The Name Jar

by Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

The Name Jar


Themes



Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.

  • Ages 6-9

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay​

by Cari Best and Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay


Themes


Disability Awareness Community Friendship

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.

  • Ages 5-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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My Papi Has A Motorcycle​

by Isabel Quintero and Illustrated by Zeke Peña

My Papi Has A Motorcycle


Themes


Strong Father Figure Family Community

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López

The Day You Begin


Themes


Respecting Difference Mindfulness Healthy Friendships

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


Themes


Healthy Masculinity Family Acceptance Self-Esteem

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


Themes


Immigration Different Family Structures Girl Empowerment

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!


Themes


Racism Consent Girl Empowerment

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

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

by Jayneen Sanders and Craig Smithup

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept


Themes


Child Sexual Abuse Consent Safe Touch and Unsafe Touch

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


Themes


Healthy Masculinity Gender Equity Gender Stereotypes

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


Themes


Diversity & Inclusion Community Acceptance

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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