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The prince and the dressmaker

Jen Wang

Read Woke, LGBTQ+, Graphic Novels

Prince Sebastian hides from his parents his secret life of dressing up as the the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend's secret.

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The dragon thief

Zetta Elliott

Read Woke, Fantasy, Adventure

Told in two voices, Jax and Kavita, Kavita's brother Vik, and new friend Kenny try to return the baby dragon to the realm of magic before anything else goes wrong.

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I'm currently reading this one aloud at bedtime for the second time! No surprises that the sequel to Dragons in a Bag is just as fun. -Casey

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King and the dragonflies

Kacen Callender

jFICTION Callende Kacen
Read Woke, Kids, LGBTQ+

"In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself"--

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An important middle-grade read about a ten-year-old boy working through the grief he feels after his brother’s death and the questions he has surrounding his sexuality. It’s a beautifully written book about coping, identity, friendships, and safety. -Becky

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Julie Flett

jE Flett
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

"When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of [nature and art]. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend?"--Publisher marketing.

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Meet Yasmin!

Saadia Faruqi

jREADER Faruqi Saadia
Read Woke, Early Readers, Early Chapter Books

In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

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This series is great! I love that it's available in both the early reader stand alone and the combined chapter book formats. -Casey

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The stuff of stars

Marion Dane Bauer

jE Bauer
Read Woke, Picture Books

Explores the formation of the universe.

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Ekua Holmes' illustrations soar! Be prepared to spend some time with each of the collages here. -Casey

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This is our house

Hyewon Yum

jE Yum
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

Follows a family through seasons and generations as the house to which their immigrant grandparents came is transformed into a home.

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This is a title I love sharing at storytime. Not only are the illustrations and message beautiful, but the house as a character here is truly wonderful. Read this one in a quiet moment together. -Casey

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Don't touch my hair!

Sharee (Illustrator) Miller

jE Miller
Read Woke, Black Lives Matter, Picture Books

Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Includes author's note.

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Sharee Miller's books are great! I particularly love this one. -Casey

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Juana & Lucas

Juana Medina

jFICTION Medina, Juana
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Early Chapter Books

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

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Juana Medina's early chapter book series is delightful. Funny and realistic, this is a series not to miss. -Casey

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Yaffa and Fatima : shalom, salaam

Fawzia Gilani-Williams

jE Gilani-Williams
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

"Yaffa and Fatima live on neighboring date farms. When very little rain leads to a poor harvest, both women go to extra measures to make sure that their neighbor doesn't go hungry"--

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