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Positive Self-Identity

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 Brown Sugar Babe
by Charlotte Watson Sherman, Illustrated by Akem

When a little girl has doubts about the color of her skin, her mother shows her all the wonderful, beautiful things brown can be! This message of self-love and acceptance uses rich, dreamy illustrations to celebrate the color using all the senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing

Cover of Brown Sugar Babies
by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text describe babies.

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 Cool Cuts
by Mechal Renee Roe

In this affirming book, written with Black boys as its main audience, Roe offers positive images of Black boys sporting different hairstyles that extend beyond afros and fade haircuts.

Cover of Crown: an ode to the fresh
by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordan C. James

Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

Cover of A Day with Yayah
by Nicola Campbell, Illustrated by Julie Flett

Set in the Nicola Valley, British Columbia, in Canada's westernmost province, a First Nations family goes on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. A grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life and the natural world to her young grandchildren.

Cover of Fry bread : a Native Ameri
by Kevin Noble Maillard, Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.

Cover of A Girl Like Me
by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Nina Crews

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

Cover of Hair love
by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self. Bonus: watch the animated short!

Cover of I Am Brown
by Ashok Banker, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat

Beginning with a child sporting exuberant puffball pigtails and broadening into a community of brown-skinned children, the figures in this joyful picture book love the skin they're in. 


Cover of I Am Enough
by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. (picture book)

Cover of I Am Every Good Thing
by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by by Gordan C. James
forthcoming, September 2020

The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend.


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 Am Perfectly Designed
By Karamo Brown and Jason “Rachel” Brown, Illustrated by Anoosha Syed

A father and son share a day in the city and a conversation about what they love about each other.

Cover of I believe I can
by Grace Byers, Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

From the New York Times bestselling creators of I Am Enough comes an empowering follow-up that celebrates every child's limitless potential. I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves.

Cover of I Can Write the World
by Joshunda Sanders, Illustrated by Charly Palmer

I Can Write the World follows Ava as she explores her vibrant South Bronx neighborhood - buildings whose walls boast gorgeous murals of historical figures as well as intricate, colorful street art, the dozens of different languages and dialects coming from the mouths of passersby, the many types of music coming out of neighbors' windows and passing cars. In reporting how the music and art and culture of her neighborhood reflect the diversity of the people of New York City, Ava shows the world as she sees it, revealing to children the power of their own voice.

Cover of It Feels Good to Be Yourse
by Theresa Thorn, Illustrated by Noah Grigni

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

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 Just like me
by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

There are all kinds of girls! Girls who feel happy, sad, scared, powerful; girls who love their bodies and girls who don't; country girls, city girls; girls who love their mom and girls who wish they had a daddy. With bright portraits in vibrant colors and unique patterns and fabrics, this book invites you to find yourself within its pages.

Cover of Mommy's khimar
by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.

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 Not Quite Snow White
by Ashley Franklin, Illustrated by Ebony Glenn

Tameika is excited to audition for the school's Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.

Cover of A Place Inside of Me; a po
by Zetta Elliott, Illustrated by Noa Denmon
forthcoming, July 2020

From award-winning author Zetta Elliott and rising star illustrator Noa Denmon comes a beautiful #OwnVoices poetic picture book about a brown child discovering and accepting their emotional landscape.

Cover of The proudest blue
by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.