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July 2020 Selections


Drawing of a tiny tot in a baby carrier held by her dad as she sweetly smiles at usAntiracist Baby

by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby!  Or, rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.

With bold art and thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby  introduces the youngest readers and the grownups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism, providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age.


Drawing of eight fanciful cartoon bugs dressed in many different stylesRoly-Polies/La familia bola

by Mónica Carretero, translated by Jon Brokenbrow

A fun story that teaches not to judge by appearances and to learn that each person has an inner world fully of creativity.


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Illustration of 1968 Olympics where Smith and Carlos raised their fists in a human righrts saluteEnough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America

by Emily Easton, illustrated by Ziyue Chen

America has been molded and shaped by those who have taken a stand and said that they have had enough. In this dynamic picture book, stand alongside the nation's most iconic civil and human rights leaders whose brave actions rewrote history.

Join Samuel Adams as he masterminds the Boston Tea Party, Ruby Bridges on her march to school, Colin Kaepernick as he takes a knee, and the multitude of other American activists whose peaceful protests have ushered in lasting change.


Cartoon drawing of a smiling narwhal and a surprised jellyfishNarwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!/¡Narwhal: Unicornio marino!

by Ben Clanton

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do love waffles, parties, and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Drawing of hands on an old-fasioned typewriterAs Fast as Words Could Fly

by Pamela M. Tuck, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father's excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day, Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located.

When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and the injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. When he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and to break racial barriers.


Illustration of bugs: preying mantis, lady bug, leaf-cutter ants, beetle, bees, fliesDo You Know about Insects?/¿Sabes algo sobre insectos?

by Buffy Silverman

What do a bee, a butterfly, and an ant have in common? They are all insects! But do you know what makes an insect an insect? Read this book to find out!


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Illustration of three young girls walking in profile in a city backgroundOne Crazy Summer

by Rita Williams-Garcia

Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She has had to be ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. But when the sisters arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile is nothing like they imagined.

While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.


Illustration of a boy at nighttime walking toward us as he looks down at the sidewalk made up of colorful LegosThe Stars Beneath Our Feet

by David Barclay Moore

It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Loly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They are still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly has always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following kit instructions exactly. But now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.


High School (Grades 9–12)

Illustration profile of a young Black man's face, with the word "stamped" in blue and red stripes superimposed over his profileStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

This is NOT a history book.

This is a book about the here and now.

A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.

A book about race.

This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning  reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future.


Starburst pattern of yellow, orange, red, violetThe Sun Is Also a Star/El sol también es una estrella 

by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads book lists, visit your school library or local library, or go online to OverDrive* and log in with your MPS student ID number.

*Some titles are not available through OverDrive.

To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads book lists, visit your school library or local library, or go online to OverDrive* and log in with your MPS student ID number.

*Some titles are not available through OverDrive.

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