National Day of Racial Healing – Westchester County Children’s Book List

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for participating in Westchester County’s first-ever observance of the National Day of Racial Healing. This list is compiled by a resident of Westchester Author Annie Turnquest and educator for twenty-five years in the New York Metropolitan area.

Here are some Children’s Books that will spark conversations needed today about feelings and self-awareness…

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

No matter how you start your day. What you wear when you play. Or if you come from far away. All are welcome here.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug.

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell

How Art Transformed a Neighborhood.

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters

When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan

This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community . . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.

I Promise by Lebron James

NBA champion and superstar LeBron James pens a slam-dunk picture book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates children everywhere to always #StriveForGreatness.

Zoo Zen A Yoga Story for Kids by Kristen Fischer

A Yoga Story for Kids is a delightful pose-along adventure for children ages four to eight. Young readers will join our heroine Lyla as she learns ten yoga poses from her friends at the zoo, receiving helpful tips along the way from each animal she encounters.

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

The hilarity and levity to this very important lesson on emotional literacy, demonstrating to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings.

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchez

The local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, so he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

This book features an aware and intentional main character, one who actively attempts to “be kind”.

The Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli

A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation.

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

You Matter by Christian Robinson

A sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points

Be You by Peter H. Reynolds

Discover a joyful reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special, from the beloved creator of The Dot, Happy Dreamer.

I Am Human A Book About Empathy by Susan Verde

I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves.

I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to yoga poses is included.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

This powerful, lyrical picture book speaks directly to the children who are its intended readers, describing those familiar moments when a child may be marked as an outsider among their peers because of their home language, or the color of their skin, or the “different” food they bring for lunch.

Author Annie Turnquest

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