Diversity and Activism

Tween

The Importance of Queer Representation in Middle Grade Fiction

While the YA genre is burgeoning with queer representation, books for middle grade readers are still sadly lacking such characters, themes, and stories.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

8 Picture Books to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year kicks off on February 5th. In the spirit of celebration, here are eight festive books about Chinese New Year to share with young readers.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Hands Up! Reminds Black Children That They Are Beautiful and Worthy of a Life Well-Lived

Throughout Hands Up! is the image of a Black girl who is life personified. She matters every single day, 24/7. Her pain, her joy, and her being are important.

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Growing Reader

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Teen

8 Nonfiction Kids’ Books That Celebrate Black Excellence

Ranging from picture books to young adult titles, these fantastic reads center on African American figures throughout history who embodied excellence in their respective fields and inspired those around them.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: All Are Welcome

Settle in and read along with All Are Welcome, a beautiful, reassuring picture book that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

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Growing Reader

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Teen

Jacqueline Woodson’s Most Beautiful, Impactful Books for Young Readers

Jacqueline Woodson has made a career out of breaking down barriers and smashing glass ceilings for children and teens through her remarkable writing. Here are some of our favorite books written by the unparalleled author.

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Growing Reader

Tween

Teen

Read Globally: Books to Introduce Kids and Teens to the History and Culture of Iran

We’ve gathered a few stories that we hope spark your interest in the people, history, fables, and food of Iran, as well as some contemporary narratives from Iranian authors.

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Teen

10 Nonfiction Books About Activism for Teens

Nonfiction books about activism can help inspire and support young adult readers who are interested in getting involved in their own communities and beyond.

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Baby & Toddler

Pre-K

Growing Reader

15 Spanish/English Bilingual Picture Books

Bilingual picture books offer children the opportunity to develop a second language and expand their cultural awareness. Here are 15 Spanish/English gems.

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Tween

Teen

11 Contemporary Diverse Novels for Middle Grade Readers

These diverse middle grade books feel truly contemporary. They offer authentic stories driven by character development, rich narrative voice, and modern-day plots, and they don’t shy away from difficult-to-grasp concepts.

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Growing Reader

Tween

Teen

Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

Stories can facilitate dialogue and promote healthy communication around this difficult topic, and help to foster empathy and understanding.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Making Our Voices Heard: Books About Activism for Kids

What does activism look like to a preschooler — or a fifth grader? These books can help readers jumpstart the conversation of what it means to show up, speak out, resist, and persist on behalf of their own beliefs — and for those who may not have a voice.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Meet the Illustrator: Sharee Miller

In our Meet the Illustrator conversation, Sharee talks about how her own experiences inspired her new book, Princess Hair; her favorite princess growing up; and why she thinks it’s important to create art as a family.

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Tips & Advice

The Power of the Right Book to Let Our Kids Know We See Them

This is what I can tell you as an author and as a mom: discovering one’s presence in books like my son did is what makes kids feel like they EXIST.

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