Collection: Any Child

Any Child: Assimilation

Here is a selection of books from our collection in the Every Child category. Books in the Any Child category feature children of color in stories that are perceived as universal, "just kids," or out of a cultural context. The hallmark of an Any Child book is that a child of any race could be cast as the star without changing the story. These central roles have previously been reserved mostly for White children, and in actuality, the cultural content is often the dominant, middle-class, White American norm. These titles are only a sample of what you can find in our full collection. To see more, use the filtered search on the left-hand bar: go to “Book-Category” and click “Every Child.”

Bright sky, starry city

2015

by Uma Krishnaswami and Aimée Sicuro

"Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk outside his store. It's a special night --Saturn and Mars are going to appear together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city lights? Raindrops begin to fall, followed by lightning and thunder. Phoebe is filled with disappointment as she and her father hurry inside to wait out the storm. But suddenly the power fails and then, amazingly, the rain and clouds disappear. Phoebe and her dad and all kinds of people spill into the street. And there, in the bright night sky, the splendor of the planets and a multitude of stars are revealed for all to see. An illustrated afterword includes information about the solar system, planetary conjunctions and rings, moons, telescopes and light pollution. A glossary and recommended further reading are also included"--Amazon website

Any Child






Lenny has lunch

2010

by Ken Wilson-Max

Lenny Has Lunch vividly and simply portrays a charming relationship between a child and his parent. They prepare lunch together, play a game while waiting for it to cook, and then enjoy eating together ? and all the time their dog Wilbur is trying to join in. It's a situation that will be familiar to all, but the charming depiction of Lenny and his dad engaged in this ordinary activity is brought to life by Ken Wilson Max's bright colors and strong simple lines. Its portrayal of a dad in a domestic role is refreshing, as is the depiction of a delightful and characterful mixed-race child at the heart of the book. With it's short and evocative text, this book will provide young children and their parents and carers with much to discuss

Any Child



Grandpa's girls

2011

by Nicola I Campbell and Kim LaFave

The little girl in this story loves to visit Grandpa's farm where she and her cousins run through the fields, swing out the bar loft window and feed crab apples to the Appaloosa in the corral. They explore the root cellar and tiptoe into Grandpa's secret room to look at memories from the past

Any Child


Flying!

2013

by Kevin Luthardt

A boy's simple questions about why he cannot fly lead to an imaginative journey with his father

Any Child