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  • Mermaid and Pirate

    by Tracey Baptiste

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    In this picture book by New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste, an encounter between a Black mermaid and pirate launches a humorous tale of friendship that shows how kindness and empathy go beyond words.

    A mermaid and a pirate build a friendship through kindness, empathy, and shared adventure in this heartwarming picture book by New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste, with bright, bold illustrations by Leisl Adams.

    Glub glub…
    Mermaid and Pirate cannot understand each other. They speak different languages and come from different worlds. But they’re quick to lend a hand, or a tail, when the sky grows stormy and waters get rough, and a friendship is born. Sometimes kindness and generosity speak louder than words.

  • Ketanji Brown Jackson: A Justice for All

    by Tami Charles


    Discover the incredible story of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who followed her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and eventually became the first Black woman to sit on the US Supreme Court in this picture book biography.

    After 232 years and 115 appointments, Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson became the first Black woman appointed to serve on the US Supreme Court. With Tami Charles’s sweeping lyricism and Jemma Skidmore’s unforgettable illustrations, readers learn about the narratives that have shaped the Justice’s life, and how this historic moment will be impressed upon the minds of the young dreamers of the future.

  • Abolition is Love

    by Syrus Marcus Ware


    What can abolition mean for a child? How can it help them dream a different future for their community?

    In Abolition is Love, Amelie learns about collective care, mutual aid, and abolitionist ideas as they help their parents get ready for the annual Prisoners’ Justice Day. Amelie explores big concepts like love, justice, and care, and learns how we can build a different world together through the small choices we make every day. They learn to resolve a conflict with their cousin who plays differently than they do, they help their Papa plan a more accessible park for all, and collectively they create a beautiful banner. Amelie is also excited to hold their own candle at the rally, and they look forward to this big kid moment–to join the ranks of activists calling for justice and abolition.  The book explores possibilities for hope, and offers ideas for caring for each other and building communities rooted in social justice and safety for all people. Parents and teachers can engage young readers with the expansive illustrations and prompts that suggest new ways of being in the world together.

    Abolition is Love!

  • Mary Can!

    by Mary J. Blige


    From multi-award–winning singer, artist, actress, and icon, Mary J. Blige, comes a fun and inspirational story that teaches young readers they can be anything and they are enough.

    Most of the time, people say “no” or “you can’t” because they dream too small.

    Young Mary has been told that there are many things she can’t do. Like stay up past bedtime, or be an astronaut or become president. But what she really wants is to sing, and she isn’t about to let anyone tell her she can’t do it!

    A powerful motivating tale about a confident and ambitious girl who doesn’t feed into negativity, legendary artist Mary J. Blige’s debut children’s book proves that anyone can make their dreams come true by believing in themselves. It's a great conversation starter for overcoming discouragement from others.

    Brought to life with imaginative illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator Ashleigh Corrin, Mary Can! is perfect for go-getters who aren’t afraid to be a YES in a world full of NOs.

  • I Know Who I Am: A Joyful Affirmation of Your God-Given Identity

    by Dorena Williamson


    An uplifting picture book that reminds children all over the world of God’s love for them—affirming their standing in His kingdom and reinforcing their God-given identity.

    I am beautifully made and crowned with glory and strength!
    I am filled with God’s power!
    I am building my life on Jesus, the solid rock!
    I am not afraid, for the Lord is always with me!

    Join children from Haiti, India, Korea, Rwanda, Spain, New Zealand, and many more countries as they each declare God's truth about their identities. Each page is a joyful exploration of how God has uniquely made every child to reveal His glory, but also serves as a beautiful reminder for kids about who they are—and, most important, whom they belong to.

    Featuring simple, biblically based affirmative statements and bold and vibrant illustrations, this inspirational celebration of a young believer's identity in Christ is a must-have for every church and Christian family.

  • A Family Prayer

    by Shay Youngblood


    A beautifully illustrated children's book that celebrates all the family—biological and chosen alike—who keep us safe and teach us to dream

    In A Family Prayer, acclaimed novelist Shay Youngblood brings to life the prayer of a little brown girl who finds joy in asking God to keep her family safe. Young readers will celebrate every aunty, cousin, and grandmother in their life. But more than just her biological relatives, each family member is a maternal or paternal archetype, someone in her community who represents the title of mother, father, aunty, and the like.

    My sister is a blessing                             
    She keeps my secrets                              
    Braids my hair
    And helps me find my way
    Sisters are a blessing
    Keep them safe from harm

    My Aunty is a blessing                            
    She sings sweet songs                                                     
    Rocks me to sleep
    and whispers stories in the dark
    Aunties are a blessing
    Keep them safe from harm

    A Family Prayer champions the age-old wisdom that raising a family takes a village—and that the love of a community runs soul deep.

  • Frogs (A Day in the Life): What Do Frogs, Toads, and Tadpoles Get Up to All Day?

    by Dr. Itzue W. Caviedes-Solis


    A gripping story set over twenty-four hours where readers will come face-to-face with the most amazing frogs and toads in the world, written by expert Dr. Itzue W. Caviedes-Solis.

    Set over a twenty-four-hour period, meet poisonous tree frogs, see-through glass frogs, and frogs that can freeze their own blood in this kids’ nonfiction book about the coolest amphibians in the world.

    Journey into the rainforest to follow frogs as they dance, hunt, and fight their way through their day. Frog scientist and conservationist Dr. Itzue W. Caviedes-Solis tells the story of the world’s most amazing frogs and toads in the style of a nature documentary, including gentle science explanations of topics such as metamorphosis that are perfect for future biologists. Witness incredible moments including a Wolverine frog that "shoots" its bones out from beneath its skin and a frog that absorbs frogspawn into its own skin!

  • Repeat After Me: Big Things to Say Every Day

    by Jazmyn Simon


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    From parents and actors Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill comes a picture book filled with beautiful, inspiring affirmations reminding kiddos of their infinite wonder. Perfect for children of any age!

    I am worthy. I am loved. I am enough.
    Every child, no matter their age, needs to know how loved they are and, more importantly, should love themselves. In this gorgeously illustrated book of affirmations, young readers are told how cherished, deserving, and gifted they are.

    In their tender picture book, actors Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill tell children about the magic of self-love and standing firm, regardless of outside voices and doubt. Children will feel their confidence grow as they repeat the encouraging words on the page, take in the warm illustrations, and learn to believe in themselves!

  • Mommy Time

    by Monique James-Duncan


    This intimate picture book debut captures the joys—and occasional struggles—of being a stay-at-home parent.

    Rollicking rhyme and playful illustrations record a day in the life of two rambunctious children and their stay-at-home mother. As fun as it is being a kid, it can be hard work being a mom. When Dad heads to his job, the joyful chaos of getting ready for the day begins. To the children, that day is a happy blur of school and playdates, singing and dancing, supermarket walks and library stops, bath time, story time, bedtime. But Mommy’s time is filled with a whole lot more—sweeping, laundry, stinky diapers—tiring work achieved with love in her eyes and care in her smiles. An authentic catalog of precious moments in the life of an ordinary family, this warm, revealing story builds a bridge of empathy between parent and child and celebrates the value of “Mommy time.”

  • Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis

    by Melvina Noel


    A warm and inviting picture-book portrait of African American culinary legend Edna Lewis, who brought Southern cooking to the masses

    Edna loved to cook. Growing up on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, she learned the value of fresh, local, seasonal food from her Mama Daisy, how to measure ingredients for biscuits using coins, and to listen closely to her cakes to know when they were done. Edna carried these traditions with her all the way to New York, where she became a celebrated chef, who could even turn traditional French food into her signature Southern style. The author of several cookbooks and the recipient of numerous awards, Chef Edna introduced the world to the flavors of her home.

  • Naming Ceremony

    by Seina Wedlick

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    A sweet sibling story all about making family traditions your own—perfect for fans of Alma and How She Got Her Name and Welcome to the Party

    Today’s the day! It’s Baby Sister’s naming ceremony, and big sister Amira could not be more excited. She has the perfect name picked out . . . or, at least, she hopes it’s the perfect name.

    One by one, friends and family arrive. As Amira greets them, she asks what name they have brought to give to Baby Sister. Each is more beautiful than the last—ShakiraAkahanaUhwe. And each has its own special meaning—thankfulred flowermoonlight. Amira knows that Baby Sister will love these names. But will she love the name Amira has chosen? Is it special enough?

    A story about rich traditions and the unique bond between sisters, Naming Ceremony celebrates multigenerational family and Black joy.

  • How to Write a Poem

    by Kwame Alexander


    In this evocative and playful companion to their New York Times-bestselling picture book How to Read a Book, Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander teams up with poet Deanna Nikaido and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet to celebrate the magic of discovering your very own poetry in the world around you. 


    with a question

    like an acorn

    waiting for spring.

    From this first stanza, readers are invited to pay attention—and to see that paying attention itself is poetry. Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido’s playful text and Melissa Sweet’s dynamic, inventive artwork are paired together to encourage readers to listen, feel, and discover the words that dance in the world around them—poems just waiting to be written down. 

  • Can We Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers?

    by Junauda Petrus


    Based on the viral poem by Coretta Scott King honoree Junauda Petrus, this picture book debut imagines a radically positive future where police aren’t in charge of public safety and community well-being.

    Petrus first published and performed this poem after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. With every subsequent police shooting, it has taken on new urgency, culminating in the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, blocks from Junauda's home.

    In its picture book incarnation, Can We Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers? is a joyously radical vision of community-based safety and mutual aid. It is optimistic, provocative, and ultimately centered in fierce love. Debut picture book artist Kristen Uroda has turned Junauda's vision for a city without precincts into a vibrant and flourishing urban landscape filled with wise and loving grandmothers of all sorts.

  • Stella and the Mystery of the Missing Tooth by Clothilde Ewing
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    In this effervescent companion to the picture book Stella Keeps the Sun Up, Stella goes on the hunt to figure out who’s behind her friend’s missing tooth.

    Stella, her bestie Roger, and her second-best friend Owen are excited to go see Sue the T-rex at the museum, but when Owen has to leave early because he lost a tooth, Stella becomes determined to find it for him. How did he manage to lose a tooth? Was it stolen? Could the tooth fairy be responsible? Could Owen be…a dinosaur boy?

    Nothing will keep Stella from her investigation, even if she and Roger fear their own teeth could be stolen too. But the more Stella investigates, the more she realizes that perhaps this case is not as complicated as she thought.

  • Peeny Butter Fudge

    by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison

    Snuggle, snuggle.
    Time to rest.
    Nana joins us in her nest.

    There is no one like Nana in the whole wide world. She is the best. Nana knows how to take an ordinary afternoon and make it extra special! Nap time, story time, and playtime are transformed by fairies, dragons, dancing, and pretending -- and then mixing and fixing yummy, yummy fudge just like Nana and Mommy did not so many years ago....

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her son Slade tell a story of what really goes on when Nana is left in charge!
  • A is for Agbada: An African Alphabet Adventure

    by Udhedhe Olakpe & Ufuoma Olakpe

    From A for Agbada to Z for Zuma, this fresh alphabet book takes young readers on an exciting adventure to discover the people, places, lifestyles, and language of life in an African country. This book celebrates the rich culture, delicious foods, fascinating animals, and exciting sights and sounds of life in Africa’s most populous country – Nigeria.
  • When I See You by Dr Mide Adeleye
  • Super Cells by Princess Walls
    Gizelle is a brave little girl with sickle cell, and she is defeating the odds every day. She puts on her cape and turns sickle cells into Super Cells.  Finding super strength with sickle cell makes Gizelle more powerful than ever. 
  • I AM: Coloring and Activity Book

    by Caroline Reme

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    This is an uplifting Black and Brown girls coloring book with "I am" positive affirmations coupled with teachable activities for every child to learn from. This coloring book provides inspirational, motivational, and good vibes illustrations.
  • Ada's Wash Day

    by Sharnette Donacien


    It's "Ada's Wash Day" but with a wonderful twist.

    Join Ada and Mama as they go through their weekly Sunday morning hair washing ritual. Their special mother-daughter bond is brilliantly captured and illustrated in this fun, and sweet story about grooming and self-acceptance.

    Read and see how Mama teaches Ada to care for her hair and Ada learns to love and accept herself just the way she is. Mama also learns a little bit about herself too!

  • A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the 1963 March on Washington

    by Courtney Ahn


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    The author of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and the author of Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag combine their tremendous talents for a singular picture book biography of Bayard Rustin, the gay Black man behind the March on Washington of 1963.

    On August 28, 1963, a quarter of a million activists and demonstrators from every corner of America convened for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was there and then that they raised their voices in unison for racial and economic justice for all Black Americans, to call out inequities, and, ultimately, to advance the Civil Rights Movement.

    Every movement has its unsung heroes. Individuals in the background who work without praise and accolades, who toil and struggle without notice. One of those unsung heroes was at the center of some of the most important decisions and events of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Credited with introducing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the power of peaceful protest, for orchestrating the March on Washington, and for skillfully composing the program that placed Dr. King at the end of the list of speakers and musicians for what would become his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, this unsung hero will be celebrated for the first time in a picture book.

    The unsung hero behind the movement was a quiet man. A gay, African American man. He was Bayard Rustin. On the heels of the sixtieth anniversary of this historic moment, two acclaimed picture book authors tell Bayard's inspiring story in an innovative and timeless book. A Song for the Unsung is the rousing story of one of our nation's greatest calls to action by honoring one of the men who made it happen.

  • Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

    by Carole Boston Weatherford


    You can be a king. Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most famous actions in this powerful picture book by award-winning creators.

    You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall. / You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience.

    Carole Boston Weatherford’s powerful, poetic text is brought to life by James Ransome’s stunning, dynamic illustrations of a class of young students embarking on a project about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through key events of Dr. King’s life, from formative childhood moments to his days as a civil rights leader, the class sees how he never lost hope in a future of equality and justice for all. Readers will learn from Dr. King’s experiences, as the class follows in his footsteps. Even though times change, Dr. King's example remains, and a new generation of children will be inspired to take charge and change the world . . . to be a king.

  • RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

    by Carole Boston Weatherford

    Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award! From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.

    Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father’s Detroit church where her soaring voice spanned more than three octaves.

    Her string of hit songs earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Aretha didn’t just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.

    This authoritative, rhythmic, Coretta Scott King Illustration Award–winning picture book biography will captivate young readers with Aretha’s inspiring story.
  • The Roots of Rap

    by Carole Boston Weatherford


    Explore the roots of rap in this stunning, rhyming, triple-timing picture book!

    "Carole Boston Weatherford, once again, delivers a resounding testament and reminder, that hip-hop is a flavorful slice of larger cultural cake. And to be hip-hop-to truly be it-we must remember that we are also funk, jazz, soul, folktale, and poetry. We must remember that . . . we are who we are!" ―Jason Reynolds, New York Times best-selling author

    "Starting with its attention-getting cover, this picture book does an excellent job of capturing the essence of rap . . . This tribute to hip hop culture will appeal to a wide audience, and practically demands multiple readings." ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

    "No way around it, this book is supa-dupa fly, with lush illustrations anchored in signature hip-hop iconography for the future of the global hip-hop nation." ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

    "With short, rhyming lines and dramatic portraits of performers, the creative team behind How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace offers a dynamic introduction to hip-hop. . . . This artful introduction to one of the most influential cultural movements of the 20th century pulses with the energy and rhythm of its subject." ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

    A generation voicing
    stories, hopes, and fears
    founds a hip-hop nation.
    Say holler if you hear.

  • Sugar Pie Lullaby: The Soul of Motown in a Song of Love

    by Carole Weatherford


    Celebrate the love between a child and caring adult with this soulful poetic lullaby

    Are you a lover of rhythm and blues? Shoo-be-do-wop along with your little ones, as you introduce them to the legendary music of the Motown era. Enjoy a jazzy drift into dreamland, filled with sentiment and heart, as together, child and caring adult can share their musical love in this bedtime lullaby—along with interesting background information about Motown legends!

    Baby love,

    Little bitty precious one,

    I was born to love you.

    What else is there to do?

    You are the sunshine of my life.

    Morning, noon and night

    All I do is thank God for you.

  • All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson

    by Carole Boston Weatherford


    Multi award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford delivers a message of perseverance, dignity, and honor in this picture book biography of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

    Whatever she did, wherever she was, Ketanji Brown Jackson rose to the top.

    From the time their daughter was born, Ketanji Brown’s parents taught her that if she worked hard and believed in herself, she could do anything. As a child, Ketanji focused on her studies and excelled, eventually graduating from Harvard Law School. 

    Years later, in 2016, when she was a federal judge, a seat opened on the United States Supreme Court. In a letter to then-President Barack Obama, Leila Jackson made a case for her mother—Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Although the timing didn’t work out then, it did in 2022, when President Joe Biden nominated her. At her confirmation, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black female Supreme Court justice in the United States.

    Lyrical text by renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford and evocative illustrations by Ashley Evans combine to make this an inspirational and timely read.

  • You Will Do Great Things

    by Amerie


    From Grammy nominated lifestyle influencer and book club founder Amerie, a lyrical, magical picture book about the great possibilities that lie ahead for our little ones.

    A young boy's imagination takes off as he gazes at family photos, sending him on a magical journey. Along the way, the boy tries exciting and bold new things, ventures into unexplored worlds, and forms deep connections with his multicultural heritage and the ancestors who give him the strength and courage to make a difference.

    Bestselling author and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Amerie has written a deeply loving story that is inspired by her own family. It is a celebration of everything our little ones have yet to do and a lasting reminder that the loved ones in our lives will always be right there beside us—and in our hearts—cheering us on.

  • Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince

    by Alliah L. Agostini


    An exuberant picture book about a Black boy with big dancing dreams who learns the meaning of courage and community.

    It’s the weekend, first in June;
    speaker’s blasting out big tune!
    Cousins, aunties, uncles, friends,
    pack the house and fun begins.

    Shane is shy, but loves to dance—
    and all year long, he’s picked up cans
    to earn some money toward his goal:
    high-tops with a pump-up sole.

    But then the speaker blows—it’s done!
    Will this stop his family’s fun?
    Can Shane come through to save the day
    and bring back Big Tune Saturday?

    Set a vibrant Caribbean-American neighborhood and told to a rhythmic beat, Big Tune is a story of Black-boy joy that touches on determination, the confidence to express who you are, selflessness, and community gratitude.

  • Dear Yesteryear

    by Kimberly Annece Henderson


    From historical curator and researcher Kimberly Annece Henderson comes this moving letter connecting Black history with the present, with archival photographs and beautiful handlettering by Ciara LeRoy

    In 2020, Kimberly Annece Henderson started emaline and 'nem, an Instagram-based archival image repository that features portraiture of everyday African Americans from the late 1800s and early 1900s. 
    Dear Yesteryear is a beautiful and lyrical continuation of that project that addresses the past, honoring the ancestors who made the present possible and celebrating the ordinary goings on of Black Americans. 

  • Ally Baby Can: Be an Eco-Activist

    by Nyasha Williams


    Ally Baby Can is a rhyming paper-over-board picture book series that introduces allyship to tiny changemakers! 

    In Ally Baby Can: Be an Eco-Activist, readers will learn effective ways to save our best friends: humanity, wildlife, and planet earth. Ally Baby Can models how young kids can stand up for our planet, and all who live here, and make environmentally friendly choices.

    Extensive back matter includes important guidelines and a reading list.

  • Daddies and Daughters Stick Together: Book 1

    by Aissatou Balde


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    Celebrate Black fatherhood with a daddy and his daughters during a routine yet still extra-special day as they enjoy everything together-from chocolate-chip pancakes to language lessons, from playtime to bedtime.

    Diari doesn’t mind when Mommy goes into the city for work, because she and her little sister, Fatima, get to spend the whole day with Daddy. 

    From when the moon trades places with the sun until the sun trades places with the moon, daddies and daughters do everything together. A day with Daddy means cooking, learning, dancing, and playing. After all, Daddy knows that with a little imagination, a sense of fun, and a lot of love, every part of a normal day can feel special!

  • Stacey Abrams and the Fight to Vote

    by Traci N. Todd


    A powerful picture book biography of Stacey Abrams, politician, voters’ rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, that shows how Abrams’s fight for voters’ rights was inspired by luminaries before her, such as Sojourner Truth and Fannie Lou Hamer. Brilliant artwork from Laura Freeman, Coretta Scott King Honoree for Hidden Figures, brings Stacey’s journey to life. Perfect for fans of Kamala Harris: Rooted In Justice by Nikki Grimes and I Dissent by Debbie Levy.

    Read about Stacey Abrams, politician and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, in this poetic picture book that follows Abrams’s fight for voters’ rights, narrated by Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Septima Poinsette Clark, and Fannie Lou Hamer.

    “Sometimes she would light the way. Sometimes her way would be lit by others…”

    Stacey Abrams was always destined for big things because she always imagined more. Now she protects the least powerful, works toward making voting fair and easy, and demands better for Georgia and every other state in this nation. Stacey Abrams’s determination, perseverance, and courage will inspire younger generations to make meaningful change in the world.

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