Help Raise an Anti-Racist Generation: Diverse Books to Include in Your Child’s Library

If it wasn’t already clear, the Black Lives Matter movement of the last few years, and particularly the last few weeks, has reminded us that racism is still prevalent and a destructive force in society. We all have to do better, learn more, and be aware of the way everyone is treated so that we can create a better world for the future. Helping to decentralize white voices and white experiences by including more diverse faces and stories is one way to start making a difference.

Here are some titles we’ve selected to include in your modern baby’s library.

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats- $8
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson- $19
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall- $18
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts- $19
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López- $19
Saturday by Oge Mora- $19
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora- $19
Corduroy by Don Freeman- $18
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson- $18

Enjoy!

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MLK Jr. Day Books for Kids: 2018 Edition

It’s not just a day off of school. In the United States, today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which celebrates the life and achievements of an American civil rights leader and icon. It’s a wonderful idea to have a few of these books around to remind our children and ourselves of the struggle Martin Luther King Jr. represented, the non-violent tactics he preached and the vision he had for the future of our country.

I Have A Dream (Book & CD) by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Illustrated by Kadir Nelson- $19
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore, Illustrated by Amy Wummer- $7
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. by Jean Marzollo, Illustrated by J. Brian Pinkney- $7
Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by James E. Ransome- $18
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, Illustrated by AG Ford- $18
We March by Shane W. Evans- $17
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier- $18
The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Don Tate- $17
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler, Illustrated by Robert Casilla- $18
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos- $15

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Halloween Books for Kids: 2017 Edition

I’ve got a great new set of Halloween books to add to your library this season. There are a lot of “spooky” characters to set the scene for a super, fun Halloween. Enjoy!

The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
Fright Club by Ethan Long
Peanut Butter & Brains by Joe McGee, illustrated by Charles Santoso
The Haunted Mansion by Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio, illustrated by James Gilleard
Gilbert the Ghost by Guido van Genechten
Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry
Ghosts by Sonia Goldia, illustrated by Marc Boutavant
No Such Thing by Ella Bailey

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Blabla Bedtime Board Books

A Blabla doll is a must-have in any modern nursery, so if we expand that logic, let’s say that these Blabla board books are going to be a must-have for your baby’s first library. With three titles by blabla Kids co-founder Florence Wetterwald, I think you’ve got bedtime reading covered. Given with a knit doll, you’ve got a really incredible gift as well.

Night-Night, Wooly (A Blabla Book)

Night-Night Wooly (and also get a Wooly!)

Peekaboo, Pierre (A Blabla Book)

Peekaboo, Pierre (and add a Pierre)

Sardine Goes Fishing (A Blabla Book)

Sardine Goes Fishing (and get Sardine to go with it)

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Halloween Books: Monster Collection

Continuing on this year’s monster theme, this year’s collection of Halloween books is full of furry, friendly monsters that your kids will have no reason to fear.

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Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak
That’s Not My Monster by Fiona WattPlaytime with Monster by Michael Yu
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Monster Party! by Annie Bach
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett
Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson

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Star Wars Books for Kids

I’m not done celebrating Star Wars day just yet so I’m sharing my favorite Star Wars books for kids. Star Wars isn’t just about toys and action figures… it’s a great story with fun characters, and you can start sharing your love of both with your children from day one!

Star Wars Books

Star Wars ABC– $11
This is a great larger scale board book with your favorite as well as some lesser known characters and rhymes from A to Z. There’s also a 123 and a Colors book to make it a collection.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Little Golden Book)– $4
There’s a book for every movie and I love the way these are illustrated!

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book– $12
The scanimation books are amazing and when you pair the moving pictures with your favorite Star Wars scenes, this will be a book you open and close and open and close again and again– trust me!

Darth Vader and Son– $10
The first of the Star Wars picture books by Jeffrey Brown is an hilarious look at what would happen if Luke had spent his childhood with his father.

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia– $14
You will not believe how extensive the Star Wars Lego universe is, but you can use a volume like this to get started. The book comes with a Lego minifigure so it’s for older kids.

Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book– $10
The Star Wars characters from A to Z are illustrated as cute as can be! by Calliope Glass (Author), Katie Cook (Illustrator, Cover Design)

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope– $8
The first in a series of books by Jack Wang, the Star Wars story is told in needle-felted scenes. The kids will love the photos and you’ll be amazed by the art and effort that went into it.

Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy– $11
The first novel of the trilogy, these tell the story of your favorite Star Wars movies in a whole new way. For kids grades 3 and up, my 4th grade Star Wars fan highly recommends this series and I love how the black covers look on his bookshelf.

Trilogy Box Set (Star Wars: Jedi Academy)– $25
I love a box set because if you enjoy the first book, you’re just going to want to read them all anyway. The Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown is another great option for older elementary and middle school aged children. We have them all!

Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy– $21
This title is part of my personal collection– meaning not for the kids. One of many incredible pop-up books by Matthew Reinhart, this is a title you’ll enjoy sharing with the kids, but it’s too incredible to just give to younger children who may accidentally tear it.

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Collection of Kids Books by Jane Foster

One of our favorite etsy artists, Jane Foster, has a collection of children’s books that you’re going to want to consider for your baby’s collection. Full of adorable illustrations, you’ll love putting these in heavy bedtime and playtime rotation.

Jane Foster Books

ABC and 123 were the first titles last summer, and today you can get the Colors and Black and White. You can pre-order First Words, the Brown Bear Color Book and the Stripy Tiger Pattern Book.

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What to Read to Your Children This Christmas

Santa is a superstar during the holiday season and there are books of all types to get the kids excited about his visit (as if they’re not excited already). Here are ten options to add to your holiday children’s book collection. Find them at your local book store or order them through our amazon affiliate.

Santa Christmas Books

1- How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan- $8
2- When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey- $13
3- The Night Before Christmas by Charles Santore- $15
4- Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk- $12
5- Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki- $10
6- The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett- $13
7- Santa Claus: The Magical World of Father Christmas by Rod Green- $12
8- Dream Snow by Eric Carle- $8
9- Santa!: A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder- $11
10- Santa’s Toy Shop (Disney) (Little Golden Book) by Al Dempster- $5

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