The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas The Hate U Give Themes Police Violence Racism Community Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the […]

The Jumbies

By Tracey Baptiste The Jumbies Themes Community Friendship Girl Empowerment 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 […]

Amina’s Voice

By Hena Khan Amina’s Voice Themes Girl empowerment Youth Leadership Respect Islamophobia Community Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except, now that she’s in middle school, everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in […]

My Papi Has A Motorcycle

By Isabel quinteroIllustrated 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 […]

All Are Welcome

By Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman All Are Welcome Themes Diversity 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 […]

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

BY cari bestIllustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton My three best friends and me, zulay Themes Friendship Community Disabilities Zulay and her three best friends are all in the same first grade class. They study the same things, even though Zulay is blind. When their teacher asks her students what activity they want to do on Field […]

Daniel the Tiger

BY Rachel KalbaniLLUSTRATED BY jASON fRUTCHER Daniel the Tiger: Won’t you be my neighbor Themes cOMMUNITY Friendship Respect Inspired by the classic series Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Come along with Daniel the Tiger as he discovers what it means to be a good neighbor. Ages 0-3 Find a book that fits your child’s reading level and […]

Counting On Community

BY Innosanto Nagara COUNTING ON COMMUNITY Themes Friendship Community Diversity Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens—and always counting on each other—children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys found in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they possess to make change. A broad and inspiring vision of […]