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12 Excellent Children's Books with Diversity in Mind

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE PERFECT GIFT

    MAY 1, 2018

CHILDREN'S

THE PERFECT GIFT

by Paula Yoo ; illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez

A perfect package of early-reader accessibility, culturally-conscious story, and inclusivity. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DRAGON SLAYER

    APRIL 3, 2018

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE DRAGON SLAYER

by Jaime Hernandez ; illustrated by Jaime Hernandez

Rousing tales, spirited artwork, and rich backmatter ensure that this slim graphic novel for kids becomes a rich resource... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HURRICANE CHILD

    MARCH 27, 2018

CHILDREN'S

HURRICANE CHILD

by Kacen Callender

Embedding their appealing protagonist in a fully realized Caribbean setting, Callender has readers rooting for Caroline the... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD

    MARCH 6, 2018

CHILDREN'S

IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD

by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy’s story is no mere niche-filler in LGBTQ middle-grade realism—it’s a standard-setter. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ICE WOLVES

    MARCH 27, 2018

CHILDREN'S

ICE WOLVES

by Amie Kaufman

An engaging world and cliffhanger ending leave readers wanting more Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS

    MARCH 6, 2018

CHILDREN'S

THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS

by Tae Keller ; illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis

A compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience. (Fiction. 10-14) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE

    FEB. 1, 2018

CHILDREN'S

STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE

by Sally J. Pla ; illustrated by Steve Wolfhard

Add to the growing list of intelligent books about kids whose brains operate outside the norm. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CLIVE IS A NURSE

    DEC. 1, 2017

  • CHILDREN'S

    JUST LIKE JACKIE

    JAN. 2, 2018

CHILDREN'S

JUST LIKE JACKIE

by Lindsey Stoddard

Validating, heart-rending, and a deft blend of suffering and inspiration. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WHICHWOOD

    NOV. 14, 2017

CHILDREN'S

WHICHWOOD

by Tahereh Mafi

Memorable new characters experience the restorative power of friendship in this darkly fascinating, somewhat ghoulish sequel... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SERPENT'S SECRET

    FEB. 27, 2018

CHILDREN'S

THE SERPENT'S SECRET

by Sayantani DasGupta ; illustrated by Vivienne To

This original fantasy is laugh-out-loud funny and extremely engaging. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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