Introduce students to the stories and voices of different cultures, abilities, backgrounds, locations, and
identities with these thought-provoking book lists, author videos, and FREE curation service.
Kwame Alexander Bookfest connects readers with books they want to read…and each other. Build a community of readers, one book at a time.
NEWS & EVENTS
Author Jason Reynolds, who just ended an unprecedented three-year term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and Julia E. Torres explore inclusive literature as a tool for transformation in this Author Takeover video.
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In this new First Chapter Friday video, author H.D. Hunter reads the first chapter of Futureland: Battle for the Park, an electrifying new middle grade illustrated series where one boy must stop a sinister force from stealing a flying theme park’s technology and using it to take over the world.
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The whole family can enjoy our Grab & Go Literacy Kits! Customized with books for Grades PreK-8, these kits will get everyone off their screens and transported on a reading adventure!
Our #OwnVoices collection features books by authors and illustrators who depict themselves or main characters that share an aspect of their identity.
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Support your students’ continued literacy in their native language, celebrate their culture, and build connections between languages.
To support your goal of building equity and inclusion within your school, we’re sharing our essential reading list with downloadable resources, as well as a virtual panel discussion with four of the authors on the list.
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Join Uma Mishra-Newbery and Lina AlHathloul as they discuss their magical picture book tale, Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers. The story was inspired by a real-life heroine, the Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain AlHathloul.
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TOOLS & SERVICES
A new year is a great time to refresh your classroom library. Download our free checklist to help weed out books that are damaged or are not being read, and to ensure that you have books that provide mirrors, windows, and doors for your students.
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Integrating relevant and culturally-responsive content into your lessons is crucial to engagement. Discover some of our favorite books that incorporate views from many cultures.
Find books to encourage and maintain social awareness and civic knowledge through storytelling.
Find books supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), focused on topics like poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.
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