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Black Voices: Picture Books as Antiracist Resources

All books on display in the "Black Voices: Picture Books as Antiracist Resources" exhibition, on view at The Carle's Reading Library until January 3, 2021.

Find the entire booklist and additional resources on our bookstore blog here.

A Place Inside of Me
Elliott, Zetta

2021 Caldecott Honor Book

Caldecott Honor Book
Today Show Best Book for the Holidays
ALA Notable Book for All Ages

ALSC Notable Children's Book
NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Evanston Public Library's Top 100 Great Book for Kids
Nerdy Award Winner for Single Poem Picture...

Item No. 9780374307417
$17.99
All Because You Matter
Charles, Tami

Receive an exclusive signed bookplate autographed by author Tami Charles and illustrator Bryan Collier free with purchase.

Instant New York Times bestseller!

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-...

Item No. 9781338574852
$17.99
My Rainy Day Rocket Ship
Sheppard, Markette

Free bookplate autographed by illustrator Charly Palmer with purchase.

Rainy summer days are no match for a little astronaut who builds the perfect rocket ship for an indoor space adventure to another galaxy, where the sky is his only limit!

A stormy afternoon and an order from Mom to stay inside are no match for this little dreamer, who uses everyday...

Item No. 9781534461772
$17.99
A Girl Like Me
Johnson, Angela

[A] rallying cry for girls to reject limitations others might place on them and their dreams.--starred, The Horn Book Magazine

Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on...

Item No. 9781541557772
$19.99
A is for Activist (Board Book)
Nagara, Innosanto
One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers

"Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds--full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike."--Occupy...

Item No. 9781609805395
$11.95
A is for Activist (Hardcover)
Nagara, Innosanto
This bestselling ABC book is written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. A...
Item No. 9781609806934
$17.95
An ABC of Equality
Ewing, Chana Ginelle
A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. This bestselling book An ABC of Equality introduces complicated concepts surrounding social justice to the...
Item No. 9781786037428
$15.99
Another
Robinson, Christian
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019
An NYPL Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A BookPage...
Item No. 9781534421677
$17.99
Antiracist Baby (Board Book)
Kendi, Ibram X
A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.

...

Item No. 9780593110416
$8.99
Antiracist Baby (Hardcover)
Kendi, Ibram X

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a new full-sized picture book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in...

Item No. 9780593110508
$8.99
Baby Says
Steptoe, John

The legendary Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author and illustrator John Steptoe shares the story of a baby who desperately wants to get his older brother's attention. Now in board book!

Spare text and lively illustrations tell the story of two...

Item No. 9780062847539
$7.99
Be Boy Buzz (Board Book)
Hooks, Bell
From legendary author and critic bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes an acclaimed ode to Black boy joy, perfect for fans of I Am Every Good Thing and I Am Enough.
I be boy. All bliss boy. All fine beat. All beau boy. Beautiful.
Here a...
Item No. 9781484788400
$8.99
Bedtime Bonnet
Redd, Nancy
This joyous and loving celebration of family is the first-ever picture book to highlight Black nighttime hair traditions--and is perfect for every little girl who knows what it's like to lose her bonnet just before bedtime.

In my family, when the sun goes down, our hair goes up!...

Item No. 9781984895240
$17.99
Black is a Rainbow Color
Joy, Angela

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but...

Item No. 9781626726314
$17.99
Calling the Water Drum
Redding, Latisha

The story of a young Haitian boy who loses his parents as they attempt to flee Haiti in a boat, and after this loss can only communicate with the outside world through playing his drum.

Henri and his parents leave their homeland, Haiti, after they receive an invitation from an...

Item No. 9781620141946
$17.95
Can I Touch Your Hair?
Waters, Charles

Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation.

How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not...

Item No. 9781512404425
$17.99
Chocolate Me! (Board Book Edition)
Diggs, Taye

A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he...

Item No. 9781250207852
$7.99
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Barnes, Derrick

Receive a free bookplate signed by artist Gordon C. James with every copy purchased.

Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book...
Item No. 9781572842243
$18.95
Don't Touch My Hair!
Miller, Sharee
An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.

It seems that wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her hair. In the street, strangers reach for her fluffy curls...

Item No. 9780316562584
$17.99
Equality's Call: Story of Voting Rights in America
Diesen, Deborah
Learn all about the history of voting rights in the United States--from our nation's founding to the present day--in this powerful picture book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish.

A right isn't right
till it's granted to all...

Item No. 9781534439580
$17.99
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs
Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage--or a basketball--in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge...
Item No. 9780983661535
$17.95
Freedom Soup
Charles, Tami
Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year's soup -- and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be.

The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.
Ti Gran's feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

Every year, Haitians...

Item No. 9780763689773
$16.99
Freedom Summer
Wiles, Deborah
John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me.
He's not allowed.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to...
Item No. 9780689878299
$7.99
Going Down Home with Daddy
Lyons, Kelly Starling

A 2020 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK

Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.

Kirkus Reviews...

Item No. 9781561459384
$17.99
Hair Love
Cherry, Matthew A
A New York Times Bestseller and tie-in to Academy-Award Winning Short Film Hair Love

I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We...

Item No. 9780525553366
$17.99