by Jason Reynolds

Genre: children's literature, Contemporary, Middle Grade
Series: Track | Subjects: domestic violence, family relationships, friendship, track

This is a Ball

by Beck Stanton

Genre: humorous, Picturebook, read aloud
Subjects: imagination, silly

First Rule of Punk

by Celia C. Perez

Genre: Contemporary, Middle Grade, read aloud
Subjects: family relationships, friendship, independent girl, music, positive social action

My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am not!)

by Peter Brown

Genre: humorous, Picturebook
Subjects: back to school, dealing with anxiety, friendship
Illustrated by Peter Brown

School’s First Day of School

by Adam Rex

Genre: humorous, Picturebook
Subjects: bullies, dealing with worry, first day of school, friendship, imagination, silly
Illustrated by Christian Robinson

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

by Jean Reagan

Genre: humorous, local author, Picturebook, read aloud
Subjects: back to school, silly
Illustrated by Lee Wildish

It’s Okay to Be Different

by Todd Parr

Genre: humorous, Picturebook, read aloud
Subjects: body image, family relationships, friendship
Illustrated by Todd Parr

I am Jazz

by Jazz Jennings

Genre: Contemporary, Non-fiction picturebook, read aloud
Subjects: body image, friendship, gender identity, independent girl
Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Jingle Dancer

by Cynthia Leitich Smith & Ling-Hwa Hu

Genre: Contemporary, Picturebook
Subjects: clever child, family relationships, independent girl, Native Americans, quest
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright


by Tim Tingle

Genre: autobiography, children's literature, Non-fiction picturebook
Subjects: bullies, discrimination, family relationships, Native Americans
Illustrated by Karen Clarkson