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  • 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

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    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


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    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.

  • Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince

    by Alliah L. Agostini


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    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.

  • 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.

  • Stacey's Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams

    The companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller and NAACP Image Award winner Stacey's Extraordinary Words, from political leader Stacey Abrams and artist Kitt Thomas.

    Stacey’s favorite day of the week is Thursday, when the whole class goes to the library and she gets to lose herself in her beloved books.

    On one of these special days, Stacey discovers that a new student named Julie has trouble reading in English, so they begin sharing books and stories to practice. Soon, more students start to join them.

    Books take the group on magical adventures and reveal other worlds and cultures—but best of all, they bring them together as friends.

    This is another inspiring tale, based on a true story from Stacey Abrams’s childhood, about the life-changing power of books.

  • What Is Light? by Markette Sheppard
    This lyrical and luminously illustrated picture book explores the beauty of the everyday moments in a child’s world.

    Light can be so many things! The twinkle of a faraway star, a firefly captured in a jar, a mother’s love, a turtle dove...

    Through this thoughtful and celebratory book, young readers will discover the special glow in everything from nature to the smiles of loved ones. Each page reveals a different sparkle found in a child’s simple but extraordinary world. The light revealed on the final page makes a fitting finale for this sweet, bright tale.
  • The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta
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    From the author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born comes the inspirational story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden in this picture book biography of the celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor.

    When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own.

    Here, he rolled dirt between his fingers to check if plants needed more rain or sun. He protected roots through harsh winters so plants could be reborn in the spring. He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. And it was in this very place that George’s love of nature sprouted into something so much more—his future.

    Gene Barretta’s moving words and Frank Morrison’s beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to a lasting story about triumph over hardship—a tale that begins in a secret garden.

  • Plátanos Go with Everything/Los plátanos van con todo: Bilingual English-Spanish

    by Lissette Norman


    Paletero Man meets Fry Bread in this vibrant and cheerful ode to platanos, the star of Dominican cuisine, written by award-winning poet Lissette Norman and illustrated by Sara Palacios.

    Platanos are Yesenia’s favorite food. They can be sweet and sugary, or salty and savory. And they’re a part of almost every meal her Dominican family makes. 

    Stop by her apartment and find out why platanos go with everything—especially love!


    Los plátanos son la comida favorita de Yesenia. Pueden ser dulces y azucarados o salados y sabrosos. Y son parte de casi todas las comidas que prepara su familia dominicana.

    Pasa por su apartamento y descubre por qué los plátanos van con todo, ¡especialmente con el amor!

  • Nell Plants a Tree

    by Anne Wynter

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    This stunning, poetic picture book shows how one little girl’s careful tending of a pecan tree creates the living center of a loving, intergenerational Black family.

    Before her grandchildren climbed the towering tree,

    explored its secret nests,

                           raced to its sturdy trunk,

                                       read in its cool shade,

                           or made pies with its pecans . . .

    Nell buried a seed.

    And just as, with Nell’s love and care, her tree grows and thrives—so do generations of her close-knit family.

    Inspired by the pecan trees of her own childhood, Anne Wynter’s lyrical picture book, brought to life with gorgeous illustrations by Daniel Miyares, brims with wonder and love.

  • Jump In!

    by Shadra Strickland


    Acclaimed artist Shadra Strickland makes her author/illustrator debut in a joyful picture book celebrating a community at play.

    It’s a sunny spring day, and the tic tac tic tac of jump ropes hitting the ground floats through the wind.
    Jump in!
    Everyone lines up for a turn at double dutch. The Delancy twins, double dutch divas. Leroy Jones with the hip-hop tricks. Even Ms. Mabel, showing the youngstas how it’s done.
    And after a day of fun, when the street lights start to flicker, it’s time to . . . jump out!
    With gate folds that reveal hidden surprises, a bold graphic style, and an exuberance that leaps off the page, this energetic picture book will make readers of all ages get up on their feet!

  • Basketball Dreams

    by Chris Paul


    From NBA All-Star Chris Paul comes an inspirational picture book for fans of I Promise about chasing your dreams and the lessons he learned both on and off the court from his beloved grandfather Papa Chilly.

    Growing up, Chris Paul dreamed of playing pro basketball. But he knew it would take more than dedication, so Chris looked to his grandfather Papa Chilly as a shining example of the values he could apply both in basketball and in life. Papa taught him about respect, faith, kindness, and the determination to succeed, just as Papa had succeeded as the first Black owner of a service station in North Carolina. Serving as a beacon of inspiration, Papa Chilly and his lessons propelled Chris to become the star NBA player—and person—he is today. Basketball Dreams, which is beautifully illustrated by Courtney Lovett, shows us that dreams really can come true, especially when we have amazing role models to help guide us. Perfect for fans of I Am Perfectly Designed, Flying High, and I Promise.

  • An American Story

    by Kwame Alexander


    #1 New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author of The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander, pens a powerful picture book that tells the story of American slavery through the voice of a teacher struggling to help her students understand its harrowing history.

    From the fireside tales in an African village, through the unspeakable passage across the Atlantic, to the backbreaking work in the fields of the South, this is a story of a people's struggle and strength, horror and hope. This is the story of American slavery, a story that needs to be told and understood by all of us. A testament to the resilience of the African American community, this book honors what has been and envisions what is to be.

    With stunning mixed-media illustrations by newcomer Dare Coulter, this is a potent book for those who want to speak the truth. Perfect for family sharing, the classroom, and homeschooling.

  • The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy

    by Kekla Magoon


    This inspirational picture book biography, a collaboration between two Coretta Scott King Honor winners, tells the story of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice on the Supreme Court. Now available in paperback.

    Growing up in segregated Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall saw that things weren’t fair. Laws said Black and white people couldn’t attend the same schools, play in the same parks, or even drink from the same water fountains. When he was assigned to read the Constitution as a school punishment, his eyes were opened. Thurgood knew that Jim Crow laws were wrong, and he was willing to do whatever it took to change them.

    His determination to fight for equality for all Americans led him to law school and then to the NAACP, where he argued cases like Brown v. Board of Education before being appointed as a Supreme Court justice. But to get to the highest court in the land, Thurgood had to make space for himself every step of the way.

    Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman unite to tell the incredible story of the first Black Supreme Court justice, who was a remarkable fighter for civil rights and equality throughout his life.

  • A Boy and His Mirror

    by Marchánt Davis


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    The bestselling illustrator of I Am Enough brings to life the story of a boy whose mirror gives him a whole new way of seeing himself.

    Chris loves his long, curly hair, so why do his classmates tease him about it? When he looks for answers in his mirror, something wonderfully wild and weird happens: a lady appears with wise words that make him feel like a king! But when he starts acting like a king at school, it’s time for another visit to the mirror. 
    Marchánt Davis’s uplifting picture book debut encourages us all to look beyond hairstyles—reminding us that styles come and go—and to celebrate one another for who we are. #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Keturah A. Bobo’s stunning art brings Chris and his mirror to vibrant life.

  • Smart Sisters (Happy Hair)

    by Mechal Renee Roe

    Confident, empowered sisters and best friends are celebrated in this read-together picture book celebrating sisterly love and joy. From the author of the Happy Hair series, which promotes self-love, positivity, and acceptance.
    Perfect together! Always and forever! My sister and me!
    Beautiful Black and Brown girls with gorgeous natural hairstyles are the stars of this vibrant, rhythmic picture book. With encouraging words of unity and support on each page, it's a great read-aloud to promote confidence and self-esteem among girls of all ages.
    Look for all the books in the Happy Hair series:
    - Happy Hair
    - Cool Cuts
    - I'm Growing Great
    - I Love Being Me! (Step Into Reading)
    - I Am Born to Be Awesome! (Step Into Reading)
  • A Child's Introduction to Jazz: The Musicians, Culture, and Roots of the World's Coolest Music

    by Jabari Asim & Jerrard K Polk


    Get ready to swing with A Child’s Introduction to Jazz, an interactive journey into one of the richest and most soulful music genres in the world. Listen while you learn with QR codes that will connect you to the instruments and musical flair of jazz. 

    Welcome to jazz! Feel the music and rhythms of all the different styles of jazz, from swing and Dixieland to the blues and bebop, with this interactive introduction to the world’s coolest music.

    Author Jabari Asim will take you on the journey through the history of jazz as you discover the most important musicians and singers while hearing some really cool sounds. You’ll learn all about the roots of jazz in Africa and New Orleans and how the music traveled to different parts of the United States and around the world. Along the way you’ll meet legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, who shaped a new form of jazz called improvisation; pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, who helped create the big band sound of the swing era; and the singer Billie Holiday, whose songs such as “God Bless the Child,” “Don’t Explain,” and “Lady Sings the Blues” have become jazz standards.

    Listen along to the sounds of jazz by downloading music and hearing instruments such as trumpets, clarinets, trombones, and even singers scatting as they improvise melodies. With a pull-out poster showing the different instruments of jazz, A Child’s Introduction to Jazz hits the perfect beat and will have you bebopping and scatting in no time!

  • I Want to Ride the Tap Tap

    by Danielle Joseph


    A day-of-the-week picture book about a young boy and his parents who ride the taxi-bus service—called a tap tap—in Haiti, and the fascinating people they meet along the way, illustrated by a Haitian artist known for his vibrant street art.

    On Monday through Saturday, Claude and Mama walk Papa to the tap tap. Along the way Claude encounters a lady selling mangoes, a fisherman, a straw-hat maker, a steel drummer, and an artist. Claude wants to join Papa on the bus, but Claude has chores at home and classes at school. Finally, on Sunday Mama and Papa surprise Claude with a ride on the tap tap and they ride to the beach where the lady selling mangoes, the fisherman, the straw-hat maker, the steel drummer, and the artist show Claude how to paint, make hats, and fish. With Creole words sprinkled throughout and a glossary at the end, I Want to Ride the Tap Tap is a warm and lively portrayal of everyday life in Haiti.

  • Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

    by Charles R. Smith


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    This nonfiction picture book tells the story of the world's first black heavyweight champion, the charismatic Jack "Black Jack" Johnson.

    Born as Arthur John Johnson in the southern state of Texas, Jack Johnson was one of the most renowned boxers of the twentieth century. Through hard work and persistence, he climbed the ranks, taking a swing and a jab and eventually busting the color barrier. As the first Black man to win the Heavyweight Championship, there was more than a title on the line.

    Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this history-making bout (July 4, 1910). This is an extraordinary marriage of poetry, fabulous collage artwork, and a splendid achievement in its own right.

  • The Book of Mean People (20th Anniversary Edition) by Slade Morrison & Toni Morrison
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    A new edition for a new world of one of literary legend Toni Morrison’s first picture books with her son, Slade Morrison. With an afterword by the inimitable Jewell Parker Rhodes.

    "This is a book about mean people. Some mean people are big. Some little people are mean." 
    In Toni Morrison's second illustrated book collaboration with her son Slade, she offers a humorous and insightful look at how children experience meanness and anger in our world. The Morrisons recognized that the world and its language can be confusing to young people. To a child, meanness can have many shapes, sizes, and sounds. The wise young narrator shows that meanness can be a whisper or a shout, a smile or a frown as the list of mean people grows to include parents, siblings, and bullies of several varieties. 
    Today’s young readers certainly know about meanness and will feel satisfied by having their perspective championed in The Book of Mean People as well as heartened by the book’s message of embracing optimism, kindness, and joy despite any meanness they encounter. And adult readers will no doubt recognize some of these situations from their own life. 
    With whimsical yet sophisticated art by bestselling illustrator Pascal Lemaitre, The Book of Mean People is as relevant today as it was when it was originally published 20 years ago. 
    Features a new cover and back matter that includes an afterword by bestselling and critically acclaimed author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

  • Like Lava In My Veins

    by Derrick Barnes


    A super-cool graphic picture book about a boy learning how to control his temper, by bestselling author Derrick Barnes.

    Bobby Beacon’s got fire flowing through his veins. And now he’s psyched to attend a new school that’ll help him get a better grip on his powers. But right off the bat, his new teacher is not too welcoming. That causes Bobby’s hot temper to land him in the principal’s office. It ain’t easy to stay calm when people don’t seem to understand you and are always pushing you to the edge. Good thing Bobby gets moved to a class with an understanding teacher who clues him in on ways to calm himself and shows him that caring for others is its own kind of superpower. With her help—and some cool new friends—he just might be on his way to becoming the best version of himself possible.

  • Black Boy, Black Boy

    by Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond

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    This listing is for our upcoming school visit at the Imani School on October 13, 2022.

    Dear boy, Black boy, I believe in you so.

    Let's start your story—ready, set, go.

    From athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick to musician Sam Cooke, inventor Elijah McCoy to writer Chinua Achebe, there are so many inspirational men in Black history. Imagine what you can be and the great things you can do with the strength of people throughout history that have paved the way for Black boys.

    This inspiring, lyrical picture book combines an uplifting, motivational text with references to wonderful figures throughout history. The combination is both encouraging and educational, prompting boys to imagine what they can be and the great things they can do in their own lives.

  • Everything Changes: And That's OK

    by Carol Dodd


    Change is all around, but it can be overwhelming! Explore how change exists everywhere in a way that is natural, and even beautiful, in this vibrantly illustrated book with fun rhyming couplets, for children ages 3 to 7.

    The moon is full, but then it’s gone,
    chased away by the dawn.
    Stars that shine all through the night
    disappear in morning’s light.
    Everything changes, night to day. 
    Everything changes, and that’s OK. 
    From an apple seed growing into a brilliant tree to a child watching a family member grow old, this book offers a thoughtful look at why change doesn’t always have to be negative and can instead be observed with appreciation. It poetically presents a story that prompts kids to recognize and adapt to the change they see in their daily lives. 

    This beautiful exploration of impermanence is accompanied by vibrant illustrations that explore every corner of the world, from rolling fields in Tibet to the cozy, fireplace-lit living room of a family member's home. The illustrations remind children that everything changes no matter where you are, no matter who you are, and that's all right.

  • African Elephant (Young Zoologist): A First Field Guide to the Big-Eared Giant of the Savanna

    by Mireille Miller-Young

    A beautiful first guide to African elephants, part of an exciting new series of animal books.

    Head on safari to the grasslands of Africa to study African elephants in this beautiful nonfiction field guide for kids.

    You might know that African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth, but there’s so much more to learn about these tusked creatures. Turn the pages to find out why the grandmother is in charge of an elephant family, and why big ears help elephants cool down! Meet a baby elephant as it takes its first steps, and discover how to tell the difference between an African elephant and an Asian elephant. The book also looks at the conservation challenges these iconic animals face due to climate change and ivory poaching.

  • Yellow Dog Blues by Alice Faye Duncan
    A lyrical road trip through the Mississippi Delta, exploring the landmarks that shaped one of America’s most beloved musical traditions.

    One morning Bo Willie finds the doghouse empty and the gate wide open! Farmer Fred says Yellow Dog hit Highway 61 and started running. Aunt Jessie picks up Bo Willie in her pink Cadillac, and together they look for his missing puppy love. Their search leads them from juke joints to tamale stands to streets ringing with the music of B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Where, where did that Yellow Dog go?

    Acclaimed creators Alice Faye Duncan and Chris Raschka present a boogie-woogie journey along the Mississippi Blues Trail. With swinging free verse and stunning hand-stitched art, Yellow Dog Blues is a soulful fable about what happens when the blues grabs you and holds on tight.
  • Bessie the Motorcycle Queen

    by Charles R. Smith Jr.


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    Hop on the bike with Bessie Stringfield, the motorcycle queen of Miami, in this powerful picture book from Coretta Scott King medalist Charles R. Smith, Jr. and debut picture book illustrator Charlot Kristensen.

    The folks they lined up to meet the Motorcycle Queen, seated sidesaddle on her motorbike machine.

    In 1929, 18-year-old Bessie Stringfield hopped on her motorcycle and headed out on an adventure, an unusual choice for a young Black woman at the time. Paying her way by winning motorcycle races, she criss-crossed the country through small towns, big cities, and wide open spaces.

    But not everyone was happy to see Bessie's brown face peeking out from underneath her helmet. And more than once, Bessie found herself making some quick exits on the back of her bike to escape Jim Crow. A trailblazer in the world of women's racing and motorcycling, Bessie Stringfield was a figure who will inspire all children to pursue their dreams.

    From the first line, award-winning author Charles R. Smith Jr.’s poetry evokes emotion, excitement, fear, and wonder in equal measures. Charlot Kristensen portrays Bessie and the American landscape with vivid imagery that is sure to capture the attention of young readers.

    A much-needed story about a Black woman who paved the way for future generations, for fans of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson and My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña.

  • Mama's Home

    by Shay Youngblood


    A gorgeously illustrated picture book that is a powerful love letter to chosen families and the village that raises us. A young girls basks in the love of her community--which includes not only her mother but the many different women who make up her world.

    Home can be a blue house with white trim you share with your mama. But it can be bigger than that, with lots of Big Mamas to take care of you when your mom works--different houses for every day of the week. Like Nurse Louella, who'll take you bike riding in the airport parking lot every Monday. Or Miss Henry and her lady friend, who teach you how to catch fish on Friday afternoons. Or Tuesdays with Miss Zikora, eating delicious fufu with your fingers. No matter where you are, as long as you are with your Big Mamas, you are home.
        This beautiful book from Pushcart Prize-winning author Shay Youngblood and popular illustrator Lo Harris that celebrates the wider meaning of family is one to treasure.

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