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Mixed Me (2015) Taye Diggs

Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale. Mixed Me is told in the voice of a young mixed-race boy and is all about celebrating who you are as a person and embracing what’s unique about you. K-2.

When the Beat Was Born (2013) Carrick Hill, Laban

From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill’s book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world. Grade 2-5.

Stone Soup (2003) Muth, J. Jon

In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.

Something Beautiful (1998) Wyeth D, Sharon

A little girl longs to see beyond the scary sights on the sidewalk and the angry scribbling in the halls of her building. When her teacher writes the word beautiful on the blackboard, the girl decides to look for something beautiful in her neighborhood.

Last Stop On Market Street (2015) De La Pena, Matt

CJ and his Grandma take a bus ride together, discovering the beauty and wonder of their vibrant neighborhood.

Max and the Tag along Moon (2013) Cooper, Floyd

Max loves his grandpa. When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa reminds Max that the moon above them at Grandpa’s house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home.

Over the Ocean (1979) Gomi, Taro.

Celebrates the long-lived reigh of imagination in the kingdom of a young child’s mind.

Hanks Big Day (2016) Kuhlman,Evan

Hank trudges onward and comes upon a smiling face.  She is dressed up like her hero, the famous flier Amelia Earhart.

Thunder Boy Jr (2106) Alexi, Sherman

Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.

Katie Woo (2011) Manushkin, Fran

Katie Woo is relatable, inclusive, and teeming with positivity. Katie gets mad about things most young readers do as well. K-3.

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