Diversity & Inclusion Titles
One of the good ones
by Moulite, Maika, author.
Publisher Annotation: A shockingly powerful exploration of the lasting impact of prejudice and the indomitable spirit of sisterhood that will have readers questioning what it truly means to be an ally.
Dear reader : a love letter to libraries
by Rose, Tiffany, author, illustrator.
A voracious young reader pens a love letter to libraries and books, and powerfully expresses the need for diversity and the importance of representation in stories.
How to fight racism : a guide to standing up for racial justice
by Tisby, Jemar, author.
"Racism and social justice are important topics kids are dealing with today. In this adaptation of How to Fight Racism for young readers ages 8-12, Dr. Jemar Tisby helps kids understand how everyday prejudice affects them and what they can do to create social change. Inside, he explains the history of racism in America and why it is so prevalent, as well as uses Christian principles to provide practical tools and advice kids can use to develop and maintain an anti-racist mindset and make a positive difference in the world. Racism is pervasive in today's world, and in the wake of protests and a call for change, many kids are eager to confront it but aren't always sure how. Jemar Tisby, author of How to Fight Racism and The Color of Compromise, believes we need to move beyond mere discussions about racism and begin equipping young people with the practical tools to fight against it. In How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition, Dr. Tisby uses history to explore how racism has affected America since before its founding and how it's continued to grow, as well as examines how true social justice is rooted in the Christian faith. In a format that provides kids with a handbook for pursuing racial justice, readers ages 8-12 will discover hands-on suggestions and real-world examples of change they can put into action; practical ideas for confronting racism in their everyday lives, and how they can use Christian values to change the narrative around race; the ARC of racial justice-Awareness, Connection, and Relationships-that help form an anti-racist mindset; and ways to evaluate their actions and promote biblical principles. Throughout, kids will learn how to ask questions of themselves and their communities as they stand up to racism in all its forms"--
You're the hugs to my kisses : celebrating family & friendship
by Herndon, Barbara, author.
Rhyming text celebrates the special bond between loved ones young and old.
Black joy : stories of resistance, resilience, and restoration
by Lewis-Giggetts, Tracey M., author.
""Black joy is unique and deeply rooted in the cultural experiences and expressions of Black people. It's ever-present and yet often hidden... Black joy has a sound. It moves in a particular way.... Like great-grandmother's talcum powder and Jean Nate, it enters the room before you do and stays long after you leave. This is why we must tap into it. This is why this book is necessary." When writer, Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote a piece for The Washington Post, "My daughter reminded me that black joy is a form of resistance" she had no idea just how much or how widely it would resonate with parents across America. As a Professor of English and Race Studies, and a writer whose work focuses on the intersection of race, trauma and healing, she knew that Black joy is truly a weapon of resistance, a tool for resilience. In the outpouring for more on the subject, Tracey saw there was a need for something longer than a thousand words on the subject. Like Hoda Kotb's I REALLY NEEDED THIS TODAY, BLACK JOY: A Strategy for Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration is an inspiring collection of stories that will recharge readers. As rich and healing as it is commercial, BLACK JOY is destined to become a book that is passed between friends, that is comfort at the end of a long day, an answer for the reader who needs a place to quiet their mind and heal their soul"--
We were dreamers : an immigrant superhero origin story
by Liu, Simu, 1989- author.
Publisher Annotation: The star of Marvel's first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a lifetime. 304pp., 50K
The second chance of Benjamin Waterfalls
by Bird, James, author.
Publisher Annotation: Benjamin Waterfalls comes from a broken home, and the quickest fix he's found for his life is to fill that emptiness with stuff he steals and then sells. But he's been caught one too many times, and when he appears before a tough judge, his mother proposes sending him to "boot camp" at the Ojibwe reservation where they used to live. Soon he is on his way to Grand Portage, Minnesota, to live with his father--the man Benny hasn't seen in years. Not only is "boot camp" not what he expects, but his rehabilitation seems to be in the hands of the tribal leader's daughter, who wears a mask. Why? Finding the answer to this and so many other questions prove tougher than any military-style boot camp. Will answers be enough for Benny to turn his life around and embrace his second chance?
In the face of the sun : a novel
by Bryce, Denny S., author.
To escape an abusive marriage, Frankie Saunders flees across the country to Los Angeles with her reckless, profane Aunt Daisy, who will do whatever it takes to settle old scores and resolve the past--no matter what the damage, forcing Frankie to make some hard choices.
Sari, not sari : a novel
by Singh, Sonya (Sonya K.), author.
"Manny Dogra is the beautiful young CEO of Breakup, a highly successful company that helps people manage their relationship breakups. As preoccupied as she is with her business, she's also planning her wedding to handsome architect Adam Jamieson while dealing with the loss of her beloved parents. For reasons Manny has never understood, her mother and father, who were both born in India, always wanted her to become an 'All-American' girl. So that's what she did. She knows next to nothing about her South Asian heritage, and that's never been a problem--until her parents are no longer around, and an image of Manny that's been Photoshopped to make her skin look more white appears on a major magazine cover. Suddenly, the woman who built an empire encouraging people to be true to themselves is having her own identity crisis. But when an irritating client named Sammy Patel approaches Manny with an odd breakup request, the perfect solution presents itself: If they both agree to certain terms, he'll give her a crash course in being 'Indian' at his brother's wedding. What follows is days of dancing and dal, masala and mehndi as Manny meets the lovable, if endlessly interfering, aunties, and uncles of the Patel family, and, along the way, discovers much more than she could ever have anticipated"--
You are enough : a book about inclusion
by O'Hair, Margaret, author.
"It can be hard to be different-whether because of how you look, where you live, or what you can or can't do. But wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same? Being different is great! Being different is what makes you YOU. This inclusive and empowering picture book from Sofia Sanchez-a young model and actress with Down syndrome-reminds readers how important it is to embrace your differences, be confident, and be proud of who you are. Imagine all of the wonderful things you can do if you don't let anyone stop you! You are enough just how you are. Sofia is unique, but her message is universal: We all belong. So each spread features beautiful, full color illustrations of a full cast of kid characters with all kinds of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. This book also includes back matter with a brief bio of Sofia and her journey so far, as well as additional information about Down syndrome and how we can all be more accepting, more inclusive, and more kind"--