Coming Together 2022: Books for Grades K-2

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

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  • Bodies Are Cool

    2021 by Feder, Tyler

    This picture book for preschoolers is a joyful read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over. From the way a body jiggles to the scars a body bears to highlighting various skin tones, body shapes, and hair types, this picture book is a pure celebration of all the different human bodies that exist in the world. This book will instill body positivity and confidence in the youngest of readers.

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  • We Move Together

    2021 by Fritsch, Kelly

    A bold and colorful exploration of all the ways that people navigate through the spaces around them and a celebration of the relationships we build along the way. The story follows a mixed ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. (Ages 6–9)

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  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

    2019 by Sotomayor, Sonia

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges–-and looks at the special powers those kids have as well.

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  • Crazy for Apples

    2021 by Reid, C. L.

    Emma Carter loves swimming, writing, and biking. She also loves her pet goldfish and tacos. In general, Emma loves her life. Emma is deaf and uses a cochlear implant to help her hear. She uses sign language as well. Every day is a new chance to have fun, and Emma tries to do just that by conquering daily challenges with a positive attitude and nonstop determination.

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  • On the Go

    2020 by Turner, Brook Sitgraves

    In this title in the We Are Little Feminists board book series, beautiful photos of real-life families showcase all types of movement and bodies, while poetic text builds both vocabulary and family connection. This book helps families and educators celebrate mobility and ability at home and in the classroom. (Board book)

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  • I Talk Like a River

    2020 by Scott, Jordan

    Jordan Scott, poet and debut picture book author, and award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith tell an own-voices story of a young boy who feels isolated and unable to communicate because of his stutter. On a bad speech day, his father takes him to the river to help him understand the beauty of his voice.

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  • ABC Let's Celebrate You & Me: A Celebration of All the Things That Make Us Unique and Special, From A to Z!

    by Ford, Jessie

    From our bodies and our emotions to our interests and hobbies, there is so much to celebrate about ourselves! We all have different talents, ideas, and things to say, but we are more similar than we are different. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a physical or character attribute, and each page promotes self-love and kindness to others.

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