13 Books Published by Orchard Books on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about Bessie the Motorcycle Queen by Charles R. Smith Jr. Bessie the Motorcycle Queen

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Orchard Books (Sep 20, 2022)
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Hop on the bike with Bessie Stringfield, the motorcycle queen of Miami, in this powerful picture book from Coretta Scott King medalist Charles R. Smith, Jr. and debut picture book illustrator Charlot Kristensen.

The folks they lined up to meet the Motorcycle Queen, seated sidesaddle on her motorbike machine.

In 1929, 18-year-old Bessie Stringfield hopped on her motorcycle and headed out on an adventure, an unusual choice for a young Black woman at the time. Paying her way by winning motorcycle races, she criss-crossed the country through small towns, big cities, and wide open spaces.

But not everyone was happy to see Bessie’s brown face peeking out from underneath her helmet. And more than once, Bessie found herself making some quick exits on the back of her bike to escape Jim Crow. A trailblazer in the world of women’s racing and motorcycling, Bessie Stringfield was a figure who will inspire all children to pursue their dreams.

From the first line, award-winning author Charles R. Smith Jr.’s poetry evokes emotion, excitement, fear, and wonder in equal measures. Charlot Kristensen portrays Bessie and the American landscape with vivid imagery that is sure to capture the attention of young readers.

A much-needed story about a Black woman who paved the way for future generations, for fans of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson and My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña.


Click for more detail about I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges I Am Ruby Bridges

by Ruby Bridges
Orchard Books (Aug 02, 2022)
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In a beautiful and poetic reflection, Ruby Bridges tells her story as never before and shares the events of that momentous day in 1960 when Ruby was the first child to integrate the school system as a six-year-old little girl — a personal and intimate look through a child’s lens at a landmark moment in our Civil Rights history.

My work will be precious,
I will be a bridge between people…
I will bridge the “gap” between black & white…
… but hopefully all people!

I suppose some things in life are just meant to be.

When Ruby Bridges was just six-year-old, she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Told from the perspective of her six year old self and based on the pivotal events that happened in 1960, Ruby tells her story from her own point of view for the first time, in a poetic reflection on her experience that changed the face of history and the trajectory of the Civil Rights movement.

Embracing her name and discovering that even at six years old Ruby Bridges was able to pave the path for future generations, this is a story full of innocence and courage. The vibrant and warm illustrations from NAACP nominated illustrator Nikkolas Smith brings Ruby’s story to life. This inspiring book offers hope and confidence to all children and is a perfect learning tool for schools and libraries to teach the story of Ruby Bridges as never before and will introduce this landmark story to young readers in a powerful new way. With poignancy, heart and from a child’s eye view, Bridges reflects on the way one brave little girl stood proud and tall to help build a bridge between all people.


Click for more detail about Stand Up!: 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change by Brittney Cooper Stand Up!: 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change

by Brittney Cooper
Orchard Books (Aug 02, 2022)
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From the New York Times, bestselling author of Eloquent Rage comes a powerful, groundbreaking picture book debut introducing young readers to ten revolutionary Black women — both historical and contemporary — who changed the world for the better, inspiring readers today to know their strength, to be brave, and to STAND UP!

“A breakthrough… this force of nature is becoming one of our fiercest voices in the new generation of African-American thinkers.” — Essence

Bestselling author Brittney Cooper is a leading Black feminist voice of our times. From her New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage, selected by Emma Watson as an “Our Shared Shelf Book,” to her frequent guest appearances on MSNBC, to her regular features on Cosmopolitan.com and Salon.com, and her TED Talk with over 800K views, there’s no question Brittney Cooper is one of the most preeminent Black influencers of today. Now, this author, professor, activist, and cultural critic brings her immense talents to the children’s space with a seven-title publishing deal at Scholastic, spanning from picture books to middle grade, and launching with this momentous picture book debut: Stand Up!

Stand Up! tells the story of ten historic female figures who changed the world by standing up for what’s right, including legendary Civil Rights activists like Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks and spanning to contemporary role models like Bree Newsome, who removed the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, and Mari Copeny, a youth activist who fought for clean water in Flint, Michigan. This inspirational biographical collection will live side by side with bestselling classics like Little Leaders and She Persisted yet offers a wholly original, powerful new voice and approach that make this story so singular, personal, and groundbreaking. Cooper’s enlightening text depicts both famous and unsung Black women who took a stand and made the world a better place for future generations. Each heroic figure is interconnected by a united quest for equity, and offers young readers a stirring, inspirational call to action, reminding them that they are mighty too, and can be forces for change when they stand up!


Click for more detail about We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier We Shall Overcome

by Bryan Collier
Orchard Books (Nov 02, 2021)
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A celebration of the gospel anthem and Civil Rights protest song We Shall Overcome, masterfully brought to life by Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier.

We Shall Overcome is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights activism. Now, these inspirational, empowering, legendary lyrics are brought to life with the stirring, evocative, and breathtaking illustrations from multi-award-winning talent Bryan Collier. Powerfully imagined for the present moment, Collier’s illustrations meld the most emblematic moments of the twentieth-century Civil Rights movement with the present day, depicting the movements, protests, and demonstrations — big and small — as the fight for justice continues. With illustrations full of depth, tenderness, and expression, and offering historical context while remaining powerfully relevant to the present-day, this impactful picture book is a must-have for every home, classroom, and bookshelf.


Click for more detail about Bright Brown Baby by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney Bright Brown Baby

by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
Orchard Books (Oct 05, 2021)
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A rhythmic, whimsically illustrated celebration of Black and brown babies and the joy, tender moments, and boundless love shared between children and their caregivers, from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney.

Brown baby, born bright.

Greet the world. Spread your light.

Sparkling eyes blink hello.

Bright brown baby, you will GO!

Cuddle up with your little one, read aloud, and REPEAT: This gorgeous picture book treasury is sure to become your favorite storytime anthem. Dive into these five beautiful poems that celebrate the tender, cozy, early days between parent and child, and the exuberant joy of watching a brand-new life take shape. Warm, winsome, and welcoming illustrations from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney exude joy and love on every page. Bouncing, rhythmic text from New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney rolls off the tongue and begs to be read aloud, in these poems that include Count to Love, Hey, Baby Girl!, and Baby Boy, You are a Star.

A celebration of Black and brown joy, babies, and families, this beautiful picture book treasury is the perfect gift item, bookshelf staple, and long-lasting classic in the making. Just right for new and expectant parents, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and more, this book is sure to be treasured for years to come.

And if you’re looking for a board book edition for baby? Each poem will also be released as a separate board book edition, with Count to Love out now!


Click for more detail about All Because You Matter by Tami Charles All Because You Matter

by Tami Charles
Orchard Books (Oct 06, 2020)
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A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

Discover this poignant, timely, and emotionally stirring picture book, an ode to black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love.

Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, assuring readers that they always have, and always will, matter. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that they matter and their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughter, through the hardship of adolescent struggles and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter.

Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, All Because You Matter empowers readers with pride, joy, and comfort, reminding them of their roots and strengthening them for the days to come.

Lyrical, personal, and full of love, All Because You Matter is for the picture book audience that The Hate U Give was for YA and Ghost Boys was for middle grade: a conversation starter, a community touchstone, and a deep affirmation of worth for the young readers who need it most.


Click for more detail about The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds The Word Collector

by Peter H. Reynolds
Orchard Books (Jan 30, 2018)
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In this extraordinary new tale from the creator of "Dot" and "Happy Dreamer" comes a celebration of finding one’s own words and the impact they have when they are shared with the world. Full color.


Click for more detail about Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts by Nikki Grimes Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts

by Nikki Grimes
Orchard Books (Jan 06, 2015)
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Nikki Grimes offers a glimpse into the inspiring lives of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, with breathtaking illustrations by Michele Wood! What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create Chasing Freedom, an engaging work of historical fiction about two of the nineteenth century’s most powerful, and inspiring, American women. With breathtaking illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award winner Michele Wood, Chasing Freedom richly imagines the experiences of Tubman and Anthony, set against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Additional back matter invites curious young readers to further explore this period in history—and the larger-than-life figures who lived it.


Click for more detail about Eight Days: A Story Of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat Eight Days: A Story Of Haiti

by Edwidge Danticat
Orchard Books (Sep 01, 2010)
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From National Book Award nominee Edwidge Danticat comes a timely, brilliantly crafted story of hope and imagination—a powerful tribute to Haiti and children around the world!

Hope comes alive in this heartfelt and deeply resonating story.
While Junior is trapped for 8 days beneath his collapsed house after an earthquake, he uses his imagination for comfort. Drawing on beautiful, everyday-life memories, Junior paints a sparkling picture of Haiti for each of those days—flying kites with his best friend or racing his sister around St. Marc’s Square—helping him through the tragedy until he is finally rescued.
Love and hope dance across each page—granting us a way to talk about resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.


Click for more detail about Lily Brown’s Paintings by Angela Johnson Lily Brown’s Paintings

by Angela Johnson
Orchard Books (Jan 01, 2007)
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Author Angela Johnson and illustrator E. B. Lewis combine their award-winning talents to create a dazzling celebration of family and creativity.
When Lily Brown paints, her world starts to change …
trees wear hats and drink tea, people walk upside down, and apples sing all the way home from the store.
It’s Lily Brown’s world, and it’s wondrous.
A little paint and a lot of love bring imagination to life in this captivating picture book. Angela Johnson’s lyrical writing compliments E. B. Lewis’ delightful watercolors. This book marks a different approach for E. B. Lewis’ artwork as his images imitate the great artists, such as Van Gogh and Matisse.


Click for more detail about Joshua by the Sea by Angela Johnson Joshua by the Sea

by Angela Johnson
Orchard Books (Sep 01, 1994)
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Joshua goes to the shore with his family.


Click for more detail about Rain Feet by Angela Johnson Rain Feet

by Angela Johnson
Orchard Books (Sep 01, 1994)
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A very young boy in a yellow slicker enjoys playing in the rain.


Click for more detail about Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson Do Like Kyla

by Angela Johnson
Orchard Books (Mar 01, 1990)
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A little girl imitates her big sister Kyla all day, until in the evening Kyla imitates her.