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Positive Self-Identity

Cover of Alma and how she got her n
by Juana Martinez-Neal

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

Cover of Be Boy Buzz
by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Celebrates being Bold, All Bliss Boy, All Bad Boy Beast, Boy Running, Boy Jumping, Boy Sitting Down, and being in Love With Being a Boy.

Cover of Black All Around
by Patricia Hubbell and Don Tate

An African American girl contemplates the many wonderful black things around her, from the inside of a pocket, where surprises hide, to the cozy night where there is no light.

Cover of Caribou Song: Atihko Nikam
by Tomson Highway, illustrated by John Rombough

When Joe and Cody sing and dance for the caribou, something unexpected happens. A bilingual book in English and Cree.

Cover of The Colors of Us
by Karen Katz

Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.

Cover of Frirebird
by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

Cover of Girls Hold Up This World
by Jada Pinkett Smith

Relates how girls are unique individuals, possessing self-esteem and discipline, and able to work with other girls to make the world a better place.

Cover of Happy in Our Skin
by Fran Manushkin

Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too - splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art from the award-winning Lauren Tobia, illustrator of Anna Hibiscus, in this joyful exploration of the new skin of babyhood. All children can see themselves, and open their eyes to the world around them, in this sweet, scrumptious celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.

Cover of Happy to Be Nappy
by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Celebrates the joy and beauty of nappy hair.

Cover of Here Is the World: A Year
by Lesléa Newman

The year's range of Jewish holidays and celebrations are presented in this repeating, rhyming chant that features key succinct elements for each.

Cover of Hot Day on Abbott Avenue
by Karen English, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

After having a fight, two friends spend the day ignoring each other, until the lure of a game of jump rope helps them to forget about being mad.

Cover of I Am Latino: The Beauty in
by Sandra L. Pinkney, photographs by Myles C Pinkney

Use your senses and you will see,
there is beauty in everything.

In this celebration of Latino children, Myles Pinkney's joyous photographs and Sandra Pinkney's buoyant text showcase traditional food, music, and more through each of the five senses. From dancing the salsa and the tango to smelling delicious empanadas and mouthwatering tamales, to treasuring time with family members and even learning Spanish words and phrases along the way, this is the perfect way to celebrate Latino culture.

Cover of I'm New Here
by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.

Cover of Jingle Dancer
by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

Cover of Let's Talk About Race
by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour

The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual's or nation's "story."

Cover of Let's Talk About Race
by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour


Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." 


Cover of Looking Like Me
by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers

Jeremy sets out to discover all of the different "people" that make him who he is, including brother, son, writer, and runner.

Cover of Marisol McDonald Doesn't M
by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol can't she just choose one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn t match. And that's just fine with her.

Cover of Mixed Me
by Taye Diggs

Told in rhyming text by Mike, a mixed-race boy, completely comfortable with his identity, his parents, and his wild, curly hair.

Cover of My Mother's Sari
by Sandhya Rao

A little girl is fascinated by her mother's sari and finds many uses for it.

Cover of My Nose, Your Nose
by Melanie Walsh

Compares how people are unique, and similar too.

Cover of My People
by Langston Hughes, photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

Cover of Shades of Black: A Celebra
by Sandra L. Pinkney, photographs by Myles C. Pinkney

Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.

Cover of Shades of People
by Shelley Rotner

Explores the many different shades of human skin, and points out that skin is just a covering that does not reveal what someone is like inside.

Cover of Skin Again
by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity.