So what I'd like from you all is to add to my list of books. I'm going to post the ones we find, but if you can think of any please leave the title for the rest of us in a comment on the blog, or you can contact me directly through the subscription link. The * indicates an especially good read.
1.* 'I Lost My Dad' by Taro Gomi. Cute story set in modern day Japan.
2. 'Old Mikamba Had a Farm' by Rachel Isadora. African Old MacDonald.
3. 'Same, Same but Different' by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Parallels life in USA and India.
4. 'Big Words for Little People' by Jamie Lee Curtis. Features an interracial family.
5. * 'It's Okay to Be Different' by Todd Parr. About all kinds of differences.
6. 'Creation, (My Father Loves Me) by J.D Wise. African creation story.
7. 'Don't Play Music Next to the Zoo' by John Lithgow. The child's parents don't 'match'.
8. * 'Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash' by Monica Brown. The family is bilingual, the father is white, and the mother is Peruvian. Marisol thrives on variety and being unique. The story is told in both English and Spanish.
9. 'The Most Important Gift of All' by David Conway. The story is set in Africa, about a little girl, Ama, who wants to bring a great gift for her new brother. Her grandmother suggests giving him love, so Ama searches the plains and asks the animals where to find it.
10. 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats. Pete plays out in the snow, doing all the things kids would do if left to their own prerogative.
11. 'Pete's Chair' by Ezra Jack Keats. Pete copes with a little sister taking his place as the baby.
12. 'Crouching Tiger' by Ying Chang Compestine features a Chinese American boy whose grandfather comes to the U.S. from China and shares some of his culture. It was a little too old for Trooper, probably better for age six and older.
13. * 'Squeak, Rumble, Whomp, Whomp, Whomp' by Wynton Marsalis is a fun book about the sounds in our every day lives, and some musical instruments, too. Trooper loves it, and imitating the sounds is great for his speech.
14. 'I Got the Rhythm' by Connie Schofield-Morrison. The words were simplistic but we loved the artwork.
15. 'Ten, Nine, Eight' by Molly Bang. You can never have too many counting books!
16. Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy' by Martha E.H. Rustad. An informative book on why leaves change color.
17. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks' by Faith Ringgold. This book was too old for Trooper (4 years) but we simplified it for him.
18. 'I'm Growing!' by Aliki. Great story about a little boy growing out of his clothes. We read it several times.
*19. ABCers' by Carole Lexa Schaefer. We LOVED this book! The kids go around their park and see things that begin with the letters of the alphabet. Great pictures and a map at the end so you can see how it all fits together.
20. 'Rain!' by Linda Ashman. A book about the ways people feel about rain.
21. 'Starry Safari' by Linda/ Mack, Jeff (ILT). A fun story about a boy imagining himself on safari.
22. "More, More, More," Said the Baby' by Vera B. Williams. This one was kind of strange but Trooper loves the part where the grandma tastes the baby's toes. He said, "Ew, yuck, she might get sick!"
*23. 'Jazz Baby' by Lisa Wheeler. One of our all time favorites. Can't say how many times we've checked out this book. It's entertaining to a wide age group.
*24. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Frank Morrison--Fantastic story about determination and the love of music with beautiful art work.
25. Dizzy by Jonah Winter- The story of Dizzy and how he became a famous musician.
26. Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls. A lovely read!
27. My Hands by Aliki-A simple book about hands.
*28. Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story by Elisa Kleven- This is a beautiful book about a butterfly who gets lost in town and helps to turn an empty lot into a garden paradise.
29. Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong- what a fun way to practice colors!
*30. Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds- This book is about being smart and inventive, and literally thinking outside the box. Wonderful.
31. Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell- What a nice story about learning with Grandpa and the joys of growing and eating real food.
32. Recycling Day by Edward Miller- People decide to clean up an empty lot and recycle everything. There's info on how things are recycled and the importance of it, as well as a simple but engaging story to go with it.
33. Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw- a simple, cute story about a girl's flower garden.
*34. Ruth and the Green Book tells the story of an African American family traveling across the U.S. in the late '50s, and how they had to get a special green book that listed where they could find accommodations, since most establishments wouldn't serve them. It's pretty horrifying. You should read it.
35. Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree. An Asian girl and her animal friends create a library in the woods.
36. Diego is the true story about the famous Mexican artist by the same name.
*37. Mel's Diner . Trooper LOVED this book. We read it over and over again. An African American girl whose family owns a diner tells about diner life and experiences.
38. Coming Home is the story of a boy waiting for his parent to come off the plane after deployment. His parent turns out to be his mom.
*39. The Story About Ping was one of my favorite books as a kid, and Trooper loves it too. It also has a fantastic message about being responsible and owning up to mistakes.
40. Fire Drill . The name speaks for itself.
41. Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes. They use mostly Asian foods and objects to illustrate the shapes.
42. Peace, Baby A sweet book about getting along.
*43. Cleversticks This is a great book about being happy with who you are and finding out what you're good at. A boy shows the other kids how he can eat with chopsticks.
44. Last Stop on Market Street is a wonderful story about caring for others.
45. Beautiful Moon: A Child's Prayer is a sweet prayer for others and a reminder of the need for social awareness.
46. What's Up, Bear? A book about opposites
47. Plants Feed Me Kids learn about the garden.
48. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Nice pictures of all the things God created, paired with words from the song.
49. Juneteenth for Mazie Read this if you don't know anything about Juneteenth!
*50. Sweet Music in Harlem is a cool book based on an old photograph of a crowd of famous musicians. Great artwork and fun to read.
51. The Day the Dragon Danced We read this book many times. It's about an African American family learning about Asian traditions and dragons.
52. My "c" book- a child finds things that begin with the letter 'c'.
53. My "a" book- a child finds things that begin with the letter 'a'.
54. ABC Kids by Basher- This is one of many cool ABC books out there. The artwork is simple and fun, very diverse, and every word on each page begins with the featured letter, for example, 'Walter's worms wear white wigs'. Trooper loves the silliness.
55. Now that Trooper is getting older, many of these books are longer, with more words to a page:
Mama, I'll Give You the World by Roni Schotter. A girl does something special for her depressed mother.
56. Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport. Shante saves the day with black-peas.
57. Martin's Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by Doreen Rappaport. A children's book hitting some of the highlights of Dr. King's life.
58. *An Apple for Harriet Tubman, by Glennette Tilley Turner. The story of an Underground Railroad conductor. The details of this story were amazing and surprising to me.
59. *Doo-Wop Pop, by Roni Schotter. Some 'uncool' kids learn to sing Doo Wop from the school janitor. We read this several times and Trooper loved it.
60. A Picture Book of Jesse Owens, by David A. Adler. Great art work and amazing story, would be especially great for kids who are into sports.
61. Mohandas Gandhi; a Life of Integrity, by Sheila Rivera. The interesting story of an amazing man. In another book, we learned that Dr. King studied Gandhi when we was figuring out the way to lead the civil rights movement in the U.S.
62. *Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, by Mark Buehner. This book is pure fun and imagination. We read it several times.
63. Hooray! A pinata!, by Eliza Klevin. Cute story about kids and pinatas.
Please look these up if you have children, and share with us if you have any recommendations. Remember, the characters don't have to be non-white, they could be in another country and we could learn something about their culture. Thanks!