June Book Club


Baby Books & Picture Books Up to Age 5

Lupe Lupita, Where Are You?

By Gladys Rosa-Mendoza

Level: 0-6 years

Enjoy this fun colorful Spanish and English book teaching the concept of space and orientation in both languages.

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

By Justin Roberts & Christian Robinson

A small girl makes herself heard and deals with bullies. Show your children that one small person can make a big difference.

Antiracist Baby

By Ibram X. Kendi

Level: 0-5 years

Celebrate all our differences and start to imagine a world without racism. It starts by talking about it from the beginning!

COPC Pediatrician Recommendation

Mixed Me!

By Taye Diggs

Level: 1-8 years

“My mom and dad say I’m a blend of dark and light. 'We mixed you perfectly, and got you JUST RIGHT!’”. A positive picture book story about a child embracing what it means to be in an interracial family and grow up “mixed”.

Books for Ages 5-8, Level 6-12 Years

Stuart Little

By E.B. White

A classic illustrated novel about a little mouse on a big adventure.

Meet Yasmin

By Saadi Faruqi

Level: 5-8 years

This early chapter book series features a second grader experiencing adventures with her Pakistani American family.

COPC Pediatrician Recommendation

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

By Asia Citro

Level: 6-10 years

Magical animals, amazing discoveries, and lots of fun science! An illustrated novel series encouraging children to ask fun science questions and explore the world around them.

Books for Ages 8-12

COPC Pediatrician Recommendation

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World

By Vashti Harrison

Level: 7-13 years

An inspiring illustrative collection of true stories about women innovators from around the world.

Books for Middle-Schoolers & Tweens

The Crossover

By Kwame Alexander

This novel in written in verse that mixes basketball, family, and coming-of-age themes. It won the 2015 Newbery Medal and a Coretta Scott King Book Honor.

The Parker Inheritance

By Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance was named a 2019 Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor Book. It's a fast-paced, complex mystery where kids investigate past racist incidents in a mystery.

Books for Older Teens & Adults

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

This biography is about the woman whose cells have led to numerous scientific breakthroughs, without her consent. This nonfiction book explores ethics, race, and family relationships.

Little Bee

By Chris Cleave

This novel is a dual narrative story about a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, and are re-united in England several years later.

The Underground Railroad

By Colton Whitehead

This Pulitzer Prize winning, alternate history book tells the story of Cora, a runaway slave who travels from state to state on railroad cars physically under the ground of the American South. The writing brings alive and weaves history from the times of slavery into the 1960s while aboard a physical railroad representing the historic underground railroad.

Additional Resources

Inclusive History of the USA

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - By Dee Brown
  • Crossing the Danger Water: Three Hundred Years of African-American Writing - Edited by Deirdre Mullane
  • March: Books 1-3: A Book Series about the Civil Rights Movement - By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
  • My Soul Is Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South - By Howell Raines
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 - By Taylor Branch
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - By Richard Rothstein
  • The Fire Next Time - By James Baldwin
  • The New Jim Crow - By Michelle Alexander
  • The Warmth of Other Suns - By Isabel Wilkerson
  • The 1619 Project from the New York Times (also a Podcast)
These books are merely suggestions from COPC and not an endorsement. Our aim is to foster empathy, and some of the books, as in life, may deal with new or touchy subjects, which in our minds provides the perfect opportunity for family discussions with the developing child in a loving safe environment.

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