Stories For All 2020

BOOK IT! and First Book have selected five of the most popular diverse children's books on the First Book Marketplace and re-issued them in first-ever, affordable paperback editions. Read about our book selections below.

First Book eligible educators can get their own copies from the First Book Marketplace.

Not A First Book eligible educator? Find these books on Amazon.


Mommy’s Khimar

A picture book from first time author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrator Ebony Glenn, Mommy’s Khimar beautifully portrays the warmth of a mother’s love and the Muslim American experience – told through the eyes and imagination of a young girl playing with her mother’s vibrant headscarves. 

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Drawn Together

Lacking a common language and bond, a grandfather and grandson feel cultures and generations apart -– until one visit they both realize their shared love of drawing, art and storytelling. A moving story from  Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat, Drawn Together shows how common interests can create shared language and forge bonds – despite surface level differences. 

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Fry Bread

Kevin Noble Maillard’s first children's book pays tribute to fry bread, a food of significant cultural importance to many Native Americans. Fry Bread is beautifully illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, author of Alma and How She Got Her Name, another book on our Shelf Help list this month. This picture book explores fry bread and its role in Native American families, communities, and traditions.

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Bilal Cooks Daal

Daal is a slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia, and preparing it requires a lot of time and many ingredients. In Bilaal Cooks Daal, six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad cook and to introduce his friends to the tasty dish. As they prepare the Daal, Bilal begins to wonder if his friends will like it as much as he hopes they do. This beautiful picture book by Aisha Saeed with illustrations by Anoosha Syed provides a wonderful example of family and friends coming together to share and learn important traditions through food. 

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Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma and How She Got Her Name tells the story of a young girl who at first believes she has too many names – six of them! Alma turns to her father to find out the reason for her many names, and begins to learn of family members with different backgrounds and stories, like her grandfather, José, who was an artist, and her grandmother, Sofia, who loved books and flowers. As she learns about her family, Alma swells with a new sense pride for each of her names. This books is also available in Spanish!

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