Celebrate Diverse Authors!

Celebrate, read and enjoy children’s books by diverse authors with us!


Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe (2006)

Author: Irene Smalls

Illustrator: Cathy Ann Johnson

📚Pop Pop and his grandson spend some quality time together making and baking a cake! Have fun reading this lyrical story with your little ones!

Festival of Colors (2018)

Authors: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal

Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

📚Celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, with Mintoo and Chintoo! From preparations to party time!

All Around Us (2017)

Author: Xelena González

Illustrator: Adriana M. Garcia

📚We are all part of a continuous circle of life! Each of us contributes to and makes the world go ’round!

Juneteenth for Mazie (2016)

Author: Floyd Cooper

Illustrator: Floyd Cooper

📚Learn and celebrate with Mazie the history of June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth). The day African-Americans in Galveston, Texas finally learned of their freedom!

Pelé: Soccer’s First Star (2007)

Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Illustrator: James E. Ransome

📚Before Pelé was Pelé he was, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, a young boy who put soccer before everything!

Mixed Me! (2015)

Author: Taye Diggs

Illustrator: Shane W. Evans

📚For all of you Taye Diggs fans who love watching him on the big screen in films such as, “The Best Man”, “Brown Sugar”, “The Wood”, and many, many other fabulous movies! Now you can read his book penned to his own son! This book sends a great message to children about being proud of the skin they are in and that they are perfect just the way they are!

Here I Am (2015)

Author: Patty Kim

Illustrator: Sonia Sánchez

📚Here I Am gives you an image of the challenges and adjustment of coming to a new country through a child’s eyes! Such an important book during these times!

Jazz (2006)

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Illustrator: Christopher Myers

📚June is African-American Music Appreciation Month! This book is truly a celebration and tribute to the history of Jazz in America and the impact the musicians and jazz music had on artist and music of today!

Alma and How She Got Her Name (2018)

Author: Juana Martinez-Neal

Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal

📚Alma is a little girl with a big name! Her father explains to her the meaning and importance behind each of her names! A great book to discuss ancestory and family history!


We hope you find a book to read and enjoy from this list or in one our previous post! Some of these selections are on our Dive into Diversity Summer To Be Read List, be sure to check out part one and keep an eye out for part two next month!

🤗Until the next Journey…

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