Hot Pot Night! by Vincent Chen

Hot Pot Night! by Vincent Chen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had wonderful illustrations. There were very few words, but the point still came across. The book was about neighbors coming together to make and eat hot pot. Each of the neighbors brings something to the table to cook and share. It’s a story about being together and sharing the work and each other’s company. I was a little disappointed when the neighbors seem to have left and didn’t finish doing the dishes with cleanup. 

The food and neighbors were drawn well and I loved the way that all the colors came together to make the story complete. 

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THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great book to listen to at bedtime if you want your kid to stay up all night. I suppose that reading the book itself would be OK, but the audiobook has a creepy sounding monster giggling during the whole reading. Leave the monster out and it would probably be fine. I still suspect it might rile kids up, though. 

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Children’s Books for Black History Month

Black history month children’s books

Black history month runs from February 1-29 this year. I already covered several of the books mentioned in the above linked article, but here are more books for children to celebrate Black History month. I will be checking some of these out at the library.

“Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas”

“Look What Brown Can Do!”

“Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage”

“I Have A Dream”

“Coretta Scott”

“Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race”

“Bippity Bop Barbershop”

“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History”

“The Story of Ruby Bridges”

“I, Too, Am America”

“Mae Among the Stars”


“Juneteenth for Mazie”

“Princess Hair”

“Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman”

“Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X”

“Ellington Was Not a Street”

“Ron’s Big Mission”

“Bronzeville Boys and Girls”

“Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt”

“The Nutcracker in Harlem”

“Yesterday I Had The Blues”

NYPL Best 2019 Books for Kids

Best books for kids

The above linked article shows the New York Public Library’s list of best kids books of 2019. Many of them sound wonderful, and will on my reading list this year.

  • The Afterwards By A.F. Harrold, illus. by Emily Gravett
  • All In A Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World By Lori Alexander, illus. by Vivien Mildenberger
  • All the Impossible Things By Lindsay Lackey
  • AnotherBy Christian Robinson
  • Balto and the Race Against Time By Helen Moss, illus. by Misa Saburi
  • Beast Rider By Tony Johnston & María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads
  • Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories By Max Brailler, illus. by Letizia Rubegni
  • Bone Hollow By Kim Ventrella
  • Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins By Michelle Meadows, illus. by Ebony Glenn
  • The Bridge Home By Padman Ventkatraman
  • Camp Tiger By Susan Choi, illus. by John Rocco
  • Can You Crack The Code?: A Fascinating History Of Ciphers and Cryptography By Ella Schwartz, illus. by Lily Williams
  • Captain Rosalie By Timothée de Fombelle, illus. Isabelle Arsenault, trans. Sam Gordon
  • Carl and the Meaning of Life By Deborah Freedman
  • Carter Reads the Newspaper By Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Don Tate
  • Clackety Track: Poems About Trains By Skila Brown, illus. by Jamey Christoph
  • CogBy Greg Van Eekhout
  • The Collected Works of Gretchen OysterBy Cary Fagan
  • Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together By Andrea Tsurumi
  • Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln By Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael Lopez
  • Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler By Elizabeth Brown, illus. by Aimee Sicuro
  • The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again By Allan Wolf, illus. by Anna Raff
  • The Farmer By Ximo Abadia
  • Finding Orion By John David Anderson
  • Genesis Begins Again By Alicia Williams
  • Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story By Leslea Newman, illus. by Amy June Bates
  • Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the WorldBy Kim Tomsic, illus. by Brett Helquist
  • Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor By Laurie Wallmark, illus. by Katy Wu
  • Hey, Water!By Antoinette Portis
  • Ho’Onani: Hula Warrior By Heather Gale, illus. by Mika Song
  • How to Two By David Soman
  • The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown By Mac Barnett, illus. by Sarah Jacoby
  • It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way By Kyo Maclear, illus. by Julie Morstad
  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity By Theresa Thorn, illus. by Noah Grigni
  • Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History By Alison Matthews David, Serah-Marie McMahon, illus. by Gillian Wilson
  • King Mouse By Cary Fagan, illus. by Dena Seiferling.
  • La luna mango By Diane De Anda, illus. by Sue Cornelison
  • Lalani of the Distant SeaBy Erin Entrada Kellys.
  • Lety Out Loud By Angela Cervantes
  • The Line Tender By Kate Allen
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, illus. by Alexander Nabaum
  • Lubna and Pebble By Wendy Meddour, illus. by Daniel Egnéus
  • Luisa siempre va con prisaBy Timothy Knapman, illus. by Gemma Merinopo.
  • Mario y el Agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta By Elizabeth Rusch, illus. by Teresa Martinez
  • Mary Wears What She Wants By Keith Negley
  • Max and the Midknights By Lincoln Pierce
  • Maximillian Fly By Angie Sage
  • Meena Meets Her MatchBy Karla Manternach
  • Mi Papi tiene una motoBy Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña
  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James By Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Monster Squad By Joe McGee, illus. by Ethan Long
  • The Moon Within By Aida Salazar
  • Moth: An Evolution Story By Isabel Thomas, illus. by Daniel Egneus
  • Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure By Alex T. Smith
  • My City By Joanne Liu
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle By Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña
  • The Neighbors By Einat Tsarfati
  • Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge By Erica A. Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
  • A New Home By Tania de Regil
  • New Kid By Jerry Craft
  • The Next Great Paulie Fink By Ali Benjamin
  • Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades By Mike Cavallaro
  • No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse By Rhett Miller, illus. by Dan Santat
  • The Not-So-Great Outdoors By Madeline Loepper
  • The Okay Witch By Emma Steinkellner
  • One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller By Kate Read
  • Other Words for Home By Jasmine Warga
  • Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night By Mark Wilson
  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones By Gary D. Schmidt
  • Pedro’s Pan: A Gold Rush Story By Matthew Lasley, illus. by Jacob Souva
  • Pie in the SkyBy Remy Lai
  • Planet Earth is Blue By Nicole Panteleakos
  • Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre By Anika Aldamuy, illus. by Denise Paola Escobar
  • Pokko and the DrumBy Matthew Forsythe
  • Predator and Prey: Conversation in Verse By Susannah Buhrman-Deever, illus. by Bert Kitchen
  • The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems By Paul B. Janeczko (selector), illus. by Richard Jones
  • Red Panda and Moon Bear By Jarod Roselló
  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop By Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Frank Morrison
  • Saturday By Oge Mora
  • Seeds Move! By Robin Page
  • Sembrando Historias: Pura Belpre; blibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos By Anika Aldamuy Denise, illus. by Paola Escobar
  • Señorita Mariposa By Ben Gundersheimer (Mr. G), illus. by Marcos Almada Rivero
  • Skulls!By Blair Thornburgh, illus. by Scott Campbell
  • Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)By Gary Golio, illus. by Ed Young
  • Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations By Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Micha Archer.
  • Some Places More than Others By Renee Watson
  • Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly
  • Stand on the Sky By Erin Bow
  • Stargazing By Jen Wang
  • The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out In the Streets By Gayle Pitman.
  • Swarm of Bees By Lemony Snicket, illus. by Rilla Alexander
  • Sweety By Andrea Zuill
  • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality By Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
  • This Was Our Pact By Ryan Andrews
  • Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur By Jose Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, illus. by Florencia Gigena
  • Todos Iguales: Un corrido de Lemon Grove By Chrisy Hale
  • Truman By Jean Reidy, illus. by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  • Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illus. by Hadley Hooper
  • Un nuevo hogar By Tania de Regil
  • The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson
  • United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes From Every State By Gabrielle Lanholtz, illus. by Jenny Bowers, photos DL Acken
  • Vamos: Let’s Go to Market!By Raul the Third
  • The Vegetable Museum By Michelle Mulder
  • When I Found Grandma By Saumiya Balasubramaniam, illus. by Qin Leng
  • White Bird: A Wonder Story By R.J Palacio
  • Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller By Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Linda Kukuk
  • The Young Adventurer’s Guide to (Almost) Everything By Ben and Penny Hewitt, illus. by Luke Boushee
  • Your Turn, Adrian By Helena Oberg, illus. by Kristin Lidstrom
  • ¡Los zombis no comen verduras!By Jorge Lacera and Megan Lacera
  • ¿De dónde eres?

Christmas is Coming:

Christmas is Coming!: Rhyming Bedtime Story Christmas Book for Kids

Christmas is Coming!: Rhyming Bedtime Story Christmas Book for Kids by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cute Christmas Story

I loved the story. The rhyming was fun. My only complaint was minor. The illustrations and the words didn’t match up when the book talked about what Mom and Dad were wearing. No red skirt or vest in the illustrations? 

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

140+ Classic Books to Read

Alice's Adventures in WonderlandAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This quick read was fun. I hadn’t realized that I was familiar with the whole story. I thought I only knew the part that Disney had covered. It was a wonderful book, full of imagination, and I could see the images in the book as I read.

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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)

25 Children’s Book That Celebrate Differences

25 Children’s Book That Celebrate Differences

The above linked article talks about children’s books that celebrate differences. I covered a few with the kindness and empathy books, but these also link to the African American children’s books I posted earlier.

“All Are Welcome”

“A Family Is a Family Is a Family”

“Different Is Awesome”

“Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story”

“Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity With Empathy”

“What’s Cool About Braille Code School?”

“Giraffes Can’t Dance”

“The Push: A Story of Friendship”

“Lucy’s Umbrella”

“The Princess and the Fog”

“Happy in Our Skin”

“My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope”

“The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin”

“Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies With Sprinkles”

“Why Are You Looking at Me? I Just Have Down Syndrome”

“Maddi’s Fridge”

“Moses Goes to a Concert”

“I’m Like You, You’re Like Me”

“Winter Candle”

“What’s the Difference? Being Different Is Amazing”

“Mango, Abuela and Me”

“Princess Hair”

“Uniquely Me”

“The Long and the Short of It: A Tale About Hair”

“What I Like About Me”

Top 150 recommended African American Children’s Books

African American children’s books

The above linked article talks about the top 150 African American children’s books. You know I will get to these, but not immediately. They are part of a series of diversity in children’s books, but I am having difficulty getting to the website with the full article.

  1. A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress
  2. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  3. A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan
  4. A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki
  5. Afro-Bets 1-2-3 Book by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  6. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  7. And the Sun God Said: That’s Hip by Ernest Gregg
  8. Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior
  9. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  10. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
  11. Aya: The Secrets Come Out: Volume Three by Marguerite Abouet
  12. Baby Says by John Steptoe
  13. Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  14. Beautiful Moon by Tonya Bolden
  15. Bird by Zetta Elliott
  16. Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
  17. Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver
  18. Black, White, Just Right! by Marguerite W. Davol
  19. Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers by Wade Hudson
  20. Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior
  21. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  22. Bronzeville Boys And Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks
  23. Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams
  24. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  25. Chike And The River by Chinua Achebe
  26. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
  27. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  28. Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
  29. Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
  30. Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough
  31. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  32. Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
  33. Daddy is a Monster … Sometimes by John Steptoe
  34. Dancing In The Wings by Debbie Allen
  35. Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill
  36. Daydreamers by Eloise Greenfield
  37. Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  38. Donavan’s Double Trouble by Monalisa DeGross
  39. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  40. Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton
  41. Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden
  42. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
  43. Furqan’s First Flat Top – El Primer Corte de Mesita de Furqan by Robert Liu-Trujillo
  44. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  45. Grandma’s Records by Eric Velasquez
  46. Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman
  47. Hair Dance! by Dinah Johnson
  48. Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson
  49. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
  50. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
  51. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales by Virginia Hamilton
  52. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  53. How the Leopard Got His Claws by Chinua Achebe
  54. I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni
  55. I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais
  56. I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Leo & Diane Dillon
  57. If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong by Roxane Orgill
  58. In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder
  59. Jazz by Walter Dean Myers
  60. Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, singer—who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker, to you! by Jonah Winter
  61. Jump Back, Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  62. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  63. Just an Overnight Guest by Eleanora E. Tate
  64. Just Us Women by Jeannette Caines
  65. Kevin And His Dad by Irene Smalls
  66. Kids Book of Wisdom: Quotes from the African American Tradition by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson
  67. Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
  68. Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. Mckissack
  69. Little Lion Goes to School by Kellie Magnus
  70. Ludell by Brenda Wilkinson
  71. Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  72. Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets by Deborah Shink
  73. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz
  74. March Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  75. March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  76. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden
  77. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  78. Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper
  79. Max Paints the House by Ken Wilson-Max
  80. Me & Neesie (reillustrated) by Eloise Greenfield
  81. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack
  82. Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree
  83. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  84. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  85. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
  86. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
  87. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
  88. My First Trip to Africa by Atlantis T. Browder
  89. My Friend Maya Loves To Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  90. Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
  91. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  92. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
  93. One Love by Cedella Marley
  94. One Million Men And Me by Kelly Starling Lyons
  95. One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck
  96. Only Passing Through by Anne F. Rockwell
  97. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barack, And The Pioneers Of Change by Michelle Cook
  98. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
  99. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  100. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
  101. Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
  102. Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. Mckissack
  103. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards
  104. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  105. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
  106. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
  107. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick
  108. Shortcut by Donald Crews
  109. Sing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl
  110. Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant
  111. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  112. So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt
  113. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  114. Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
  115. Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Haki R. Madhubuti, Lucille Clifton and 8 others
  116. Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
  117. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  118. The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso (Book 1) by O.T. Begho
  119. The Barber’s Cutting Edge by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
  120. The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas
  121. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington
  122. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  123. The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence
  124. The Great Migration: Journey To The North by Eloise Greenfield
  125. The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend by Ann Ingalls
  126. The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby
  127. The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings
  128. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes
  129. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
  130. The People Could Fly Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton
  131. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  132. The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou by Kristin Hunter
  133. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina
  134. This Kid Can Fly: It’s about Ability (Not Disability) by Aaron Philip
  135. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  136. Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen
  137. To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
  138. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
  139. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
  140. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold
  141. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
  142. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
  143. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim
  144. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull
  145. Wings by Christopher Myers
  146. You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy
  147. Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon by Ruth Forman