Blank Rome Book Collection
In a special collaboration with Lee & Low Books, we have curated a special list of diverse books for grades K through 5, focusing on race, religion, culture, gender, and many additional areas that make our country – and our firm – beautifully diverse.
A Morning with Grandpa
A curious and active little girl spends the day learning tai chi from her grandfather, and in turn tries to teach him how to do yoga.
Whatever we feel—whether happy or sad, excited or wishful, proud or lonely—our faces mirror our emotions. In this contemporary yet timeless collection, sixteen evocative poems are brought to life in diverse and detailed faces that reveal the universal feelings we all share. Girls and boys, women and men invite us to experience their world, understand their lives, and find the connections that bring us together.
Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle
The Penderwicks meets In the Heights in this sparkling middle-grade debut about a young Dominican American girl in New York City.
As Fast as Words
The story of Mason Steele, an African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, who relies on his inner strength and his typing skills to break racial barriers after he begins attending a "whites-only" high school.
Great Soybean Picnic
When Jinyi and her family discover a soybean field, they begin a tradition that becomes a staple of the Chinese American community in the Midwest.
Black All Around
"Look high, look low, look everywhere . . . The wonderful color black is there!" A young girl discovers all the marvelous things that are black -- just like her!
The neighborhood is having a block party where everyone is responsible for bringing a food dish. Padma is excited about the party until she learns that her mother is planning to bring lentil soup. Padma thinks soup is so boring! Everyone else will bring fun things like pizza or hot dogs. Plus Padma worries that her friends won’t like the soup—but to her delight, she discovers that they not only like the soup, they want to learn how to make it.
Call Me Tree /
An imaginary tale of self-discovery told by a child who grows, learns about the natural world, embraces others, and is free to become who he or she is meant to be–a child as unique as a tree.
Catching the Moon:
The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
The spirited story of Marcenia Lyle, the African American girl who grew up to become "Toni Stone," the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team.
A story in free verse about a troubled boy who learns to use his mind instead of his fists through the guidance of an unconventional mentor and the game of chess.
Confucius:Great Teacher of China
A beautiful illustrated biography of a man whose philosophy shaped the course of Chinese history: the great teacher Confucius.
Dear Mrs. Parks:
A Dialogue with
On a December day in 1955, Rosa Parks changed the course of history when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.
In this uplifting story told in verse, a young boy living in the inner city projects tells about his hopes, fears, and dreams.
The Story of Architect Philip Freelon
Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon celebrates a contemporary black STEAM role model, a man whose quiet work enabled the creation of an iconic building reflecting America's past and future.
Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia
In this Pura Belpré Honor-winning book, Carmen Lomas Garza tells the story of her childhood growing up in Kingsville, TX.
Follow That Map!
In this new early chapter book in the popular Confetti Kids series, Pablo is excited to help his friends find the best route to Coney Island by using different transportation maps.
Game, Set, Match Champion Arthur Ashe
A picture book biography of tennis player Arthur Ashe, who began his career playing tennis as a child on the segregated courts as a child in Virginia and went on to become the top tennis player in the world.
Gracias • Thanks
In a series of poetic sentences, a young boy (biracial Mexican/Caucasian) tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.
Hammering for Freedom:The William Lewis Story
The inspirational story of William "Bill" Lewis, a hardworking blacksmith who slowly saved his money and bought the freedom of each and every member of his enslaved family.
Hot, Hot Roti
Overflowing with family, food, and a tall stack of fun, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is sure to warm the heart and tickle the tummy. A fun way for children to learn about the cultural traditions and foods of India to be enjoyed by the whole family.
I Am Alfonso Jones
The Hate U Give meets The Lovely Bones in this unflinching graphic novel about the afterlife of a young man killed by an off-duty police officer, co-illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist John Jennings.
Poems and Pictures of Heritage
In a celebration of diversity and family, fourteen poets and sixteen illustrators of diverse backgrounds share memorable childhood experiences and reflect upon their different heritages, traditions, and beliefs.
In Her Hands:
The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage
A recreation of events from the childhood and early career of Augusta Savage, a pioneering female sculptor and major figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
Ira's Shakespeare Dream
A nonfiction biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who overcame racism to become one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century.
A biography of the legendary Native American Jim Thorpe (1888–1953), voted the Greatest Football Player and Greatest Athlete of the Half-Century by two AP polls, focusing on his early childhood and how school and sports shaped his future.
John Lewis in the Lead:
A Story of the
Civil Rights Movement
A biography of John Lewis, one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders of the 1960s, focusing on his involvement in Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Little Melba and
Her Big Trombone
A biography of African American jazz virtuoso Melba Doretta Liston, a pioneering twentieth-century trombone player, composer, and music arranger at a time when few women, of any race, played brass instruments and were part of the jazz scene.
Warrior with Words
The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who has become an international activist for universal education, with beautiful collage illustrations by award-winning artist Susan L. Roth.
Mamá the Alien /
Mamá la extraterrestre
A young girl sees the word “alien” on her mother’s Resident Alien card and worries her mother is from another planet, until she finds out that the word has more than one meaning.
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match /
Marisol McDonald no combina
Mismatched and fabulous Marisol McDonald celebrates her Peruvian and Scottish heritage. Winner of the Pura Belpré Award Honor.
Lilly Ann Granderson
and Her Secret School
This historical fiction picture book reveals the unknown story of Lilly Ann Granderson, an African-American teacher who risked her life to teach others during slavery.
The delicious true story of an inventive chef and the serendipitous events that led to the creation of the world's favorite snack--nachos!
Rainbow Weaver /
Tejedora del arcoíris
A young Mayan girl isn’t allowed to use her mother’s thread to weave, so with a little ingenuity, she discovers how to repurpose plastic bags to create colorful weavings. Based on an actual recycling movement in Guatemala.
Sam and the
During Chinese New Year, a young boy encounters a homeless person and discovers that no gift is too small when it comes from the heart.
Seeds of Change:
Planting a Path to Peace
This picture book biography profiles scientist Wangari Maathi, the first African woman –– and first environmentalist –– to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her work planting trees in her native Kenya.
She Was the First!:
The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
A timely, inspiring picture book biography of the dynamic twentieth-century educator, activist, and politician Shirley Chisholm.
The Anna May Wong Story
The true story of Chinese American film star Anna May Wong, whose trail-blazing career in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s broke new ground for future generations of Asian American actors.
Young Casey loves sparkly things, but his older sister Jessie does not approve of his interest until an encounter with bullies helps her learn to accept and respect Casey for who he is.
Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!
A biography of James Van Der Zee, innovative and celebrated African American photographer of the Harlem Renaissance.
Tan to Tamarind:
Poems About the Color Brown
A poetry collection that explores the spectrum of beautiful shades of brown.
The Lion Queens
Award-winning photojournalist Jan Reynolds offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the endangered Asiatic lions and the female forest rangers who fight to save them.
The Story of
Civil Rights Hero
Meet John Lewis, a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s who became a revered Congressman of the present day
The Story of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
This inspiring entry in the "Story of" line of chapter-book biographies features Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and environmentalist, to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
The Story of
Anna May Wong
Meet Anna May Wong, whose trailblazing career in Hollywood broke new ground for future generations of Asian American actors.
The Story of
The "Story" chapter-book line debuts with this action-packed tribute to Arthur Ashe, one of the most compelling athletes and humanitarians of the twentieth century.
The Story of
This new entry in the innovative “Story” line of chapter-book biographies features Ira Aldridge, an African American actor considered one of the greatest Shakespearean performers of the nineteenth century, and an outspoken advocate for the abolitionist movement in the United States.
The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan
Garrett Morgan, a prolific African American inventor and entrepreneur, must test his latest invention in a daring rescue after an explosion at the Cleveland Waterworks.
The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
The life story of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who developed the first procedure used to perform open-heart surgery on children.
Todos Iguales/All Equal:
Un corrido de Lemon Grove /
A Ballad of Lemon Grove
The empowering true story of the 1931 Lemon Grove Incident, in which Mexican families in southern California won the first school desegregation case in United States history.
Under My Hijab
A young girl celebrates the many women in her life who choose to wear the hijab in this lovely book from the author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.
Want to Play?
In this early chapter book, part of the Confetti Kids series, a diverse group of kids decide to play pretend. There's no limit to what they imagine they can be!
When Aidan Became a Brother
This sweet #ownvoices picture book celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.
Zombies Don't Eat Veggies!
In this delightful debut by a talented husband-and-wife team, Mo Romero is a zombie with a deep, dark secret...