for Younger Readers from our themed booklists

By Charnice Milton Community Bookstore

By Charnice Milton Community Bookstore

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, et al.

$18.98 $17.46

Starlight Soup, a Sukkot Story

Elana Rubinstein and Jennifer Naalchigar

$16.95 $15.59

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paul Fleischman and Eric Beddows

$6.99 $6.43

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson

Jen Bryant and Cannaday Chapman

$17.99 $16.55

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney


"When the time comes, what cracks open?" Honor King's birth (Jan 15) and death anniversary (April 4) by reading this. By yourself. To a child. With a child reading to you.

Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb

Veronica Chambers and Rachelle Baker

$18.99 $17.47

Chisholm (1924-2005) probably needs no introduction. The 50th anniversary of her history run for president is coming up. See also "Politics, Science, Philosophy and other Thoughts of Women"

Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Katherine Krohn and Al Milgrom


The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America

Kathleen Krull and Alexandra Bye

$19.99 $18.39

The Labor Department building is named for Frances Perkins, who is considered the "architect of the New Deal." See also "Women Named on DC Buildings"

Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story

Susan Robeson and Rod Brown


Paul Robeson

George Ford and Eloise Greenfield


Aleutian Sparrow

Karen Hesse and Evon Zerbetz

$7.99 $7.35

Frederick Douglass and the North Star

Lorenzo Pace


Imaginatively illustrated story of the abolitionist North Star newspaper, founded by Frederick Douglass, "the Lion of Anacostia."

A is for Anacostia

Courtney Davis and Jerry Craft


Travels in a historic neighborhood from DC author/educator, Dr. Courtney Davis

Defeat of the Ghost Riders: Introducing Mary McLeod Bethune

Dave Jackson and Neta Jackson


Mary McLeod Bethune is recognized in the naming of a charter school as well as on a history site in NW and a statue in SE. See also "Women Named on DC Buildings"

Simone de Beauvoir: Volume 23

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Christine Roussey

$14.99 $13.79

Important thinker of the 20th Century (1908-1986), foundational in thinking about existence, morality, and "the other." See also "Politics, Science, Philosophy and other Thoughts of Women"

Alvin Ailey

Andrea Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

$8.99 $8.27

dancer, founder of theater company and big force in modern dance (1931-1989). In Blooming in Motion.

Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller

Martin French


Dancer, choreographer, actor. (1919-2019). in Blooming in Motion.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

$17.99 $16.55

Dancer, choreographer, activist. (1906-1975). in Blooming in Motion.

Josephine Baker: Volume 16

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Agathe Sorlet

$15.99 $14.71

Dancer, choreographer, activist. (1906-1975). in Blooming in Motion.

Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins

Michelle Meadows and Ebony Glenn

$17.98 $16.54

Dancer, costume designer, choreographer. (1917-2003). in Blooming in Motion.

Blooming in Motion

Amber Barbee Pickens

$24.95 $22.95

Meant for adults but great for an older child, to read with little ones, and maybe for multi-generational coloring.

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

Renée Watson and Christian Robinson

$17.99 $16.55

Dancer, performer, choreographer, (1896-1921). in Blooming in Motion.

Dancing in the Wings

Debbie Allen and Kadir Nelson

$7.99 $7.35

from Debbie Allen, dancer, director, producer, choreographer (b. 1950). Debbie Allen is highlighted in Blooming in Motion.