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Our collection of picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC) is available to the public. *Inclusion of a title in the collection DOES NOT EQUAL a recommendation.* Click here for more on book evaluation.

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The buddy bench


by B.D. Cottleston and Hazel Quintanilla

Buddy Benches are arriving in schoolyards across the nation. In this story, the buddy bench launches two new friends on a chilly adventure. On a surprisingly snowy day in Texas, a young student finds himself braving recess alone. That is until he spots a new face sitting on the school's Buddy Bench. After a quick introduction, the two spend their recess discovering fun ways to enjoy the snow. By the end of recess, both kids leave the playground with a brand new friend. This sweet story of friendship brings the Buddy Bench's purpose to life. -- publisher

Any Child Cross Group



by Ashley Robinson, De'Asia Scott, Romel Whitaker and Carson McNamara

It's Amaya's first month at a new school in a new state, and she's too scared to speak. Amaya has a stutter. At her old school she got bullied for how she talked, but she had finally just started making friends. And then her mom got a new job and moved them to DC, where she had to start all over again! Now Amaya is mad at her mom and scared at school. The only friend she shares her feelings with is her dog, Journey, who can talk back! If Amaya doesn't start speaking soon, she'll keep getting in trouble and will never make friends. Can Journey and her classmates help Amaya find her voice?

Any Child

Trio + 1


by Jordan Campbell, Rico McCard, Brandon Smith and Lucia Liu

"Jealousy. Envy. Loneliness. We've all felt these emotions. In this incredible story of frustration and friendship, Jordan, Rico, and Brandon share the silly things we do when feeling bad about ourselves. Bobby, the editor of the school newspaper at REACH Middle School, is jealous of a popular threesome. His plan: break up the trio. Does it work? The whole school gathers to watch the trio compete in the Coolest Kid Competition. Three contests - athletics, arts, and academics - will determine the winner. But, will the friendships survive?"--Amazon

Any Child

The airplane effect


by Marc Gaskins, Sasha Johnson, Angelo Porter, Sean Ross and Mira Ko

"A young boy struggles with the effects of cancer and dreams of a more normal life. These are the simple components of the emotional story written by teen authors Marc, Sasha, Angelo, and Sean. Experienced in working with young people, these teens uncovered the most important aspect of childhood: play. Their young main character, stuck inside due to his illness, simply wants to have fun. Frustrated, he throws a paper airplane out the window. What happens next? You'll have to read it to find out! A young girl, a special plane, and the power of play come together in this heart-warming story."--Amazon

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