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The Power of the Pearl Earrings

Text by Linda Trinh
Illustrated by Clayton Nguyen
Categories: Children's Fiction
Series: The Nguyen Kids

A charming early chapter book series that explores Vietnamese culture and identity through the eyes of the Nguyen siblings, with elements of the supernatural, spirituality, and social justice woven in. ...

The Wolf Suit

By Sid Sharp
Categories: Children's Fiction

A lonely sheep thinks he can protect himself in the scary forest with the ultimate disguise: a Wolf Suit. A hilarious and touching debut graphic novel about the pressures of conformity and conquering ...

My Name Is Saajin Singh

By Kuljinder Brar
Illustrated by Samrath Kaur
Categories: Children's Fiction

A debut picture book that explores the importance of pronouncing names properly and celebrates cultural identity.

Saajin loves his name—he loves it so much that he sees it spelled out in the world around ...

Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes

By Mahak Jain
Illustrated by Anu Chouhan
Categories: Children's Fiction

A girl explores her love of dancing and her cultural identity in a lively picture book with echoes of the real-life collaboration between Bharatanatyam icon Rukmini Devi Arundale and ballerina Anna Pavlova.  ...

Welcome to the Cypher

By Khodi Dill
Illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful
Categories: Children's Fiction

WELCOME TO THE CYPHER is a delight to read—a story that will move every part of you to a wild and wonderful beat.” —Jael Richardson, Author and Executive Director, The Festival of Literary Diversity ...

Diana Dances

Diana is a dancer!

Diana is struggling in school and no one knows why. One day she can’t help but dance to music she hears, and the truth becomes clear—there’s nothing wrong with Diana. She just ...

48 Grasshopper Estates

By Sara de Waal
Illustrated by Erika Medina
Categories: Children's Fiction

A little girl uses imagination and inventiveness to spread friendship through her community. But will she find a friend of her own?

Whether it’s a supersonic sandwich maker or a twelve-tailed dragon, ...

Why Are You So Quiet?

By Jaclyn Desforges
Illustrated by Risa Hugo
Categories: Children's Fiction

Into a world where it often seems nobody is listening comes a poignant story that celebrates the power of silence. 

“Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even her ...

Margot and the Moon Landing

By A.C. Fitzpatrick
Illustrated by Erika Medina
Categories: Children's Fiction

A universal story about speaking, listening, and being heard.

Margot loves space. Astronauts, the stars, and especially the moon landing. So she can’t understand why all of her attempts to communicate ...

I Love My Purse

By Belle DeMont
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Categories: Children's Fiction

Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First ...