My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso

Andrés, José Carlos (Writer), Natalia Hernández (Illustrator), and Amaranta Heredia Jaen (English translation). My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso. NubeOcho, 2016.

A bright red book cover with title in white: "My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papa es un Payaso." A drawing of a child with large rectangular head gestures toward the title.

In this delightful bilingual picture book, a child learns about his father’s job as a clown. He’s always admired his father’s work—he makes people laugh! One day, he convinces his other father, who is a doctor, to pretend to be spies and follow him around. Continue reading

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An Unkindness of Ghosts

Solomon, Rivers. An Unkindness of Ghosts. Brooklyn, Akashic Books: 2017.

An illustration of a Black person's face superimposed with stars; text reads "An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon."

In this extraordinary speculative fiction novel, debut author Solomon explores racial discrimination and slavery, disability, gender and sexuality, and scientific progress aboard a space vessel traveling to a promised utopian planet. Some spoilers below. Continue reading

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A Darkly Beating Heart

Smith, Lindsay. A Darkly Beating Heart. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016.

A bloody circle surrounding the face of a young Japanese American woman. Dark text reads "A Darkly Beating Heart, Lindsay Smith".

Reiko has had a tough time. Her older brother has always treated her poorly, her classmates bullied her, and the girl she fell in love with dumped her for someone else.
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Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Stevenson, Robin. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community. Canada: Orca Book Publishers, 2016.

A colorful Pride parade with a white child in a rainbow leotard standing tall. The title, PRIDE, is in big rainbow letters.

This middle-grade nonfiction book presents the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement and Pride Day in an accessible, interesting, and vibrant way. Continue reading

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27 Hours

Wright, Tristina. 27 Hours. Fort Collins, CO: Entangled Publishing, 2017.

A planetscape in grey-blue-purple with a crescent moon above. The title, "27 Hours" is in large dark teal text.

150 or so years in the future, space colonists race against time to stop a war between the human colonists and the local indigenous intelligent species, the chimera, or “gargoyles,” as they are called as a slur. There are five teen protagonists, each with their own histories, ambitions, and agendas. Continue reading

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The Adventures of Honey & Leon

Cumming, Alan (Author) and Grant Shaffer (Illustrator). The Adventures of Honey & Leon. New York: Random House, 2017.

Watercolor picture of two cute dogs, one large and one small, sitting on luggage. Fancy blue text reads "The Adventures of Honey and Leon."

Honey is a large rescue mutt and Leon is a tiny Chihuahua. They are both adorable, with fluffy fur and sweet doggy smiles. They live with their two dads in New York City. Their lives are wonderful, but the two pooches are concerned because their dads travel a lot, which means they can’t protect them. Continue reading

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Leslea Newman Board Books

Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator). Daddy, Papa, and Me. New York: Tricycle Press, 2009.

Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator). Mommy, Mama, and Me. New York: Tricycle Press, 2009.

Two board books by Leslea Newman. On the left, book titled "Daddy, Papa, and Me" shows two happy fathers playing with a toddler. One father appears to be East Asian and the other appears to be white. On the right, book is titled "Mommy, Mama, and Me" and depicts two happy mothers cuddling a toddler. One mother appears to be Black and the other appears to be white. Continue reading

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