New Titles 9/25/2021

Youth Titles
Posted on 09/25/2021
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Kamala Harris Rooted in Justice
by Nikki Grimes & Laura Freemancover of Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice

Eve is furious, hurt and shocked when a classmate tells her that girls can’t be presidents.  Her mother responds by telling her the story of Kamala Harris’s path towards the White House.  Rooted in justice, activism, courage and determination, Kamala’s story gives Eve the tools and resilience to stand up for herself and not back down to others outdated words.  Written before Kamala Harris was elected VP, this book is an example of how our stories are still unfolding and how children see themselves and their potential in this moment in history.


Were I Not a Girl, The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry
by Lisa Robinson & Lauren Simkin Berke

cover of Were I Not a GirlConversations and vocabulary on gender identity and pronouns  are new to mainstream kids lit but these are not new experiences for those who are non gender binary.  Dr. James Barry’s story takes us back in history giving foundation and perspective on the human experience of claiming the correct gender is not a new phenomenon but rather one that is now becoming safer to disclose and be open about.


Black Boy Joy
Edited by Kwame Mbalia
Available: Print Bookcover of Black Boy Joy

A collection of essays by 17 renown Black male and nonbinary authors sharing their stories, poetry and comics that exemplify the power of Black joy and the celebration of Black boyhood.  Stories to inspire, connect and remind kids that joy is a superpower.  A great introduction to authors to look up and read more from.  Edited by Kwame Mbalia who is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tristan Strong series.