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Something Happened in Our Town:
A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

A story that aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

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Lulu the One and Only

Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking "What are you?" Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a “power phrase” so she can easily express who she is, not what she is. Includes a Note to Readers from the author, sharing her experience as a multiracial person.

★“This book does more than simply tell a single story of biracial experience: it talks about navigating everyday racism in sensitive, but frank, ways. All children will benefit from this pitch-perfect discussion of race, identity, complexity, and beauty.”

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Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice, and Identity Books for Families

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Marvelous Maravilloso:
Me And My Beautiful Family

The world is full of different colors...hundreds of colors, everywhere. People are different colors too. Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Mommy says it is part of our culture and the big word diversity — diversidad. Marvelous Maravilloso follows a young girl as she finds joy in the colors of the world all around her, including the colors of her own family. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers.

International Latino Book Awards Finalist

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A Terrible Thing Happened:
A Story For Children Who Have Witnessed Violence Or Trauma

A gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters.

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There's a Cat in Our Class!:
A Tale About Getting Along

There's a Cat in Our Class! is a kid-friendly exploration of diversity, teaching kids the value of not only accepting but embracing the differences of those around us. Includes a Note to Readers written by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, that discusses how parents, teachers, and other adults can talk with children about diversity in a way that's meaningful and effective.

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Magination Press, the children’s books imprint of the American Psychological Association, is proud to offer books for kids and teens that celebrate diversity and promote inclusive values.

Our books:

  • are written and/or vetted by psychologists
  • many come with guides for caregivers and resources to further books' messaging in the classroom, in the community, and at home
  • aligned with the American Psychological Association's mission to benefit society and improve lives
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My Maddy

This accessible and child-friendly story introduces children to transgender, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming/non-binary parents.

★“This celebration of nonconforming parents is a nuanced and noteworthy addition to any home, classroom, or library.”

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Trans+:
Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You

This all-inclusive, uncensored guide is for teens who are transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, or gender-fluid.

2020 ALA Rainbow Book List Selection
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, Starred Outstanding Merit Title

“An easy to read useful guide that highlights the personal nature of gender identity and expression.”

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Accordionly:
Abuelo and Opa Make Music

When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can’t understand each other’s language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson’s clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family.

“Great for reading aloud and featuring bright, energetic illustrations, this endearing story supports diversity and multicultural inclusion.”

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