Below are examples of books you can specifically order and that we will be purchasing for the classrooms of Calgary. Click on an image to visit the seller’s website to learn more about any of the readings.


Dream Big, Little One 
Vashti Harrison

Follow 18 women who were leaders across American history in this inspiring board book.
Think Big, Little One 
Vashti Harrison
Vashti Harrison introduces the reader to 18 women who were creators, inventors and inspirations in beautiful full color illustrations.
Little People, Big Dreams: Harriet Tubman
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Meet Harriet Tubman in this easy to read board book and follow her amazing story of bravery and resilience.
I Look Up To ... Serena Williams
Anna Membrino
This board books follows the important traits that helped Serena become who she is today and features quotes from Serena herself.
I Look Up To ... Michelle Obama 
Anna Membrino
Meet Michelle Obama and the traits that helped her become who she is today using a read-aloud text and bright images.
Mae Among The Stars
Roda Ahmed
Follow the story of Mae, a young girl who was inspired by the stars and followed that love all the way to a successful career at NASA.
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History
Vashti Harrison
Follow the stories of some of the most exceptional black men in history, spanning generations and continents, as they pave the way forward in their fields.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Vashti Harrison
Filled with vibrant illustrations and extraordinary women who helped make the world a better place.
I am Jackie Robinson
Brad Meltzer
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball and he paved the way to equality in sports.
Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Rudolph
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Meet the woman who beat polio, won sprinting events in the Olympics and broke world records.
I Look Up To ... Malala Yousafzai
Anna Membrino
Malala Yousafzai is an outstanding role model who teaches young people the value of speaking up and standing by your beliefs.
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell
Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California and shows how even the smallest artist can accomplish something big.
The Name Jar 
Y. Choi
The story a young girl learning how to embrace her identity in a new school.
M is Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child
Tiffany Rose
Learning the ABC’s while encouraging love and affirmation for Black children.
Doing What We Want: An Alphabet Book for Girls 
Tahira Karim 
“Aalishah aspires to be an astronaut. Donna dreams of becoming a dean. Winny wishes to write. What about you? What do you want to do?” – This book is inspired by the author’s time working with children in various capacities, and realizing a need to spark a greater vision for the future – because if we can see it, we can achieve it.

Kindergarten to Grade 3

A Promise is a Promise 
Michael Kusugak
A story of wits and cunning that brings together a family instead of facing our mistakes alone.
Hair Love
Matthew A. Cherry
A story that celebrates the relationship between fathers and daughters and the beauty of all types of hair.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Carole Boston Weatherford
Arturo Schomberg was a law clerk that sought to correct history by collecting artifacts from Africa to highlight the achievements of people of Africa through the generations.
Hidden Figures
Margot Lee Shetterly
Follow the story of four women who helped launch the men of NASA into space using their unbeatable mathematical abilities.
Singing with Momma Lou
Linda Jacobs Altman
A story of the beauty of inter-generational relationships and understanding Alzheimer’s.
N. Campbell
Shi-shi-etko is about to be sent to a residential school and before she leaves, she takes time to appreciate the beauty around her to carry with her when she leaves.
Shin-Chi's Canoe
N. Campbell
Shin-chi’s is on the way to residential school along with his sister Shi-shi-etko and she helps him carry with him the memories of home.
Grandfather Counts
A. Cheng
A story of inter-generational love and learning. Helen and Gong-Gong share their skills and language with each other creating a beautiful bond.
Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman
Louise Borden & Mary Kay Kroeger
Meet Bessie Coleman, the first African-American women to get her pilot license. She challenged all the norms and overcame all the obstacles in her path to follow her dreams.
I Love My Hair
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this books also celebrates Keyana discovering the beauty and magic of her hair, her culture and herself.
Lupita Nyong'o
Follow Sulwe on a magical journey through the night sky as she learns about self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within.
Zoe and the Fawn
Catherine Jameson
A story that starts when Zoe and her Father meet a fawn in the forest. Follow them on their adventure through the woods, as they encounter other animals and learn their Okanagan (syilx) names along the way.

Grade 3 to Grade 6

When Stars are Scattered
Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
Follow two young Kenyan refugees on story of the day-today life in a refugee camp and the difficulties that come when you have to choose between opportunity and family.
Harbor Me
Jacqueline Woodson
Six kids discover the power of vulnerability, bravery and friendship by sharing their stories and learning more about themselves and those around them.
It's Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from South Africa
Trevor Noah
Born a Crime follows the childhood of Trevor Noah in South Africa. A story of racism, motherly love and will mixed with Trevor Noah’s comedic talents.
Wish Tree
Katherine Applegate
A recommendation from the community. “You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.”
Howdy, I'm John Ware
Ayesha Clough
Meet John Ware, Alberta’s legendary Black cowboy who traveled many thousands of kilometres from slavery and war in the US South to become one of Canada’s most loved and respected ranchers.