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Article is in the Juvenile Fiction, African American, Historical, Diversity, and Hispanic categories.

Picture Books for Ages 5 and Up

For grades 2-4

J Atinuke Anna Hibiscus (series)

J Colossal Rutabaga the Adventure Chef

J Crilley Akiko On the Planet Smoo (series)

J Florence Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (series)

J Guojing The Only Child

J Han Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

J PB Konami Chi’s Sweet Home (series)

J Lai Inside Out & Back Again

J Lawrence Star Scouts

J Look Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things (series)

J McKay Lulu and the Duck in the Park (series)

J Perkins Rickshaw Girl

J Torres Stef Soto,Taco Queen

For grades 3-6

J Bildner, Phil. A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME. Best friends Rip and Red begin fifth-grade to find a crazy new tattooed teacher and basketball coach whose methods are odd, to say the least.

J Cheng, Andrea. THE YEAR OF THE BOOK. Anna, a young Asian-American girl, navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

J Draper, Sharon M. STELLA BY STARLIGHT. The reapperance of the Klu Klux Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 North Carolina, Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

J Ellis, Leanne Statland. UGLY ONE . A girl called the Ugly One, because of a disfiguring scar on her face, seeks to have the scar removed and instead finds her calling. Ignored and bullied in her Incan village, Micay's journey begins when she least expects it.

J Erdrich, Louise. CHICKADEE. In 1866,Chickadee is taken from his brother and family and must make a daring escape. The journey back home is exciting and dangerous and will force him to forge unexpected friendships and travel through new territories.

J Frazier, Sundee Tucker. BRENDAN BUCKLEY’S UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT. Brendan Buckley, a biracial ten-year-old,is searching for ways to connect with his white grandfather. A newfound interest in rocks and minerals leads him to answers about questions he hadn't yet thought to ask.

J Harris, Teresa E. THE PERFECT PLACE. Treasure Daniels is twelve years old and sent along with her younger sister to live with their great aunt after their father abandons them and their mother struggles to sort herself out. In Black lake, Virginia segregation lingers and causes unexpected troubles for the young girls.

J Hatke, Ben. LITTLE ROBOT. Finally, a young girl discovers a friend in the forest. A small robot she accidentally starts for the first time takes her on the adventure of a lifetime when much bigger and menacing robots show up to take her new friend. Graphic Novel.

J Hiranandani, Veera. THE WHOLE STORY OF HALF A GIRL. When Sonia must move from her small private school to a public middle school, the half-Jewish half-Indian sixth-grader experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the school's unfamiliar social scene.

J Jones, Kelly. UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL CHICKEN FARMER. Feeling like a fish out of water when her family moves from Los Angeles to a recently inherited chicken farm, Sophie encounters a telekinetic chicken and her equally unusual flockmates, who are endangered by a thieving farmer.

J Lai, Thanhha. INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN. A series of poems powerfully illustrates the life-changing move of one girl and her family from Vietnam to Alabama in 1975.

J Lamnana, Julie T. UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Armani can not wait to turn 10. However, her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she lives with her extended family, is about to be destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Armani finds bravery and courage unlike anything she has felt before as she sees her family and home torn apart.

J Montijo, Rhode. CHEWS YOUR DESTINY. Gabby Gomez has a piece of special bubble gum that turns her into a superhero. Graphic Novel.

J Parry, Rosanne. WRITTEN IN STONE. A young girl in a Pacific Northwest Native American tribe in the 1920s loses her father and her dream of one day hunting whales just like he did. Instead, she finds herself fighting to preserve the skills and traditions of her people as steam-powered ships threaten their way of life.

J Perkins, Mitali. TIGER BOY. When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, everyone hurries to find her before the cub’s mother endangers them all.

J Pinkney, Andrea Davis. THE RED PENCIL. Amira is a young Sudanese girl that is forced to flee her home for a refugee camp. Hope and an education await her after she is handed a single red pencil that forever changes her life.

J Resau, Laura. THE LIGHTNING QUEEN. Teo is an eleven year old boy living in the remote mountains of Mexico with his family and the many animals he has healed. The day a Romany caravan rolls into his town, a course of events is set into motion that forever alters his destiny.

J Resau, Laura. STAR IN THE FOREST. Eleven year old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, leaving her and her family waiting for his return. She finds a stray dog she begins to realize is her father's spirit animal and believes that no matter what her father faces as he tries to get back to her, as long as Star is safe, so is her father.

J Rhodes, Jewell Parker. BAYOU MAGIC. Maddy is a city girl spending a summer at the bayou with her Grandmother. A glimpse of a mermaid leads her to a family secret and her potential to carry on the family legacy.

J Ryan, Pam Munoz. ESPERANZA RISING. Esperanza is spoiled and privlidged in Mexico because of her family's good fortune. Abruptly she is torn from the only life she's ever known after being forced to flee with her Mother to a labor camp in Southern California.

J Schroder, Monika. SARASWATI’S WAY. Leaving his village in rural India to find a better education, mathematically gifted, twelve-year-old Akash ends up at the New Delhi train station, where he relies on Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, to guide him as he negotiates life on the street, resists the temptations of easy money, and learns whom he can trust.

J Senzai, N.H. SAVING KABUL CORNER. Twelve-year-old Ariana, a tomboy, clashes with her ladylike cousin Laila, who has recently arrived from Afghanistan. The two put differences aside when the livliehod of their family is threatned and an old family fued is reignited.

J Shang, Wendy Wan Long. THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW. In 1972, after his older brother is killed in a car crash, Peter hopes that if he joins a Little League team he can reawaken the passion for baseball that all the members of his family used to share and bring them back to life.

J Sheth, Kashmira. BOYS WITHOUT NAMES. Eleven-year-old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village for life with his uncle in Mumbai, but when they arrive his father goes missing and Gopal ends up locked in a sweatshop from which there is no escape.

J Taylor, Theodore. ICE DRIFT. Two Inuit brothers in 1868 are stranded on an ice floe that is adrift in the Greenland Strait. For six months the brothers face unimaginable horrors as they dread the possibility that they may never see their home or family again.

J Tingle, Tim. HOW I BECAME A GHOST: A CHOCTAW TRAIL OF TEARS STORY. Isaac, Choctaw boy, tells of his tribe’s removal from their homeland and how the exodus left him to become a ghost, with the unique ability to aid those left behind.

J Wells, Marcia. EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: MYSTERY ON THE MUSEUM MILE. Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," uses his photographic memory and natural drawing talent to help the NYPD when they are stumped by a mastermind art theif.

J Wiles, Deborah. REVOLUTION: A NOVEL. It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.

J Williams-Garcia, Rita. ONE CRAZY SUMMER. In 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California Delphine and her two sisters discover that their mother they barely knew wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

J Woods, Brenda. THE BLOSSOMING UNIVERSE OF VIOLET DIAMOND. As a biracial student in an all-white school, Violet loathes the assumption that she was adopted. After investigating her late African-American father and discovering a new bond with her paternal grandmother, Violet learns about her heritage and finds confidence in herself at last.

J Ada Dancing Home

J Alexander Booked

J Anderson Posted

J Chang Celia’s Robot

J Choldenko Chasing Secrets

J Erdrich The Birchbark House (series)

J Graff The Great Trehouse War

J Kadohata The Thing About Luck

J Marshall In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

J Mlynowski Upside-Down Magic

J Myhre A Bird, A Girl, And A Rescue

J Myhre A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest

J Nye The Turtle of Oman: A Novel

J Park Project Mulberry

J Pinkney The Red Pencil

J Reynolds As Brave As You

J Riazi The Gauntlet

J Ryan Esperanza Rising

J Scattergood Making Friends With Billy Wong

J Senzai Saving Kabul Corner