The COVID-19 epidemic has caused libraries to find different options to connect with patrons through social distancing. With many public libraries beginning to make ebooks available with unrestricted due dates, and with many publishing companies opening up content for users, parents can have access to several great titles to share with their children.
Public libraries across the country have also been using social media to connect with younger patrons. Many libraries adapted story time programs to digital story time on Facebook and Instagram Live to reach local patrons and national onlookers alike.
Librarians may also participate in read-alouds to the public as long as they adhere to the standards put forth by publishing companies. Here is a list of those standards from a School Library Journal article, dated March 18, 2020.
Here are ten of our favorite recent titles that highlight the experiences of children in marginalized and underserved populations that are perfect for one-on-one reading and possible digital storytime programs. See if your library has public access to the ebook version and enjoy sharing!
Bilal Cooks Daal written by Aisha Saaed & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
Bilal and his two friends relish in making the beloved dish daal – even if it takes a long time!
Birdsong written & illustrated by Julie Flett.
A young girl forms a bond with an ailing elderly neighbor.
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story written by Kevin Noble Maillard & illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
A Native family shares the deeply rooted cultural tradition of making fry bread.
Hair Love written by Matthew A. Cherry & illustrated by Vashti Harrison.
A father bonds with his daughter while styling her hair.
I’m Not a Girl: A Transgender Story written by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi & illustrated by Dana Simpson.
A boy knows something about himself, but struggles to name it until a wish changes everything.
Prince & Knight written by Daniel Haack & illustrated by Steve Lewis
After battling a dragon together, a prince and knight fall in love.
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family written by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali & illustrated by Hatem Aly.
A young girl marvels with pride at her older sister on her first day of wearing hijab.
Saturday written & illustrated by Oge Mora
A mother and daughter experience ups and downs on their way to see a puppet show.
Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong’o. illus. By Vashti Harrison
A shooting star helps dark-skinned Sulwe accept the beauty of her skin tone.
The Thing About Bees written & illustrated by Shabazz Larkin
A father shares with his two boys the importance of bees and pollination.
Kimba Azore is a 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts instructor and middle school librarian in Lafayette, LA. She is very grateful to Joe Prince.
Joe Prince is the Curriculum & Outreach Educator at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He wished he lived closer to Kimba Azore.