Recommendations: Children's Favorites


I Like Myself!
By: Karen Beaumont

High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.

At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful–and straight from the heart.

Publication Rose Blue, Author, Corinne Naden, Author, Don Tate, Illustrator

Ron’s Big Mission

“Based on the life of “Challenger” astronaut Ron McNair, this inspiring book tells the story of how a determined African-American boy desegregated his town’s public library though peaceful resistance.”

Publication Ashley Bryan

Beautiful Blackbird

“With vibrant cut-paper collages, a Coretta Scott King Award-winner presents an adaptation of a folktale from Zimbabwe that celebrates the importance of appreciating one’s own inner beauty.”


Grace for President
By Kelly S. DiPucchio (Author), LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election!

Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought–and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.

Publication By Barack Obama (Author), Loren Long (Illustrator)

Of Thee I Sing

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.

Publication By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Author), E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)

I Love My Hair!

This whimsical, evocative story about a girl named Keyana encourages African-American children to feel good about their special hair and be proud of their heritage. A BlackBoard Children’s Book of the Year. Full-color illustrations.