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Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media
Deedee Cummings is the founder of Make A Way Media and the author of eleven diverse children’s books including, Heart, My Trip to the Beach, If A Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I, My Dad’s Job, Love Is…,Think of It Like This!, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess, and I Want To Be a Bennett Belle.
Published in 2019, This is the Earth is a book about peace, love, respect, compassion, and inclusion. This message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork all about this planet as our home and every human being as our neighbor and family.
Scheduled to publish in November of 2019 is the much-anticipated diverse holiday picture book, In The Nick of Time.
Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.
Nick’s actions and kindness are filled with heartwarming results that even please Santa Claus himself! An endearing story of a little brown boy who helps Santa save Christmas.
Children of all ages and backgrounds who read In the Nick of Time will understand that sometimes the smallest act of kindness can take up the biggest space in someone else’s heart.
As a therapist, attorney, author, and mom, Deedee is passionate about passing down the life lessons that were instilled in her by her beloved mom. All ten of DeeDee’s diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids has threads of her professional knowledge running through them as well. Colorful and vibrant, her books for kids are not only fun to read, but they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message for love for all, and encourage mindfulness and inclusion.
She has spent more than two decades working with families and centers much of her writing around her experience working with kids in therapeutic foster care. Her stories are filled with positive and hopeful messages. DeeDee also uses therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills and lessen the stigma some people feel about receiving mental health assistance.
She is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival; a non-profit, literacy-based conference and book fair that will occur in Louisville, Kentucky on October 23rd and 24th, 2020. This event is designed to celebrate and grow the vibrant culture and community of Louisville while inspiring a love of reading for generations to come.
Language Lizard provides educators, librarians, and parents with resources that develop literacy skills among language learners, build inclusive classrooms and celebrate cultural diversity.
Language Lizard offers bilingual books in 50+ languages, multilingual audio products, multicultural book sets & posters, and other resources for diverse classrooms. Teachers may download free multicultural lesson plans at LanguageLizard.com/LessonPlans.htm. In addition, the company’s blog and free monthly Culture Connection newsletter provide valuable information and special offers to those working with diverse children (sign up at LanguageLizard.com/Newsletter).
The company is running a giveaway of bilingual and multicultural books to newsletter subscribers and has already given away over $2,000 worth of bilingual books. Anyone interested in supporting multiculturalism can enter our current giveaway at LanguageLizard.com/Win-Bilingual-Books.
Bilingual Books are available in English with Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Karen (Sgaw), Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Nepali, Norwegian, Panjabi, Pashto/Pashtu, Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish and Yoruba.
English-only multicultural book sets are also available to help parents and teachers build award-winning diverse multicultural libraries.
Language Lizard has also just introduced a new book (in 21 languages) called Food, Food, Fabulous Food, which profiles diverse children and diverse foods from around the world. The company’s forthcoming title, Building Bridges with Bilingual Books and Multicultural Resources, is a practical handbook that provides numerous multicultural lesson plans, diversity activities, games and resources for teachers in diverse classrooms and homeschooling families.
Dreaming of true-blue friends, mysterious adventures, and faraway places? Pack-n-Go Girls take you there!
Since 2010 Audrey Press’vision is of a world filled with inspired reading based on the compelling truth that curiosity and discovery are two of our greatest life skills. This publishing house located in Maryville, TN is dedicated to creating beautiful books that inspire children, families, schools, and communities to experience, discover, and create a lifelong love of reading and exploring. Through the pages of our books, Audrey Press encourages others to Connect, Inspire, Teach, and Grow.
“Using beauty as our first ingredient, we plant the seeds of adventure, imagination, exploration, learning, and discovery.”
Audrey Press’ newest diverse picture book is Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard. This sweet hardcover picture book is about a family that chooses to live Tiny and do More with Less and what that looks like through the eyes of a child.
Aletha Press is the new YA imprint of Audrey Press. Not only are there titles for YA readers, but they are also written by authors aged 16-26. Aletha is the Greek word for truth. Audrey Press CEO, Valarie Budayr, wants to give voice to the young writers of this generation.
STORYMAKERS, our flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling kid lit authors and illustrators. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book, affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress.
READ OUT LOUD – Enjoy storytime with authors at KLTV HQ!
READY SET DRAW! – Get inspired to draw with talented illustrators from children’s literature.
YOUNG AT ART with James Ransome – On this series, kids learn basic and intermediate art skills from shapes to colors!
IN STUDIO– Join the KLTV film crew as we visit artists’ studios around the world!
PAST PRESENT: GIVING PAST STORIES NEW LIFE with Lesa Cline-Ransome – Explore non-fiction story writing, share how we can learn about ourselves and find common bonds with people from the past.
PHIL’S FAST FIVE – A fun, fast-paced Q&A hosted by author Phil Bildner.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LIBRARIES – Find out what REALLY happens in the library!
We’re a trusted resource for parents, teachers, and librarians!
Go on an adventure in a world of stories with us! KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them.
Lerner Publishing Group creates the highest-quality nonfiction and fiction content for children and young adults in a variety of subjects and formats. Based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with fourteen imprints and divisions: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Carolrhoda Books, Twenty-First Century Books, Graphic Universe™, Hungry Tomato™, Darby Creek, Kar-Ben Publishing, Carolrhoda Lab™, LernerClassroom, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions, Lerner Digital™, Zest, and Lerner Publisher Services.
We believe learning never ends. It’s a constant process, a result of interacting with the world around you. You engage in learning and the more you know, the more knowledge will reward you by opening your eyes and your mind. We strive to do just that for you, our readers and customers.
We bring together authors, illustrators, photographers, and educators to ensure that each book we create is age-appropriate and meets curriculum standards. Our books are thoroughly researched and exceptionally written with amazing illustrations and captivating photography that hold readers’ attention. We want to empower educators, librarians, and parents with knowledge so they can inspire young minds in classrooms, reading rooms, and living rooms.
Our titles have received commendation from the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, the Batchelder Award, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and more. We believe that all children should be able to find themselves in the pages of a book. Here are some of our recent and upcoming books that highlight that commitment.
Featured Title: Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman (ages 15 to 18)
A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson (Coming soon!)
Dictionary for a Better World by Irene Latham and Charles Waters (Coming soon!)
A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang
Panic by Sasha Dawn
Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert (Coming soon!)
The Truth Isby NoNieqa Ramos
ABDO has been a leader in children’s educational publishing for school and public libraries since 1985, providing high-quality nonfiction and fiction titles for children and young adults in grades PreK–12. We are known throughout the industry for our excellence in both reading materials and customer service. The majority of our titles are available as both library-bound hardcovers and eBooks. Our goal is to help children of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds develop a love of reading, and we believe the best way to do that is to ensure they have access to stories that reflect them.
ABDO offers a large array of diverse titles in both fiction and nonfiction. Our Magic Wagon division is dedicated to producing original titles that celebrate diversity, encourage inclusion, and inspire young readers. Focusing on readers in PreK-Grade 8, this division features series such as My Family (PreK-2), Libby Wimbley (PreK-Grade 3), Storm Cliff Stables (Grades 2-5), Camp Nowhere (Grades 2-8), and Get in the Game (Grades 3-8). The Duchess Harris Collection, a compelling line of books providing scholarly expertise with collegiate perspectives for mid- and high-level grades, offers more than 90 nonfiction texts, exploring current and historical people and events that have made an impact on our lives, laws, and culture.
Quality titles from ABDO include:
“Ana and Andrew are excited when Grandma comes to stay. During her visit, the family tours the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and learns about important African American achievements.”
“Tío Alex has taken the twins on a camping trip in the woods. Everything is going great until they discover their perfect campsite has been ruined by wildlife. But, the twins and their uncle don’t let that take any of the sparkles out of the campout.”
**Both titles are available in ebook form and are best for PreK-Grade 3**
Ana & Andrew will be available in Spanish in December. The first four sets of Carlos & Carmen are available in Spanish, and the fifth will be available in December of 2020.
In this sweet and funny story, Sumo Joe and his friends enjoy pretending to be sumo wrestlers. But when his little sister wants to join their boys-only game, what should Sumo Joe do?
On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo’s ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe’s little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he’s best at: sumo, and being a big brother.
Fists, feet, and martial art forms collide in this sweet yet spirited rhyming story by author Mia Wenjen and illustrator Nat Iwata. Sumo Joe is available on Amazon or on Lee & Low Books’ website.
PragmaticMom was founded in 2009 by Mia Wenjen to support a love of children’s books. Since those early years, Mia has blogged excessively about children’s books and more importantly, the need for diversity in children’s literature. Mia is also the co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It’s Mia’s firm belief that Education Matters and her veteran site is a mash-up covering education, parenting, and children’s lit.
Mia is also the author of BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12, and the Co-author of the award-winning book, How To Coach Girls. The print edition of How To Coach Girls won a Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award and can be purchased here or on Amazon.
In The St. Nicholas Day Snow,, a huge snowstorm hits Elizabeth’s small community on Saint Nicholas Day. But, of course, it’s about more than that. The story starts on the morning of the Eve of St. Nicholas. Elizabeth’s grandmother is sick, and her parents have to leave town to make sure she’s okay. So Elizabeth is spending the day and the night with Catherine.
Elizabeth’s parents have totally forgotten that it’s St. Nicholas Eve. In their family, St. Nicholas visits on St. Nicholas Eve and leaves gifts in the children’s shoes. In Catherine’s family, St. Nicholas visits on Christmas Eve. So, on top of being worried about her grandmother, Elizabeth is now worried that St. Nicholas won’t visit her. She argues with Peter, Catherine’s little brother, about when and how St. Nicholas visits. The St. Nicholas Day Snow, can be purchased on Amazon.
Charlotte Riggle is a writer, a reader, and a passionate advocate of picture books. Her first book, Catherine’s Pascha, is as beautiful as Pascha itself, with words that sparkle and illustrations that glow with the joy of the feast.
Catherine’s Pascha was a finalist in the 2015 Best Book Awards.
Charlotte lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest, in a house full of books and music and a fluffy brown dog. She shares faith, hope, and picture books on her website, on Facebook and Pinterest, and on Instagram.
And she shares homemade cookies whenever she can. Sign up for her newsletter and get a dozen of her favorite cookie recipes!
Capstone is a trusted children’s publisher and interactive content producer rooted in education. We create fun learning experiences to support literacy in a variety of digital, print, and blended media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and homes including the award-winning PebbleGo™ research database for elementary schools. Capstone believes every child is a reader—they are just waiting for the right book! Our infinite variety of readers deserve books that reflect them—their interests, their abilities, their cultures, their families, their traditions—and inspire them to be curious and informed about the world around them. We are passionate about inclusivity, equity, and accessibility in support of all kids because we believe #ReadingIsForEveryone!
Join us in celebrating diverse children’s books by sharing some of our newest titles with a child in your life!
The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery by Jehan Jones-Radgowski, illus. by Poppy Kang (ages 9-12)
Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball’s Negro Leagues by Leah Henderson (ages 8-12)
My Footprints by Bao Phi, illus. by Basia Tran (ages 6-8)
Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons by Gwendolyn Hooks, illus. by Simone Agoussoye (ages 9-12)
The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith, illus. by Mari Lobo (ages 5-7)
Katie Woo’s Neighborhood series by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Laura Zarrin (ages 5-7)
My Furry Foster Family series by Debbi Michiko Florence, illus. by Melanie Demmer (ages 5-7)
Sadiq series by Siman Nuurali, illus. by Anjan Sarkar (ages 6-8)
Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj, illus. by Ruaida Mannaa (ages 8-12)
Lily and the Great Quake: A San Francisco Earthquake Survival Story by Veeda Bybee, illus. by Alessia Trunfio (ages 8-12) LINK AVAIL EARLY DECEMBER
Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story by Andrea L. Rogers, illus. by Matt Forsyth (ages 8-12) LINK AVAIL EARLY DECEMBER
Guba Publishing is an independent publishing house based out of Oakland, California making children’s picture books, flashcards, and posters with a focus on fun and quirky illustrations and telling diverse stories inspired by our Bengali roots. We launched in November 2017 and are growing our portfolio every year!
“The Unexpected Friend – A Rohingya Children’s Story”
Raya Rahman is the founder and editor of a bilingual picture book company called Guba Publishing. She works in partnership with other authors, illustrators, and non-profit organizations to publish diverse and multicultural children’s stories and learning resources. Raya’s debut picture book is “The Unexpected Friend – A Rohingya Children’s Story”, a fictional story based on the real lives of Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh that she wrote in collaboration with aid agency Save the Children. Raya lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two daughters.
A portion of book sale profits is donated to Save the Children’s Rohingya Relief Fund.
Inshra Russell, also known as Studio Inku, is a filmmaker, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and producer. With a fashion and advertising background, Inshra’s creative style is influenced by art, music, film, and cultures from around the world. Inshra is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book “Tiny Jumps In” and the illustrator of “The Unexpected Friend – A Rohingya Children’s Story”. She grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and now lives in London with her husband and their son Ruben
This wonderful book is best for ages 4-10 and is also available in Bengali and Burmese!
Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd is a Clinical Psychologist, mother of 3, and an officer in the United States Army. She is a proud graduate of Hampton University in Virginia where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and La Salle University in Philadelphia where she obtained her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In Feb 2019, she self-published her first children’s book titled B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings. As a psychologist, she wanted to share the importance of discussing and demonstrating healthy coping skills for children at an early age.
Whether it is deep breathing, muscle relaxation, art, or writing about emotions, B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings focuses on different calm down strategies and techniques to help children find their own special way of coping with emotions. From the letter A to the letter Z, B is for Breathe celebrates the many ways children can express their feelings and develop coping skills at an early age. Fun, cute, and exciting illustrations, this colorful book teaches kids simple ways to cope with fussy and frustrating emotions. This book will inspire kids to discuss their feelings, show positive behaviors, and practice calm down strategies.
This book is for ages 4-10, is available in ebook form, and also in Spanish.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”~Toni Morrison
It doesn’t matter if your child speaks Spanish or English, has brown eyes or blue, or has a single mom or two … Snowflake Stories makes books that look and sound just like you!
Parents, grandparents, and educators appreciate the uniqueness and relevancy of Snowflake Stories’ line of multi-award-winning, bilingual and single-language personalized children’s books. Customizable casts and characters plus five languages allow Snowflake Stories to create books featuring bilingual, biracial, LGBT, and other families often overlooked by traditional publishers.
Author Jill Barletti founded Snowflake Stories because she struggled to find books written in Spanish for her two half-Peruvian children. She and her kids have labored to build the company because they truly believe that just like a snowflake … every child’s story is unique!
Learn more about Snowflake Stories and their Bilingual Personalized Children’s Books, check out this in-depth article on the MCBD blog.
Connect with Jill and Snowflake Stories via their website-www.SnowflakeStories.com
Or on social media–Twitter: @Snowflake_Story // @JillBarletti | Facebook: @SnowflakeStories | Instagram: @snowflakestories
Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 for her first book, Captain No Beard, award-winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Her new nonfiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as a love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
Back to Homeschool Resource Award
New York Book Festival 2016 – Honorable Mention
National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist 2016
Shelf Unbound Award 2015 – Best Series
Los Angeles Book Festival
2016 International Book Awards
Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe
Vivian Kirkfield is a former kindergarten teacher and the author of several upcoming picture books including Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House, Feb 12, 2019); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019); Sweet Dreams, Sarah (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); and From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) as well as the parent-teacher guide, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (MoneyPenny Press, 2010).
Vivian lives in the quaint New England village of Amherst, New Hampshire where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner.
Barnes Brothers Books is a publishing company with the mission of providing diverse books for all readers. This company was co-founded by Jermaine and Shawnta Barnes and named after their identical twin sons. Jerry Barnes and James Barnes are identical twins who will begin third grade during the 2019-2020 school year. They enjoy playing sports with their dad and gardening with their mom. Their favorite food is pizza, tacos, and Brussels sprouts.
In his spare time, Jerry likes to write, read scary stories and mysteries, play games on his Chromebook, and attend Indiana Pacer basketball games.
In his spare time, James loves watching cartoons on Netflix and writing and illustrating fiction stories.
For the third year running, TimTimTom – Bilingual, Personalized Books joins us again as a sponsor of MCBD. TimTimTom was started by two multilingual moms Gaby (Peruvian/German) and Kat (Belgian) because of their love of children’s books and languages.
The original idea for TimTimTom – Bilingual Personalised Books was to help other parents trying to raise bilingual kids no matter what combination of languages they had at home. However, as they were working on what was supposed to become their first story, The Football/Soccer Story, they noticed that many kids where not being represented in books and set their goal to change this. Every child should have the chance to become the hero of a story. This is how finally, it “only” took 15+ years, everything came together and TimTimTom was born.
TimTimTom – Bilingual Personalized Books, because reading in two languages is twice the fun! With three stories, 10 languages and over 100 personalization possibilities to choose from, your child becomes the hero of any TimTimTom story, not only by name and appearance but also in the language(s) he/she speaks or is learning in school.
Multicultural children’s book publisher Wisdom Tales Press is joining us again (for the 7th year!) as one of our Bronze Sponsors!
Wisdom Tales is the name of the children’s book imprint of the award-winning publishing house, World Wisdom, which was founded in 1980. Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and people from around the world with young readers and their families. The content, illustrations, and production quality of these books are intended to assure them a lasting value for children, parents, teachers, and librarians.
Esther’s Gragger is a Jewish tale about bullying and is perfect for grades K-4. Young Esther is given a special gragger (a noisemaker) to celebrate the fun, and sometimes raucous, Jewish festival of Purim. An older boy bullies her to get it for himself, but Esther reacts with great courage and intelligence, her actions reflecting the biblical story on which Purim is based. The lively cast of characters quibble and carouse in a bygone world of warmth, surprise, and generosity. There is even a parade for children only. The appendix helps readers understand the history of Purim, how it is celebrated today, what a “gragger” is, and how to make a simple noisemaker. Following the award-winning The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin, author Martha Seif Simpson and illustrator D. Yael Bernhard have again created a new toyshop tale of playful language and images that hint at ancient roots and hidden meanings, which are just waiting for young readers to find. This is a tale ideal for reading aloud for fun, but also for learning.
Go HERE to find many book-related activities and discussion questions.
Hildegard of Bingen by Demi is an amazing historical woman credited with Science, Composing, Sainthood and more. She was one of the most remarkable and influential women of her time. Blessed with an astonishing array of talents, she was at once a mystic, theologian, scientist, doctor, nutritionist, composer, writer, linguist, and artist.
Born to a noble family in Mainz, Germany, Hildegard entered a Benedictine monastery and went on to become abbess of a thriving community near Bingen. From a young age, she received extraordinary “lights” or visions of Heaven, which she described in a book called Know the Ways (of God).
However, Hildegard made contributions in many other areas as well. Her collection of imaginative music and poetry includes seventy-seven songs for the liturgical year and a morality play, making her the most prolific composer of early music in Europe. Her pioneering scientific work formed the basis for the study of natural history in Germany, while her holistic medical studies helped to provide cures for numerous diseases. Hildegard was also the author of a cookbook recommending nutritional “foods of joy” and she even invented a new language! Such was Hildegard’s fame and influence that bishops, popes, and kings, as well as humble peasants, sought out her wise counsel.
Today, Hildegard of Bingen is recognized as a saint and doctor by the Catholic Church and is also revered by many Lutherans and other Protestants. Find out more about her life in this beautifully illustrated book by award-winning author, Demi.
Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. Our award-winning books are about everyone, for everyone.
Lee & Low BOOKS offers books for all young readers, from leveled books for beginning readers through middle grade and young adult novels. We also publish several bilingual books, as well as books in other languages. Our books reflect the diversity and richness of the United States. LEE & LOW BOOKS is more than just a publisher: it is a leader in the movement for more diversity in literature.
Their award-winning catalog of books include:
Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with the goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. We believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children’s literature.
Follow Chester: A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History by Gloria Respress-Churchwell and illustrated by Laura Freeman is one of their stand-out books for 2019/2020. Based on a true story, the book tells the story of a very special athlete.
Chester Pierce broke racial barriers when, in 1947, he joined his Harvard football team to play against the University of Virginia. At that time, black people were not allowed to sit at lunch counters, they had to use separate entrances, and they weren’t allowed to play college football against white players.
Chester’s team didn’t care about those laws. Amid dropped jaws, jeering, and booing, Chester played and his teammates followed his lead.
Laura Freeman’s expressive illustrations create an atmosphere of bold moves and a tide of crimson togetherness that could not be stopped.
Founded in England in 1992, Barefoot Books is an award-winning, independent children’s publisher based in Cambridge, MA with a mission to share stories, connect families and inspire children. In 2017, they were named by Forbes as one of the 25 Best Small Companies in America. Watch the video.
Barefoot Books has created more than 700 books, spoken word stories, music, animations, characters, puzzles and games that open children’s hearts and minds to their wonderfully diverse world. Their first app, Barefoot World Atlas, has had 4 million+ downloads and was selected by Apple as one of their top 10 apps of all time. Their YouTube channel has over 150 million views. However, their proudest accomplishment is to have put nearly 25 million books into the hands of children around the world.
Talegari Tales is a boutique publisher that aims to expose infants, toddlers, and young children to South Asian experience, through original homespun tales. Their books and activities create a visual and oral experience that is fun, engaging, ad appropriate for babies and early readers. Talegari Tails’ debut book, My Divine Friends, is a touch-n-feel board book that introduces young readers to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. This book is best for ages 1-5.
Author and creator, Manasa Gururaj hails from southern India and currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two daughters.