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A Break for Books!

July 19th, 2020

Recently I tapped into the hive mind to supplement my daughters’ bookshelves with more books focused on diversity and equity. I got a lot of great recommendations, and here’s what I ended up buying — from our local bookstore, Everyone’s Books, that does a great job with online ordering and in-person pickup!

I look for books with non-white, non-cisgender characters at the center in order to give my kids a well-rounded view of the ways you can be a person in this world. I appreciate books that are specifically about racism and what it’s like to be a non-white person as well, but I find that my kids cleave more tightly to the stories that “just happen” to have a BIPOC or trans character, if that makes sense.



A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

I love Keats’ books because they’re simple and sweet. We already had another of his titles, A Snowy Day, and we added this one. My daughters dig this book, but I will say that because it’s placed in a city environment, I think they have a tough time relating to some of the setup. 

(Thank you Ashely Schneider and Jennifer Harrell)



Big Hair, Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-Bates and Megan Bair

This is a really fun short read about a little girl with very big hair who wears it in all kinds of ways. After reading this the first time, we had a few days of crazy hair requests around here.

(Thank you, Rhonda Anderson for gifting us this one out of your personal collection)



Coyote in Love with a Star by Marty Kreipe de Montaño and Tom Coffin

I couldn’t resist this one because I love coyotes and folklore. It’s a Native American tale of a coyote that goes to the big city and falls in love with a star. The story is riveting, but my kids get a little twitchy about the coyote dying at the end. 

(Thank you again Rhonda Anderson!)



Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

Also couldn’t resist this one because of the ballet/Misty Copeland component. It’s really lush and beautiful.

(Thank you Caitlin Ramirez)



Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

This one is my absolute favorite of the bunch. It makes me feel teary and triumphant every single time I read it, and my kids love it, too. Especially when I sing it, which for some reason has become a thing.

(Thank you, Caitlin Ramirez)


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Piper Sky’s Pink Popsicle Shoes by Rashan Ali and Ahad Pace

This one was a little harder to source, so I just picked it up today, and look forward to reading it on the recommendation of an old friend.

(Thank you, Kwame Harrison)



Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

My kids dig this one a lot, and I dig that they dig it, because it is about a little artist discovering that the sky is not always blue. 

(Thank you, Sara Triacca)

Wanted to also mention a great one we already had:

  • Ida Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty 

And special shout out to my lifelong friend Rhonda Stowell Lewis who didn’t just recommend books but actually dropped off a box of them for me. She lives over an hour away, and her generosity (and literally leaning) is so appreciated!

I kept the rest of the suggestions on a list for my next book-buying splurge! Thanks so much, friends.


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