September 2021 Book Picks - Embrace New Beginnings
by Donna Barba Higuera
Ramón’s worries and fears about his new home, new school, and making new friends are bigger than his old fear of the Mexican Boogeyman El Cucuy, who confides in Ramón that he has similar fears of his own.
by Lori M. Lee
Pahua Moua is an eleven-year-old Hmong girl with a unique ability to see spirits. After she accidentally releases an angry spirit which takes her beloved brother’s soul, Pahua teams up with Zhong, a student at the School for Shamanic Arts, on a near-impossible quest to rescue her brother from the Spirit Realm.
by Samantha Mabry
Still processing their grief and guilt over the death of their oldest sister Ana, Latina sisters Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa must reconnect with each other to understand why Ana has come back to their dysfunctional home as a ghost.
August 2021 Book Picks - Spread Your Wings
by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien
An, a young Vietnamese boy who lives on the Mekong Delta, has to paddle his small wooden boat to school all by himself for the very first time.
by Ali Stroker & Stacy Davidowitz
New to New Jersey, White thirteen-year-old musical theater enthusiast Nat Beacon lands a role in a local production of Wickedover the objections of her overprotective parents who want her to continue to focus on wheelchair racing.
by J. Elle
Rue, a Black teen from inner-city Houston, learns to use her ancestral magic to protect her sister and her East Row neighborhood and bring the truth about the origins of magic to the people of Ghizon.
July 2021 Book Picks - Build Community
by Zara González Hoang
Ren discovers the magic and wonder of his new home in the city, thanks to his new friend Ava.
by Padma Venkatraman
When Viji runs away with her sister Rukku, who has a developmental disability, they find shelter on an abandoned bridge in Chennai; work scavenging the city's trash heaps; and a form a family of sorts with Muthi and Arul, two boys who are homeless.
by Sylvia Zéleny
In her diary about her life growing up in Juarez, Mexico, Julia keeps lists of those things that she loses, which eventually include her father and her home when Julia and her brother are sent to live with her aunt in El Paso.
June 2021 Book Picks - Promote Respect
by Heather Gale
Ho'onani, who doesn’t see herself as wahine (girl) or kāne (boy), is happy to be in the middle and eager to lead a school performance of a traditional kāne hula chant even though she knows that some may get upset that a wahine is leading.
by Phil Bildner
For Silas, his presentation on the the first professional baseball player to come out as gay is more than another school report—it’s his first step toward telling his family, friends, and teammates about who he is.
by Bill Konigsberg
When 17-year-old Max signs on to help fellow high school student Jordan run the food truck that may save Jordan and his mom from homelessnes, the boys find themselves strongly attracted to each other — but their romance is threatened by the secrets they are hiding.
May 2021 Book Picks - Develop Passion & Perseverance
by Andrea Wang
Following World War II, Momofuku Ando struggles to perfect his recipe for a noodle soup that is delicious, inexpensive, and a quick way to feed the hungry.
by Tae Keller
Lily takes on a quest from the tiger from her grandmother’s Korean folktales in the hopes it will heal her sick grandmother.
by David Yoon
Frank’s parents insist that he only date Koreans, so when he falls for Brit, who is white, he teams up with Joy so they can pretend to date each other in order to have the freedom to spend time to date who they like.
April 2021 Book Picks - Inspire Stewardship
by Carole Lindstrom
A young girl learns from her Nokomis (grandmother) about protecting our shared planet and invites all to become stewards of Earth.
by Adrianna Cuevas
When Nestor and his mother move in with his grandmother, Nestor is forced to use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his new home town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.
by Thanhha Lai
Hang, a refugee from Viet Nam who has traveled to Texas to find her little brother who was taken from her years ago, is helped by LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams.
March 2021 Book Picks - Cultivate Compassion
by Kelly Starling Lyons
When a new store opens that sells cheaper hats, Tiara—and the community she rallies—help revive her mother’s hat-making business.
by Pablo Cartaya
Emilia, who has ADHD, is trying to focus on rebuilding her relationship with her father, who is back from his deployment, and avoiding her overbearing grandmother. At the same time, she’s deciding how to handle the injustice and prejudice she discovers in her Atlanta suburb while working on her school project about the town’s history.
by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
This autobiographical graphic novel follows a young George Takei and his family during the U.S. government's incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.