We read a lot of books here at Diverse BookFinder and there are some that just stick with us longer. Maybe it’s the perfect rhyming scheme, the haunting illustrations, or the laugh out loud content. But whatever the reason, these are the books that we keep reaching for:
Julian At The Wedding by Jessica Love
Dr. Krista Aronson (Director & Founder)
This is one my little one and I both enjoy. The illustrations, the characters, the expansive gender representation, the playfulness, and the acceptance. They all speak to me and open wonderful conversations.
My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña
Anne Sibley O’Brien (Founder)
My Papi Has a Motorcycle is such fun to read to my grandson, who loves the ACTION, portrayed with comic book elements, as Daisy Ramona zooms around the neighborhood with her papi.
(Coming to our collection soon)
The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra
Aishah Abdul-Musawwir (Advisory Council)
I am drawn to picture book biographies that can connect young children to persons in history that they want to learn more about or haven't heard of at all! The main character's fearless perseverance and her own love for stories provided answers to many questions she had about justice for African Americans in that era -- and the strong desire to share what she discovered with the world.
(Coming soon to our collection)
The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee and Pascal Campion
Dr. Andrea M. Breau (Advisory Council and Research Collaborator)
There are so few books about the working class that manage to center joy without denying the hard realities of labor in the U.S. -- this one balances both so well!
Homemade Love by Bell Hooks and Shane W. Evans
Eidie - Dr. Andrea M. Breau’s child (Age 3)
Wherever I Go by Mary Wagley Copp and Munir D. Mohammed
Kirsten Cappy (Advisory Council and Research Collaborator)
Stunning representation of what refugee parents will do to not only protect the safety of their child, but to also maintain their child's emotional well-being.
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Laura D’Elia (Advisory Council and Research Collaborator)
The read-aloud appeal for this story is off the charts! I always love me a story where the audience can chime in during the repetitive elements. All readers enjoy this story. The cast of characters are pure delight. The illustrations are vibrant and joyful. Teachers are finding wonderful ways to use it in the classroom when teaching about gratitude and being thankful.
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly
Kirin Nabi (Advisory Council and Research Collaborator)
Because it epitomizes the power OWN voice books have to tell a story that is unique and widely accepted.
Drawn Together by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
Deborah Tomaras (Advisory Council and Research Collaborator)
It's such a sweet intergenerational story, and the contrasting artistic styles of grandfather and grandson marry well.
Where's Halmoni? by Julie J. Kim
Hannan - Deborah Tomaras child
It's so funny!
My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee and Elaine Chen
Yueh Qi Chuah (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell and Weshoyot Alvitre
Kat Wyly (Graduate Intern)
Sorell's text and Alvitre's illustrations complement each other so well. Lyrical and relatable story about Cherokee women pilots - often left out of narratives!
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Daphne Revie (Graduate Intern)
I always love Yuyi’s illustrations, but the connection to the library is what makes this book special to me. I hope to one day be that librarian, handing a magical library card to some dreamers.
Finding Om by Rashmi S. MD MPH Bismark and Morgan Huff
Najia Khan (Graduate Intern)
The story follows Anu, a little girl with Indian and African heritage, who learns about mindfulness from her grandfather. I love how it teaches children to slow down and take time for themselves in a very chaotic world. The beautiful illustrations capture Anu’s attempt to find the calm within her busy mind. Perfect for classrooms and bedtime!
Mermaids Fast Asleep Robin Riding and Zoe Persico
Sophi Aronson (Volunteer)
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi
Lisa LeFeber (Alumni)
This book always stand out to me because of its beautiful illustrations! I love the relatable theme of a young child wanting to be grown up, the almost all female cast, and the discussion the book prompts about the varied meanings of religious clothing. The book provides nuanced views on why women might choose to wear religious garments.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick D. Barnes and Gordon C. James
Karen Wang (Alumni)
Hair Love by Mathew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison
Sanura Williams (Alumni)
For entertainment’s sake, we've decided to hold a tournament with our favorites. Starting Monday April 5th we will put our favorites head to head on our Instagram stories. On Thursday April 8th we will announce the winner. Follow us on: Diverse BookFinder to join in the fun!
THE WINNER with 51% of the votes, THE PROUDEST BLUE!