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"It’s an average day in the neighborhood—children play, roses are watered, and a crow watches over it all. But then two visitors arrive at two houses, one to help a family say hello to a new baby and one to help a family say goodbye to a beloved pet. This sensitive picture book takes a gentle look at life, death, the bonds of family, and the extraordinary moments that make ordinary days so special." -- publisher
"With bold art and thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society." -- publisher
"Waiting for a baby brother or sister is hard to do when you aren't sure what when happen or when. It helps when you can tell yourself a story about how a maybe baby can become your very own little sister or brother. Told from an older sister's point of view, this is an endearing story about adoption." -- publisher
Upset after being bullied, Thuy, a Vietnamese American, pretends she is different creatures, including an especially strong, wonderful being made up of her two mothers and herself. Includes note about the phoenix and the Sarabha.
"Riley is Papa’s princess and Daddy’s dragon. She loves her two fathers! When Riley’s classmate asks her which dad is her real one, Riley is confused. She doesn’t want to have to pick one or the other. Families are made of love in this heartwarming story that shows there are lots of ways to be part of one." -- publisher
"A beautiful tale celebrating the invisible, protective, omnipresent love love between parents and children. From this award-winning creative duo comes a stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that love can bring—wherever we roam in the big, wild world. No matter what challenges children may face, they can always rely on the love umbrella above them." -- publisher
In this illustrated picture book, a child helps their grandparents deal with a difficult change in abilities.--Provided by publisher
"When life in Indonesia becomes too dangerous for LGBTQ people, Ghost and her two dads are forced to leave their home and escape to freedom in Canada. Ghost’s Journey was inspired by the story of two gay refugees, Rainer and Eka, and their cat Ghost, with illustrations created from their photographs." -- publisher
"Featuring tender-hearted illustrations by renowned artist Syrus Marcus Ware, I Promise captures with love and honesty the intimate moments of parenting in all their messy glory--from dealing with a kid who doesn't want to brush their teeth to looking under the bed for monsters to cuddling after a long day."--
"Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity." --publisher