The 2019 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books

The 2019 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books

The above linked article goes along with the African American children’s books, and the books the celebrate differences articles that I posted yesterday.

January 2019

Ruby, Head High: Ruby Bridge’s First Day of School by Irene Cohen-Janca

Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles) by Rashad Jennings

We Are Cousins / Somos Primos by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, illustrated by Christina Rodriguez (Ages 4-8)

Flower Girl Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammie Lyon (Ages 5 – 7)

Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris, illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe (Ages 3-7)

The Duchess and the Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Story by Nancy Furstinger (Ages 4-7)

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Ages 9-12)

Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi (Ages 5-8)

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods

Grandpa Stops a War by Susan Robeson, illustrated by Rob Brown

The Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Hasan Davis

Good Night, Taj Mahal by Nitya Mohan Khemka

Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India by Chitra Soundar

A Tear in the Ocean by H.M. Bouwman

Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions by Henry Lien

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Breathe With Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm and Happy by Miriam Gates

I Look Up To… Malala Yousafzai by Anna Membrino

I Look Up to…Serena Williams by Anna Membrino

E is for Easter by Greg Paprocki

Have I Ever Told You? by Shani King

Dear Black Boy by Martellus Bennett

Marley Dias (Influential People) by Jenny Benjamin

Community Soup by Alma Fullerton (in paperback format)

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham, illustrated by John Holyfield

What Is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack

Dress Like a Girl by Patricia Toht

Out of this World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington by Michelle Markel

All About Mohandas Gandhi by Todd Outcalt

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi & others

China: A History by Cheryl Bardoe

Isabella: Artist Extraordinaire by Jennifer Fosberry

All About Barack Obama by Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine

Jada Jones: Sleepover Scientist by Kelly Starling Lyons

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce

Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ebony Glenn

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields, illustrated by Yesenia Moises

The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung by Samantha R. Vamos

Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town: Based on the History of the African American Pioneer Settlement by A. LaFaye

Fearless Mary: The True Adventures of Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver by Tami Charles

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Planting Trees: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise

The Bell Rang by James Ransome

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Under by Hijab by Hena Khan

Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki (paperback version)

Sela Blue and the Missing Key by Alisia Dale

Spin by Lamar Giles

A Grain of Rice by Nhung N. Tran-Davies

When I Fly With Papa by Claudia May, illustrated by Jena Holliday

February 2019

God’s Gift of Family by Brenda Jank, illustrated by Penny Weber

A Scarf for Keiko by Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard

When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by Kimberly Barnes

Black Music Greats by Olivier Cachin, illustrated by Jérôme Masi (Ages 7-10)

Feminism Is… by DK, foreward by Roxane Gay (Ages 12 and up)

Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Lorraine Nam

Girl Activist by Louisa Kamps

Who Is Michael Jordan? by Kirsten Anderson

Just Read! by Lori Degman

Some Days by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Biddy Mason Speaks Up by Arisa White

Maria the Matador by Anne Lambelet

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival Story by Nikki Shannon Smith

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride by Joel Christian Gill

Muhammad Ali (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming by Lisl H Detlefsen

Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle

Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Don Tate

Let ‘er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

A is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto

Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste & Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Sisters: Venus & Serena Williams by Jeanette Winter

Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds

My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat

Gittel’s Journey by by Lesléa Newman

The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank by David Lee Miller

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller by Doreen Rappaport

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World by Alice B. McGinty

March 2019

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz, illustrated by Kayla Harren (Ages 5-8)

Pride Colors by Robert Stevenson

Another by Christian Robinson

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt, illustrated by Amanda Strong

The Lost Property Office by Emily Rand

Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg (Ages 8-11)

Oprah Winfrey: Run the Show Like CEO by Caroline Moss

Around the Passover Table by Tracy Newman, illustrated by Adriana Santos (Ages 3-5)

Frida Kahlo by Jane Kent, illustrated by Isabel Munoz

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

The Yellow Suitcase by Meera Sriram

Limelight by Solli Raphael

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Sharks by Katie Tsang

A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani

Love You Head to Toe by Ashley Barron

Asian Children’s Favorite Stories: Folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines and other Asian Lands by David Conger

My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin

Japanese and English Nursery Rhymes: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain and Other Favorite Songs and Rhymes by Danielle Wright

Internment by Samira Ahmed

She Spoke by Kathy MacMillian

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan

One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam

B is for Baby by Atinuke

Bea’s Bees by Katherine Pryor

Step Into Your Power: 21 lessons on how to live your best life by Jamia Wilson

What Do You Celebrate? Holidays and Festivals Around the World by Whitney Stewart

Be a Maker by Katey Howes

Maria Montessori (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan

Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II by Alexandra Davis

Sarai and the Around the World Fair by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Corduroy’s Garden by Alison Inches

Corduroy’s Hike by Alison Inches

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison

My Two Dads and Me by Michael Joosten

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

Gloria Takes a Stand:  How Gloria Steinem Listened, Wrote, and Changed the World by Jessica M. Rinker, illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley

Here and There by Tamara Ellis Smith

April 2019

Colorblind: A Story of Racism by Jonathan Harris, illustrated by Garry Leach

We Chose You by Tony and Lauren Dungy

My Mama is a Mechanic by Doug Cenko

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Young Readers Edition) by Trevor Noah

Thinker: My Puppy, Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi (Ages 4-8)

Going Down Home With Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Ages 4-8)

A New Home by Tania de Regil

Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave by F. Anthony Falcon

How Do You Say Good Night? by Cindy Jin

Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Genevieve Simms

The Night Before Kindergarten Graduation by Natasha Wing

SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA by Kirk Goldsberry

Manuelito by Elisa Amado

Boy oh Boy: From boys to men, be inspired by 30 coming-of-age stories of sportsmen, artists, politicians, educators and scientists by Cliff Leek

The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard, illustrated by Laura K. Horton

Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca by Mariana Llanos, illustrated by Anna Lopez Real

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: The Questioneers Book #2 by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Maisie’s Scrapbook by Samuel Narh

Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? by Riyadh Khalaf

Home is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound by Kathleen Cornell Berman, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown

Planet Fashion: 100 Years of Fashion History by Natasha Slee

What Does It Mean to Be American? by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Nina Mata

Una Huna, What Is This? by Susan Aglukark

Mango Moon by Diane de Anda

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Hair, It’s a Family Affair by Mylo Freeman

The Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

I Used to Be Famous by Becky Cattie, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Playdate by Maryann Macdonald

Nine Months Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin

¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third III

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Board Book Edition)

Dazzling Travis: A Story About Being Confident by Hannah Carmona Dias

Babymoon by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

A Is For All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders

The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst

Yoga for Littles by Lana Katsaros

How Do You Say Good Night? by Cindy Jin

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Rhymes with Claire by Chad J. Thompson

May 2019

I Am the Night Sky: & Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth by Next Wave Muslim Initiative Writers

Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland, illustrated by Christopher Myers and Kaa Illustration (Ages 2-8)

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Ages 4-8)

Jada Sly, Artist & Spy by Sherri Winston

Groundbreaking Guys: 40 Men Who Became Great By Doing Good by Stephanie True Peters, illustrated by Shamel Washington

It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn (Author), illustrated by Noah Grigni

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, PhD

Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Harry Belafonte

Serena: The Little Sister by Karlin Gray

Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi

Girls with Guts!: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records by Debbie Gonzales

Camp Tiger by Susan Choi

Let’s Make Yoga Magic by Heather Leah

Gandhi by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus

Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair by Alice Kuipers

Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood & Patthana Sornhiran

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids by Elizabeth Haidle

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor by Vivian Kirkfield

Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Keith Mallett

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage by Lee Bennett Hopkins

June 2019

The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Johnson by Devika Jina (Ages 7-12)

Mother of Many by Pamela M. Tuck, illustrated by Tiffani J. Smith

How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander

Cece Loves Science and Adventure by Kimberly Derting & Shelli R. Johannes, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Tonya Engel

Back to School: A Global Journey by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko (Ages 4-8)

Soccerverse: Poems About Soccer by Elizabeth Steinglass, illustrated by Edson Ike

Beyoncé: Shine Your Light by Sarah Warren, illustrated by Geneva Bowers (Ages 4-7)

Hector: A Boy, A Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid by Adrienne Wright

Wilma Rudolph by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Jada Jones: Dancing Queen by Kelly Starling Lyons

The Story of Trailblazing Actor Ira Aldridge by Glenda Armand (Ages 8 – 11)

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez

Hannah Sparkles: Hooray for the First Day of School by Robin Mellom, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Graphic History of America’s Great Civil Rights Leader by Rachel Ruiz

July 2019

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy, illustrated by Kayla Harren

Small World by Ishta Mercurio, illustrated by Jen Corace

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin, illustrated by Ebony Glenn

The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

I Got Next by Daria Peoples-Riley

Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids by Mariam Gates

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

Clever Little Witch by Muon Thi Van

Bruce Lee by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Heroism Begins with Her: Inspiring Stories of Bold, Brave, and Gutsy Women in the U.S. Military by Winifred Conkling

August 2019

Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist by Gina Capaldi & Q.L. Pearce (Ages 8 – 12)

Carson Chooses Forgiveness: A Story About Basketball by Tony & Lauren Dungy (Ages 6 – 9)

A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice by Nadia Hohn, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Ages 4-8)

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez (Ages 4-8)

Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nuurali, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero by Amalia Hoffman, illustrated by Chiara Fedele (Ages 9-10)

Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Keith Mallett

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

Who Is Oprah Winfrey? by Barbara Kramer, illustrated by Dede Putra

Simonie and the Dance Contest by Gail Matthews

It’s Good to Have a Grandma by Maryann Macdonald, illustrated by Priscilla Burris (Ages 3-5)

It’s Good to Have a Grandpa by Maryann Macdonald, illustrated by Priscilla Burris (Ages 3-5)

Hooray for Women by Marcia Williams

The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo

Dough Boys by Paula Chase

Sweet Dreams, Zaza by Mylo Freeman

September 2019

A Black Woman Did That by Malaika Adero (Ages 8-12)

I Am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos (Ages 2-5)

Sam! by Dani Gabriel, illustrated by Robert Lui-Trujillo (Ages 8-12)

Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Ages 4-7)

My Baby Loves Christmas by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Tara Nicole Whitaker

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Thurgood by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Ages 5-9)

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki (Ages 4-8)

The Piano Recital by Akiko Miyakoshi (Ages 3-7)

If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams (Ages 4-8)

Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Sara Palacios

At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre (Ages 4-8)

Some Places More than Others by Renée Watson

Arcade an the Golden Travel Guide by Rashad Jennings

Portrait of an Artist: Frida Kahlo by Sandra Dieckmann

Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter by Christine Evans illustrated by Yasmin Imamura

Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra

What is a Refugee? by Elise Gravel (Ages 3-7)

How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funk, illustrated by Sara Palacios (Ages 4-8)

At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre (Ages 4-8)

October 2019

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Carly Gledhill

Fry Bread: A Native American Story by Noble Maillard Kevin, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (Ages 3-6)

Girls Like Us by Randi Pink, Ages 14 and up

Parker Looks Up by Parker & Jessica Curry, illustrated by Brittany Jackson (Ages 4-8)

Be Bold Baby: Sonia Sotomayor by Alison Oliver

It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Ages 4-8)

M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child by Tiffany Rose

The Dragon Thief (Dragons in a Bag) by Zetta Elliott

Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza! by Annie Sieg (Ages 4-8)

Saturday by Oge Mora

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Ages 4-8)

Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel (Ages 6 and up)

Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons: An Enslaved Woman Fights for Freedom (Library Binding Edition) by Gwendolyn Hooks, illustrated by Simone Agoussoye

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, illustrated by Mika Song

Happy Hair by Mechal Renee Roe (Ages 3-7)

Double Bass Blues by Andrea Loney, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez (Ages 4-8)

Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena, illustrated by Erika Meza (Ages 3-7)

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Ages 4-8)

November 2019

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Ages 8 – 11)

I Look Up to Misty Copeland by Anna Membrino

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty

December 2019

Freedom Soup by Tami Charles

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi

What Were the Negro Leagues? by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi (Ages 8-12)

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