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11 Inspiring Illustrated Biographies That Introduce Kids to Diverse Heroes

Readers of all ages can find much to consider, relate to, and celebrate in these transcendent illustrated biographies of people who’ve had an impact on our lives and culture.

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Growing Reader

Julián Is a Mermaid: A Heartwarming Lesson in Identity and Unconditional Love

Julián Is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love, is an absolutely beautiful celebration of self-expression, unconditional love, and being your truest self.

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Tween

Black Girl Magic: 33 Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists

There are so many wonderful picture books that feature strong, Black females. Here are 33 favorites that are great for all kinds of readers.

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All Ages

Books and Resources to Help You Raise Anti-Racist Children

It’s never too early to talk to children about race. At Brightly, we're committed to helping you raise kids that are not only "not racist," but who are actively "anti-racist."

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Tween

Colorful Poetry: 22 Diverse Poetry Picture Books for Kids

These diverse poetry picture books are entertaining, beautiful, and meaningful — making them excellent picks for National Poetry Month.

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Baby & Toddler

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Black Boy Joy: 30 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists

Finding good, quality books featuring people of color can be a challenge. Here are 30 stories with black males at the center to enjoy with your little ones.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

9 Picture Books to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year kicks off on January 25th. In the spirit of celebration, here are nine festive books about Chinese New Year to share with young readers.

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Growing Reader

Tween

11 Heartfelt Books to Give as Kwanzaa Gifts

Like Kwanzaa itself, the books on this list celebrate values such as family and togetherness. Whether you’re looking for a book for a pre-k reader or a tween, here are some gift-worthy options.

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Growing Reader

Books That Introduce Children to Different Holiday Cultures and Traditions

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to remember there are a diverse set of holidays available to explore.

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Tween

Teen

Banned & Challenged Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read

Ideas in books can ignite discovery, encourage empathy, and offer solace. With that in mind, here are 17 banned books worth reading for their ideas.

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Growing Reader

Tween

15 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

What better way to celebrate Hispanic culture and history with kids than with picture books? From biographies to folktales, there’s something great for every young reader.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: Carmela Full of Wishes

Read along to Carmela Full of Wishes, a poignant tribute to family, home, and hope from the creators of Last Stop on Market Street.

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Tween

Teen

Diverse Books for Tweens and Teens Written by Own Voices Authors

If we want children to enjoy reading and be engaged, why not give them stories in which they see themselves being represented? A good place to start is by exploring diverse stories written by “own voices” authors.

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Growing Reader

Author Kelly Starling Lyons on Daring to Shine Like Jada Jones

In a world where popularity can take center stage, we sometimes forget to remind kids of the shine they hold inside. Kelly Starling Lyons' Jada Jones series aims to show kids that they are rock stars, class acts, scientists, and dancing queens just like Jada.

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