As I mentioned in a previous post, I spoke to some educators about books perfect for kids 0-5 years old with a focus on books with diverse characters and nonfiction titles.
Here are the books I shared.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Jill McElmurry
Empowering and inspiring. This is a great example of a book that goes beyond the typical “girl book.” Find out about Kate Sessions who was able to turn a dry desert landscape into a green paradise. Pair this with Me, Jane and Rosie Revere, Engineer for a sort-of Career Day type of reading for girls.
S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet by Hannah Viano
The author takes readers in a tour of Pacific Northwest plant and animal life using cut-paper illustrations. Great visuals for fans of Nikki McClure.
Global Babies (series) by Global Fund for Children
Photographs of babies from all over the world with a sweet message. Great introduction to diversity.
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Fans of the Global Babies series will want to grab a copy of this book based on Brandon Stanton’s blog “Humans of New York.” I love the positive message that kids can do anything. The photographs are eye-catching.
Ordinary People Change World (series) by Brad Meltzer
Ordinary People Change World is a biographical picture book series from Brad Meltzer, best known as a bestselling author of adult thrillers. Positive and inspiring for preschoolers. It introduces kids to people who have made an impact in the world and teaches them “We can all be heroes.” The cute illustrations add another layer of appeal!
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian Robinson
Spunky is how I would describe Josephine Baker. Told in powerful words through verse and images that matches Josephine’s personality, her life practically jumps right out at you. Full of struggles and determination, hardships, successes, downfalls, and triumphs, hers is a name worth remembering. A longer picture book.
Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson, Christian Robinson
A biography of a life whose talent is overshadowed only by her generosity, who used her vocal talents not only to stir souls with her songs but to speak out against injustice… Once you read Florence Mills’ story, you’d wish there were some audio and video to go along with this picture book!
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
Alan Robinwitz feels like a broken boy because of his stutter. His only source of feeling whole is being around animals, especially jaguars. He makes a vow to be a voice for these creatures- and follows through in this inspiring true story.
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morale, Tim O’Meara
The doll/puppet portraits are visually stunning and definitely the selling point of this picture book about Frida Kahlo. Another cool aspect is the bilingual aspect- even the author’s note (which has the actual non-fiction parts) is written in both English and Spanish.
I’ve been recommending this inspiring book to people because of the motivational message told in verse and the beautiful fractured style illustrations. A prefect choice for We Need Diverse Books.
Fave Picture Books/Readalouds*
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
Sparky! by Jenny Offill
Telephone by Mac Barnett
Lottie Paris series by Angela Johnson
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
*My reviews of these books are somewhere on the blog. I didn’t get a chance to link them.