Friday, May 2, 2014

List of Diverse Picture Books - #WeNeedDiverseBooks

While there's still a severe need for more books by and about many underrepresented people, one focus of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is to make readers, book buyers, librarians, teachers, and the general public aware of some of the great diverse books already on the shelves.

This "just-getting-started" list of picture books includes books that are by or about diverse people/characters. They range from board books for babies to longer books for upper elementary readers. They are quite varied, but all come recommended from various voices within this campaign.

Please add your favorite title to this list, so we can make it even longer! 

YOU are part of this campaign, too! 

(Comments Section Below). 

And don’t forget to buy these books or check them out from your local library.

(P.S. I'm planning to break these down into subgroups to give you more information about each one, since they've all made this list for varied reasons and are for different young age groups. Will re-post after everyone shares their titles and make one really comprehensive list of diverse picture books!)

  • All the World - Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee
  • A Beach Tail - Karen Lynn Williams, Floyd Cooper
  • Grace for President - Kelly DiPucchio, LeUyen Pham
  • Lottie Paris and the Best Place - Angela Johnson, Scott M. Fischer
  • Tiger in My Soup - Kashmira Sheth, Jeffrey Ebbeler
  • The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis
  • The Runaway Wok - Ying Chang Compestine, Sebastia Serra
  • Lola's Fandango - Anna Witte, Micha Archer, the Amador Family
  • Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia una Llamita - Angela Dominguez
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, Elizabeth Zunon
  • Redwoods - Jason Chin
  • Mississippi Morning - Ruth Vander Zee, Floyd Cooper
  • Ghandi: A March to the Sea, Alice B. McGinty, Thomas Gonzalez
  • A Day with No Crayons - Elizabeth Rusch, Chad Cameron
  • GOAL! - Mina Javaherbin, A.G. Ford
  • A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez - David A. Adler, Michael S. Adler, Marie Olofsdotter
  • The Mangrove Tree - Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore
  • Teammates - Peter Golenbock, Paul Bacon
  • Sosu's Call - Meshack Asare
  • Mary Walker Wears the Pants - Cheryl Harness, Carlo Molinari
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match - Monica Brown, Sara Palacios
  • Words with Wings - Nikki Grimes
  • More, More, More, Said the Baby - Vera B. Williams
  • Seven Spools of Thread - Angela Shelf Medaris
  • Seaside Dream - Janet Costa Bates, Lambert Davis
  • Lama Salama - Patricia MacLachlan, Elizabeth Zunon
  • The Ugly Vegetables - Grace Lin
  • The Magic Brush - Kat Yeh, Huy Voun Lee
  • It Jes' Happened - Don Tate, R. Gregory Christie
  • 14 Cows For America - Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas Gonzalez
  • Mama Miti - Kadir Nelson
  • The Metal Man - Aaron Reynolds, Paul Hoppe
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals - Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, Doug Chayka
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico - Susan Roth, Cindy Trumbore
  • Allah to Z: An Islamic Alphabet Book - Sam'n Iqbal, Lina Safar
  • The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats
  • Three Wishes - Lucille Clifton, Michael Hays
  • Gravity - Jason Chin
  • Ruth and the Green Book - Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Gwen Strauss, Floyd Cooper

  • TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES - by MemFox/illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
  • MOMMY, MAMA, and ME by Leslea Newman/illustrated by Carol Thompson
  • GLOBAL BABIES by the Global Fund for Children
  • BUNNY DAYS  by Tao Nyeu
  • THE KEEPING QUILT by Patricia Polacco
  • 10000 DRESSES by Marcus Ewert
  • HE GRANDDAUGHTER NECKLACE by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Bagram Ibatoulline
  • THIS IS THE ROPE- Jacqueline Woodson
  • LITTLE NIGHT by Yuyi Morales
  • Arthur Levine and Julian Hector's MONDAY IS ONE DAY
  • RAINBOW STEW by Cathryn Falwell
  • KING FOR A DAY by Rukhsana Khan, illus. by Christiane Kromer
  • I KNOW THE RIVER LOVES ME/ YO SÉ QUE EL RIO ME AMA by Maya Christina Gonzalez
  • BABY BORN by Anastasia Suen
  • SUMMONING THE PHOENIX by Emily Jiang, illus. by April Chu
  • HOW FAR DO YOU LOVE ME? by Lulu Delacre
  • BABY RATTLESNAKE by Te Ata and Lynn Moroney, illus. by Mira Reisberg
  • IN DADDY'S ARMS I AM TALL: African Americans Celebrating Fathers by various poets, illus. by Javaka Steptoe
  • MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE CLASH BASH by Monica Brown, illus. by Sara Palacios
  • GRACIAS~ THANKS by Pat Mora, illus. by John Parra

  • Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash - Monica Brown, Sara Palacios
  • Niño Wrestles the World - Yuyi Morales
  • Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa - Uzo Unobagha, Julia Cairns
  • The Sandwich Swap - Queen Rania AlAbdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa
  • Bread is for Eating - David and Phillis Gershator, Emma Shaw-Smith
  • Freedom Summer - Deborah Wiles, Jerome Lagarrigue
  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale
  • Grandfather's Journey - Allan Say
  • Blackout - John Rocco
  • One Green Apple - Eve Bunting, Ted Lewin
  • No, Baby, No! - Grace Nichols, Eleanor Taylor
  • Seeds of Change - Sonia Lynn Sadler, Jen Cullerton Johnson
  • Monsoon Afternoon - Kashmira Sheth, Yoshiko Jaeggi
  • Flower Garden - Eve Bunting, Kathryn Hewitt
  • Whose Toes are Those? - Jabari Asim, LeUyen Pham
  • Corduroy - Don Freeman
  • Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman, Caroline Birch
  • Ellington Was Not a Street - Ntozake Shange, Kadir Nelson
  • Whoever You Are - Mem Fox, Leslie Staub
  • The Very Inappropriate Word - Jim Tobin, Dave Coverly
Again - please join in the conversation by leaving a comment below with a title that isn't on this list so I can make it more comprehensive. And take action by buying diverse books tomorrow. Take a photo of the books you've bought and post on Twitter.

We're all in this together.

USER ADDED UPDATES: Added 5/2/14 - 3:35 PM CDT (Keep 'em coming, guys!)

Arturo and the Navidad Birds - Anne Broyles (English and Spanish)
Makeup Mess -Robert Munsch 
Zoom -Robert Munsch 
Smelly Socks - Robert Munsch 
Something Good -Robert Munsch
Class Clown - Robert Munsch 
Up, Up, Down - Robert Munsch 
Max Found Two Sticks - Brian Pinkney
10, 9, 8 - Molly BangLing and Ting: Not Exactly the Same - Grace Lin
In Our Mothers' House - Patricia Polacco
Frida by Jonah Winter
Diego by Jonah Winter
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Cora Cooks Pancit - Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Kristi Valiant
The Legend of the BlueBonnet by Tommie di Paola


Anonymous said...

Arturo and the Navidad Birds Anne Broyles (in both English and Spanish)

K Callard said...

Miranda, Robert Munsch has a whole bunch of PBs with diverse MCs, including Makeup Mess, Zoom, Smelly Socks, Something Good, Class Clown, and Up, Up, Down.

Carrie Finison said...

So many, but off the top of my head:
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
10, 9, 8 by Molly Bang
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin

Miranda Paul said...

Thanks, I've added these to the list! Hopefully some more people will chime in over the weekend.

Joy McCullough-Carranza said...

In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco.

All of Elisa Kleven's books are very multiracial (except the ones about animals. :-)

Miranda Paul said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Joy. I'll add that title. Would you mind posting some of your favorite titles of Elisa Kleven's books? So I can put them on the list?

Miranda Paul said...

Note - I'm gone for the weekend but will check in on Monday - hope more people will add to the list!

Unknown said...

Some wonderful Latino-based choices include:
Frida by Jonah Winter
Diego by Jonah Winter
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

And not Latino but still a wonderful read:
The Legend of the BlueBonnet by Tommie di Paola (I cry every single time I read this book!)

Romelle Broas said...

Great list, Miranda! How about Cora Cooks Pancit [Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Kristi Valiant] I can never find Filipino culture books so this one tickled my fancy!

Miranda Paul said...

Great! I will add these titles today. Hopefully the recommendations keep coming in.

Patricia T. said...

I'm late, but here are a few I recently reviewed or am reviewing:
My Name is Blessing, Eric Walters;
Every Day is Malala Day, Rosemary McCarney; A Dance Like Starlight, Kristy Dempsey; Desmond and the Mean Word, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; King for a Day, Rukhsana Kahn; Inside Out and Back Again, Thanhha Lai; Red Kite, Blue Kite, Jili Jiang;Grandfather Gandi,Arun Gandhi; A Time to Dance, Padma Venkatraman.


Anonymous said...

Boom Boom for preschool/kindergarten

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