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Read and Celebrate El Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is a holiday full of symbolism and traditions that are meticulously practiced in Mexico, Latin America and some European countries. Beautiful memorial altars are made to honor the dead, decorated with calaveras (sugar skulls), marigolds, photos, and delicious foods.

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Latinx Voices in Picture Books

Here's a sampling of stellar, recent picture books by Hispanic American creators.  The umbrella term "Hispanic Americans" encompasses Americans with roots in Mexico, Central America, South America, the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean, and Spain, a group far too numerous and diverse to do justice to in a short book list. That said, we've endeavored to highlight a wide variety of new titles in the hope that you find some books here to share with the children in your life. 

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Juneteenth: Honoring Black History and Culture with Picture Books

The Juneteenth holiday is a time to celebrate as well as a time to examine our history, to reflect on the legacy of slavery, and to look toward the future.  Here are some picture books by Black authors and artists that celebrate African American culture, resistance and achievement.

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LGBTQ+ Picture Books

Here's a selection of recent picture books that feature LGBTQ+ parents, kids, and communities.  We welcome rainbow families in our library and represent them in our collections!

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Disability Visibility

We've gathered together books for different ages that feature young people with disabilities. Many are memoirs or fiction that draw upon the authors' own experiences.  We hope you find books here to share with your family that can serve as mirrors for children with disabilities and doorways to deepen understanding and empathy for all.

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Women’s History Month – Picture Book Biographies

Discover picture book biographies of women who made their mark on history.

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Black Stories: Picture Books

Discover recent picture books that explore and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Black American experience.

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is an important celebration in many cultures. Find out more about this history and traditions of this holiday through short videos, books, and a craft.

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Celebrating Native American Heritage with Picture Books

November is Native American Heritage Month.   The Library is highlighting recent picture books by Native authors  to celebrate.  

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Rhyme Time: Inclusive Picture Books

Discover some great new inclusive rhyming picture books!

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Diverse Board Books:  A Place to Begin

When should you start talking to your child about race?  Today!  Babies as young as 6 months old notice and categorize people by race.  Ibram X. Kendi, in his new book, Antiracist Baby outlines nine steps to raise an antiracist child.  Number one is, “Open your eyes to all skin colors”. Here is a list of board books that illustrate the beautiful range of skin tones in our world.

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Rainbow Reads: Picture Books & Parenting

LGBTQIA+ Picture Books & Parenting Resources

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