Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Browse these booklists created by Rebecca Dove, our children’s literature expert.
These books are for kids 0–12 years old, focus on new titles, and emphasize quality and diversity. Happy Reading!
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Recommended Books by Theme
- The Usual Suspects, by Maurice Broaddus
- Public School Superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
- Genesis Begins Again Alicia D. Williams
- Ghetto Cowboy, by by G_Neri
- For Black Girls Like Me, by Mariama J. Lockington
- Middle School, The WORST Years of My Life, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
- The Long Ride by Marina Budhos
History or Biography Books
- Malcolm Little, The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcom X , by Ilyasah Shabazz
- The Oldest Student, How Mary Walker Learned to Read, by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
- Roll of Thunder, by Mildred D. Taylor
- Light It Shine, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams Garcia
- Superman Smashes the Klan, by Gene Luen Yang
Books about Peace
- Peace is an Offering, by Annette LeBox
- All Are Welcome Here, by Alexandra Penfold
- The Seed of Compassion by 14th Dalai Lam
- Grandpa Stops A War, by Susan Robeson
- Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, by Robbie Robertson
- A Bowl Full of Peace, by Caren Selson
- Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
- Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone
Black History: Before Slavery
- African Princess: The Amazing Lives of Africa’s Royal Women
- The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medival Africa
- Mansa Musa
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Tips for parents
WIth Pennez’s products and service we hope to close the illiteracy gap with our software, after school & summer programming, and storytelling events
Listed tips from real-world and research-based information. All in all, whatever your approach is, your essential goal should be addressing the individual child’s needs.