• MAY: Same, Same but Different

    by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw Year Published: 2011

    Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!

    Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.

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    APRIL: One Plastic Bag: : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

    by Paul Miranda Year Published: 2015

    The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.

    Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

    The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

    Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world.

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  • MARCH: Change Sings

    by Amanda Gorman Year Published: 2021

    In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves.

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    FEBRUARY: Always Anjali

    by Sheetal Sheth Year Published: 2018

    Anjali and her friends are excited to get matching personalized license plates for their bikes. But Anjali can't find her name. To make matters worse, she gets bullied for her "different" name, and is so upset she demands to change it. When her parents refuse and she is forced to take matters into her own hands, she winds up learning to celebrate who she is and carry her name with pride and power. A timeless story about appreciating what makes us special and honoring our differences.

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  • JANUARY: Carmela Full of Wishes

    by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson Year Published: 2018

    When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make ...

    Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson collaborate again, the first time since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street.

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  • DECEMBER: Bilal Cooks Daal

    by Aisha Saeed Year Published: 2019

    Helping prepare his favorite dish from South Asia, 6-year-old Bilal invites a growing number friends to join his family for a meal and wonders if they will like slow-cooked lentil daal as much as he does

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    NOVEMBER: THE PROUDEST BLUE

    by Ibtihaj Muhammad Year Published: 2019

    A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

    With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

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    OCTOBER: EYES THAT KISS AT THE CORNERS

    by Joanna Ho Year Published: 2021

    A New York Times Bestseller. This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.

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    SEPTEMBER: THE DAY YOU BEGIN

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published: 2018

    National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

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