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Every Day Books for Every Child

“Any Child: Books featuring BIPOC in which race, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, culture, im/migration, and/or religious, sacred, or origin stories are not central to the story. These elements may be present, but they are not essential to the plot and could be changed without altering the storyline.”

Over the next few months, we'll be featuring a list of books we want to highlight from within each of our nine unique book categories. Among our categories, Any Child is perhaps the most "in demand." These books star children of color in roles that most children can relate to — at play, in school, with their families, out and about in the larger world, going about the business of everyday life.

In “We Don’t Only Need More Diverse Books. We Need More Diverse Books Like The Snowy Day.”, a 2016 article published in Slate, author and mother Rumaan Alam articulates clearly why this type of book matters so much:

We need diverse books to be sure, but those must be part of a literature that reflects our reality, books in which little black boys push one another on the swings, in which little black girls daydream about working in the zoo, in which kids of every color do what kids of every color do every day: tromp through the woods, obsess about trucks, love their parents, refuse to eat dinner. We need more books in which our kids are simply themselves, and in which that is enough.

Rumaan Alam

Here’s a selection from among our 825 (and growing) titles coded as Any Child. Each of these titles centers the perspective of children who are BIPOC. Some include particular cultural details, others don’t, but all celebrate the daily experiences of children being children.

Kamik’s first sled

2015

by Matilda Sulurayok and Qin Leng

"Jake's puppy Kamik is growing quickly, but the dog isn't becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy into a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull. Kamik finally has his first sled, and he and Jake can finally begin exploring the tundra together. But Jake and Kamik are still inexperienced, and when a blizzard starts blowing in across the tundra, Jake has to rely on his knowledge to get home. Inspired by the life memories of the author, an Inuit elder, this book lovingly presents basic dog-rearing practices that even the youngest dog lover can try"--|cProvided by publisher

Any Child

My brother and me

2019

by Taghrīd ʻĀrif Najjār and Maya Fidawi

Aloush is the youngest in the family. He is not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. His big brother Ramez is his idol. Every day, Ramez drives Aloush to school on his way to work. He takes him to basketball practice, allows him to hang around when his friends come over to watch a football game and always has time to drop him off at the mall to see a movie with his friend. But suddenly, Ramez doesn't have time for Aloush anymore. He has fallen in love and is about to get engaged! Aloush is upset and tries to get rid of this threat by carrying out a series of pranks. Will Aloush succeed in getting his brother back?

Any Child

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