Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots. Lighthearted story of sickly kid helped by huge talking dog. Haunting, complex tale of friendship best for older teens. One Crazy Summer book. Teen learns to love herself in uplifting tale of misfits. Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. This story by celebrated illustrator and author Ezra Jack Keats is … Teens and up. For children’s books published last year, approximately 22% were about people of color, and 12% were written or illustrated by people of color. And it’s incredibly troubling. Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world. People Of Color Accounted For 22 Percent Of Children's Books Characters In 2016 : Code Switch In 2016, people of color wrote or illustrated fewer than a quarter of new children's books… Thought-provoking saga of Inuit girl adopted by wolf pack. Exhilarating but bloody tale starts off time travel series. These fantastic books promote diversity and inclusion and teach readers about different cultures. Mature jock-valedictorian romance has social media factor. Celebrate diversity with these videos and children’s books about skin color.Combine these books with lessons on skin color and the beauty in all shades. LGBTQ+ books for kids and teens account for a very small portion of the overall industry. Moving tale of Texas Latina going to White boarding school. An infographic was recently released showing just how kids of color are underrepresented in children’s books. Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel. Third-grader's struggle to look cool gets him in trouble. Fun account of family's travel day tells all about airports. Gorgeous tale of Native American and colonist friendship. Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale. Boy joins a come-to-life clay soldier in exciting adventure. Angsty tale of Chinese American teen questioning his roots. Powerful, insightful tale of self-awareness, power of art. Titular character Marisol McDonald is a Peruvian-Scottish-American with red hair and brown skin who prefers mismatched outfits and peanut butter and jelly burritos. Pretty cool. by Vinyl Publishing | Jan 13, 2020 3.8 out of 5 stars 59 Riveting coming-of-age tale set in dangerous summer of '77. Fast-paced girl-power confection made for superhero fans. Girl beats stereotypes in powerful free-verse novel. Bright, vibrant colors often convey cheerful emotions, while dark amber and dark blues can give your illustrations a more somber feel. The good news is that children's literature is roughly twice as diverse now as it was in 2012. Moving, interwoven stories of Black middle schoolers. Teens must win video game to save parents in clever sci-fi. Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction. Girl finds role model who looks like her in inspiring tale. You must have a goodreads account to vote. Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture. Black girl in white family finds her voice in moving novel. Fun lottery ticket quest tale explores race, class issues. Magic happens when twins touch in fun tween romp. Powerful coming-of-age tale deals with abuse, addiction. Timeless novel about first love and family solidarity. Teen flees mom's killer in gripping thriller. Girls forge friendship amid night of rioting in deep novel. Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens. Tense murder mystery stars a young Zora Neale Hurston. Provocative book about teen on trial for murder. His first children’s book, a picture book, … Please, Baby, Please, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. Honest, warm story of family, identity, police brutality. by. What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, YouTube Kids: Qué es y cómo usarlo de manera segura, Practicando la gratitud durante las fiestas, Which Side of History? Moving novel in verse about grief, family, and forgiveness. Lovely book about wildlife teeming in and around a pond. The 2017 … Swell start to a spooky but fabulous Prohibition-set series. Quiet, sometimes poetic story of teens' scholarship quest. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? Challenging ideas, big issues buoy story of Harlem teen. Read 3 868 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Read 3 667 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Heavy look at black kids killed due to bigotry. Creative take on quest tale marred by hurried storytelling. In charming classic, a boy learns to whistle for his pup. All rights reserved. Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers. Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy. An annual survey by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center found that of the 3,700 children’s books published in 2017, only 340 featured prominent African-American characters. Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). African teen thwarts deadly wish in inventive fantasy. Love story about two Iranian girls is sad but educational. The e-book ”Siri, Superhjälten och guldringen” topped e-book sales in Sweden for the first five months after its release. For more great reads, check out our Books About Racism and Social Justice and Latino Books. Poignant tale of rock star's son fleeing fame, finding self. 3. Girl uses Korean TV dramas as guide in charming romance. Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail. Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure. Relatable tale of girl finding her voice at new school. The number of white and non-human characters is down to 85.8 percent. Multiplatform magical beast series is a good fantasy intro. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by … Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina. Noting a general lack of dark-skinned main characters and role models in children’s books, one adoptive mother decided to write a book of her own with her daughter as the main character. Macabre modern Ripper meets hip Brit boarding school. Intriguing, history-minded mystery with a modern twist. Newbery Honor book is a fun mystery romp. Beautiful art, positive messages in headscarf story. In fact, we've gathered well over 100 books to recommend for readers of all ages. Interned girl, Native boy find common ground in moving tale. Rap star's moving novel about a bully redeemed. Gripping, unnerving story of teen boy contemplating revenge. And on top of that, they offer tons of positive roles models, especially for kids of color. “People of color make up 70 to 83% of the global population.” Why science fiction? The colors of a children’s book can contribute as much to the mood and feel of the work as design of the drawings, so make sure to consult with the author concerning the book’s hues. But in the U.S. where children’s books remain overwhelmingly white among a … Peter’s Chair. 1. Pulitzer Prize author Alice Walker coined the term “colorism” in 1982 to mean the “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.” Clever tale of present-day kids lost in 1864 San Francisco. Clever twist on classic tale adds dimension and great art. Compelling tale of Pakistani American forced into marriage. Unique African-American woman's WWII experience. Well-crafted tale of orphan boy's search for home. Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure. Compelling apocalyptic survival story with four LGBTQ teens. Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation. Delightful responsibility tale avoids princess stereotypes. Well, we're a circulating collection of physical books, over 3,000 picture books, trade books, published since 2002 featuring human characters of color, BIPOC characters. Kids also need to see kids just like themselves doing ordinary kid stuff like visiting the library, going to the pool, and playing in the backyard. Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow. Boy sketch artist helps catch art thieves in zippy mystery. Romantic fantasy with Egyptian gods a fun mom-daughter read. Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth. No matter our skin color, ethnic, or cultural background, it’s important to read stories that show lots of different people so that we can build understanding (we are all human beings!) Riveting collection reflects common dreams, struggles. Funny take on fitting in and self-discovery at art school. Good-hearted story about popularity's true meaning. Immigrant kid tackles racism, bullying in powerful tale. The Perfect Potty Zoo: The Funniest ABC Book. Powerful graphic novel explores police brutality. Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving. Teen aims to recover memories in mature psychological tale. Great Books to Give the Kids This Holiday. Complex adventure mixes immigration issues, space travel. K-pop star steps out in romantic "Roman Holiday" retelling. Art-filled urban fantasy has outstanding Afro-Latina hero. Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation. Boy and dog face danger, find friends in fast-paced tale. Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic. 19 Awesome Children’s Books Where Black Characters Take the Lead Written by Dorian Smith-Garcia on June 23, 2020 — Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak Buy Black Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s. My kids are white, and they definitely need to learn about their own whiteness and about the challenges that people of color face, but I also want them to be able to read books with children of color as the protagonists, given that still the vast majority of children’s books are illustrated with white kids. Princesses team up to fight sneaky monster in funny romp. Girls pose as boys in suspenseful, nontraditional Western. Fun, charming look at civil rights leader's childhood. Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale. Relatable story of music-loving Native American boy in '70s. Eccentric teen girl fights depression in moving story. Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills. The blues and forgiveness fuel emotional family grief tale. Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse. Gripping but bloody dystopian tale will make teens think. Pedal-to-the-metal graphic novel celebrates Latino culture. Playful, loving relationship shines in sweet grandpa tale. And that's a circulating collection, anyone can check those books out through interlibrary loan from anywhere in the world. Goal-focused Latina scores big hit in series opener. Touching story of resourceful girl solving a family mystery. Gripping thriller about a girl disappearing without a trace. Children love to see images of themselves in the books that are read to them and in the books they read. Argentinian teen's exciting fight to reach her soccer dream. Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence. Sisters organize to build a playground in charming tale. Moving coming-of-age story set amid creation of Pakistan. Romantic page-turner has stellar heroine of color. Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale. Sassy sisters steal the show in well-told romantic read. Charming story of lonely, book-loving girl who finds friend. Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world. While people of color are still underrepresented in books for kids and teens, we've found lots of great reads with diverse main or supporting characters in all sorts of genres, including mystery, fantasy, romance, adventure, sci-fi, graphic novels, historical fiction, novels in verse -- you name it! Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family. Fun, exciting tale of Thai girl who rescues an elephant. Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide. Relatable stories in short chapters have good life lessons. Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. Children's books eight times as likely to feature animal main characters as BAME people According to UK study, just 5% of children’s books have black, … Gripping novel of kids filmed every five years for docu. Jubilant book conveys giddy anticipation of a birthday. Haunting look at killing of unarmed African American teen. Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes. “The genre of children’s literature must change,” Johnson said. Imaginative story of U.S. albino finding magic in Nigeria. Dramatic, complex tale has rich characters, emotional depth. The Bot that Scott Built by Kim Norman, illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi . Authentic, nuanced tale of Brooklyn boy has lots of heart. Beautiful message of self-worth has gorgeous illustrations. Lively graphic novel offers smart-girl adventures in space. Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology. Gorgeous, magical story of a girl with music in her heart. Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama. 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