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There’s no digital substitution for the look and feel of a beautifully illustrated, wonderfully written picture book. It provides the perfect opportunity for a young reader to engage with a story through words and images. And picture books are tailor-made to be read out loud together!

Celebrate National Picture Book Month with activities and book recommendations at picturebookmonth.com, or check out one of our favorite new picture books that celebrate diversity.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

This winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work is the heartfelt story of a little girl who wishes her skin were lighter before a magical journey through the universe helps her to appreciate her beauty. Nyong’o proves that she can do it all, and Vashti Harrison’s illustrations are vivid and unforgettable.

 

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner, this story will make you hungry as it explores a culinary tradition that’s both old and modern. Children can follow along as Maillard covers the five senses of baking, while Jauna Martinez-Neal’s illustrations show the diversity of Native American heritage.

 

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali

Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad co-wrote this tale about a little girl who is excited for her big sister’s first day of hijab. But when other kids at school say hurtful things, the girls must band together to find new ways to be strong. Hatem Aly’s bright and whimsical illustrations will capture kids’ imaginations in this story of self-confidence and sibling loyalty.

 

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

The author/illustrator makes her debut in this Stonewall Book Award-winner that’s both fantastical and realistic. Riding the subway with his abuela, Julián sees three beautiful mermaids coming from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. He decides he wants to be a mermaid too and gets to work making his costume, but he is nervous about making a mess and what his abuela might think of him. Enjoy this celebratory tale about self-love, creativity, and being whatever kind of person (or mermaid!) you want to be.

 

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