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1. Celebrate Black History Month with Five Collections from LEE & LOW BOOKS

February is Black History Month. The origins of Black History Month began with historian Carter G. Woodson launching Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson felt that teaching African American history was essential for the survival of the African American race.

In 1969, students at Kent State University proposed expanding Black History Week to Black History Month. The first Black History Month was celebrated a year later. In 1976, Black History Month was recognized by the federal government and has been celebrated ever since.

Today, heritage months can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, relegating culturally diverse books to specific months of the year can mean these books are overlooked the rest of the year. It can also separate Black history from American history, when in fact black history is American history.

On the other hand, we are still working to undo a long history in which the achievements and contributions of people of color were routinely ignored. Having a special time of year to highlight these achievements can help fill in the gaps in our history.

Our opinion? Black History Month isn’t a time for once-a-year books; the books you use this month should be in your regular rotation. But Black History Month is a good time to give your collection of African American titles a little extra love–or updating, if it needs it.

LEE & LOW is proud to offer a number of different Black History Month collections. Check them out below:

k-2 collectionBlack History Month Collection, Grades K-2

This paperback collection features a mix of historical fiction and biographies from African Americans who excelled in arts and politics for young readers.

Featured Books:

Love Twelve Miles Long, written by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Colin Bootman – Frederick Douglass’s mother travels twelve miles late at night to visit him in another plantation. Mama recounts why every step of the way is special to her.

Knockin’ On Wood, by Lynne Barasch – Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, a legendary 20th century tap dancer, lost his leg in an accident at the age of twelve. He taught himself how to dance, first with crutches and then later with a peg leg.

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3-6 collection

Black History Month Collection, Grades 3-6

This collection explores the lives of great African Americans with a wide range of picture book biographies and historical fiction books for young readers.

Featured Books:

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated byFrank Morrison – This award-winning biography follows the life of Melba Liston, a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream, written by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Floyd Cooper -Ira Aldridge dreamed of being on stage one day performing the great works of William Shakespeare. Due to little opportunity in the United States, Ira journeyed to Europe and through perseverance and determination became one of the most respected Shakespearean actors of his time.

Purchase this collection here


BHM collection 7-12Black History Month Collection, Grades 7-12

This collection is perfect for a wide range of middle to high school level readers. Readers will be able to explore the history of African American music, Civil Rights, and sports.

Featured Books:

i see the rhythm, written by Toyomi Igus and illustrated by Michele Wood – This book explores African American music throughout history, starting with its roots in Africa.

I and I Bob Marley, written by Tony Medina and illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson – This book of poems explores the life of famous musician Bob Marley.

Purchase this collection here


Black History Month Special Collection

Black History Month Special Collection This collection features a mix of award-winning hardcover and paperback biographies of great African Americans at a range of reading levels.

Featured Book:

Love to Langston, written by Tony Medina and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie – Fourteen original poems explore the life of Langston Hughes, one of America’s most beloved poets.

Purchase this collection here


Black History Month Paperback Collection

Black History Month Paperback Collection

This collection features hand-picked award winning books, available in paperback.

Featured Book:

In Her Hands, written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by JaeMe Bereal – Augusta Savage enjoyed sculpting with clay, despite her stern father thinking it was a waste of her time. To pursue a career as an artist, Augusta leaves everything she knows behind and journeys to New York.

Further Reading:

Who Is Ira Aldridge?

Remembering Cortez Peters

Why Remember Bill Traylor?

Why Remember Florence “Baby Flo” Mills?

Why Remember Author Ashe?

Why Remember Robert Smalls?

Why Remember Toni Stone?

Storyline Online: Catching the Moon

Seven Core Values to Celebrate During Black History Month

Why You Should See Selma

Katheryn Russell-Brown on the Research Behind Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Protesting Injustice Then and Now

Resources for Teaching About Wangari Maathai and Seeds of Change

Three Ways to Teach Etched in Clay

The Origins of the Coretta Scott King Award

More Resources

Twelve Months of Books

The Problem with Ethnic Heritage Months

African American History Month (Library of Congress)

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2. Best Selling Kids Series | February 2016

This month's our list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features James Dashner's Maze Runner series and Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.

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3. Best Selling Young Adult Books | February 2016

Our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult list from The New York Times includes a revisit of Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. The best selling young adult titles include books by super-talent Rainbow Rowell.

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4. Best New Kids Books | February 2016

Our selection of hot new releases and popular kids' books has a lot to offer!

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5. Five Family Favorites with Arwen Elys Dayton, Author of Traveler

Arwen Elys Dayton, author of Traveler, selected these five family favorites.

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6. January 27th is Multicultural Children's Book Day!

At Finding Wonderland, we have always been committed to reviewing a wide range of diverse and multicultural books, which is why we're very excited to see that this year the folks at Multicultural Children's Book Day are making a supreme effort to... Read the rest of this post

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7. Best Selling Young Adult Books | January 2016

Our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult list from The New York Times includes a revisit of Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard.

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8. Best New Kids Books | January 2016

Take a look at our selection of hot new releases and popular kids' books and let us know which titles and covers catch your eyes. There are so many amazing new kids books coming in 2016!

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9. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | January 2016

This month, El Deaf, a 2015 Newbery Honor book is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store. Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best selling middle grade list, as they appear on The New York Times, includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary.

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10. Best Selling Picture Books | January 2016

Our best selling picture book from our affiliate store is one of our all-time favorite books: Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell!

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11. My List of Top Ten YA Books of 2015

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It's been a great year for YA books!  This year, I accomplished my goal of reading 50 books in different formats (I'm really enjoying the wonder of e-books) and among that list is the cream of the crop titles I absolutely got lost in.  These titles are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, graphic novel and short stories and everything in between.  These aren't in any particular rank or order (other than alphabetical), as all of these books were absolutely amazing!  There are more than ten I could absolutely put on this list, but I took my time and really thought about the titles I chose and why.  So walk with me through my top 10 best of the best book for teens....

1. All The Rage by Courtney Summers
What struck me about this book is the powerful theme it contains.  Romy, the main character, faces the most intense hardships of high school - bullying, isolation, and being taken advantage of against her will.  These take Romy to the brink of a breakdown but her strength, family and the few she can trust help her not only deal with what she went through, but also makes her realize her own self-worth.





2. All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder
When I can read in a book in one setting, I know it's a book that should be on this list.  Emerson knows she has less than 48 hours to live - not due to illness, but to a meteor bearing down on the U.S. This novel shows how not only what happens to her, but others who decide to live the rest of their lives by fulfilling lifelong dreams, falling in love, and granting forgiveness.  What grabbed me are the different threads of lives Schroeder writes about that begin to interweave in unusual ways leading to a beautiful ending.




3. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
This is one of those books that people either loved or not and that's why it made my list.  Brooks' novel evokes powerful emotions from readers and what ultimately happens to the group of people who are victims of circumstance in this superbly suspenseful book.  Another reason why I put this book on the list is that the ending is so climactic and unexpected, most of the teens I know who've read it can't wrap their minds around the ending of it all.





4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Fantasy fiction has become (or still is) a popular genre, and while so many I've read recently take place in another time and world, this book doesn't. Rowell writes an urban fantasy with quirky characters and villains in today's world where wizards co-exists with Normals.  VERY reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, Rowell brings back the magical fun the characters and the school creates that makes it such a refreshing read.  It's all about relationships first, conflict second and the ability to combine lighthearted reading with some dark places the readers get to explore.



5. Drowned City by Don Brown
Brown brings back into the spotlight the horrors, mistakes and redemptive circumstances that created the disaster of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.  This book tells the story not only through words but the powerful images depicted on the pages, allowing those to not only read it, but truly look at what happened and allow it to resonate in them.  This is one of the best graphic novels I've read not only because it brings an important event up in teens lives, but also because although it's a quick read, it stays there long after the last page is turned.

6. Hitler's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly
There are a few titles from O'Reilly's Killing series that have been adapted for young adults, and when there is, they become an important part of a YA collection because of the hidden history behind the event and person.  This is about Hitler, but also about World War II and how his decisions led to the ultimate downfall of one of the most evil people in history.  O'Reilly writes without any political motive, which makes this a book for all readers.  You may not like the author, but try not to transfer bias to a great YA non-fiction book.

7. Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Follow five teens as they enter high school and begin their four year tour. Any teen will be able to find a character to identify with, whether it be the most popular girl in school or the geekiest kid to enter high school.  Not only do you get to see how they change physically (case in point: freshmen year class picture to senior year) but also the relationships and conflicts that begin to create the person they are.  Its' definitely a St. Elmo's Fire meets The Breakfast Club kind of book you'll fall into.




8. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
It's not the flashy Marvel or DC graphic novel, but it's definitely a contender in attracting readers' attention through the clever use of dialogue and character.  Stevenson creates a meld of genres in this book.  She mixes a little fantasy with a bit of science fiction and adds a touch of historical fiction to create a fabulous graphic novel about friendships and enemies that holds a deeper meaning in what it means to be a true confidante and mentor.  I chuckled all the way through this book through Stevenson's dry and witty humor between the characters, especially Nimona and her unique talents.



9. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
There have been books that have made me shed a tear or two because of it's emotional impact, but this one jerked them right out of me because of its plot of love and loss.  Blending difficult days spent behind bars with a love story with the beauty of  adoption and foster care, Schmidt creates a character that has the weight of the world on his shoulders as well as the promise of new beginnings.  This isn't a book with lots of pages (in fact, it won't take hardly any time to read) but it makes up for it through the large emotional reach it'll have once the last page is turned.



10. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April G. Tucholke
This short story collection has the best YA authors that have written stories that are truly from the dark side.  This is horror at its best because it comes in small or large doses, depending on how much the reader can handle.  This isn't for those who get nightmares from reading YA horror and supernatural, but will definitely delight those who enjoy walking on the side tainted by dark evil and revenge.





And one to grow on....

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is a slice of science fiction that takes place completely in outer space. There aren't a hundred characters, planets and ships to keep track of.  One plot, one (or two) huge conflicts, and two main characters makes this book readable and enjoyable for those  who can't manage to keep track of too much.  The authors write the story through transcripts, text messages, secret documents and  file and this is what makes it a standout.  While reading this, I saw it as a movie in my mind...excellent sign of a great YA read!!




Now, bring on 2016!!!

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12. 2015 Book Favorites

I’ve been looking at all of the year-end book lists and getting even MORE recommendations for my To-Be-Read (TBR) list. Since moving into the city, I have been able to read more books. But I’ve also become a book hoarder as well and there is a ton of books still on my nightstand.

I think YA author Beth Revis said it best on Twitter:



However I still want to share with you some books that I did enjoy this year. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

2015Favorites

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
Slade House by David Mitchell
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
When by Victoria Laurie

Hope everyone is ending the year on a positive note and that 2016 will be even bigger and better for all of you! :)

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13. Five Family Favorites with Allison Branscombe, Author of All About China

Allison Branscombe, author of All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More for Kids, selected these five family favorites.

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14. Gifts for Grandparents: Bond Over a Book with Your Grandchildren

Reading books together is an incredibly easy and, not to mention, enjoyable way to be present and engaged with kids.

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15. Christmas Books: 6 Picture Books to Boost Christmas Spirit

Which books will you be reading during the 12 days of Christmas? Here are 6 picture books that we know will make you feel merry ... Read the rest of this post

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16. Best Selling Kids Series | December 2015

This month's best selling kids series from The Children's Book Review's affiliate store, First 100, is a great series for babies and toddlers ready to absorb information about the world around them.

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17. Best of 2015 - Booklists for Young Adults

At the end of every year, booklists start coming out.  Many of them are booklists that have been created by organizations such as ALA and state associations.  These titles have been vetted, read, discussed, and selected based on literary merit as one of the main driving forces creating certain lists. 
Others are quite different in that they're created by users and readers.  They aren't part of a committee and are part of a voting poll or survey to see what they feel is the best of 2015. 
Regardless of type of booklist, they're out!  It's also interesting to see how many of the same titles can be found on each list.  So how many of them have you read? :)

Here's a list with link of many of those booklists:

Morris Award Finalists (debut YA authors)

YALSA's Best of the Best Top Ten lists (from six different lists)

Texas Library Association TAYSHAS list (best YA books 2016 list)

Texas Library Association Maverick list (best YA graphic novels 2016 list)

National Book Award Lists (excellence in YA poetry, fiction and non-fiction)

Publishers Weekly Best YA Books of 2015

School Library Journal YA Best Books of 2015

Goodreads Best YA Fiction (based on readers' votes)

Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction (based on readers' votes)

The Telegraph's Best YA Books of 2015

Amazon's Best Books of the Year (So Far 2015)




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18. Best Selling Young Adult Books | December 2015

Our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult list from The New York Times remains the same this month. The best selling young adult titles include books by super-talents Rainbow Rowell and Marie Lu.

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19. Books for Growing Healthy Minds

Kids who develop healthy habits have improved outcomes in all aspects of life.

That’s why we’re excited to offer a new collection of titles on the First Book Marketplace to help educators teach healthy habits to kids they serve. Hand-selected by renowned chef Mario Batali, the Healthy Kids Collection features eight books about food and the importance of healthy eating.

Six of the titles are brand-new to the First Book Marketplace.

In addition to sponsoring this collection, The Mario Batali Foundation is helping 250 schools and programs serving kids in need access these resources.

Below are a few of the titles you can find in the Healthy Kids Collection. To view all of the titles visit the First Book Marketplace.

IMG_3764Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

With a combination of unusual foods and a kaleidoscope of colors, this concept book shows that not all foods have to look the same way. A banana can be red, broccoli can be purple, and cherries can be yellow and still taste just as delicious.

 

 

to_market_to_mcclureTo Market, To Market by Nikki McClure

Known for art that celebrates the virtues of community, hard work, and living gently on the planet, Nikki McClure here explores a topic close to her heart: the farmers market. Alternating between story and fact, this lovingly crafted picture book follows a mother and son to the weekly market. As they check off items on their shopping list, the reader learns how each particular food was grown or produced, from its earliest stages to how it ended up at the market.

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can’t wait to go on a picnic! In the morning the family heads to their community garden, then to the farmer’s market and the grocery store to gather vegetables, fruit, meat, and other fresh and delicious foods. Readers follow them through the day as they go home to prepare, cook, and pack up the goodies, then cap their day by eating a yummy meal in the park and flying a kite together.

A special thanks to the Mario Batali Foundation for making this collection possible. We love being able to offer new resources to the educators and program leaders we serve.

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20. The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2015

Red-Yellow-Blue1So I’m going to confess something to you.  All year long, from January onward, I’ve been keeping track of any picture book, easy book, or early chapter book I’ve seen containing some kind of diversity.  Have I missed books?  Of course I have!  You cannot make a list like this without missing something.  Books from publishers like Kar-Ben Books and Inhabit Media (amongst others) should be better represented, but I failed to keep proper track early in the year.  There probably isn’t enough Lee & Low or Cinco Punto either.  At the same time, the books that I was able to gather could be potentially useful to folks.  You will find them organized by their publication release dates.

I apologize beforehand that sometimes the notes here do not mention the specific ethnicities of the characters.  Often this is because the book itself has not made it clear.  For these titles, you will need to look at the books individually.

As ever, if you see something missing here please note it in the comments. Also, if you think I’ve included wrong information about a book, let me know so that I can make the change.

Enjoy!

Title                              Author            Pub Date     Age        Subjects                               Type

Families Shelley Rotner & Sheila M. Kelly 1/1/2015 Ages 3-6 family, alternative lifestyles, same sex families Picture Book
3, 2, 1, Go! Emily Arnold McCully 1/1/2015 Ages 4-6 strong girls, science girls, STEM Easy Reader
How to Grow a Friend Sara Gillingham 1/6/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, nature Picture Book
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich Julia Sarcone-Roach 1/6/2015 Ages 4-6 nature, bears, cities, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Last Stop on Market Street Matt de la Pena 1/8/2015 Ages 4-6 family, multigenerational, lower income, African-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
The Tea Party in the Woods Akiko Miyakoshi 1/8/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Asian, animals, tea parties Picture Book
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! Paula Ayer 1/9/2015 Ages 4-5 Diverse Main Character, starting school, biracial Picture Book
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay Cari Best 1/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Disability, friendship, sports, African-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Freedom’s School Lesa Cline-Ransome 1/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, American history, freedom Picture Book
Juna’s Jar Jane Bank 1/15/2015 Ages 3-6 multi-cultural, moving, Asian-American, friendship, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Harlem Renaissance Party Faith Ringgold 1/27/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, American history Picture Book
Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventure Jacqueline Jules 2/1/2015 Ages 6-9 family, Latino-American, Diverse Main Character Chapter Book
Sofia Martinez: The Missing Mouse Jacqueline Jules 2/1/2015 Ages 4-6 family, Latino-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
A Dozen Cousins Lori Haskins Houran 2/3/2015 Ages 4-6 family, Multi-ethnic Cast, boys, girls Picture Book
The New Small Person Lauren Child 2/10/2015 Ages 4-7 family, new baby, siblings, jealousy, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
I Had a Favorite Hat Boni Ashburn 2/17/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, Clothing, Imagination Picture Book
The Red Bicycle Jude Isabella 3/1/2015 Ages 4-7 multi-cultural, Africa, bicycles, philanthropy, world culture, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
The Sock Thief Ana Crespo 3/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Latin America, soccer, sports, altruism, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Jessica’s Box Peter Carnavas 3/1/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, Disability, friendship Picture Book
Party Croc! A Folktale from Zimbabwe Margaret Read McDonald 3/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, folktale, promises Picture Book
No, No, Kitten! Shelley Moore Thomas 3/3/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Cats, Pets Picture Book
Stone Angel Jane Yolen 3/3/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, WWII, Holocaust, hope Picture Book
Red Jan De Kinder 3/9/2015 Ages 4-7 Bullying, Friendship, School Picture Book
Bird & Diz Gary Golio 3/10/2015 Ages 4-7 jazz, African-American, American history, music, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
My Pen Christopher Myers 3/10/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, Imagination, Drawing, Art Picture Book
Red, Yellow, Blue (And a Dash of White Too!) C.G. Esperanza 3/10/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Imagination, Colors, Art, African-American Picture Book
Peace Is an Offering Annette Le Box 3/10/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, peace, friendship Picture Book
15 Things Not To Do With a Baby Margaret McAllister 3/15/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, new baby, siblings Picture Book
Thank You, Jackson Niki Daly 3/15/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, manners, Africa Picture Book
Salsa: Una Poema Para Cocinar / A Cooking Poem Jorge Argueta 3/17/2015 Ages 4-6 cooking, Latino-American, family, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
And What If I Won’t? Maureen Fergus 3/17/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, family, mothers, behavior Picture Book
Drum Dream Girl Margarita Engle 3/24/2015 Ages 5-7 Diverse Main Character, Cuba, music, girls, multi-racial Picture Book
Families, Families, Families! Suzanne Lang 3/24/2015 Ages 4-6 family, alternative lifestyles, same sex families Picture Book
How to Surprise a Dad Jean Reagan 3/24/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, fathers, family Picture Book
The Best Friend Battle Lindsay Eyre 3/31/2015 Ages 6-9 friendship, jealousy, Latino-American, Multi-ethnic Cast Chapter Book
The Five of Us Quentin Blake 3/31/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, ability, self-esteem Picture Book
Finding the Music / En Pos de la Musica Jennifer Torres 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, music Picture Book
Poems in the Attic Nikki Grimes 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, family Picture Book
The Flying Hand of Marco B. Richard Leiter 4/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, imagination, flying Picture Book
My Family Tree and Me Dusan Petricic 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Asian-American, biracial, family tree Picture Book
Never Give Up: A Story About Self-esteem Kathryn Cole 4/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, self-esteem, perseverance Picture Book
I Am Ivan Crocodile Rene Gouichoux 4/1/2015 Ages 5-7 bullying, disability, emotions Picture Book
Grandma in Blue With a Red Hat Scott Menchin 4/14/2015 Ages 4-6 family, multigenerational, art, African-American, Diverse Main Character Picture Book
Hens for Friends Sandy De Lisle 4/14/2015 Ages 5-7 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, farm life, chickens Picture Book
There’s No Such Thing As Little LeUyen Pham 4/14/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, concepts, perception Picture Book
Little Sleepyhead Elizabeth McPike 4/14/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, bedtime, babies Picture Book
Little Chanclas Jose Lozano 4/15/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, clothing Picture Book
Princess Nina Marlise Achterbergh 4/21/2015 Ages 4-6 alternative lifestyles, princesses, strong girls Picture Book
Big News! Ida Siegal 4/28/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, Latino-American, mystery Chapter Book
Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner Gareth Edwards 4/28/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, dinosaurs, bedtime Picture Book
Izzy Barr, Running Star Claudia Mills 4/28/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, sports, friendship, African-American Chapter Book
Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay Kristin Earhart 4/28/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, nature, adventure, animals Chapter Book
The Nesting Quilt Cathryn Falwell 5/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, new baby, crafts Picture Book
A Day at Grandma’s Mi-ae Lee 5/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Korea, sleepovers, separation, family Picture Book
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story Reem Faruqi 5/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Muslim, holidays, differences Picture Book
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village Fang Suzhen 5/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Taiwan, death, grandparents Picture Book
Ally-Saurus Richard Torrey 5/5/2015 Ages 4-6 friendship, strong girls, gender stereotypes, dinosaurs Picture Book
Stella Brings the Family Miriam B. Schiffer 5/5/2015 Ages 4-7 family, alternative lifestyles, same sex families Picture Book
Don’t Throw It to Mo! David A. Adler 5/5/2015 Ages 6-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, Diverse Main Character, sports, football, self-esteem Easy Reader
Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split Anica Mrose Rissi 5/5/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, friendship, fighting Chapter Book
Interstellar Cinderella Deborah Underwood 5/5/2015 Ages 3-6 strong girls, science girls, STEM, fractured fairytales Picture Book
Feet Go to Sleep Barbara Bottner 5/12/2015 Ages 4-6 family, bedtime, body parts, Multi-ethnic Cast Picture Book
Bright Sky, Starry City Uma Krishnaswami 5/12/2015 Ages 5-7 science, strong girls, astronomy, urban life Picture Book
With a Friend By Your Side Barbara Kerley 5/12/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship Picture Book
Sunday Shopping Sally Derby 5/15/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, shopping, money Picture Book
One Family George Shannon 5/26/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, alternative lifestyles, family, multigenerational Picture Book
Battle Bugs: The Lizard War Jack Patton 5/26/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, action, insects, reptiles, adventure Chapter Book
Battle Bugs: The Spider Siege Jack Patton 5/26/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, action, insects, spiders, adventure Chapter Book
In a Village By the Sea Muon Van 6/9/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Vietnam, Cumulative Tale Picture Book
What James Said Liz Rosenberg 6/9/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, rumors Picture Book
One Word from Sophia Jim Averbeck 6/16/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, Diverse Main Character, manners Picture Book
Vamonos! Let’s Go! Rene Colato Lainez 7/1/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, Latino, nursery rhymes, transportation Picture Book
Rosie Goes to Preschool Karen Katz 7/7/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, starting school, preschool, friendship Picture Book
Freckleface Strawberry: Backpacks Julianne Moore 7/14/2015 Ages 4-6 alternative lifestyles, same sex families, cleaning Easy Reader
We’re Getting a Pet Sue Fliess 7/14/2015 Ages 2-4 Diverse Main Character, new pet, animals Picture Book
Charlotte and the Quiet Place Deborah Sosin 7/21/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, New York City, peace Picture Book
Bucky and Stu Vs. The Mikanikal Man Cornelius Van Wright 7/28/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, African-American, superheroes, imagination, friendship Picture Book
Double Happiness Nancy Tupper Ling 7/28/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, Asian-American, moving, travel Picture Book
Marvelous Cornelius Phil Bildner 7/28/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, hope, hurricanes, African-American Picture Book
Shanghai Sukkah Heidi Smith Hyde 8/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, China, history, holidays Picture Book
Talia and the Very Yum Kippur Linda Elovitz Marshall 8/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main character, Jewish, holidays Picture Book
Meg Goldberg on Parade Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum 8/1/2015 Ages 4-6 Jewish, parades, New York City Picture Book
The Seeds of Friendship Michael Foreman 8/4/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, immigrants, friendship, Africa Picture Book
The Great and Mighty Nikko! Xavier Garza 8/4/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, bilingual, Latin-American, counting, Mexican wrestling Picture Book
I’m New Here Anne Sibley O’Brien 8/4/2015 Ages 4-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, immigration, immigrants, friendship Picture Book
The Green Musician Mahvash Shahegh 8/7/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Muslim, folktales Picture Book
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox Danielle Daniel 8/11/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, feelings, animals, Native American Picture Book
In the Canyon Liz Garton Scanlon 8/18/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, nature, animals Picture Book
Pumpkin Day! Candice Ransom 8/25/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, autumn, seasons Easy Reader
Happy In Our Skin Fran Manushkin 8/25/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, self-esteem, celebrating differences Picture Book
Mango, Abuela, and Me Meg Medina 8/25/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, grandparents, immigration, Latino-American Picture Book
Leo Mac Barnett 8/25/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, ghosts, friendship Picture Book
Elephant in the Dark Mina Javaherbin 8/25/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, Iran, folktale Picture Book
What Does It Mean to be Kind? Rana DiOrio 8/25/2015 Ages 4-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, kindness, life skills Picture Book
My Two Blankets Irena Kobold 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, immigrants, friendship, Africa Picture Book
On the Ball: Unleash Your Imagination Brian Pinkney 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, soccer, persistence Picture Book
In a Cloud of Dust Alma Fullerton 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Africa, bicycles Picture Book
Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation Edwidge Danticat 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, immigration, separation, Carribean Picture Book
Sail Away Langston Hughes 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, poetry, water Picture Book
Poo in the Zoo Steve Smallman 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, zoo, poop, rhyming picture books Picture Book
Sadako’s Cranes Judith Loske 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Japan, WWII, hope, peace Picture Book
Backyard Camp-Out Jerdine Nolen 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, camping, friendship Easy Reader
Block Party Surprise Jerdine Nolen 9/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, parties, friendship Easy Reader
Monster Trouble! Lane Fredrickson 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, monsters, bedtime Picture Book
The Little Kids’ Table Mary Ann McCabe Riehle 9/1/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, holidays, dinner, manners Picture Book
Lizard From the Park Mark Pett 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, NYC, dinosaurs, friendship Picture Book
Oskar and the Eight Blessings Richard & Tanya Simon 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, NYC, holocaust, Hannukah, Christmas Picture Book
I Am a Bear Jean-Francois Dumont 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 homelessness, poverty, compassion, bears Picture Book
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon Jarrett J. Krosoczka 9/8/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, feelings, problem solving Picture Book
Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems Lee Bennett Hopkins (ed) 9/8/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, poetry, libraries Picture Book
Flop to the Top Eleanor Davis 9/15/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, friendship, popularity, pets Easy Reader
P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony Scot Ritchie 9/15/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Native Americans, history Picture Book
Oscar Lives Next Door Bonnie Farmer 9/15/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, jazz, music, illness Picture Book
Miracle on 133rd Street Sonia Manzano 9/22/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, NYC, Latino-American, Christmas Picture Book
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House Bob Graham 9/22/2015 Ages 4-6 Multi-ethinic Cast, daytime, the world Picture Book
Roar! Tammi Sauer 9/29/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, dragons, friendship Picture Book
Kamik’s First Sled Matilda Sulurayok 10/1/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Native voices, dogs Picture Book
Ketzel the Cat Who Composed Leslea Newman 10/6/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, cats, music Picture Book
Mixed Me! Taye Diggs 10/6/2015 Ages 3-6 Diverse Main Character, biracial, self-esteem Picture Book
Little Shaq Shaquilloe O’Neal 10/6/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, basketball, African-American, self-esteem Chapter Book
Two White Rabbits Jairo Buitrago 10/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Mexico, migrants, immigration Picture Book
West Meadow Detectives Liam O’Donnell 10/13/2015 Ages 6-9 Multi-ethnic Cast, autism, detective stories Chapter Book
Me and My Dragon: Christmas Spirit David Biedrzycki 10/13/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, Christmas, dragons, poverty Picture Book
Today is the Day Eric Walters 10/13/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, orphans, Kenya, birthdays Picture Book
Bottle Cap Boys Go Dancing on Royal Street Rita Williams-Garcia 10/15/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, African-American, dance, New Orleans Picture Book
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein Amanda Peet & Andrea Troyer 10/20/2015 Ages 4-7 Diverse Main Character, Jewish, Christmas, Hanukkah Picture Book
Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption Jose Domingo 10/20/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, graphic novels, adventure Chapter Book
Little Red Gliding Hood Tara Lazar 10/27/2015 Ages 4-6 Diverse Main Character, fairy tales, ice skating, fractured fairy tales Picture Book
Strictly No Elephants Lisa Mantchev 10/27/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, differences, inclusion, pets Picture Book
I Can’t Wait! Amy Schwartz 10/27/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, friendship, emotions Picture Book
Bigfoot Does Not Like Birthday Parties Eric Ode 10/27/2015 Ages 3-6 Multi-ethnic Cast, Bigfoot, birthday parties Picture Book
One Today Richard Blanco 11/3/2015 Ages 4-7 Multi-ethnic Cast, poetry, patriotism Picture Book
Lola Levine is Not Mean! Monica Brown 11/3/2015 Ages 6-9 Diverse Main Character, biracial, Jewish, Latino-American Chapter Book
Specs for Rex Yasmeen Ismail 11/3/2015 Ages 4-7 glasses, self-esteem, first day of school Picture Book
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal 11/3/2015 Ages 2-4 Multi-ethnic Cast, India, nursery rhymes, transportation Picture Book
Snow Rabbit Camille Garoche 11/3/2015 Ages 4-6 Disability, sisters, nature, rabbits Picture Book
The Little Tree Muon Van 11/10/2015 Ages 4-7 adoption, nature, environment Picture Book
Don’t Feed the Geckos Karen English 12/1/2015 Ages 6-9 Multi-ethnic Cast, soccer, cousins, Latino, family Chapter Book

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21. Books with Bundles: Holiday Gift Giving

Books make the best gifts! And they are even better when bundled with toys.

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22. Best Selling Picture Books | December 2015

Ooh, the weather outside is ... perfect for snuggling inside with one of these best selling picture books. Snow, by Cynthia Rylant, is this month's best selling picture book from our affiliate store—it's a beautiful book.

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23. 9 Excellent Jewish Kids Books for Hanukkah Gifts and Beyond

This list of “9 Excellent Jewish Kids Books for Hanukkah Gifts and Beyond” was curated by Bianca Schulze.

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24. Best New Kids Books | December 2015

After taking a look at our selection of hot new releases and popular kids' books ... it's more than likely we're suckers for picture books about love, kindness, and compassion.

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25. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | December 2015

This month, our selection of books picked from the nationwide best selling middle grade list, as they appear on The New York Times, remain the same. We love the powerful story I Am Malala.

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