horvath or Roald Dahl will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.


Blackbird Fly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062238627
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2016

Future rock star or friendless misfit? That's no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams.


Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807563656
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2015

The Way Home Looks Now Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545609562
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 28th, 2015

Twelve-year-old Chinese American Peter Lee and his family always shared a passion for baseball, bonding over backlot games and the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when a devastating tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and Peter's mom becomes paralyzed by grief, drifting further and further from her family.


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419707858
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 10th, 2015

Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy--though you wouldn't guess it by his name: his father is part white and part Lakota, and his mother is Lakota. When he embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, he learns more and more about his Lakota heritage--in particular, the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota and American history.


The Red Pencil Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316247825
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015


Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662378
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Published: HarperCollins - November 29th, 2016

The uplifting, amazing true story--a New York Times bestseller


What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763664428
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - December 10th, 2013

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineup
of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147510426
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Published: Puffin Books - January 5th, 2016

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village adapted for young readers. Now available in paperback


Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580897112
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 2nd, 2016

The true story of a Chinese American mountain man who fed thirty people for ten days in the wilderness--and helped inspire the creation of the National Park Service. Tie Sing was born in the mountains. The mountains were in his blood. But because he was of Chinese descent at a time in America when to be Chinese meant working in restaurants or laundries, Tie Sing's prospects were limited.


Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481449915
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 27th, 2016

From New York Times bestselling author Tilar Mazzeo comes the extraordinary and long forgotten story of Irena Sendler--the "female Oskar Schindler"--who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II--now adapted for a younger audience.


Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547906041
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 8th, 2013

Andrea Davis Pinkney's moving text and Stephen Alcorn's glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women freedom fighters of the civil rights movement. Includes biographies of Sojournor Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B.Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.