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diverse kids' books (part 3)...

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You all have been loving our series of diverse kids' books, so we're working to bring them to you regularly! Here's a new list filled with lots of great reads, this time for ages 5 and up!

1. Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders; Illustrations by Carol Rossetti

Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness. This book was written for every girl, regardless of how you view your body. This one is recommended for slightly older kids ages 9 and up as they approach tween years.

2. Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love (Pre-order for October 6)

Julián and Marisol set off for some magic and mischief, and when things take an unexpected turn, the pair learns that everything is easier with a good friend by your side. The illustrations showcase a range of family members who are simply FANTASTIC!

3. You are Your Superpower by Ana Maria Medici; Illustrations by Helen Huang

From space exploration to fashion design, journey around the world and discover the unique story of ten girls, all united by a commitment to their passions. In You Are Your Superpower, learn the power of persistence, and find what makes you feel your very best. This one is great for older kids ages 8 and up as they become more aware of their strengths and interests.

4. Lucy’s Mask by Lisa Sirkis Thompson; Illustrations by John Thompson

In preparation for back-to-school, this is a fun story that helps kids make sense of their emotions and makes this new reality more relatable and less scary. It is a wonderful tool to continue the conversation about germs, viruses, the pandemic, and what families have to do to keep themselves safe. A portion of proceeds from sales of Lucy's Mask will be donated to frontline workers and first responders.

5. Cilla Lee Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan; Illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte

Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best―herself! This is a novel bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, irresistible biracial protagonist who will win your heart and make you laugh. I love this book for chapter-book reading levels around ages 7 and up!

6. Mighty Kind Magazines

Mighty Kind, a magazine for compassionate kids and their grown-ups. Each issue of Mighty Kind celebrates the role of kindness in bringing the world closer together and empowers kids to get out in the world and be kind. 

7. Foodie Friends by Habbi Habbi

The Habbi Habbi books teach Spanish and Chinese in a way that's easy and fun! There is a whole range but this new one—The Foodie Friends join kids as they explore their favorite foods and decide what to bring to a party.

Please note: a Reading Wand is needed for this book to work and is sold separately or as part of a Set. 

8. Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer; Illustrations by LeUyen Pham (Pre-order for September 8)

A little girl carries a big message—and finds it thrillingly amplified by the rallying crowd around her—in an empowering story for the youngest of activists.

9. Kamala and Maya's Big Idea by Meena Harris; Illustrations by Ana Ramírez González

An empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of her aunt, US Senator Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer, and policy expert, Maya Harris.

See Part 1 and Part 2 for more! I will keep adding to my list, and you can always find more of my favorite kid's books right here.

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