WISH LIST

Help us purchase books from our wish list. Consider buying books from an independent bookstore before looking on Amazon. Small independent bookstores have a bigger impact on their community than it may seem. They support local programs and bring in revenue to their city or town. And in these times, it is now more important than ever to support local independent black-owned bookstores.
TY ALLAN JACKSON
Pittsfield, MA
https://tyallanjackson.com/shop/
 
Ty is an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker. In 2011 he founded Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. Ty travels around the country inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy.  

Books can be mailed directly to:

Lisa Vergara

c/o Storytime Crafts

21 Greenwood Ave.

Needham, MA 02492

"Every student deserves to see themselves in the books they read. Books have the power to encourage students while at the same time enlighten other readers of the truths about lives they don’t live. And hopefully, that enlightenment will spur compassion, understanding, and change."  --Jennifer H.

"When you open a book and read of a character that thinks, feels, and loves the way that you do, you feel less alone. You feel more validated and confident in your identities to see a story map out your heart and soul. Kids need to feel confident in who they are from the earliest stages of development, and normalizing diversity is key to that goal."  --Nikolas A.

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Jerry Craft
https://jerrycraft.com/buy-the-book/
Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal winning author of the graphic novel, New Kid.  His second graphic novel, Class Act, publishes on October 6, 2020. Craft is also the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip which won the African American Literary Award five times. He is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
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SANDRA ELAINE SCOTT
Millis, MA
http://www.sandraelainescott.com/bookstore/
 

Award-Winning Author Sandra Elaine Scott is an International Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Life Coach who inspires joy and specializes in helping individuals turn their someday dreams into today’s reality with her unique blend of powerful, captivating stories, positive strategies and practical action steps. 

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PLUS...THREE BLACK-OWNED BOOKSTORES TO SUPPORT IN MASSACHUSETTS

 

FRUGAL BOOKSTORE

57 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

frugalbookstore.net  

617-541-1722

Frugal Bookstore is the only black-owned bookstore in Boston. Located in Roxbury, Frugal is owned and operated by Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, two bibliophiles who want to share their love for literature with their community. They sell brand new books online, over the phone, or in person, and their customer service is amazing.

SUSIE’S STORIES

51 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966

susiesstories.com

508-233-8418

Susie’s Stories is located in Rockport and represents the vision of Susie Rich, “to educate and entertain, promoting a positive image of self-esteem, confidence and the importance of community to both young readers and adults.” Susie’s Stories offers children’s books, poetry, and much more. Through storytelling, this independent bookstore aims to encourage positive attitude and to educate children on health and safety information about staying safe during extreme weather occurrences.

 

OLIVE TREE BOOKS-n-VOICES

97 Hancock St, Springfield, MA 01109

olivetreebooksonline.com 

413-737-6400

In Springfield, Olive Tree Books-n-Voices has been owned and operated by Zee Johnson for over 15 years. The building where the comfy bookstore stands was once a crack house. With a lot of love, inspiration, and help from her community, Johnson transformed the location into an inviting safe haven where you can get lost in the over 500 titles that focus on historical works, children’s stories, and their beloved inspirational & religious section. Stop by today for a friendly smile or a bit of inspiration.

SUGGESTED ANTI-RACIST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:

 

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, by Ilyasah Shabazz

https://www.amazon.com/Malcolm-Little-Boy-Grew-Become/dp/144241216X

 

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham

https://www.amazon.com/Not-My-Idea-Whiteness-Ordinary/dp/1948340003#:~:text=Inspired%20by%20her%20own%20children's,it%E2%80%94including%20some%20white%20people.

 

A Is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara

https://www.amazon.com/Activist-Innosanto-Nagara/dp/1609805399

 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Leaders-History-Vashti-Harrison/dp/0316475114

 

New Kid, by Jerry Craft

https://www.amazon.com/New-Kid-Jerry-Craft/dp/0062691198

 

The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas

https://www.amazon.com/Hate-U-Give-Angie-Thomas/dp/0062498533

 

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, by Tiffany Jewell

https://www.amazon.com/This-Book-Anti-Racist-lessons-action/dp/0711245215

 

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali

https://www.amazon.com/Proudest-Blue-Story-Hijab-Family/dp/0316519006

 

I Am Enough, by Grace Byers

https://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Enough-Grace-Byers/dp/0062667122

 

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, by Tony Medina

https://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Ways-Looking-Black-Boy/dp/0998799947

 

Freedom River, by Doreen Rappaport

https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-River-Coretta-Scott-Illustrator/dp/0786803509

 

When We Were Alone, by David Robertson 

https://www.amazon.com/When-Alone-David-Alexander-Robertson/dp/155379673X

 

Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson 

https://www.amazon.com/Harbor-Me-Jacqueline-Woodson/dp/0399252525

 

What Lane?, by Torrey Maldonado

https://www.amazon.com/What-Lane-Torrey-Maldonado/dp/0525518436

The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander

https://www.amazon.com/Undefeated-Kwame-Alexander/dp/1328780961

 

American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang

https://www.amazon.com/American-Born-Chinese-Gene-Luen/dp/0312384483

 

Kamala & Maya’s Big Idea, by Meena Harris 

https://www.amazon.com/Kamala-Mayas-Idea-Meena-Harris/dp/0062937405

 

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?, by Sandy Lynne Holman

https://www.amazon.com/Grandpa-Everything-Black-Sandy-Holman/dp/0964465507

 

Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi

https://www.amazon.com/AntiRacist-Baby-Ibram-X-Kendi/dp/0593110412

 

Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry

https://www.amazon.com/Hair-Love-Matthew-Cherry/dp/0525553363

 

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice, by Donald Moses and Marianne Celano

https://www.amazon.com/Something-Happened-Our-Town-Injustice/dp/1433828545

 

Alma And How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal

https://www.amazon.com/Alma-How-She-Got-Name/dp/0763693553

 

On The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson

https://www.amazon.com/Day-You-Begin-Jacqueline-Woodson/dp/0399246533

Grace Lin
https://gracelin.com/
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of more than 20 books — from picture books to young adult novels — for kids. Most of Lin's books are about the Asian-American experience, yet their themes are often universal. "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal."

Sponsors and Partners for Literacy:

Storytime Crafts, Inc. 2019

Needham, MA 02494

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"Sponsors and Partners for Literacy" is a specific term to include all organizations that support the mission of Storytime Crafts, Inc. including financial contributions, in-kind donations, and the exchange of charitable donations for sponsor and partner opportunities. 

"Sponsors and Partners for Literacy" receive recognition on Storytime Crafts website and through social media.

Dana Freedman - Needham High School '22

Nora Joyce - Newton Country Day School