250 Children’s Books Celebrating Black Girls

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Children's Books Celebrating Black Girls

 

Following our recent list of 150 Children’s Book Celebrating Black Boys, we had many requests to publish one about children’s books celebrating Black Girls, too — so here it is!

This list features fictional books for all ages, from babies to teenagers. Most of them are everyday stories about Black girls, although there is some historical fiction, too, as well as some books focusing on hair and skin colour.

If you are looking for picture book biographies or anthologies about Black girls and women, you will find plenty here.

 


250 Children’s Books Celebrating Black Girls


Babies & Toddlers


Welcome to the Party
by Gabrielle Union

Inspired by the eagerly awaited birth of the author’s daughter, Welcome to the Party is a universal love letter from parents to little ones. With engaging illustrations and sweet text, this heartwarming picture book is the perfect gift for baby showers! ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: Top 10 Multicultural Bedtime Stories for Babies & Toddlers


Girl of Mine
by Jabari Asim

Multicultural Bedtime Stories: Girl of Mine

As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is taken on a fantastical adventure swinging above lush floral gardens and under the golden moonlight. With enchanting rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Girl of Mine will whisk your little one off to peaceful slumber. ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: 40 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fathers


Lola 
by Anna McQuinn

Multicultural Book Series: Lola at the Library Multicultural Book Series: Lola loves Stories Multicultural Book Series: Lola reads to Leo

The Lola series follows an adorable little girl on her library and reading adventures, from story time and singing, to choosing new books and reading them with her mum and dad, or to her little brother. Lola’s imagination and her enthusiasm for books are reflected in the bright illustrations of this wonderful series. ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


Ten, Nine, Eight
by Molly Bang

African Multicultural Children's Books - Babies & Toddlers: Ten, Nine Eight

This one is an absolute must for any list of African multicultural books for babies and toddlers! In Ten, Nine, Eight a little girl and her daddy turn bedtime into playtime with a rhyming countdown game. My daughter cannot get enough of this wonderful Caldecott Medal winning book with its beautiful bright illustrations! ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: Top 10 Multicultural Bedtime Stories for Babies & Toddlers


Baby Dance
by Ann Taylor

Multicultural Children's Books about Fathers: Baby Dance

“Dance, little baby, move to and fro. / Coo and crow, baby, / There you go.” Based on a poem by 19th century poet Anne Taylor, Baby Dance captures the love and energy of  a father and his baby daughter as they dance across the pages of this delightful board book. ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: 40 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fathers


Good Morning, Baby
by Cheryl Willis Hudson

African Multicultural Children's Books - Babies & Toddlers: Good Morning Baby

Part of the “What-A-Baby” series, these books describe the daily routines of two energetic toddlers. In Good Morning, Baby a little girl gets up, dresses, and eats breakfast before heading out for the day with her daddy. Realistically drawn illustrations and simple rhyming text make these books very appealing to toddlers. ~ Babies & Toddlers

Also available: Good Night, Baby


I Can Do It Too! // You Can Do It Too!
by Karin Baicker

African Multicultural Children's Books - Babies & Toddlers: I Can Do It Too! African Multicultural Children's Books - Babies & Toddlers: You Can Do It, Too!

My daughter just loves the catchy title refrain,I Can Do It Too! Colourful illustrations show a little girl enthusiastically pouring juice like Dad, holding a book like Grandpa, putting on clothes like her big sister. In You Can Do It Too! a little girl passes her newly learned skills and abilities to her younger brother, teaching him everything she thinks he needs to know. A wonderful celebration of young children’s growing independence and great books for fostering self-esteem and confidence! ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: 20 Multicultural Children’s Books To Help Build Self-Esteem


I Know a Lot!
by Stephen Krensky

 African Multicultural Children's Books - Babies & Toddlers: I Know A Lot!

I Know A Lot! celebrate the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with courage and increased knowledge – from petting a dog or waving good-bye to a parent, to knowing how to get dressed or how to fly a kite. Toddlers and parents will love the encouraging text and the vintage screen-print-style illustrations. ~ Babies & Toddlers

Related: I Am So Brave!



 


Preschool


Boxitects
by Kim Smith

Meg is a brilliant boxitect who loves impressing her teacher and classmates with what she makes out of boxes. But there’s a new kid at Maker School: Simone. She is good at everything, and worst of all, she’s a boxitect too. When the annual Maker Match is held, Meg and Simone are paired as a team but can’t seem to stop arguing. When their extraordinary project turns into a huge disaster, they must find a way to join creative forces, lift each other up, and work together. Boxitect is a STEAM-centered, adorably illustrated picture book about creativity and teamwork. ~ Preschool

Related: 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


Honey, I Love
by Eloise Greenfield

Multicultural Poetry Books for Children: Honey, I Love

“I love/ I love a lot of things,/ a whole lot of things/ Like…” From family trips to the country to laughing with a friend and kissing her mother’s arm,  a young girl finds love and joy in the simple things. Honey, I Love is a recent anniversary edition of Greenfield’s classic poem, newly illustrated with warm watercolour illustrations. ~ Preschool

Related: 26 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children // 12 Multicultural Picture Books about Love


Sulwe
by Lupita Nyong’o

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family and in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. But a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. Gorgeously illustrated Sulwe is a powerful and moving debut picture book by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o that will inspire children everywhere to see their own unique beauty. ~ Preschool


The Camping Trip
by Jennifer K. Mann

“My aunt Jackie invited me to go camping with her and my cousin Samantha this weekend.” Ernestine has never been camping before, but she’s sure it will be lots of fun . . . won’t it? The Camping Trip is an endearing story about a girl’s first experience with the great outdoors. It reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories. ~ Preschool


Another
by Christian Robinson

Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson’s first book as both author and illustrator follows a little girl and her cat on a playful dream journey into another world. With simple but stunning illustrations, acclaimed Another is a unique wordless picture book will appeal to children everywhere. ~ Preschool


The Old Truck
by Jerome Pumphrey

A pickup works tirelessly on a small farm and becomes part of the dreams and ambitions of the family’s young daughter. But after years of hard work the old truck is rusting in the weeds. The daughter is now running her own busy farm, and decides to bring her faithful childhood companion back to life. With an intricate retro design, The Old Truck celebrates the rewards of determination and the value of imagination. ~ Preschool


My Mommy Medicine
by Edwidge Danticat

New Multicultural Children's Books February 2019: My Mommy Medicine

“Whenever I am sick, /  Or just feel kind of gloomy or sad, / I can always count on my Mommy Medicine.” When a child wakes up feeling sick, she is treated to a good dose of mommy medicine. Her remedy includes a yummy cup of hot chocolate; a cosy bubble bath, and plenty of cuddles. With lyrical text and vibrant illustrations, Mommy Medicine celebrates the comfort a mother’s love gives.  ~ Preschool

More books about mothers: 14 Multicultural Children’s Books about Mothers


Gator, Gator, Gator!
by Daniel Bernstrom

“Do you wanna? Wanna see? / Let’s go find that gator, gator, gator! COME WITH ME!” Put on your life jacket, hop in the boat, and raise your binoculars—it’s time to go on an adventure! With stunning illustrations, Gator, Gator, Gator! invites little readers to follow a fearless little girl on an exhilarating adventure deep in the swamp. ~ Preschool

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage


How a princess survives hair day
by Danielle Gordon

New Multicultural Children's Books March 2019

Most little girls with curly hair dread ‘hair day’ as it means sitting still for hours waiting for their hair to be finished. But, since it has to be done, why not make it more fun? How A Princess Survives Hair Day is filled with fun rhymes, ideas, and suggestions to do just that. Hair day may take all day, but that is okay!  ~ Preschool


Scaredy Kate
by Jacob Grant

Multicultural Children's Books about Fear and Courage

There are many things Kate is afraid of, from a big, grumpy dog to a spooky elevator and 3-eyed monster. But there are also some funny surprises and Kate learns that some things are not so scary after all. With sweet illustrations, Scaredy Kate is a charming book that will appeal to kids everywhere. ~ Preschool

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage



 


Malaika’s Costume
by Nadia L. Hohn

Children's Books set in the Caribbean: Malaika's Costume

It’s the first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to provide for her family. She promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade? With bright collage-style illustrations and colloquial language, Malaika’s Costume is a heartwarming story that reflects the spirit of the Caribbean beautifully. ~ Preschool

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


I Need You to Know: The ABC’s of Black Girl Magic
by Lora McClain-Muhammad

With encouraging words, I Need You To Know The ABC’s Of Black Girl Magic celebrates Black girls, from their skin complexion to their hair type. A children’s colouring book filled with all things Black Girl Magic from A to Z! ~ Preschool

Related: 12 Multicultural Colouring Books for Children


Happy Right Now
by Julie Berry

It’s great to feel happy, but it’s okay to feel sad sometimes, too. With bright illustrations, Happy Right Now shows kids that they don’t need to wait for fantastic gifts, school vacations, or sunny days to find joy in the moment. And if they can’t find a way to choose happiness, the book provides a series of practices to help young readers move through their sadness. ~ Preschool

Related: 21 Multicultural Children’s Books About Feelings


Catch That Chicken!
by Atinuke

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

We love Atinuke’s books! Lami is the best chicken catcher in her small Nigerian village. Her sister may be speedy at spelling, her friend fast at braiding hair, and her brother brave with bulls, but when it comes to chickens, nobody is faster or braver than Lami. That is, until the day when Lami chases a little too fast, up the baobab tree, and reaches a little too far… Catch That Chicken! is a sweet ode to childhood ingenuity. ~ Preschool

Also by Atinuke: Baby Goes to Market // B is for Baby // Anna Hibiscus // Africa, Amazing Africa


Twenty Yawns
by Jane Smiley

When Lucy wakes up at night in a dark, still room, everything looks spooky. But by the time she has put her beloved stuffed animals to bed, she’s calm again and ready for sleep. Twenty Yawns is Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s first picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo. Featuring a multiracial family, the sweet story combines the fun of a sunny beach day with the quietude of a moonlit night. ~ Preschool

Related: 70+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families


Astro Girl
by Ken Wilson-Max

Astrid loves the stars and space. “I want to be an astronaut!” she says. While Mama is away, Papa and Astrid have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces on a space mission – eating food from a tube, doing science experiments, living and sleeping in near-zero gravity. Astrid can do it all! With bold illustrations and a fun story line, Astro Girl is a delightful book little girls and boys will love! ~ Preschool

Related: 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


My Hair
by Hannah Lee

“My birthday’s coming up so soon, / I’ll need new clothes to wear. / But most of all, I need to know, / How shall I style my hair?” Will it be dreads or a twist out? Braids or a high-top fade? Joyous and vibrant, My Hair captures the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, as well as showcasing a dazzling array of intricate hairstyles. ~ Preschool


Mary Had a Little Glam
by Tammi Sauer

Mary Had A Little Glam follows fashion-forward little Mary as she helps some of childhood’s most beloved characters go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear, too) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary’s school friends look fantastic in their finery. But are they now too well dressed for recess? Not to worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear! ~ Preschool


Have You Seen My Trumpet?
by Michaël Escoffier

Have you seen my Trumpet? is the final book in Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo’s clever and fun wordplay trilogy. Young readers follow a biracial girl to a sunny day at the beach. On each page they have to answer a question with clues hidden within both text and illustrations, for example “Who loves guacamole?” (the mole). The delightful art, engaging narrative, and wordplay will keep preschoolers deeply engaged. ~ Preschool

The other books in the trilogy: Take Away the AWhere’s the Baboon?


City Shapes
by Diana Murray

Follow a young girl on her hunt for shapes of all kinds in a bustling city, from shimmering skyscrapers to fluttering kites to twinkling stars high in the sky. Vibrantly illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier, City Shapes is not just a simple concept book but an explosion of life that young readers will adore! ~ Preschool



 


Don’t Touch My Hair!
by Sharee Miller

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2018: Don't Touch My Hair!

Wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her fluffy curls – in the streets, under the sea, in the jungle, and even in space!  She is chased by a mermaid and monkeys, and poked by aliens… until, finally, Aria has had enough! Don’t Touch My Hair is a fun and imaginative book that encourages children to tell people not to touch their hair. ~ Preschool

The Best Mum
by Sarah Nash

Multicultural Children's Books about Mothers: The Best Mum

Mum always says “no” when someone asks her if she works. But little Kizzy thinks being a mum is a hard job – and also the best one ever! With repetitive text and energetic illustrations, The Best Mum is a sweet tribute to mothers and a fun read for children of all ethnicities. ~ Preschool

Related: 14 Multicultural Children’s Books about Mothers


A Sweet Smell of Roses
by Angela Johnson

Children's Books about Martin Luther King Jr

There’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered for a march for freedom and justice lead by Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by countless children and young adults who took a stand, A Sweet Smell Of Roses offers a heart-lifting glimpse of children’s roles in the civil rights movement. ~ Preschool

Related: 22 Children’s Books about Martin Luther King Jr.


Bedtime Bonnet
by Nancy Redd

New Multicultural Children’s Books April 2020

“In my family, every night when the sun goes down, our hair goes up!” But one night the little narrator of the story cannot find her bonnet… Bedtime Bonnet is a cheerful and heartwarming celebration of a Black family’s nighttime hair rituals. ~ Preschool

Related: Top 10 Multicultural Bedtime Stories for Babies & Toddlers


Grandpa’s Stories
by Joseph Coelho

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

A little girl has to say good-bye to her beloved Grandpa. She recalls al the happy times they had together and wants to find a way to honour him. So she decides to record her Grandpa stories in the notebook he made for her and carry Grandpa with her as she grows. Grandpa’s Stories is a touching lyrical story about love and loss. ~ Preschool

Related: 40+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Grandparents


Handa’s Surprise
by Eileen Browne

This modern classic tells the story of Handa, who walks from her Kenyan village to the neighbouring village with seven pieces of delicious fruit for her friend, Akeyo. As she wonders which fruit Akeyo will like best, some sneaky animals steal one fruit after another from her basket. Will Handa have any left for her friend? Richly illustrated, Handa’s Surprise is a mouth-watering read-aloud that will have little readers long to tell Handa what’s happening right behind her! ~ Preschool

Also available: Handa’s Hen


Homemade Love
by Bell Hooks

Multicultural Picture Books about Love: Homemade Love

“My Mama calls me Girlpie./ Her Sweet sweet./ Daddy’s honey bun chocolate dewdrop./ Homemade Love”. When Girlpie makes a mistake, her parent’s love picks up the pieces and makes her world right again. Colourful artwork and a sweet storyline will make Homemade Love a favourite for young children everywhere. ~ Preschool

Related: 12 Multicultural Picture Books about Love


Billy and the Beast // Billy and the Dragon
by Nadia Shireen

Billy And The Beast follows little Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat on a walk in the woods where they encounter a terrible beast that wants to make a terrible soup out of all of their friends! Luckily, Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair). In Billy And The Dragon Fatcat is kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon, and Billy goes on a brave rescue mission. Kids will love the adventures of this adorable heroine! ~ Preschool

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage


I Am Truly (Princess Truly)
by Kelly Greenawalt

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: I Am Truly

“I can fly to the moon / And dance on the stars. / I can tame wild lions / And race fast cars.” Princess Truly is bright, brave, beautiful and confident that she can do anything she sets her mind to. With dynamic illustrations and rhythmic rhymes, I Am Truly is a fun and inspiring book that celebrates girl power, individuality and diversity. ~ Preschool

More books from the series: My Magical, Sparkling Curls // Princess Truly and The Hungry Bunny Problem


Ruby’s Baby Brother
by Kathryn White

Multicultural Picture Books about new siblings: Ruby's Baby Brother

Ruby is not happy when her new baby brother comes along. She tries different things to get rid of baby Leon, like turning him into a bat with her magic wand, or blasting him up to the moon in a rocket ship. With whimsical illustrations, Ruby’s Baby Brother honestly addresses some common fears children have when a new sibling arrives. ~ Preschool

Related: 20 Multicultural Picture Books about New Siblings



 


Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
by Alex T. Smith

Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books: Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way, she meets the Very Hungry Lion who is eager to gobble her up. But the lion’s plan doesn’t work out the way he hoped. With bold art and a spunky protagonist, Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a hilarious African version of the classic fairy tale that will delight young readers! ~ Preschool

Related: 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books


Princess Arabella’s Birthday
by Mylo Freeman

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: Princess Arabella's Birthday

Princess Arabella’s wants a very special present for her birthday: An elephant. But as the saying goes: “Be careful what you wish for!” With vibrant illustrations and a fresh storyline, Princess Arabella’s Birthday is a fun princess story with a twist. ~ Preschool

More in the series: Princess Arabella Mixes Colors // Princess Arabella Goes to School // Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake

Related: 14 Multicultural Children’s Books About Spunky Princesses


The Night Is Yours
by Abdul-Razak Zachariah

“Little one, so calm and so happy, the darkness of the night is yours like the darkness of your skin.” Narrated by her father, The Night Is Yours follows little Amani on an evening game of hide-and-seek with friends at her apartment complex. The moon’s glow helps Amani find the last hidden child as well as spotlights her beauty and strength. This is an empowering bedtime read-aloud that celebrates blackness and self-confidence. ~ Preschool


Swashby and the Sea
by Beth Ferry

Captain Swashby loves his serene life by the sea. Until one day, a young girl and her granny move into the empty house next door. All Swashby wants is for those noisy neighbors to go away, so he begins to leave them notes in the sand. But the sea keeps changing his messages. Could it be that it knows better what Swashby really needs? Swashby and the Sea is a sweet and hilarious story that little ones will want to read over and over again. ~ Preschool

Related: 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books


My Pet Star
by Corrinne Averiss

When a little girl finds a lost star, she takes it home and cares for it, just like a beloved pet. She reads it stories, makes it special snacks and tucks it into bed at night. The more she cares for the star, the brighter it glows. Until, one day, it’s time to let go … My Pet Star is a magical story about kindness and friendship. ~ Preschool

Related: 25 Multicultural Child’s Books teaching Kindness & Empathy


Brown Like Me
by Noelle Lamperti

African Multicultural Children's Books - Preschool: Brown Like Me

Lamperti tells her own story, an adopted African American girl growing up in a white community and trying to find herself reflected in the people and things around her. Brown Like Me is an authenic picture book that can help black children build a strong and positive self-image. ~ Preschool

Related: 70+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families// 28 Multicultural Children’s Books about Adoption


Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

Multicultural STEAM Books for Children: Ada Twist, Scientist

Little scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and curiosity. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific smell, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments. Inspired by real-life female scientists, best-selling Ada Twist, Scientist promotes girl power in science with playful rhyme and cartoon illustrations. ~ Preschool

Related: 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


Black Girl Magic
by Mia Harris

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

“You are a mysterious piece to a magical puzzle!” Black Girl Magic is an expressively illustrated book that will inspire little black girls to love themselves, their hair and their skin. It promotes self-confidence and encourages them to know that they are pretty just the way they are. ~  Preschool

Related: 20 Multicultural Children’s Books To Help Build Self-Esteem


Bubble Kisses
by Vanessa Williams

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

A young girl’s goldfish, Sal, is no ordinary pet: while she can’t fetch a ball or curl up on a lap, she can give bubble kisses that transform the girl into a mermaid and transport her to a world of underwater adventures. There, beneath the sea, they play, sing, and dance with other mermaids. Bubble Kisses is a catchy rhymed, perfect for bedtime. Includes a CD plus a link to a digital download. ~ Preschool

Related: Top 10 Multicultural Bedtime Stories for Babies & Toddlers


Emma’s Easter
by Lisa Bullard

Multicultural Children's Books about Easter: Emma's Easter

Follow little Emma as she celebrates Easter with her multiracial family (Black dad, White mom). They hunt for Easter eggs, go to church and have a festive meal with extended family. Emma’s Easter also describes Christian beliefs about Jesus and shows how non-Christians celebrate. ~ Preschool

Related: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Easter



 


The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do
by Ashley Spires

Multicultural Children's Books about Fear and Courage

Lou is an adventurous little girl but when her friends suggest climbing a tree, she’s too scared to do it. So she comes up with all kinds of reasons for not joining them: Her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating… and she doesn’t want to climb the tree anyway. The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do is a charming story about overcoming fears. ~ Preschool

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage


It Takes a Village
by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

Multicultural Children's Books about the Power of Community: It Takes A Village

Based on an African proverb (“It takes a village to raise a child”), this gentle story takes the reader to a market in a West African village. When Yemi loses her little brother whom she was supposed to keep an eye on, she finds that the whole village is there to help out. With warm illustrations, It Takes A Village conveys the message of the power of community beautifully.  ~ Preschool

Related: 12 Multicultural Children’s Books about the Power of Community


A Pocketful of Poems
by Nikki Grimes

Multicultural Poetry Books for Children: A Pocket Full Of Poems

Lively little Tiana loves words! “Look! Here’s a fresh/ green growing word./ SPRING. I plant it/ like a seed.”  A Handful of Poems is an engaging portrait of a down-to-earth girl who has a way with words, as well as a playful introduction to poetry. Two poems (one free verse, one haiku) on each double-page are set on fun, unusual collages of hand-sculpted letters on cut paper and found objects like denim cuts or pumpkin seeds. ~ Preschool

Related: 40 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children


Princess Hair
by Sharee Miller

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: Princess Hair

“Some princesses wear puffs and play pretend. / Others wear twist-outs and twirl around.” From dreadlocks to blow-outs to braids and more, Princess Hair is an affirming book that celebrates the beauty and diversity of African hair, showing young readers that every kind of hair can be princess hair. ~ Preschool


Ruby’s Birds
by Mia Thompson

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

Follow spunky little Ruby as she uncovers the wild side of her city neighbourhood with the help of her neighbour. Ruby’s Birds is the exciting story of Ruby’s “spark moment” – the name bird lovers give the moment they get hooked. Includes a seek-and-find element, a bird poster, information about where to find all of the birds mentioned, Ruby’s tips for taking a nature walk, and how to connect with citizen-science project ‘Celebrate Urban Birds’. ~ Preschool


Clean Up!
by Nathan Bryon

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

When Rocket spends her holidays at her grandparents’ house, she is shocked by the pollution that is spoiling the Caribbean island and putting the local sea life at risk. Can she think of a way to save the day? Sequel to award-winning Rocket Says Look Up!Clean Up! is a heartwarming, timely and empowering picture book that shows how each individual can make a difference. ~ Preschool

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


Lottie Paris and the Best Place
by Angela Johnson

Lottie’s favourite place is the library, even though the rules are not always easy to follow… Her favourite books are about space, and her new friend Carl’s favourite books are about dinosaurs. Part of the Lottie Paris series, Lottie Paris and the Best Place follows spunky little Lottie on her library adventure with fun text and energetic illustrations. ~ Preschool

Related: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books celebrating books & reading


Jamaica and Brianna
by Juanita Havill

Jamaica is envious of her friend Brianna’s pink boots with the fuzzy cuffs, whereas she has to wear her brother’s grey hand-me-downs. Brianna teases her about her “boy” boots, and Jamaica retaliates by saying that Brianna’s boots are ugly. But in the end, the two friends find a way to reconcile. With simple prose and expressive watercolour illustrations, Jamaica and Brianna addresses the issue of conflict in a friendship and how to overcome it. ~ Preschool

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Friendship


Hands Up!
by Breanna J. McDaniel

Hands Up! follows a young girl through her childhood as she lifts her hands up for a hug, raises her hand up in class or gives a high five. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And eventually she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength. A vibrant picture book with an empowering message! ~ Preschool


Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu
by Ylleya Fields

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: Princess Cupcake Jones

Princess Cupcake Jones loves having fun and often ends up scattering her things all over the palace. When her beloved tutu goes missing, the princess searches everywhere for it and discovers hidden treasures along the way. Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu invites little readers to join the search and find a hidden word in each of the engaging illustrations. ~ Preschool

More books from the series: Princess Cupcake Jones and the Dance Recital // Princess Cupcake Jones and the Queen’s Closet // Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go to School // Princess Cupcake Jones Saddles Up! 



 


A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster
by Amy Young

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

Lucy and Sparkle love Halloween at Frank’s Pumpkin Farm. They get to run through corn mazes, play games, decorate pumpkins, and most importantly: eat a lot of cider donuts. But when Lucy takes the scary part of Halloween one step too far for Sparkle, she must comfort her frightened unicorn pal ― and win back his trust. Sparkle the Unicorn and the Pumpkin Monster features pumpkins, silly adventures, and a sparkly friendship. ~ Preschool

More in the series: A Unicorn Named Sparkle // A New Friend for Sparkle // Sparkle’s First Christmas

Related: 12 Multicultural Children’s Books about Halloween


Monster Trouble!
by Lane Fredrickson

African Multicultural Children's Books - Preschool: Monster Trouble

The growling and belching neighbourhood monsters don’t frighten Winifred Schnitzel, but they won’t let her sleep! Winifred sets all sorts of clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures, until she comes up with a surprising solution. Monster Trouble! is a laugh-out-loud funny book with a sweet ending that will help little ones overcome a fear of monsters. ~ Preschool

Related: 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books


Jamela’s Dress
by Niki Daly

 African Multicultural Children's Books - Preschool: Jamela's Dress

Always great to find books that are set in our beloved South Africa! A little black girl gets carried away by the gorgeous material her mother buys to make a dress for a wedding. The love and respect that flows between the family members are reflected in With tender text and soft watercolour and marker illustrations, Jamela’s Dress reflects the love between the family members beautifully. ~ Preschool

Related: 23 Children’s Books set in South Africa


Anna Hibiscus
by Atinuke

Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Song Multicultural Book Series: Splash, Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus

These vibrant picture books are a spin-off of the Anna Hibiscus Early Chapter Book series (featured below). Anna lives in Nigeria with her Canadian mother, African father, twin brother and extended African family. Not often do picture books set in Africa feature a modern, middle-class family, so these books are real gems! ~ Preschool

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


Lola Goes to School
by Anna McQuinn

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

One of our all-time favourite series! With adorable illustrations, Lola Goes To School follows spunky little Lola as she embarks on a new adventure: The first day of school! Lola and her family prepare the night before, then get up early, take pictures, and head to class. Lola puts her things in her cubby, chooses her activities, reads, plays, and has a snack. Before she knows it, it’s time to sing the good-bye song.  ~ Preschool

More in the Lola series: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan

A little girl doesn’t want to sleep in her bed, so she presents her dad with his own bed―a camping cot!―in order to move herself into her parents’ big bed in his place. With an adorable protagonist, The Big Bed is a humorous twist on the classic parental struggle of keeping kids in their own beds. ~ Preschool

Related: 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books


I Got the School Spirit
by Connie Schofield-Morrison

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street–VROOM, VROOM!–and in the bell sounding in the halls–RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends–ABC, 123! I Got The School Spirit is an exuberant celebration of the first day of school that will have every kid cheering for school to begin! ~ Preschool

Also available: I Got the Rhythm // I Got the Christmas Spirit


I Love My Hair!
by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

African Multicultural Children's Books - Preschool: I Love My Hair!

I love my hair! tells the story of how young Keyana learns to take pride in her hair, even though it hurts when Mama combs it. The beautiful watercolour illustrations emphasize the loving family interactions and add to the warm feel of the story. ~ Preschool


Nina the Neighborhood Ninja
by Sonia Panigrahy

Multicultural Children's Books featuring Superheroes

Nina is a smart, strong and fast girl with a take-charge attitude. She uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions, and she doesn’t mind getting dirty and climbing trees. It’s all part of the life of the everyday girl superhero. With sweet illustrations and a fun storyline, Nina The Neighbourhood Ninja shows young girls that they too can be superheroes. ~ Preschool

Related: 22 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring Superheroes


Saturday
by Oge Mora

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

“Today would be special. / Today would be splendid. / It was Saturday!” But sometimes, the best plans don’t work out exactly the way you expect… Gorgeously illustrated, Saturday is a heartfelt story that follows a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s most important: precious time together. ~ Preschool


Waiting For The Waves
by Michelle Nkamankeng

Multicultural Children's Books about Fear and Courage

One of the world’s top 10 youngest authors, 7-year-old South African Michelle Nkamankeng tells the story of her beach adventure. She loves big waves but is at the same time too scared of them to go in the water. With the love of her family, she eventually conquers her fear. Waiting for the Waves highlights the polarity of emotions and the beautiful benefits of overcoming your fears. ~ Preschool

Related: 23 Children’s Books set in South Africa // 9 Children’s Books about Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu



 


Elementary School


Your Name Is a Song
by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

A little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school because her teachers and classmates keep mispronouncing her name. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Beautifully illustrated, Your Name is a Song is a celebration of the magic behind names. ~ Elementary School


Hair Love
by Matthew A. Cherry

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

Zuri’s hair is beautiful but it has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he loves his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her happy. Hair Love is a tender and empowering ode to loving your natural hair — and a sweet celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. ~ Elementary School

Related: 60+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Fathers


Lila and the Secret of Rain
by David Conway

Multicultural Children's Books about Rain: Lila and the Secret of Rain

Lila’s Kenyan village is suffering from a devastating drought. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. When her grandfather tells her the secret of rain is, Lila climbs the highest mountain and tells the sky the saddest thing she knows in order to make him cry “tears of rain”. The elegant prose of Lila an the Secret of Rain is complemented perfectly poignant folk art illustrations. ~ Elementary School

Related: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Rain


An Extra-Ordinary Girl (Ellie Ultra)
by Gina Bellisario

Multicultural Children's Books featuring Superheroes

After years of being homeschooled by her super-genius inventor parents, Ellie starts at a public school. She is super excited to finally hang out with normal kids and learn normal things but soon realizes that her superpowers make her stand out. Can Ellie save the world and fit in with her new friends? An Extra-Ordinary Girl is a fun and dynamic read that kids everywhere will love!  ~ Elementary School

Related: 22 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring Superheroes


Fresh Princess // Fresh Princess: Style Rules!
by Denene Millner

New Multicultural Children's Books April 2019

Destiny is a cool, energetic, and strong-willed girl who approaches every day with her own unique style. That is until she moves to a brand-new neighbourhood, where nothing looks quite the same as it did at her old house. But with the support of her family, she is prepared to tackle this new challenge. Inspired by The Fresh Prince created by Will Smith, Fresh Princess is a fun read that encourages kids to proudly stand out and be themselves. ~ Elementary School


The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
by Pat Zietlow Miller

Alta is excited: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. will be riding on a float at the parade. Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was who also came from hard times. But then a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race. Will she still be the quickest kid? The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship. ~ Elementary School

Related: 26 Multicultural Picture Books about Inspiring Women & Girls


The Girl Who Saved Yesterday
by Carl Angel

The Girl Who Saved Yesterday tells the story of a young girl who was cast out by her village because she tried to find her dead parents. Silence is now raised by the trees in the forest. One day, Wonderboom, the most ancient tree, sends her back to the village to “save Yesterday.”  With poetic language and expressive illustrations, this timeless folktale sends the reassuring message that dead does not have to mean gone and forgotten. ~ Elementary School


Nana Akua Goes to School
by Tricia Elam Walker

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

It is Grandparents Day at Zura’s elementary school, and she is worried that her classmates will be scared of her grandmother–or worse, make fun of her. Nana is Zura’s favorite person in the world but with her West African tribal face markings she looks a little different from other grandmas. But with a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Akua is able to explain what makes her special, and to make all of Zura’s classmates feel special, too. Nana Akua goes to School is a moving story that celebrates cultural diversity. ~ Elementary School

Related: 40+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Grandparents


Meet Danitra Brown
by Nikki Grimes

Multicultural Poetry Books for Children: Meet Danitra Brown

“You oughta meet Danitra Brown / the most splendiferous girl in town. / I oughta know, ’cause she’s my friend.” 13 individual poems blend together in Meet Danitra Brown to tell a story of friendship. The misty oil paintings show two proud, happy girls in a mostly grim urban landscape. ~ Elementary School

Related: 40 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children


Emma the Easter Fairy
by Daisy Meadows

Multicultural Children's Books about Easter: Emma The Easter Fairy

Every year, Emma the Easter Fairy paints three special eggs to make Easter sparkle. But this year, thanks to Jack Frost and his goblins, everything goes wrong. The magic eggs have disappeared, the chocolate is melting, the eggs are going bad, and the Easter Bunny is missing! Young readers must help save Easter by finding the magic eggs in the three stories of this Rainbow Magic Special Edition. ~ Elementary School

Related: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Easter


The Very Last Castle
by Travis Jonker

A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle in town. While the other townspeople fear what may be locked up inside the mysterious castle, the girl finally gets up the courage to knock on the door and find out what’s really behind the gate. The Very Last Castle is a delightful story about overcoming fear of the unknown, trying new things, and reaching out to make new friends. ~ Elementary School

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage



 


A Girl Like Me
by Angela Johnson

“Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / ‘A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.” With unique photo collage illustrations and lyrical text, A Girl Like Me empowers Black girls to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. ~ Elementary School

Related: 20 Multicultural Children’s Books To Help Build Self-Esteem


A Story About Afiya
by James Berry

New Multicultural Children’s Books April 2020

Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. With stunning expressive illustrations, A Story About Afiyah is a joyful celebration of a young girl’s childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry. ~ Elementary School

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


I Can Write the World
by Joshunda Sanders

Eight-year-old Ava Murray wants to know why there’s a difference between the warm, friendly Bronx neighborhood filled with music and art in which she lives and the Bronx she sees in news stories on TV and on the Internet. When her mother explains that the power of stories lies in the hands of those who write them, Ava decides to become a journalist. I Can Write the World follows Ava as she explores her vibrant neighborhood and shows it to the world as she sees it, revealing to children the power of their own voice. ~ Elementary School


Grace for President // Grace Goes to Washington
by Kelly DiPucchio

Grace is determined to become the nation’s first female president. She runs in her school’s mock election against a popular boy who declares that he’s the “best man for the job”. But even if she can’t be the best man for the job, she can certainly try to be the best person. A fun introduction to the American electoral system, Grace For President teaches the values of hard work, courage, and  independent thought. In Grace Goes To Washington, the spunky heroine learns about the three branches of the U.S. government. The students put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. Grace and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to be a true public servant! ~ Elementary School

Real Sisters Pretend
by Megan Dowd Lambert

Inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them “real sisters”, this story unfolds entirely through the conversation and warm interactions of two adopted sisters. With lively text and expressive watercolour illustrations, Real Sisters Pretend is a reassuring story that touches on aspects of adoption, two moms, and multiracial family life. ~ Elementary School

Related: 28 Multicultural Children’s Books about Adoption // 70+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families


The Shy Monster
by Shamirrah Hill

Multicultural Children's Books about Fear and Courage

A little girl is struggling to defeat the “shy monster” who bullies her, makes her scared to speak up and go after her dreams. With an engaging story and vibrant illustrations, The Shy Monster shows children how to cope with shyness and overcome their fears. Includes discussion questions and tips for teachers and parents. ~ Elementary School

Also available: The Shy Monster Coloring Book

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage


My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay
by Cari Best

Multicultural Children's Books Featuring Blind Children: My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

“Run, Zulay, run!” First-graders Zulay and her three best friends love to sing and dance and help each other. Surprisingly, for Field Day, blind Zulay wants to run the race in her pink shoes. And with the help of a special aide and the support of her friends, she does just that. My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay is a cheerful story about inclusiveness and overcoming obstacles. ~ Elementary School

Related: 8 Multicultural Children’s Books Featuring Blind Children


Colors Come from God . . . Just Like Me!
by Carolyn Forché

African Multicultural Children's Books - Elementary School: Colors Come From God

Written by a grandmother trying to help her granddaughter deal with hurtful comments at preschool, Colors Come from God . . . Just Like Me! talks about the many things God created, including colours. An affirming and easy-to-remember “And God made me a beautiful brown!” at the end of every section encourages children to take pride in their skin colour. ~ Elementary School

Related: 20 Multicultural Children’s Books To Help Build Self-Esteem


The Water Princess
by Susan Verde

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: The Water Princess

Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is warm and beautiful but clean drinking water is scarce. Every day she has to make the long journey to the well to collect water. Gie Gie dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own. Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, The Water Princess is an engaging picture book about a young girl’s dream of bringing clean drinking water to her African village. ~ Elementary School

Related: 23 Children’s Books set in South Africa // 20 Children’s Books set in the Middle East & Northern Africa


Dealing with Feeling Jealous //  Dealing with Feeling Happy
by Isabel Thomas

Multicultural Children's Books About Feelings 

With whimsical illustrations, the Dealing with Feeling series looks at a wide range of feelings. Each book shows what the respective feeling looks like, how to deal with it, and how to help other people who might be feeling that way. Includes toolbox and glossary. ~ Elementary School

More in the series: Dealing with Feeling Proud // Dealing with Feeling Angry

Related: 21 Multicultural Children’s Books About Feelings


Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras)
by Asia Citro

In the first book of this series, Zoey finds a glowing photo and discovers that injured magical animals come to her backyard barn for help. When a sick baby dragon appears, Zoey and her cat Sassafras need to figure out what’s wrong before it’s too late. With easy-to-read text and cute illustrations, Dragons and Marshmallows balances scientific and fantasy elements perfectly, making it an appealing book for young readers. ~ Elementary School

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys



 


Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
by Robert D. San Souci

Children's Books set in the Caribbean: Cendrillon

“You may think you know this story I am going to tell you, but you have not heard it for true. I was there. So I will tell you the truth of it. Here. Now.”  With dramatic paintings and lyrical text sprinkled with French and Creole words, Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella is a beautiful Caribbean version of the well-known fairytale. ~ Elementary School

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration
by Samara Cole Doyon

A succession of young girls compares the colours they see in nature (trees, rivers, honey etc) to the colours of their skin, eyelashes and eyes. With vivid illustrations and lyrical text, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a beautiful celebration of feeling at home in one’s own skin. ~ Elementary School

Related: 40 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children


Libby Loves Science
by Kimberley Derting & Shelli R. Johannes

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

Libby and her friends are put in charge of the science booth at their school fair. There’s only one problem: No one is visiting their booth! But with teamwork, creativity, and just a bit of chemistry they turn things around and prove that science is for everyone. Libby Loves Science is perfect for aspiring little scientists. ~ Elementary School

Related: 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


Black Girl Boss Story Colouring Book
by Kimberley Gordon

Multicultural Colouring Books for Children

Experience the excitement of starting a new business with 8-year-old Mia and her team as you colour in the pages. Black Girl Boss is a unique and empowering colouring book and picture book all in one. ~ Elementary School

Related: 12 Multicultural Colouring Books for Children


Grace
by Mary Hofmann

Multicultural Book Series: Amazing Grace Multicultural Book Series: Grace & Family Multicultural Book Series: Princess Grace Multicultural Book Series: Grace at Christmas

Amazing Grace, the book that started it all, is a modern classic! The Grace series follows the life of a determined and creative girl who is supported by the love of her mother and grandmother. Brought to life by expressive water colour illustrations, this picture book series portrays loving family interactions and positive messages of self-affirmation. The Grace series was extended with three chapter book (see below). ~ Elementary School


Grace
by Mary Hoffman

Multicultural Book Series: GraceMulticultural Book Series: Grace Multicultural Book Series: Grace

Following on from the bestselling Grace picture books series, these are chapter books about spirited young Grace and her big imagination. The fast-paced books follow Grace on her summer vacation and through some big changes in her life: The death of a family friend, a school bully, her mother’s new husband, a move to a new house and a baby on the way!  ~  Elementary School

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


The Face at the Window
by Regina Hanson

Multicultural Children's Books teaching Kindness & Empathy: The Face At The Window

“Any time Miss Nella show her face at her window, something terrible goin’ to happen.” In a small Jamaican village, people believe the strange elderly neighbour is a witch who can turn children into two-headed chickens and rides a three-legged horse. But Dora’s parents explain to her that Miss Nella suffers from a mental illness and that “some people are afraid of what they don’t understand.” Dora learns to overcome her fear and befriends Miss Nella. The Face At The Window is a gentle, compassionate story about the rift that prejudices and myths around mental illness create and how kindness can bridge this rift. ~ Elementary School

Related: 5 Multicultural Picture Books about Mental Illness// 25 Multicultural Children’s Books teaching Kindness & Empathy


What If…
by Mike Curato

This girl is determined to express herself! If she can’t draw her dreams, she’ll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can’t do that, she’ll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she’ll sing, dance, and dream. With gorgeous illustrations and lyrical text, What If… is a heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. ~ Elementary School


Why Do I Have Two Mommies?
by Janai Akerele

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Why Do I Have Two Mommies?

“Why do I have two moms?” Angel goes on a journey to find an answer to this question. She won’t stop until she’s questioned every member of the family. Not only does Why Do I Have Two Mommies? feature LGBT characters but also a range of other diverse characters, from the Middle-Eastern neighbour to the Asian best friend and the interracial grandparents. ~ Elementary School

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters


Sasha Savvy Loves to Code
by Sasha Ariel Alston

Multicultural STEAM Books for Children: Sasha Savvy Loves To Code

Sasha Savvy is a super smart 10-year old who is trying o decide which class to take for summer camp. Her mom, a software developer, suggests she’ll give the coding for girls class a try. Skeptical at first, Sasha soon starts to enjoy the class. Written by a black teenage girl, Sasha Savvy Loves to Code is an early reader chapter book that will encourage young girls to try out coding. ~ Elementary School


My Two Blankets
by Irena Kobald

Multicultural Picture Books about Immigration: My Two Blankets

Moving from Sudan to Australia with her aunt, everything feels strange for Cartwheel in the new country: the food, the people, the animals, and even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort until she makes a new friend who helps her learn new words every day and makes her feel more and more at home. My Two Blankets is a heart-warming story of the difficulties of immigration and the power of friendship. ~ Elementary School

Related: 30 Multicultural Picture Books about Immigration



 


Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings
by Francie Latour

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2018: Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings

A young girl visiting her Auntie Luce in Haiti loves her paintings of the Caribbean island, from the houses tucked into the hillside, to the colourful fishing boats and the heroes who fought for the country’s independence. When the girl has her own portrait painted by her aunt, she begins to see herself in a new way. Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings is a warm and vibrantly illustrated story about identity and belonging. ~ Elementary School

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


Ruby Finds a Worry
by Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it’s not such a big worry  but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again? Part of the Big Bright Feelings series, Ruby Finds A Worry is a poignant story that can help start conversations about worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be. ~ Elementary School


Anna Hibiscus
by Atinuke

Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her Canadian mother, African father, twin brothers Double and Trouble, and her extended African family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, hopes to see snow, and more in these charmingly illustrated Early Chapter Books!  ~ Elementary School

The whole series: Anna Hibiscus Complete Collection


Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!
by Kara West

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2018: Mia Mayhem

Mia Macarooney’s life goes from ordinary to super exciting when she’s invited to attend the afterschool program for In-Training Superheroes a.k.a. THE PITS!  Now the 8-year-old has to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero. With easy-to-read language and engaging illustrations, Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero is a perfect chapter book for emerging readers. ~ Elementary School

More in the series: Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly! // Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls // Mia Mayhem vs. the Super Bully

Related: 22 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring Superheroes


Katie Fry, Private Eye
by Katherine Cox

Multicultural Book Series: Katie Fry Multicultural Book Series: Katie Fry

Another spunky little detective! Katie Fry may be little, but she’s got a big brain, and she uses it to solve mysteries. Beginning readers will love hunting for clues in the pictures right along with Katie and Sherlock. Hopefully there’ll be more books to come in this fun series!  ~ Elementary School


Keena Ford
by Melissa Thomson

Multicultural Book Series: Keena Ford Multicultural Book Series: Keena Ford Multicultural Book Series: Keena Ford

Spirited Keena lives in Washington, D.C. with her mom and older brother. She doesn’t mean to be a troublemaker, but somehow trouble always finds her, for example when her teacher thinks it’s her birthday and she doesn’t tell her that it isn’t, or when Tiffany tries to blackmail Keena with her journal. ~ Elementary School


Nikki and Deja
by Karen English

Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja

Meet neighbours and best friends Nikki and Deja. The two girls do everything together, from watching Saturday morning cartoons, and playing jacks, to jumping double Dutch at recess, and helping each other with their homework. This warm, easy-to-read chapter book series captures the joys and complexities of elementary school life, particularly friendships, with finesse and humour. ~ Elementary School


Sugar Plum Ballerinas
by Whoopi Goldberg

Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas

Each of the books in this series focuses on a different main character: From reluctant ballerina Alexandrea who’d rather be a speed skater, to logical Brenda who studies anatomy books, and perfectionist Jerzey who desperately wants to be a ballet dancer but lacks talent. With an endearing multicultural cast of characters, Sugar Plum Ballerinas is a fun easy chapter book series about friendship and staying true to yourself. ~ Elementary School

Complete collection: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Box Set


King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
by Dori Hillestad Butler

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: King & Kayla

Kayla lost a tooth, but now it’s missing! It’s not inside the tooth fairy pillow. It’s not inside her backpack. It’s not inside the car. With the help of her beloved dog, Kayla sets out to solve the mystery. Part of a series, King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth is a funny book that will delight early readers. ~ Elementary School

More multicultural book series: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


Black Is a Rainbow Color
by Angela Joy

“Red is a rainbow color. / Green sits next to blue. / Yellow, orange, violet, indigo, / They are rainbow colors, too, / but my color is black . . . And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.” Stunningly illustrated Black Is A Rainbow Color follows a young girl as she reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on. ~ Elementary School


Wherever I Go
by Mary Wagley Copp

New Multicultural Children’s Books April 2020

Despite living in a refugee camp, Abia feels like a queen. Sometimes she’s a noisy queen, banging on her drum as she and Mama wait in the long line for rice. Sometimes she’s a quiet queen, cuddling her baby cousin while Auntie is collecting firewood. And sometimes, when Papa talks hopefully of their future, Abia wonders if she will still be a queen in her new forever home. Wherever I Go is a hopeful and warm tribute  to the strength and courage of refugees around the world.  ~ Elementary School

Related: 30 Multicultural Picture Books about Immigration



 


The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson

The Other Side tells the touching story of a friendship during segregation. Clover’s mom warns her that it is dangerous to cross the fence between their side of town and the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls meet across the fence and strike up a friendship anyway. Expressive water colour illustrations complement the lyrical narrative perfectly. ~ Elementary School

Related: 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Friendship


The Chalk Doll
by Charlotte Pomerantz

Children's Books set in the Caribbean: The Chalk Doll

Little Rose has a cold. When her mom tucks her in for a nap, she tells Rose about growing up in Jamaica, from clickety-clacking to school on mango heels to making a rag doll because she couldn’t afford a chalk doll. Rose knows she’ll feel much better once she makes her own rag doll, too. The Chalk Doll is an early chapter book about a sweet conversation between mother and daughter, complemented by colourful illustrations. ~ Elementary School

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


Ruby Booker
by Derrick Barnes

Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker

Meet 8-year-old fabulous Ruby Marigold, baby sister of the popular Booker boys! She’s sweet and sassy and every bit as tough as her older siblings. She sings like nobody’s business, has a pet iguana named Lady Love, and when she grows up, she’s going to be the most famous woman animal doctor on the planet. ~ Elementary School

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


I’m Afraid of the Rain
by Canisha Bryant

Multicultural Children's Books about Fear and Courage

The first in a new series designed to boost children’s self-esteem, I’m Afraid Of The Rain is a simple, poetic tale about overcoming fear. With catchy and rhythmic text and engaging illustrations, this book will appeal to children everywhere. ~ Elementary School

Related: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Rain // 18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage


An African Princess
by Lyra Edmonds

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: An African Princess

“I’m Lyra. I’m an African princess. That’s me.” But biracial Lyra’s classmates don’t believe that An African Princess can have freckles and live on the tenth floor. When Lyra meets her Auntie May in the Caribbean, she learns that she is indeed one in a long line of princesses from Africa. ~ Elementary School

Related: 70+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families


Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
by Andrea Beaty

 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

If you loved the bestselling picture books starring Ada TwistRosie Revere, and Iggy Peck, you’ll be happy to hear that there is also a chapter book series starring the adorable gang of little scientists, also known as The Questioneers. The second book in the series, Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants follows the friends as they solve a mystery in Ada’s backyard. ~ Elementary School

Also available: Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

And we’re so in love with this cute Ada Twist doll!!

 

Related: 150+ Multicultural Dolls & Puppets // 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


Juneteenth for Mazie
by Floyd Cooper

Children's Books celebrating Juneteenth: Juneteenth for Mazie

Mazie is unhappy about her perceived lack of freedom, like bedtimes and cookie restrictions. Her father explains that her restrictions aren’t so terrible: “Well, Great, Great, Great Grandpa Mose heard ‘no’ even more.” The day before Juneteenth, Mazie’s father tells her of the struggles and triumphs of her ancestors, from slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation to segregation and the Selma to Montgomery March. With simple text and realistic oil paintings, Juneteenth for Mazie introduces young readers to this historical day. ~ Elementary School

Related: 10 Children’s Books celebrating Juneteenth


Tar Beach // Cassie’s Word Quilt
by Faith Ringgold

African Multicultural Children's Books - Elementary School: Tar Beach African Multicultural Children's Books - Elementary School: Cassie's Word Quilt

Based on Ringgold’s 1988 story quiltTar Beach follows an 8-year-old girl’s imaginative flight over New York, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Cassie claims her world by wearing the George Washington Bridge as a necklace; giving her father the building of the union he is not allowed to join because of his race, and flying over the ice cream factory. In Cassie’s Word Quilt, the same girl takes young readers on a tour of her home and her neighbourhood, introducing new words throughout. The simple story line and the colourful quilt-style spreads will appeal to all children. ~ Elementary School

Related: Author Spotlight: Faith Ringgold


A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream
by Kristy Dempsey

African Multicultural Children's Books - Elementary School: A Dance Like Starlight

In this tribute to Janet Collins, the first African American ballerina to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, a young girl from Harlem dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. Her hard-working mother arranges for both of them to attend a performance by Janet Collins. Stunning illustrations in hazy sepia tones against brighter yellows and pinks perfectly complement the lyrical story and inspirational message of A Dance Like Starlight. ~ Elementary School

Related: 40 Multicultural Children’s Books About Fabulous Female Artists


The Meteorologist In Me
by Brittney Shipp

Multicultural Children's Books about Fear and Courage

Little Summer has a big dream: She wants to become a TV Meteorologist. Summer loves sharing weather facts and wonders why everyone laughs at the thought of her on T.V. The Meteorologist in Me is an inspirational story about overcoming fears and gaining the courage to reach for your dreams. ~ Elementary School

Related: 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


The Listeners
by Gloria Whelan

African Multicultural Children's Books - Elementary School: The Listeners

Ella May and her family are slaves on a cotton plantation. Every night the children are sent to eavesdrop on their master’s conversations and carry the news back to their folks. Who will be sold, who will stay? Beautifully illustrated with muted watercolour paintings, The Listeners ends on a hopeful note, with the children bringing home news about a new president and the chance of imminent freedom. ~ Elementary School

Related: 21 Picture Books for Black History Month



 


Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Children's Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination: Ruth And The Green Book

When Ruth and her family go on a trip in their new car in the early 1950’s, they soon realize that Black travelers aren’t welcome everywhere. Many hotels and gas stations refuse service to the family. Eventually, someone gives them a book that lists all the places that welcome Black travelers. The Green Book is a poignant story about racial discrimination in the Jim Crow era, brought to life by expressive watercolour illustrations. ~ Elementary School

Related: 37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination


How to Code a Sandcastle
by Josh Funk

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2018: How To Code A Sandcastle

All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but something always got in the way, from out-of-control frisbees to mischievous pugs. On the last day of her holidays, Pearl and her robot friend use code to get the job done. Featuring a multiracial family, How To Code A Sandcastle introduces young readers to coding in a fun way. ~ Elementary School

Related: 50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children


Layla’s Happiness
by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie 

Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2019

Spirited and observant, Layla is a child who is being given room to grow, making happiness both thoughtful and intimate. It’s her dad talking about growing-up in South Carolina; her mom reading poetry; her best friend Juan, the community garden, and so much more. Written by poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Layla’s Happiness is a beautiful story of flourishing within family and community. ~ Elementary School


Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea
by Meena Harris

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

One day, Kamala and Maya come up with a fantastic idea: They want to turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground! Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea is an empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of the author’s aunt, US Senator Kamala Harris, and her mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. ~ Elementary School

Related: 12 Multicultural Children’s Books about the Power of Community


I Am Enough
by Grace Byers

Multicultural Children's Books to help build Self-Esteem: I Am Enough

“We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.” I Am Enough is a lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. Every Black girl should have this simple yet powerful book by Empire actor and activist Grace Byers! ~ Elementary School

Related: 20 Multicultural Children’s Books To Help Build Self-Esteem


The Rain Stomper
by Addie Boswell

Multicultural Children's Books about Rain: The Rain Stomper

Baton twirler Jazmin is ready to lead the big neighborhood parade. But then the sky darkens, and the rain starts. SLAP clatter clatter SLAP SLAP! Undeterred, Jazmin uses her spirit to save the day. Rhythmic and energetic Rain Stomper is the author’s debut children’s book, stunningly illustrated by award-winning Velasquez’s artwork. ~ Elementary School

Related: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Rain


Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair
by Alice Kuipers

New Multicultural Children's Books May 2019

Join Polly and her magic book, Spell, as they have all kinds of adventures together because whatever Polly writes in Spell comes true! But when Polly and Spell join forces to make the school fair super spectacular, they quickly discover that what you write and what you mean are not always the same. Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair is the second book in a fun series sprinkled with magic. ~ Elementary School

More books series: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


My Two Grannies
by Floella Benjamin

African Multicultural Children's Books - Elementary School: My Two Grannies

My Two Grannies tells the story of biracial Alvina whose Granny Vero from the Caribbean and Granny Rose from England look after her when her parents go on a holiday.  But the two grannies have completely different ways of doing things, from the food they eat, to the games they play and the stories they tell. ~ Elementary School

Related: 70+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families // 40+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Grandparents


Dyamonde Daniel
by Nikki Grimes

Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel

After her parents’ divorce Dyamonde Daniel moves to a new neighbourhood. The smart and confident third grader  with “wild-crazy hair” and “skinnier than half a toothpick” has to navigate a new school, new friends and more. Dyamonde’s spitfire personality, the energetic storytelling and relatable situations will have young readers hooked on this early chapter book series in no time! ~ Elementary School


Lulu
by Hilary McKay

Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu

Biracial Lulu loves every kind of animal, from polar bears to the hairiest spider. Vividly written, this warm-hearted chapter book series is perfect for readers who are moving on from early chapter books. The well-drawn multicultural characters, the humour and the kid-friendly drama will appeal to young animal lovers everywhere. ~ Elementary School

Complete Collection: Lulu Boxed Set #1-6

Audiobooks: The Duck in the Park and Other Stories // The Rabbit Next Door and Other Stories



 


Middle School


Something to Say
by Lisa Moore Ramee

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

Eleven-year-old Jenae is so good at being invisible in school, it’s almost like she has a superpower, like her idol, Astrid Dane. When she is paired up with a new student for a class debate about the proposed name change for their school, the two start to develop a friendship. But Jenae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of an audience—including risking the first real friendship she’s ever had.  From the author of acclaimed A Good Kind of TroubleSomething To Say is another unforgettable story about finding your voice and your people. ~ Middle School

Related: 50+ Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading


Just Jaime (Emmie & Friends)
by Terri Libenson

New Multicultural Children's Books May 2019

Friends. Frenemies. Middle school… The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are. Just Jamie is another spot-on story of middle school drama and friendship from Terri Libenson, national bestselling author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy~ Middle School


Princeless: Save Yourself
by Jeremy Whitley

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: Princeless

Adrienne Ashe hates being a princess – the fancy dinners, lavish dresses, and most of all having to be saved by a prince. So when her parents lock her away in a tower for a prince to come to her rescue, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Princeless is a fun and fast-paced graphic novel that challenges gender, racial and other stereotypes.  ~ Middle School

Also available: Princeless, Book 2: Get Over Yourself


Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming is an intimate and moving account of the author’s childhood as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Growing up in South Carolina and New York, she becomes increasingly aware of the Civil Rights Movement. In poetic language full of imagery this award-winning book gives a glimpse into a child’s soul and her journey of self-discovery. ~ Middle School

Related: African American Historical Fiction for Middle School


Shuri: A Black Panther Novel
by Nic Stone

An original, upper-middle-grade series starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri! Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she’s also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda. ~ Middle School


Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

9 Multicultural Children's Books about Autism: Counting by 7s

12-year-old Willow Chance is obsessed with nature, diagnosing medical conditions, and counting by 7s. Struggling to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, she leads a quietly happy life, until both her parents die in an accident, leaving her alone in a confusing world. But Willow manages to push through her grief and find a substitute family. With a multicultural cast, bestselling Counting by 7s is a moving middle grade novel about loss, resilience and the true meaning of family. ~ Middle School

Related: 9 Multicultural Children’s Books about Autism


Ways to Make Sunshine
by Renée Watson

New Multicultural Children’s Books April 2020

Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind–school, self-image, and especially family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight and the family has to sell their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But even if her life isn’t everything she would wish for, Ryan always finds a way forward, with grace and wit. Ways To Make Sunshine is the first book in a charming new middle grade series about a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine~ Middle School

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Children's Books set in the Middle East & Northern Africa: The Red Pencil

Another powerful story about a Sudanese war orphan, this time told from a girl’s perspective. Amira’s placid farm life is devastated when war arrives in her village and she loses nearly everything. The 12-year-old has to make the long journey on foot to a refugee camp. Just when she begins to lose hope, the simple gift of a red pencil opens her mind to the possibilities that may still lie ahead. With Pinkney’s poetic language and Evans’ expressive drawing, The Red Pencil is an engaging book about tragic loss and the power of hope. ~ Middle School

Unbound
by Ann E. Burg

Best Multicultural Middle Grade Novels of 2016: Unbound

Another beautiful novel in verse! When young Grace’s thoughts about the injustice of slavery escape her mouth without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events. Grace and her family must flee deep into the swamps, where they brave deadly animals, slave hunters, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom. Unbound is a powerful historical novel about slavery and the right of every human to be free. ~ African

Related: 21 Award-winning Children’s Books for Black History Month


Jazmin’s Notebook
by Nikki Grimes

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Jazmin's Notebook

Jazmin is a young teenager growing up in 1960’s Harlem. Her father has passed away and her mother, an alcoholic, is unable to take care of her. She lives with her older sister who supports and motivates her. Writing in her notebook is what helps Jazmin stay positive and hopeful for the future. Beginning each chapter with a poem, Jazmin’s Notebook is an inspirational read for young teenagers, teaching them that it is possible to succeed despite adversity. ~ Middle School


The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
by Brenda Woods

Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

11-year-old Violet often feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow: She is biracial, but lives with her white mother and sister, and attends a predominantly white school in a white town. When Violet spends two weeks with her new Bibi (Swahili for “grandmother”) she learns about her lost African American heritage, and her confidence in herself grows. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond is a powerful and uplifting story about family and identity. ~ Middle School

Related: 21 Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters



 


A Good Kind of Trouble
by Lisa Moore Ramée

New Multicultural Children's Books March 2019

All twelve-year-old Shayla wants is to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead. But in junior high, she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Through her sister, she starts getting involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and soon has to decide to do what’s right. A Good Kind Of Trouble is a funny and big-hearted debut novel about family, friendship and standing up for what is right. ~ Middle School


Dreaded Dinner Party
by Destiny Henderson

New Multicultural Children's Books March 2019

Homeschooled Aucuria “Curi” Andrews is tired of her dinner party-throwing parents. But when a nasty couple tries to ruin her parents’ reputation, it’s up to Curi to put a stop to the slander. Along the way, she meets mischievous traveller Mister Wolfeman and ambitious Ophelia. Unfortunately, despite trying her best, Curi learns things can still go up in flames and the downside of idolizing people. ~ Middle School


How High the Moon
by Karyn Parsons

New Multicultural Children's Books March 2019

It’s 1944 and 12-year-old Ella spends her days fishing and running around with her best friend Henry and cousin Myrna in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina. But she struggles with being bullied for her light skin tone her mother being away pursuing a jazz singer dream in Boston. So Ella is ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit for Christmas. Little does she expect the truths she will discover about her mother, the father she never knew and her family’s most unlikely history. After a life-changing month, she returns South and is shocked by the news that her schoolmate George has been arrested for the murder of two local white girls. How High the Moon is a bittersweet and powerful novel about a girl finding herself in a world that is determined to hold her down. ~ Middle School

Sophie Washington: Coloring Book
by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington: Coloring Book brings alive the adventures and the world of 10-year-old Sophie Washington, a clever and funny Black girl from Houston, Texas. The book includes over 90 illustrations from the entertaining middle-grade series, guaranteeing hours of fun. ~ Middle School

Camo Girl
by Kekla Magoon

Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters: Camo Girl

Ella and Z have been friends forever, both of them middle-school outsiders in a Las Vegas suburb. Ella is the only biracial girl (black mother, deceased white father), and Z is the classic “weird kid” living in a fantasy world. One day another black kid arrives at the school: Bailey, who is popular and wants to befriend Ella. But to join the cool crowd, Ella would have to ditch Z. Camo Girl is a heartfelt novel about identity and friendship. ~ Middle School


Planet Middle School
by Nikki Grimes

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Planet Middle School

Joylin’s world seems to have turned upside down. After twelve years of just being who she is – playing sports with the boys and wearing jeans – suddenly her clothes seem all wrong, and all the boys and girls around her start acting weird. In short poems, Planet Middle School captures the confusing and awkward feelings of puberty and first crushes. ~ Middle School


The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess
by Alice Randall

Multicultural Children's Books About Spunky Princesses: The Diary of B.B. Bright

Thirteen-year-old orphan Black Bee Bright (B. B. for short) has a secret. She’s captive on a tropical island because she’s forced to hide her true identity as a royally born princess from her parents’ enemies. B. B. can’t escape the island until she passes her Official Princess Test and undertakes a dangerous journey alone to the East side of the island, where eight princesses must help her discover what it truly means to be a princess. The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess is a fun and quirky twist on your typical princess story that older children will love.  ~ Middle School

Related: 14 Multicultural Children’s Books About Spunky Princesses


Chains // Forge // Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy)
by Laurie Halse Anderson

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Chains African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Forge 

Seeds of America is a bestselling historical trilogy that follows the life of 13-year-old slave Isabel during the American Revolution as she fights for her and her little sister’s freedom. Though fictional, it is based on actual events, such as the failed assassination of George Washington and the capture of Fort Washington. This multi-award-winning trilogy is a compelling read that addresses racism and the ethics of war. ~ Middle School


Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance
by Eleanora E. Tate

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Celeste's Harlem Renaissance

13-year-old Celeste is sent from North Carolina to Harlem to stay with her Aunt Valentina. It is 1921 and the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing. Celeste meets some of the famous artists and experiences the excitement and glamour as well as the hardships of life in Harlem. The shy teenager grows into a young woman who stands up for herself and follows her dream to become a doctor. Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance is a vivid coming-of-age story with many historical references. ~ Middle School

Related: Children’s Books about the Harlem Renaissance


Sugar
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Sugar

Slavery has been abolished but 10-year-old Sugar doesn’t feel free working on a cane plantation. She strikes up unlikely friendships with the plantation owner’s son and with two of the new Chinese workers whose culture fascinates her. Sugar is an inspiring novel about a strong young girl who bridges cultural differences and brings those around her closer together. ~ Middle School

Related: 21 Award-winning Children’s Books for Black History Month


Feathers
by Jacqueline Woodson

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches the soul” starts the poem Frannie’s class is reading. Frannie longs for a bit of hope in these difficult and confusing times: Her friend Samantha is getting ‘holier’ every day, the new “Jesus Boy” in her class looks white but says he isn’t, her deaf brother struggles to fit in, and her mother is scared of miscarrying again. Over time the protagonist of Feathers learns to see things in a different light. ~ Middle School


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor

Children's Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. This classic masterpiece focuses on Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, and learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. Banned for ‘insensitivity’, ‘racial bias’, and ‘offensive language’.  ~ Middle School

Related: 15 Must-Read Banned/Challenged Multicultural Children’s Books 


Full Cicada Moon
by Marilyn Hilton

Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters: Full Cicada Moon

It’s 1969, and half-black, half-Japanese Mimi and her family have just moved to a predominantly white town in Vermont. She struggles to fit in with her classmates, teachers, and neighbours, but still dares to stand out by entering science competitions and dreaming of becoming an astronaut. Told in verse, Full Cicada Moon is a powerful novel about fitting in and standing up for yourself. ~ Middle School

Related: 21 Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters



 


President of the Whole Sixth Grade
by Sherri Winston

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: President Of The Whole Sixth Grade

In this sequel to President of the Whole Fifth Grade, Brianna Justice is faced with the difficult task of raising money for a class trip to Washington D.C. She is up against fundraising failures, self-doubt, a classmate trying to run her out of office, and the fear of losing her two best friends. President of the Whole Sixth Grade is a fast-paced contemporary book that realistically captures the ups and downs of friendships in middle school. ~ Middle School

Related: 40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


One Crazy Summer // P.S. Be Eleven // Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams-Garcia

African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: One Crazy Summer African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: P.S. Be Eleven African Multicultural Children's Books - Middle School: Gone Crazy in Alabama

Williams-Garcia’s award-winning trilogy about three young sisters in the late 60’s is heartfelt, funny and thought-provoking.

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern travel to Oakland in 1968 to spend the summer with their mother who abandoned them seven years earlier. They receive a cold welcome from their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, and are being send to the Black Panther’s day centre every day. One Crazy Summer addresses two difficult subjects: The controversial Black Panther Party, and a mother who leaves her children behind. This funny and moving novel about three resilient girls offers no conclusion (which would have been unrealistic) but there is growth and better understanding in the end.

Returning to Brooklyn with their newfound sense of independence, the Gaither sisters find that things have changed at home. Their dad has a girlfriend now, and their uncle comes back from Vietnam a different man. 11-year-old Delphine is still expected to look after her sisters but they don’t listen to her much anymore. She also struggles with being the tallest girl in her class and dreads the upcoming school dance. Through letters she confides in her mother who always ends her letters with the same advice: P.S. Be Eleven.

In Gone Crazy in Alabama, the Gaither sisters visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. They learn that Ma Charles’s and her half sister, Miss Trotter, haven’t spoken in years despite practically being neighbours. Delphine finds the surprising reason in the family history, and when tragedy strikes learns that family bonds run deep. ~ Middle School

Related: 50+ Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading


Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival Story
by Nikki Shannon Smith

New Multicultural Children's Books February 2019: Ann Fights For Freedom

Twelve-year-old Ann understands there is only one thing to be grateful for as a slave: having her family together. But when the master plans to sell her and her younger brother to two different owners, the family decides to run away on the Underground Railroad. Will they survive the dangerous trip to their freedom in the North? Ann Fights For Freedom is a compelling read with expressive illustrations. ~ Middle School


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF
by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare

Multicultural Children's Books featuring Superheroes

Meet Lunella Lafayette, a preteen super genius who wants to change the world but learns the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Her life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant from prehistoric past shows up. The Moon Girls and Devil Dinosaur first book in this dynamic graphic novel about a spunky superhero. ~  Middle School

Related: 22 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring Superheroes


Hurricane Child
by Kheryn Callender

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: Hurricane Child

12-year-old Caroline Murphy struggles with being bullied by students and teachers alike at her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit that keeps following her, and the fact that her mother left home one day and never came back. When Caroline befriends Kalinda, a new student from Barbados, she soon realizes that her feelings for her are more than platonic. Although those feelings are not being reciprocated, Kalinda wants to help Caroline look for her missing mother and so the girls set out in a hurricane to find her before it is too late. Award-winning Hurricane Child is a moving and suspenseful coming-of-age novel that young readers will love. ~ Middle School

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


The Length of a String
by Elissa Brent Weissman

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: The Length Of a String

Imani is adopted and she knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. Being Black in her mostly White Jewish community, she has always wondered where she came from. When her great-grandma Anna passes away, Imani discovers her old diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone. Anna’s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. As Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way. Award-winning The Length Of A String is a gripping novel about identity, family and belonging. ~ Middle School

Related: Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books


Twinchantment // UnTwisted
by Elise Allan

New Multicultural Children's Books April 2019

Generations ago, twins, black cats, and other potentially magical beings were outlawed in the kingdom of Kaloon. So from birth, twins Flissa and Sara had to pretend to be one princess, Flissara. But when a magical attack puts their mother’s life in danger, the girls must break the rules that have protected them to save her. They set off on an epic quest to the Twists — a forbidden place full of dark magic-to find the evil mage who cursed the queen. After triumphing over the curse and revealing the truth behind the treacherous magical prison, Flissa and Sara knew the fight to return magic to the kingdom of Kaloon had only just begun. But when the princesses go to Maldevon Academy with the other children of the kingdom, they begin to drift apart as they continue to embrace their individual identities, leaving Flissara behind them. And when strange happenings suggest someone isn’t happy with the unification the academy represents, Flissa and Sara find themselves at odds over the possible culprits. To preserve the newfound peace in Kaloon, the princesses will have to learn to trust each other again and uncover the truth before it’s too late. Twinchantment and Untwisted bring to life a fantastical world of sisterhood, adventure, and incredible twists. ~ Middle School

The Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: The Parker Inheritance

In an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, Candice finds a letter addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. The letter tells of an injustice that happened decades ago, a mystery and the fortune awaiting the person who solves the puzzle. Together with her friend Brandon, Candice embarks on a journey that leads deep into Lambert’s dark history, and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. The Parker Inheritance is a powerful novel about racism, justice and friendship. ~ Middle School

Related: 37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination


Bird
by Chrystal Chan

Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters: Bird

“Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.” Jewel, a 12-year-old girl of Jamaican and Mexican heritage, never knew her brother Bird, who died on the day she was born. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragic death, and he hasn’t spoken a word since. But maybe the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past. Bird is powerful and haunting story about secrets, spirits, loss and moving on. ~ Middle School


How High the Moon
by Karyn Parsons

New Multicultural Children's Books March 2019

In 1944 South Carolina 12-year-old Ella struggles with being bullied for her light skin tone and her mother pursuing a jazz singer dream in Boston. She is ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit for Christmas. Little does she expect the truths she will discover about her mother, the father she never knew and her family’s most unlikely history. After a life-changing month, she returns South to the news that her schoolmate George has been arrested for the murder of two local white girls. How High the Moon is a bittersweet and powerful novel about a girl finding herself in a world that is determined to hold her down. ~ Middle School


 

 

 

 


High School


This Is My America
by Kim Johnson

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

For seven years, 17-year-old Tracy Beaumont has been writing weekly letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. Now Tracy is running out of time–her dad has only 267 days left. On top of that her older brother, Jamal, is accused of killing a white girl. Tracy is determined to save her brother and find out what really happened. This Is My America is an unflinching yet uplifting debut novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system. ~ High School

Related: 37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination


Shadowshaper
by Daniel José Older

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.”  Sierra Santiago is spending the summer hanging out with her friends and painting a mural in their Brooklyn neighborhood. Her friend Robbie introduces her to the art of shadowshaping, a thrilling magic used to fill paintings, music, and stories with ancestral spirits. But then weird things happen: A corpse appears, Robbie disappears, and a killer is after the shadowshapers. Shadowshaper is a fresh and fast-paced urban fantasy novel with a diverse cast of characters and authentic cultural details. ~ High School


Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people… In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. Clap When You Land is a novel-in-verse about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives. ~ High School


Pet
by Akwaeke Emezi

2020 Stonewall Award-Winning Children's Books: Pet

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question: How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? Pet is a Akwaeke Emezi’s riveting and timely young adult debut about identity and justice. ~ High School


Come Juneteenth
by Ann Rinaldi

Children's Books celebrating Juneteenth: Come Juneteenth

After her mother’s death, Sis Goose has been unofficially adopted into the slave owner’s family. When Union soldiers arrive and announce that slaves have been declared free for nearly two years, Sis Goose realizes that the people she called family have lied to her. She runs away, leading to tragic consequences. Come Juneteenth is a moving historical novel about Juneteenth and the true meaning of family and freedom. ~ High School

Related: 10 Children’s Books celebrating Juneteenth


The Voting Booth
by Brandy Colbert

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

Marva Sheridan has always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election? Duke Crenshaw just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight. When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. And that’s how their whirlwind day begins. Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is an all-in-one-day love story about a teen relationship and activism. ~ High School


The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
by Clementine Wamariya

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: The Girl Who Smiled Beads

In 1994, six-year-old Clemantine Wamariya and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries. Not knowing whether their parents were still alive, they searched for safety and experienced hunger, imprisonment, abuse, and refugee camps. They found unexpected kindness and witnessed inhuman cruelty. The sisters were eventually granted refugee status in the U.S. where Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. The Girl Who Smiled Beads is a haunting and powerful story about one girl’s commitment to constructing a new life despite the traumatic events she went through. ~ High School


Sparrow
by Sarah Moon

New Multicultural Children's Books February 2019: Sparrow

Sparrow doesn’t make friends easily. The only person at school she feels comfortable with is the school librarian who lets her eat her lunch in the library office and shares her passion for novels. When Mrs Wexler is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow’s world unravels and she’s found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt. With the help of an insightful therapist, she finally reveals the truth of her inner life and discovers an outlet in music. Sparrow is a compelling book about social anxiety, love and grief. ~ High School


Saving Ruby King: A Novel
by Catherine Adel West

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. Her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands. Their friendship is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Saving Ruby King is a powerful debut novel about family secrets and friendship. ~ High School


The Skin I’m In
by Sharon G. Flake

Multicultural Children's Books about Bullying: The Skin I'm In

Every day, Seventh-Grader Maleeka is taunted by her classmates for her homemade clothes, her good grades, and the darkness of her skin. When a new teacher, who is self-assured despite a white birthmark across her face, starts pushing Maleeka out of her comfort zone academically and emotionally, things slowly start to change for the better. The Skin I’m In is an engaging novel about bullying, identity and self-esteem. ~ High School

The Hero of Numbani (Overwatch #1)
by Nicky Drayden

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

In the technologically advanced African city of Numbani, in the not-so-distant future, humans live in harmony with humanoid robots known as omnics. But when a terrorist tries to shatter that unity, a hero named Efi Oladele rises. Efi has been making robots since she was little — machines to better her community and improve people’s lives. But after she witnesses Doomfist’s catastrophic attack on the city’s OR15 security bots, Efi feels the call to build something greater: Orisa, the true guardian of Numbani! The Hero of Numbani is the first-ever original novel for the worldwide gaming sensation Overwatch. ~ High School



 

 

 

 


You Should See Me in a Crown
by Leah Johnson

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. She plans to get out of Campbell, Indiana, attend the elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s only option is the school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. You Should See Me In A Crown is a fresh queer romcom celebrating diversity and individuality. ~ High School


Monday’s Not Coming
by Tiffany D. Jackson

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: Monday's Not Coming

When Claudia’s best friend Monday doesn’t show up for school for two weeks, Claudia knows that something is wrong. But Monday’s mother refuses to give her a straight answer. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw her. Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming is a gripping novel about one teenage girl’s disappearance. ~ High School

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Cinderella Is Dead
by Kaylynn Bayron

NEW Multicultural Children's Books July 2020

200 years after Cinderella found her prince, teen girls are required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select their wives. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all. A powerful retelling of the classic story, Cinderella Is Dead roots for girls to break down the constructs of the world that don’t serve them. ~ High School


A Song Below Water: A Novel
by Bethany C. Morrow

New Multicultural Children's Books June 2020

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year. But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment. Set against the challenges of today’s racism and sexism, A Song Below Water is an enthralling modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery. ~  High School


The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: The Poet X

Growing up in her Dominican community in Harlem, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But her deepest thoughts she only shares with her diary in the form of poems, like the frustration about her strict religious mother and her feelings for a classmate. When Xiomara is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she wants to attend but knows her mum would never allow her to. The Poet X is a powerful novel-in-verse about the struggles of a young Afro-Latina. ~ High School

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The Black God’s Drums
by P. Djeli Clark

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books: The Black God's Drums

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to join the crew of the airship Midnight Robber. Hiding her own dark secret, Creeper earns Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information about a Haitian scientist and his mysterious weapon. Soon, the crew are pulled into a perilous mission to stop the entirety of New Orleans being wiped out. The Black God’s Drums is a fast-paced and mesmerizing fantasy novel that teenagers will love! ~ High School


The Star Side of Bird Hill: A Novel
by Naomi Jackson

Children's Books set in the Caribbean: The Star Side Of Bird Hill

When their mother can’t care for them anymore, two sisters are sent from their home in Brooklyn to Barbados to live with their grandmother, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Centred around an eccentric matriarchal family, The Star Side of Bird Hill is a lyrical debut novel about community, betrayal and love. ~ High School

Related: 36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean


Here Comes the Sun: A Novel
by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Children's Books set in the Caribbean: Here Comes The Sun

Employed at one of Jamaica’s prestigious hotels, Margot sleeps with her boss in the hope of advancing her career. Taught from a young age to trade her sexuality for survival, she is determined to pay for her younger sister’s education to shield her from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also a chance to admit her forbidden love for another woman. Featuring complex and humanly flawed characters and rich language, Here Comes The Sun is a radiant novel that captures the distinct rhythms and challenges of Jamaican life. ~ High School 


The Hate U Give
by Angi Thomas

Children's Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination: The Hate You Give

16-year-old Starr is balancing life between her poor neighbourhood and her fancy suburban school. When her unarmed best friend Khalil is killed at the hands of a police officer, his death is making national headlines and protesters are taking to the streets. As the only person who knows what really happened that night, Starr is caught between threats from the police and the local drug lord, protecting her community and risking her own life. No.1 New York Times Bestseller The Hate You Give is a powerful and heart-wrenching novel about police brutality and systemic racism. ~ High School

Related: 37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination


The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon

Best Multicultural Young Adult Novels: The Sun Is Also A Star

One of the most exciting new YA releases of 2016, The Sun Is Also A Star became an instant New York Times bestseller and will be made into a movie. Natasha’s family is about to be deported to Jamaica. On her last day in New York City she meets Asian American Daniel, the good son and good student. Told in alternating voices, this is a moving and hopeful story about identity, family, and the possibility of love. ~ High School 


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