The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López

The Day You Begin


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Sooner or later, you will face a time when you walk into a room and find that nobody there is quite like you. There are lots of reasons you might feel different, whether it’s the way you look, the way you talk, where you’re from, or what you eat. It’s not easy to take those first steps when nobody knows you yet, but somehow you find the courage to do it.

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Julián Is a Mermaid

by Jessica Love

Julián Is a Mermaid


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Julián notices three women on the subway dressed up in beautiful gowns that end in fishtails and bright, billowing hair. When he gets home, he starts daydreaming about the magic he has seen and wants to dress up in his own fabulous mermaid costume. Julián sets off to create a tail from a butter-yellow curtain and a headdress from a potted fern. What will Julián’s abuela think of the mess he’s made, or the costume he’s created?

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina, Angela Dominguez

Mango, Abuela, and Me


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Mia’s abuela leaves her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to move in with Mia and her parents in the city. When she arrives, Mia wants to share her favorite book before bedtime, but learns that Abuela can’t read it. Mia decides to help Abuela learn English while they cook together, and she gets to learn some Spanish herself. It’s hard for Abuela to learn and tell Mia her stories, but they have some help after Mia sees a parrot in the window. 

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Don’t Touch My Hair!

by Sharee Miller

Don’t Touch My Hair!


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Just about everywhere Aria goes, someone wants to touch her fluffy, curly hair. Whether she’s in the street, under the sea, in the jungle, or even in space, strangers (and strange creatures) try to touch Aria’s hair. Finally, she has had enough!

  • Ages 7-8

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Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

by Jayneen Sanders and Craig Smithup

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept


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Just like we teach kids to be safe around water or the road, we must teach them body safety in a way that isn’t scary or confronting. This beautiful picture book sensitively talks about the topic of unsafe and unwanted touch. Parents and children can also lean on the notes to the reader and discussion questions found within the book. 

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Pink is for Boys

by Robb Pearlman, Eda Kaban

Pink Is for Boys


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In this picture book, we’re reminded that pink is for boys, and girls, and everyone! Rethink the gender binary and the blue/pink stereotype. In this beautiful book, kids and grown-ups are empowered to express themselves however they choose. Readers can see themselves in a diverse group of characters, and be reassured that it’s okay to enjoy whatever it is you love to do — whether that’s playing sports, dressing up, daydreaming about unicorns, or racing cars!

  • Ages 4-6

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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All Are Welcome

by Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman

All Are Welcome


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The children at this school are all unique and different from each other, but all are welcome. At this school, kids in patkas, hijabs, yarmulkes, and baseball caps all play together. Follow the friends along as they learn from each other and gather to celebrate Lunar New Year with their community.

  • Ages 4-6

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Miles is the Boss of His Body

by Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

Miles is the Boss of His Body


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It’s Miles’ 6th birthday, but he’s not thrilled about being pinched, hugged too tight, noogied, picked up, or tickled by his family. They mean well, but Miles has had enough! He announces that he is the boss of his body, and his family supports and respects his personal boundaries.

  • Ages 4-6

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