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Dive Into Diversity Summer Reading List Part 2!

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We are splashing into part two of our Diverse Summer Reading List! We are reading about some exceptional children who grew up to be great leaders, movers and shakers such as, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Malcolm X, Sonia Sotomayor, Venus and Serena Williams and more! Activist, Environmentalist, Engineers and Scientist are abound! Explore some poetry and Spanish with us! We even threw in a Classic! Let’s dive in…

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

This Is the Rope: A Story From The Great Migration (2013)

Author: Jacqueline Woodson🌍

Illustrator: James Ransome🌍

📚Join a family through generations and the ties that bind them!

A Different Pond

A Different Pond (2017)

Author: Bao Phi🌍

Illustrator: Thi Bui🌍

📚During early morning fishing a young boy learns about the homeland his father journeyed from.

Grandad Mandela

Grandad Mandela (2018)

Authors: Zindzi, Zazi & Ziwelene Mandela🌍

Illustrator: Sean Qualls🌍

📚Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old this July 18! Celebrate his life and works in this book written by his daughter and two of his great-great grandchildren!

Alfie (2017)

Author: Thyra Heder

Illustrator: Thyra Heder

📚Nia loves her pet turtle Alfie, but what will she do when he goes missing?

Bright Sky Starry City (2015)

Author: Uma Krishnaswami🌍

Illustrator: Aimée Sicuro

📚Phoebe explores the night sky and all of the planets and stars with her Dad!

Wangari’s Tree of Peace: A True Story From Africa (2008)

Author: Jeanette Winter

Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

📚As a child growing up in Kenya, Wangari Maathai recognized the beauty and importance of trees. She has dedicated her life to preserving and protecting trees and nature!

Josephine Baker (July 31, 2018)

Author: M’ Isabel Sánchez Vegara🌍

Illustrator: Agathe Sorlet

📚Shaking the world up and creating a movement through her dance!

René Has Two Last Names: René tiene dos appellidos (2009)

Author: René Colato Laínez🌍

Illustrator: Fabiola Graullera Ramirez🌍

📚René is proud of his two last names and he lets everyone know it!

My Kicks: A Sneaker Story! (2017)

Author: Susan Verde

Illustrator: Katie Kath

📚New Kicks are awesome!

Kitchen Dance (2008)

Author: Maurie J. Manning🌍

Illustrator: Maurie J. Manning🌍

📚Family is everything!

Drum Dream Girl (2015)

Author: Margarita Engle🌍

Illustrator: Rafael López🌍

📚The Drum Dream Girl longs to play the conga drums! But are drums just for boys?

Muhiima’s Quest (2017)

Author: Rahma Rodash🌍

Illustrator: Daria Horb

📚The day she turns ten, Muhiima’s Mother sends her off on an amazing journey of learning and discovery!

Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993)

Author: Tom Feelings🌍

Illustrator: Tom Feelings🌍

📚Poems from Literary Legends such as, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Walter Dean Myers, Margaret Walker and others!

Princess and the Peas (2017)

Author: Rachel Himes🌍

Illustrator: Rachel Himes🌍

📚Can anyone match Ma Sally’s home cooking?

Harlem Renaissance Party (2015)

Author: Faith Ringgold🌍

Illustrator: Faith Ringgold🌍

📚You never know who you will run into in Harlem!

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young Civil Rights Activist (2017)

Author: Cynthia Levinson

Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton🌍

📚Yes, little girls can change the world!

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Be Malcolm X

Author: Ilyasah Shabazz🌍

Illustrator: AG Ford🌍

📚Meet Malcolm Little before he became Malcolm X!

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

Authors: Irene Lathem & Charles Waters🌍

Illustrators: Sean Qualls🌍 & Selina Alko🌍

📚Poems that bring us together!

Turning Pages: My Life Story (2018)

Author: Sonia Sotomayor🌍

Illustrator: Lulu Delacre🌍

📚Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina and first person of Hispanic descent to sit as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court! This is her story!

All Are Welcome (2018)

Author: Alexandra Penfold

Illustrator: Suzanne Kaufman

📚Yes, we all are welcome! Spreading this message loud and clear! Such important reading this summer!

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (2015)

Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

Illustrator: Sean Qualls🌍

📚Emmanuel never let his disability become an obstacle to pursuing his dreams! It pushed him even harder to succeed! “Disability is not inability.”

Oprah: The Little Speaker (2010)

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford🌍

Illustrator: Londan Ladd🌍

📚Read all about the little girl who would grow up to make a big influence on the world!

Chocolate Me! (2011)

Author: Taye Diggs🌍

Illustrator: Shane W. Evans🌍

📚Celebrate beautiful you!

Max and the Tag-Along Moon (2013)

Author: Floyd Cooper🌍

Illustrator: Floyd Cooper🌍

📚Whenever Max misses his Grandpa all he has to do is look towards the moon!

When Rosa Parks Went Fishing (2017)

Author: Rachel Ruiz🌍

Illustrator: Chiara Fedele🌍

📚The story of Rosa Parks as a child!

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams (2018)

Author: Lesa Cline Ransome🌍

Illustrator: James E. Ransome🌍

📚Two sisters who would forever change the game of tennis!

Riley Can Be Anything (2017)

Author: Davina Hamilton🌍

Illustrator: Elena Reinoso

📚Riley is a little boy who knows there is no limit to who or what he can be in life!

Ada Twist, Scientist (2016)

Author: Andrea Beaty

Illustrator: David Roberts

📚Ada Twist is just about the most adorable and inquisitive little girl you are ever going to meet!

Just the Two of Us (2001)

Author: Will Smith🌍

Illustrator: Kadir Nelson🌍

📚Did you know Will Smith wrote a children’s book? Me neither! But here it is! Smith has written a wonderful book celebrating the bond between a father and son!

Tar Beach (1991)

Author: Faith Ringgold🌍

Illustrator: Faith Ringgold🌍

📚 The perfect Classic Summertime Story!

Lauren McGill’s Pickle Museum (2003)

Author: Jerdine Nolen🌍

Illustrator: Debbie Tilley

📚Pickles and museums, two of my favorite things!

Ron’s Big Mission (2009)

Authors: Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden

Illustrator: Don Tate🌍

📚Ron McNair is on a mission…to get a library card! What is so hard about that you ask? Well, it is the 1950’s and the library is in South Carolina! This is based on a true story of a fight for equality and desegregation!

Grandma’s Records (2001)

Author: Eric Velasquez🌍

Illustrator: Eric Velasquez🌍

📚Now you know Grandma/Abuela always has the best records!

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