Diverse Books for Elementary Students

The school year might be ending but learning should never stop! Here’s a great list of diverse books for Elementary School readers.

A Ride to Remember
By Sharon Langley

This book reveals how in 1963, demonstrations and public protests lead the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park to became desegregated. Learn how tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change.

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A Girl Like Me
By Angela Johnson

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews’s distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

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The Undefeated
By Kwame Alexander

Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. 

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Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice
By Mahogany Browne

Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

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Hidden Figures
By Margot Lee Sheterly

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good. They participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do.

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Get Up, Stand Up
By Cedella Marley
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Radiant Child
By Javaka Steptoe

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By Patricia Hruby Powell
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Let the Children March
By Monica-Clark Robinson

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This is the Rope
By Jacqueline Woodson

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The First Step
By Susan Goodman

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Preaching to the Chickens
By Jabari Asim
Freedom Over Me
By Ashley Bryan
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By Chris Barton

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Before She was Harriet
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Looking for more diverse books? Check out the Pratt’s collection of Diverse Books for Elementary Students.

Diverse Reading Recommendations for our Youngest Readers

Are you looking for diverse books to read with your pre-schoolers?
Take a look at these selections. They’re perfect for story time or bedtime!

Hair Love
By Matthew Cherry

When Daddy steps in to style Zuri’s hair for an extra-special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he loves Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her and her hair happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

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Hey Black Child
By Useni Eugene Perkins

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award-winner and four-time Caldecott Honor-recipient Bryan Collier brings Useni Eugene Perkins’s classic, inspirational poem to life. This book celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.

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Parker Looks Up
By Parker Curry
and Jessica Curry

Don’t miss this moving picture book that tells the story of a young girl and her family whose visit to see Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery becomes an extraordinary moment.

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The King of Kindergarten
By Derrick Barnes

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone — and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm.

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I Believe I Can
By Grace Byers

I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves, from actress and activist Grace Byers. The book teaches, “My presence matters in this world. I know I can do anything, if only I believe I can.”

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Bedtime Bonnet
By Nancy Redd

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Don’t Touch My Hair
By Sharee Miller

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Going Down Home with Daddy
By Kelly Starling Lyons

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I Am Enough
By Grace Byers

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I Walk with Vanessa
By Kerascoët

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In Plain Sight
By Richard Jackson

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Last Stop on Market Street
By Matt De La Peña

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By Oge Mora

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By Lupita Nyong’o

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Thank You, Omu
By Oge Mora

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Looking for more diverse books? Check out the Pratt’s collection of Diverse Reading Recommendations for our Youngest Readers.

Diverse Books for Young Adults

Take a look at these books from some of our favorite YA authors. They truly highlight just how diverse and complex our society is. Don’t forget you can reserve your copy through Sidewalk Service or download the eBook or eAudiobook.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
By Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Bestselling author Jason Reynolds remixes Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s award-winning Stamped from the Beginning which tackles the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for the future.

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Black Enough: Stories of Young & Black in America
By Ibi Zoboi

Featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today, Black Enough, is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

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A Phoenix First Must Burn
By Patrice Caldwell

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.  A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between

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Tyler Johnson Was Here
By Jay Coles

What starts as a night of harmless fun for twin brothers Tyler and Marvin turns into a tragic event when Tyler is shot and killed by a police officer. Don’t miss this powerful and moving portrait of youth and family that speaks to the serious issues of today—from gun control to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Genesis Begins Again
By Alicia D. Williams

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

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Anger is a Gift
By Mark Oshiro

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Dear Martin
By Nic Stone

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By Walter Dean Myers

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Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds

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The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

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Monday’s Not Coming
By Tiffany D. Jackson

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By John Lewis

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Looking for even more diverse YA books? Check out the Pratt’s collection of Diverse Books for Young Adults.

Feliz Dia del niño! / Happy Dia del Nino!

El personal de la biblioteca Southeast Anchor de Enoch Pratt Free Library espera ver a todos en nuestra comunidad una vez que sea seguro hacerlo.

The staff at the Southeast Anchor Library can’t wait to see our community again once it’s safe to do so.

Mientras tanto, la biblioteca tiene muchas actividades divertidas, recursos educativos y libros, películas y más gratis disponibles en línea, incluyendo estos videos que hicimos especialmente para Dia del Niño. ¡Echar un vistazo!

In the meantime, the library has many fun activities, educational resources, and books, movies, and more available online, including these videos that we created especially for Dia del Nino.

¿Qué necesitas? / What do you need?

Acceda a los recursos de la Biblioteca Pratt con una computadora, tableta, eReader o smartphone y su tarjeta Pratt Library.

Access Pratt’s resources with a computer, tablet, eReader, or smartphone and your Pratt library card.

¿No tienes una tarjeta? No hay problema. Los residentes de Maryland pueden obtener una eCard en línea para obtener acceso instantáneo a libros electrónicos, audiolibros, medios de transmisión y bases de datos de investigación.

Don’t have a card? No problem! Maryland residents can get an eCard on line, and get instant access to ebooks, eaudiobooks, streaming media, and research databases.

No necesita identificación para obtener una tarjeta electrónica.

You don’t need ID in order to get an eCard.

Descargas y streaming gratis / Free downloadable and streaming media

Su tarjeta le da acceso a medios descargables y de streaming para niños, adolescentes y adultos.

Your card gives you access to streaming and downloadable media for kids, teens, and adults.

Saque libros electrónicos o audiolibros, películas y programas de televisión, música, revistas y más con su tarjeta Pratt Library. 

Check out ebooks and eaudiobooks, movies and TV, music, magazines and more with your Pratt library card.

Club de Lectura de Primavera / Spring Reading Club

¡Regístrese en el Club de Lectura de Primavera de la biblioteca! Lea o escuche libros de nuestra biblioteca digital, lea los libros que tiene en casa y complete actividades divertidas.

Register for the library’s Spring Reading Club! Read or listen to books from our digital library, read books that you have at home, and do fun activities.

Muéstranos qué estás leyendo y haciendo para Spring Reading usando el hashtag #prattspringreading

Show us what you’re reading and doing for Spring Reading using the hashtag #prattspringreading

Aprende desde casa / Learn at home

Aprende desde casa con nuestros recursos digitales para estudiantes. Hemos recopilado recursos de la Biblioteca Pratt para ayudar a los estudiantes durante este tiempo sin precedentes, incluidos varios recursos académicos completamente nuevos. Con una tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pratt, los estudiantes pueden encontrar materiales de estudio, conversar con un tutor en vivo, obtener ayuda con la tarea y más. Para obtener aún más recursos educativos gratuitos en línea, consulte esta inmenso lista.

Learn at home with our digital resources for students. We have compiled Pratt library resources that will help students during this unprecedented time, including some completely new ones. With a Pratt library card, students can find study materials, talk to a live tutor, get help with homework and more. For more free online resources, check out this immense list.

Recursos para aprender a codificar / Learn to code

¡Ahora es el momento perfecto para para practicar habilidades de codificación! Muchos sitios ofrecen lecciones gratuitas de codificación, que incluyen:

This is the perfect moment to practice coding skills! Many sites are offering free coding lessons, including:

Eventos en línea / Online events

Nuestras bibliotecas están cerradas, ¡pero tenemos muchos eventos virtuales en línea! Explore nuestros eventos virtuales y asista a talleres en línea, grupos de escritores y mucho más desde la comodidad de su propia casa.

Our library buildings are closed, but we have many virtual events online! Check out our virtual events and try an online workshop, writing group, and much more from the comfort from your own home.

No necesitas una tarjeta de biblioteca para disfrutar de estos eventos.

You don’t need a library card to enjoy these events.

Hemos enumerado muchos de los servicios y materiales de Pratt para niños, pero la biblioteca también tiene muchos recursos valiosos para adultos. Nuestro sitio web tiene información actualizada sobre COVID-19 y libros, música, revistas y películas para adultos, incluidas muchas películas en español en la app Kanopy.

We have listed many of the Pratt’s services and materials for children, but the library also has many valuable resources for adults. Our website has reliable information about COVID-19 as well as books, music, magazines and movies for adults, including many films in Spanish in the Kanopy app.

Por favor, ten cuidado. La biblioteca está aquí para ti.

Please stay safe. The library is here for you.

Christmas in April? Why not?

With so many of us at home practicing social distancing, naturally folks are enjoying binge-watching. There’s so much to choose from like thrillers, comedies and documentaries, so we were surprised to hear that many are enjoying holiday movies this time of year. It’s understandable, the uplifting films bring a smile to so many faces. 

If you are looking for some Christmas cheer (a couple months early), look no further than Hoopla. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Lifetime Holiday movies that are available to stream instantly.