January 2021 Books


January 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn about how this leader changed the course of the civil rights movement with these books…

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

As a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. became aware of inequity — and vowed to do something about it as he grew up. This inspiring book details how early compassion and dedication can change the world.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Using quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., this book is a great way to learn the history of one of the most important figures of American history. A thought-provoking way to begin conversations around MLK Day.

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech brought to life with vibrant illustrations. A thoughtful and easy-to-understand way of learning about this speech that changed the United States forever.

Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A. by Arlisha Norwood

Learn all about the important black trailblazers in American history and beyond! Accompanied by fantastic portraits, this book is a wonderful way to learn about and appreciate Black heroes in history.

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr

What started the civil rights movement? How did people change laws and the way we treat others? By standing up for what was right! This book is a great introduction to equality and the idea that everyone deserves a voice.

January 12th is National Hot Tea Day! Pour a cup and celebrate with these books…

Teatime Around the World by Denyse Waisbluth, illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne

How do different cultures prepare and enjoy their tea? A charming look at a pastime that is enjoyed around the world.

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

What happens at a tea party? You drink tea, you eat yummy desserts and you share them with your huge dinosaur friend! A cute story about a not-so-normal tea party.

January is the fresh start of a new year — and all about creating new goals! Set a goal and read this book…

Dream On!: A book about possibilities by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen

If you dream it, you can achieve it! A fun story about achieving your goals, never too big or small. A great way to get the reader inspired to dream big.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day Indigenous Peoples' Day — while not a federal holiday — is recognized on the second Monday in October by many cities and states in the United States, including the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and California. The day...

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Celebrating Filipino American History Month Each year, the United States recognizes Filipino American History during the month of October. As the second-largest Asian American group in the country and the third-largest ethnic group in California, Filipino Americans...

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth When Terika Hameth found out she was pregnant last year, her initial joy was soon overwhelmed by anxiety. “I thought, ‘What if I die?’” she said. Her fear was not misplaced. Black women in Los Angeles County...

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day You are your child’s first teacher and are very important to their intellectual growth. From the beginning, your baby is learning language skills that will help with learning how to read, write and communicate out loud in the...

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31!

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31!

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31! When it comes to breastfeeding, racial equity is an issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fewer than 60% of Black mothers have ever breastfed compared to 75% of white mothers. Breastfeeding builds immunities, is...

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