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Monica Acker

BRAVE LIKE MOM, Beaming Books, 2022
Illustrated by Paran Kim
ISBN-10: 1506483208 (ISBN-13: 978-1506483207)
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As one girl watches her mom battle illness, she sees Mom being strong, brave, and fierce on both good days and bad ones. Mom is fierce as she catches and wrestles a fish and brave as she endures needles from the doctor. The girl wants to be brave like Mom! As she worries about her mom's health, the girl realizes that bravery comes in many forms and that she can be brave too.

A poignant and sensitive story about a loved one living with a chronic illness, and an important lesson about how being brave doesn't mean you aren't scared.


Denise Adusei

CESARIA WEARS NO SHOES, Roaring Brook Press, 2023
Illustrated by Priscilla Soares


Alliah L. Agostini

THE JUNETEENTH STORY, becker&mayer!, 2022
Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud
ISBN-10: 0760375143 (ISBN-13: 978-0760375143)
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With colorful illustrations and a timeline, this introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the last enslaved people learned of their freedom.

On June 19, 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation—enslaved Texans finally learned they were free. That day became a day of remembrance and celebration that changed and grew from year to year.

Learn about the events that led to emancipation and why it took so long for the enslaved people in Texas to hear the news. The first Juneteenth began as “Jubilee Day,” where families celebrated and learned of their new rights as citizens. As Black Texans moved to other parts of the country, they brought their traditions along with them, and Juneteenth continued to grow and develop.

Today, Juneteenth’s powerful spirit has endured through the centuries to become an official holiday in the United States in 2021. The Juneteenth Story provides an accessible introduction for kids to learn about this important American holiday.

BIG TUNE, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2023
Illustrated by Shamar Knight-Justice

Illustrated by Tara Nicole Whitaker


Gabriella Aldeman

PAULA'S PATCHES, Free Spirit, 2023

A SQUAWK OF SPANISH, Charlesbridge, 2024


Laurie Carmody

BIG TRUCK PLAYDATE, Beaming Books, 2023
Illustrated by Jennica Lounsbury


Jill Dana

BUTTERNUT, Marshall Cavendish Children, 2022
Illustrated by Rachel Tan-Hwee
ISBN-10: 9814893625 (ISBN-13: ‎978-9814893626)
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Fresh from the farm, Butternut awakes to find himself lost in a supermarket. Is he butter? Is he a nut? Is he squash or squashed? Just who is he and where does he belong?

Join Butternut on his journey through the supermarket aisles as he makes new friends and discovers more about himself.

BUTTERNUT & BUTTERCUP, Marshall Cavendish Children, 2023
Illustrated by Rachel Tan-Hwee


Stacy B. Davids

SIMON THE HUGGER, Beaming Books, 2022
Illustrated by Ana Sebastian
ISBN-10: 1506483089 (ISBN-13: 978-1506483085)
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Simon the sloth loves to hug. He hugs plants. He hugs rocks. He hugs his friends. He even hugs himself! So when his best friend, Elsa the jaguar, and others around him start saying no to his hugs, he is crushed. Why wouldn't someone want to be hugged? After being rejected several times, he learns that both he and his friends need to want a hug at the same time so they both feel comfortable.

This lighthearted story about a lovable, huggable sloth is a gentle introduction to the importance of receiving consent before offering physical affection to others, and respecting others' boundaries.


Betsy Ellor

MY DOG IS NOT A SCIENTIST, Yeehoo Press, 2023
Illustrated by Luisa Viera
ISBN-10: 1953458467 (ISBN-13: 978-1953458469)
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Sara A. Fajardo

Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Karina Nicole González

THE COQUIES STILL SING, Roaring Brook Press, 2022
Illustrated by Krystal Quiles
ISBN-10: 1250787181 (ISBN-13: 978-1250787187)
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Co-quí, co-quí! The coquí frogs sing to Elena from her family’s beloved mango tree—their calls so familiar that they might as well be singing, “You are home, you are safe.” But home is suddenly not safe when a hurricane threatens to destroy everything that Elena knows.

As time passes, Elena, alongside her community, begins to rebuild their home, planting seeds of hope along the way. When the sounds of the coquíes gradually return, they reflect the resilience and strength of Elena, her family, and her fellow Puerto Ricans.

THE CHURRO STAND, Cameron Kids, 2024
Illustrated by Krystal Quiles


Mary Baca Haque

PAINTING THE SKY WITH LOVE, Feiwel & Friends, 2023
Illustrated by Tatiana Gardel

Shachi Kaushik

DIWALI IN MY NEW HOME, Beaming Books, 2022
Illustrated by Aishwarya Tandon
ISBN-10: 1506484077 (ISBN-13: 978-1506484075)
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Priya loves being with family and friends to watch fireworks and celebrate Diwali. But this year Priya and her parents are living in the United States, and no one seems to know about the holiday. Priya misses the traditions in India. But as she strings lights outside and creates rangoli art, Priya introduces the festival of lights to her neighbors. And even though the celebration is different this year, it's still Diwali.

A heartwarming story of celebrating in a new place and sharing the Hindu festival of lights with those unfamiliar with the holiday.


Angela Quezada Padron

AS THE SEAS RISE, Atheneum, 2023
Illustrated by Angela Quezada Padron


Alyssa Reynoso-Morris

THE BRONX IS MY HOME, Little Brown/Ottaviano, 2023
Illustrated by Kim Holt

Illustrated by Doris Rodriguez

PLATANOS ARE LOVE, Atheneum, 2023
Illustrated by Mariyah Rahman
ISBN: 1665902736 (ISBN 13: 978-1665902731)
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Medeia Sharif

REMEMBERING MOM'S KUBBAT HALAB, Albert Whitman & Company, 2022
Illustrated by Paran Kim
ISBN: 0807569321 (ISBN 13: 978-0807569320)
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When a loved one dies, remembering them through shared experiences and the ways they expressed their love, helps with loss.

Bushra misses her mother, her dayik. So does her brother Sherzat. Mom used to help them with homework, read to them, and tuck them into bed at night. For Bushra, she would cook kubbat halab, perfectly golden rice-and-potato patties made without meat. No one can make kubbat halab quite like Mom, but Bushra wants to try.

FRIZZY-HAIRED ZUZU, Magination Press, 2023
Illustrated by Basma Hosam


Srividhya Venkat

GIRLS ON WHEELS, Kokila, 2023
Illustrated by Kate Wadsworth
ISBN: 0593529286 (ISBN 13: 978-0593529287)
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Gwendolyn Wallace

MAYA GLOWS, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2022
Illustrated by Olivia Duchess

JOY TAKES ROOT, Kokila, 2023
Illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin

Illustrated by Tonya Engel