Stories to share with your community on Juneteenth and beyond
On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, TX, enslaved African Americans were finally informed of their freedom, despite the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation two years prior. Juneteenth is also referred to as “Freedom Day”, “Emancipation Day”, and “Juneteenth Independence Day.” The first celebrations of Juneteenth were about honoring former enslaved people. Today celebrations of Juneteenth consist of gathering with family, BBQs, parades, festivals, beauty contests, and other celebratory events to remember the lives of their enslaved ancestors.
Browse our collection of books created by Black authors and illustrators including picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. Download our interactive digital catalog to discover new reads and to download teacher’s guides!
Download the teacher’s guides for these must-read nonfiction books by Philip Hoose, perfect for your classroom library!
Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters.
Celebrate 10 Years of the Grishaverse with Leigh Bardugo
Join us on Tuesday, October 4th at 1pm ET/ 10am PT to celebrate 10 Years of the Grishaverse!
A decade after the publication of Shadow and Bone, #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo and educator Rose Brock will explore the creation of her wildly popular and immersive fantasy world, the Grishaverse, which now spans 10 books and a Netflix original series, Shadow and Bone. Plus, Leigh will talk with illustrator Dani Pendergast about the next chapter: Demon in the Wood, a new graphic novel about the origins of the Darkling, on sale September 27th.
Please invite your classrooms to join us for this event! Students will have the chance to flex their knowledge of the Grishaverse in a trivia game and submit questions for Leigh to answer live during the event.
A powerful story about home, community, and hope, inspired by the rebuilding of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017, written by debut author Karina González and illustrated by Krystal Quiles.
Co-quí, co-quí! The coquí frogs sing to Elena from her family’s beloved mango tree—their calls so familiar that they might as well be singing, “You are home, you are safe.” But home is suddenly not safe when a hurricane threatens to destroy everything that Elena knows.
As time passes, Elena, alongside her community, begins to rebuild their home, planting seeds of hope along the way. When the sounds of the coquíes gradually return, they reflect the resilience and strength of Elena, her family, and her fellow Puerto Ricans.
“González’s melodic text sings, like Elena’s beloved coquíes, while Quiles’ gouache and acrylic artwork pops with vibrant hues and textures. . . A heartfelt reminder that even in the most difficult times, dreaming of a better tomorrow strengthens family and community.“–Kirkus, starred review
“What a story of resilience and community! The Coquies Still Sing gives the reader the opportunity to recognize the things that we can do together to rebuild our lives and take care of our beloved communities. This book is more than beautiful.”–Yuyi Morales, Caldecott Honoree and New York Times bestselling creator of Dreamers
Los coquíes aún cantan esun libro ilustrado para niños sobre el hogar, la comunidad, y la esperanza, inspirado por la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico luego del Hurricán María en Septiembre 2017. Este hermoso y emotivo libro fue escrito por Karina Nicole González, illustrado por Krystal Quiles, y traducido al español por Amparo Ortiz. ¡Co-quí, co-quí! Los coquíes le cantan a Elena desde el amado árbol de mango de su familia—sus llamadas son tan conocidas que es como si estuvieran cantando, “Estás en casa, estás a salvo.” Pero de repente, su hogar no es tan seguro cuando un huracán atenta con destruir todo lo que Elena conoce.
Con el paso del tiempo, Elena, junto a su comunidad, comienza a reconstruir su hogar, sembrando semillas de esperanza en el camino. Cuando los sonidos de los coquíes regresan gradualmente, reflejan la resiliencia y fuerza de Elena, su familia, y sus compatriotas puertorriqueños.
“El texto melódico de González canta, como los queridos coquíes de Elena, mientras que la obra de arte en gouache y acrílico de Quiles resalta con tonos y texturas vibrantes. . . Un recordatorio sincero de que incluso en los momentos más difíciles, soñar con un mañana mejor fortalece a la familia y la comunidad.”-Kirkus, reseña destacada
“¡Qué historia de resiliencia y comunidad! Los Coquíes Aún Cantan le brinda al lector la oportunidad de reconocer todo lo que podemos hacer juntos para reconstruir nuestras vidas y cuidar a nuestras queridas comunidades. Este libro es más que hermoso.”—Yuyi Morales, homenajeada al Caldecott y creadora de Dreamers, reconocido en la lista de mejores vendidos del New York Times.
#1 New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Firekeeper’s Daughter Angeline Boulley has a special announcement exclusively for teachers and librarians! Join us live for the reveal of her big news on Thursday, August 4th at 12pm ET!
Timestamps: 3:36 – Jas Hammonds live Q&A 16:30 – Adult Titles 18:40 – Young Adult titles 20:11 – Aiden Thomas video 31:46 – Middle Grade titles 44:47 – Tae Keller video 47:24 – Picture Book titles 55:58 – Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders video 1:02:15 – Dan Gemeinhart live Q&A
Jas Hammond’s stunning YA debut We Deserve Monuments is a swoon-worthy romance and a slow-burn mystery set in a smalltown full of secrets. This layered and powerful coming-of-age story is a love letter to queer Black teenagers. It celebrates the beauty of community and friendship, while also exploring generational trauma and how racial violence can ripple down through history.
We’re so excited to see our librarian friends on April 25-27 in Fort Worth, TX!
What’s inside our TLA Resource Center
What’s inside our TLA Resource Center
What’s inside our TLA Resource Center
What’s inside our TLA Resource Center:
Make the most of your TLA experience+ meet your favorite authors & illustrators! Check our TLA schedule for a full list of in-person author programs and book signings.
We’ve collected our digital resources for you in this handy resource center! Download our digital catalogs, request digital preview copies, and fill out our checklist survey for your chance to win a collection of free books for your library!
Not attending TLA? You can still download digital resources, request preview copies, and more!
Get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure! With a second season of Netflix’s hit original series Shadow and Bone coming soon and the 10th Anniversary of the publication of Shadow and Bone approaching, now is the perfect time to revisit this bestselling series and introduce a new generation of readers to the Grishaverse.
Enter for your chance to win a classroom set of Shadow and Bone to share with your students before summer break begins!
All teachers who enter will also receive an invitation for their classroom to join a nationwide virtual Back to School celebration with New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo this Fall! Plus, we’ll share teacher’s guides full of discussion questions and lesson plan ideas to incorporate Shadow and Boneand Six of Crows into your classroom curriculum next year.
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