Children & Teens Books of the Week

New In Hardcover
Black Is a Rainbow Color Cover Image
By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726314
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020

“Black is a color. Black is a culture.”, writes author Angela Joy in her exceptional picture book, Black Is A Rainbow Color (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99). Prompted by her daughter’s question about her own skin color, Joy’s story is an exuberant celebration of Black history, people and pride. Accompanied by bold collage illustrations by Ekua Holmes and supported by educational backmatter, this book encourages young readers to explore the rich and dynamic complexities of Black lives. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon





In Hardcover
Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

Feeling like an intimate conversation with a friend, Newbery Honor book author Julius Lester implores us to look beneath our skins and learn each other’s stories in Let’s Talk About Race (Harper Collins, $7.99). In a loving, non-judgmental tone he asks a core question of why some people think they are better than others. His words guide readers to consider that race is only a part of our identity. Karen Barbour’s illustrations of diverse bodies and faces fill the pages and complements the text as an important starting place for a discussion about race. Ages 4+. Heidi Ashton Yoon




YA Pick
American Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062473059
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

Already anxious about leaving her home in Port-au-Prince for Detroit, Fabiola is devastated when U.S. immigration detains her mother at the airport. Living with family she barely knows on the corner of Joy Road and American Street (Balzer + Bray, $10.99), Fabiola begins to navigate a baffling, beautiful, and deeply inequitable city. Even as the world solidifies around her, Fabiola knows she needs her mother home safe—and a dangerous proposition might bring her within reach. With sumptuous prose and magical realism drawn from Vodou culture, Ibi Zoboi has crafted an intimate story of first love, race, class, immigration, and police violence. Ages 14 and up. Elli Bloomberg