Highlighting Black Authors and Diverse Stories: Children & Teen Recommendations

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.

Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.


All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated.

Discover a school where—no matter what—young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated.


Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316475143
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.


You Matter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534421691
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson.

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watche


Pride Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062564054
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 17th, 2019

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceNational Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.


Coffee Will Make You Black Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781504058520
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Published: Open Road Media - June 25th, 2019

"A funny, fresh novel about growing up African-American in 1960s Chicago" by an author who "writes like Terry McMillan's kid sister" (Entertainment Weekly).


I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492678892
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 6th, 2019

"An absolute page turner, I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact. " --Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give


Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780399547621
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Published: Penguin Books - January 14th, 2020

Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption by the bestselling author of City of Saints & Thieves. Now in paperback.


Jackpot Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984829627
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.


Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191089
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

A National Book Award Finalist!
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019

A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019
A School


Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250309853
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 14th, 2020

"Brown has written a guidebook of survival and wonder."The New York Times

"Just brilliant."—Kirkus Reviews


Zoe in Wonderland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425288917
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Published: Puffin Books - August 1st, 2017

Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods introduces introverted, daydream-prone Zoe, who’s afraid her real life will never be as exciting as her imaginary one.
 


My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399187353
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed.


The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147514301
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Published: Puffin Books - January 22nd, 2015

Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods’ moving, uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.

Violet is biracial, but she lives with her white mother and sister, attends a mostly white school in a white town, and sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of sno


The Season of Styx Malone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524715984
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Published: Yearling - December 3rd, 2019

A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR BOOK AND THE WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE HORN BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION!

"Extraordinary friendships . . . extraordinary storytelling." --Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-Winning author of One Crazy Summer


The Startup Squad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250180414
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Published: Imprint - May 7th, 2019

Girls mean business in a brand-new series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”


SLAY Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019!
“Gripping and timely.” —People
“The YA debut we’re most excited for this year.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A book that knocks you off your feet while dropping the kind of knowledge that’ll keep you down for the count.


Bad Boy: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064472883
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Published: Amistad - May 12th, 2020

A classic memoir that's gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable from the bestselling former National Ambassador of Books for Young People. A strong choice for summer reading—an engaging and powerful autobiographical exploration of growing up a so-called "bad boy" in Harlem in the 1940s.


Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062215932
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 8th, 2018

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander.


Think Big, Little One (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316475136
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Published: LB Kids - October 1st, 2019

This board book edition of Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by New York Times bestselling author Vashti Harrison is a beautiful first book to teach your little dreamers to follow all their biggest ideas.


Spirit Day: A Book About Spreading Joy Cover Image
By Little Bee Books, Joy Yang (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781499809695
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Published: little bee books - September 3rd, 2019

In this beautiful, bold board book, children will learn all about Spirit Day and its mission to stop bullying.

Put on a purple shirt. It's Spirit Day! Today's a day to be super-kind and stand up to bullying. Because everyone has a right to feel safe.

Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day established in 2010 to rally people against bullying.


Hair Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553366
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."
     - Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker


I Believe I Can Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062667137
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 3rd, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling creators of I Am Enough comes an empowering follow-up that celebrates every child’s limitless potential.

I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves.


Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.


The King of Kindergarten Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524740740
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 2nd, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.


The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head--like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten!


Merbaby's Lullaby Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Elizabeth O. Dulemba (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534443174
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Published: Little Simon - June 25th, 2019

From New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen comes a lilting lullaby from the bottom of the sea.

Hush, foam rocker,
sleep, wave breaker.
Close your eyes and dream,
tide breaker.


A hush-filled bedtime rhyme for parents to share with their newborns, Merbaby’s Lullaby is an underwater cradlesong written by Jane Yolen and


Don't Touch My Hair! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316562584
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.


A is for Activist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street


Babies Around the World: Dancing Cover Image
By Tamara Barker, Violet Lemay (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781947458789
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Published: duopress - September 17th, 2019

Samba, hip-hop, and tango. Dance away with an international lineup of babies in this fantastic follow-up to Babies Around the World.

The journey takes us from the Bollywood dancers in India to the dragon dancers in China, with stops in Brazil, South Africa, the United States, and many more countries.


Chocolate Me! Cover Image
By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250207852
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 7th, 2019

A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.


I Love Us: A Book About Family (with mirror and fill-in family tree) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358193302
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2020

A celebration of all types of families and the bond that holds each one together: Love! This book includes a mirror so YOUR unique family will be reflected in the story. Work together to fill in the bonus family tree with the names of everyone you love.

Families can be big, small, silly, adventurous, loud, or messy, but they all have love in common.


The Wizard of Oz (Penguin Bedtime Classics) Cover Image
By L. Frank Baum, Carly Gledhill (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593114759
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 18th, 2020

Bedtime Classics: charmingly illustrated board book editions of perennial favorites, simplified for the youngest readers!


A World of Kindness Cover Image
By Ann Featherstone (Editor), Suzanne del Rizzo (Illustrator), Brian Deines (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781772781090
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Published: Pajama Press - February 11th, 2020

There are many ways children can show kindness to others--human, animal, young, and old. With art from twelve celebrated children's book illustrators including Rebecca Bender, Suzanne Del Rizzo, and Wallace Edwards, this lavishly illustrated book will invite frequent re-reads to examine the joyful and inspiring illustrations.


Grace Goes to Washington (Grace Series #2) Cover Image
By Kelly DiPucchio, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368024334
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

In this follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Grace for President, award-winning duo Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham present a fun, kid-friendly introduction to the branches of American government as well as the struggle and joys that comes with being a public servant.

"Who's in charge here?"


M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781499809169
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Published: little bee books - October 1st, 2019

"Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive . . .


Puppy Truck Cover Image
By Brian Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534426870
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 25th, 2019

A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019!

Find out what happens when a boy who wants a puppy gets a truck instead in this simple and sweet picture book from Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney.

Vroom…beep…bark!

Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead.


Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534451865
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Published: Aladdin - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!

A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just s


How to Read a Book Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062307811
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Published: HarperCollins - June 18th, 2019

A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet! This New York Times bestselling duo has teamed up for the first time to bring you How to Read a Book, a poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading.

Find a tree—a

black tupelo or


Hero vs. Villain: A Book of Opposites Cover Image
By T. Nat Fuller, Alex Eben Meyer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419728259
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - June 12th, 2018

Hero vs. Villain is a gently irreverent book of opposites with a slight narrative that plays on the popularity of benign villains and superheroes. Their adversarial relationship makes heroes and villains the perfect stars for a book about opposites. But can sworn enemies learn to be friends?


Another Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
An NYPL Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A BookPage Best Picture Book of 2019
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection of 2019


In his eagerly a


Be Boy Buzz Cover Image
By Bell Hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781484788400
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2016

I be boy. All bliss boy. All fine beat. All beau boy. Beautiful.
Famed author bell hooks brings us a tight, exuberant story that captures the essence and energy of what it means to be a boy.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316213882
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award


I Can Write the World Cover Image
By Joshunda Sanders, Charly Palmer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781644420010
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Published: Six Foot Press - July 8th, 2019

"Lovely and timely. So glad Joshunda is telling our stories." - Jacqueline Woodson


Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316475143
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.


Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day Cover Image
By Carmen Agra Deedy, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338216387
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Have you ever been REALLY mad at your best friend?

* "This well-crafted story is an excellent choice for those seeking books featuring conflict-resolution." -- Booklist, starred review

In two little houses,
on two little hills,
lived two best friends...


The Poet X Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!


Ghost Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ∙  William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.


American Street Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062473059
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews and multiple awards!

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.


On the Come Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book