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Chapter Books

Cover of As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

Cover of The Best At It
by Maulik Pancholy

This is a story about friendship, family, and the courage it takes to live your truth. It’s a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own.

Cover of Black Brother, Black Broth
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place. 

Cover of The Buried Bones Mystery
by Sharon M. Draper

After the neighborhood basketball court is vandalized, Ziggy and his friends decide to form a club called the Black Dinosaurs and build their clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard. The first in a fun series of mysteries especially for early chapter book readers.

Cover of Caterpillar Summer
by Gillian McDunn

Since her father's death, Cat has taken care of her brother for their hardworking mother. While spending time with grandparents they never knew, Cat can be a kid again, and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another's shoes.

Cover of Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future
by Susan Tan

Chinese American Cilla Lee-Jenkins is an aspiring writer with lots of stories to share. In the Cilla Lee-Jenkins series, author Susan Tan seamlessly weaves experiences growing up biracial with universal stories about making friends, getting along with family, and overcoming fears.

Cover of Clean Getaway
by Nic Stone

An eleven-year-old boy is about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem–his G’ma included.

Cover of Count Me In
by Varsha Bajaj

Told from two viewpoints, sixth-graders Karina and Chris use social media to stand up to racism in Houston, Texas, after an attack puts Karina's Indian American grandfather in the hospital.

Cover of The Dreamer
by Pam Munoz Ryan

This moving story about the birth of an artist is also a celebration of childhood, imagination, and the strength of the creative spirit. Ryan weaves sound poems and thought-provoking questions into her exquisitely crafted prose while Sis's delicate drawings transport readers to the lushness of the Chilean rainforest.

Cover of Genesis Begins Again
by Alicia D. Williams

Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself in this deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel.

Cover of In the Footsteps of Crazy
by Joseph Marshall III, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk

Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. 

Cover of The Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson

Part historical fiction, part critical problem-solving exercise, part suspenseful mystery, this story weaves through the past and present of one town's struggle with hatred and racism.

Cover of Stargazing
by Jen Wang

Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.

Cover of The Stars Beneath My Feet
by David Barclay Moore

David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.

Cover of They Call Me Guero: a Bord
by David Bowles

This collection of narrative poetry explores a year in the life of a Mexican-American boy: caring, talented, and irrepressibly mischievous.