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We are living through an incredibly challenging time as our world reacts to the threat of the novel coronavirus. In response, we have created curations so parents can quickly find books to help their children deal with uncertainty, fear, sickness, anxiety, loneliness and missing someone. Other curations focus on the power of kindness and community, creating a sense of calm and security, as well as learning meditation and mindfulness. We sincerely hope these selections help kids cope, develop greater resilience and thrive.

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5 Best Picture Books About Civil Rights

These books do a wonderful job of telling stories from real life during the days of American segregation, showcasing the courageous steps so many people took to help secure equal rights for those denied them. Some realistic fiction, some biographical. Ages 4 – 10.

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5 Best Picture Books About Voting Rights in the United States

These five books about voting rights in the United States include true stories of the fight for women’s suffrage and for equal voting rights during the era of segregation. They are told with honesty in an interesting and child-friendly way.  Ages 5 — 10.

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5 Best Picture Books: Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Beautifully and thoughtfully done, these five books shine a light on a dark part of U.S. history that is important to teach by telling stories based on real life — showcasing powerful characters who brought hope to many and found a means to help others to freedom. Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad is a wordless book, and in its own way allows a deeper understanding. May these selections help inspire questions from and conversation with your little one. Ages 4 — 8.

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5 Best Picture Books About Making a Difference

Stories of people making a difference in the world are so important, and just as important to see how a small act from one person can have a big impact. From giving a village access to hospitals, to children having warm mittens in winter, we sometimes can’t see the eventual ripple effects when we choose to do our part. Ages 3 — 10+, a variety of age ranges included here.

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