Books About Joy Collection - BOOKSABOUTJOY

A disproportionate number of books about BIPOC protagonists focus on their marginalization. Though it is important for children to understand the history and complexity of oppression, racism, and discrimination, children—especially children of color—also deserve to see themselves thrive and to experience the joy of being part of a loving community. We've compiled a list of diverse books that reflect the daily lives of children and the joy of play, family and friends, and being themselves! For an even more extensive list of books about joy or to build out a collection for your school or library, please contact Katie Potter, Senior Literacy Specialist, at kpotter@leeandlow.com for more information.

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Books About Joy Collection (41 Books): $657.95

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Themes

Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Native American Interest, Muslim/Muslim American Interest, Multiethnic interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, History, Grandparents, Friendship, Families, Cultural Diversity, African/African American Interest, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Asian/Asian American Interest, Empathy/Compassion, Courage, Kindness/Caring

Included formats shown below in BOLD

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Dreaming Up

By Hale

Illustrated by Hale

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: I
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: PreK - 5

Lexile Level: AD550L
DRA: 16

HC: $19.95
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Drum, Chavi, Drum! / ¡Toca, Chavi, Toca!

By Dole

Illustrated by Tonel

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera

By Alarcón

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 6

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 34

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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If I Were a Tree

By Zimmerman

Illustrated by Tsong

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: PreK
Interest Level: PreK - 3

HC: $19.95
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Sunday Shopping

By Derby

Illustrated by Strickland

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 3.7
DRA: 28

PB: $10.95
HC: $17.95
6PK: $65.70
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My Colors, My World/ Mis colores, mi mundo

By Gonzalez

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: I
Spanish Guided Reading: I
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: K - 2

AR Level: 2.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD460L
SRC: 3.2
DRA: 16

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Sumo Joe

By Wenjen

Illustrated by Iwata

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Grade Level: K
Interest Level: K - 3

DRA: 20

HC: $18.95
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Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña

By Arnold

Illustrated by Domínguez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: PreK - 5

Lexile Level: AD700L
DRA: 38

HC: $19.95
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King for a Day

By Khan

Illustrated by Krömer

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 2.4
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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The Turtle Ship

By Rhee

Illustrated by Kong-Savage

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 5

DRA: 34

HC: $18.95
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Drummer Boy of John John

By Greenwood

Illustrated by Lessac

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 5

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD820L
DRA: 28

PB: $11.95
6PK: $71.70
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There's No Base Like Home

By Mendoza / Mendoza Dusan

Illustrated by McNally Barshaw

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 8

DRA: 50

HC: $18.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?

By Van Camp

Illustrated by Littlechild

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 5

AR Level: 3.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 34

PB: $12.95
6PK: $77.70
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Summoning the Phoenix

By Jiang

Illustrated by Chu

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 6

AR Level: 5.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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When Aidan Became a Brother

By Lukoff

Illustrated by Juanita

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: PreK - 3

DRA: 30

HC: $18.95
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The Electric Slide and Kai

By Baptist

Illustrated by Johnson

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: K
Interest Level: K - 3

DRA: 34

HC: $19.95
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Maya's Blanket/ La manta de Maya

By Brown

Illustrated by Diaz

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: M
Spanish Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 4

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD780L
DRA: 28

HC: $18.95
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A Space for Me

By Falwell

Illustrated by Falwell

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: PreK - 3

DRA: 20

HC: $18.95
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A Morning with Grandpa

By Liu

Illustrated by Forshay

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

Lexile Level: AD570L
DRA: 28

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Juna's Jar

By Bahk

Illustrated by Hoshino

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 4

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD540L
DRA: 24

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana

By Alarcón

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: PreK - 5

Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 28

HC: $18.95
Medium_large

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji

By Zia

Illustrated by Min

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 5

AR Level: 3.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD580L
SRC: 3.2
DRA: 34

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Where Fireflies Dance / Ahi, donde bailan las luciérnagas

By Corpi

Illustrated by Reisberg

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 2

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 680L
SRC: 3.9
DRA: 34

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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When the Shadbush Blooms

By Katz / Messinger

Illustrated by Fadden

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6

AR Level: 4.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NC660L
DRA: 34

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On These Magic Shores

By Méndez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Y
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 3 - 7

DRA: 60

HC: $19.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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Summer of the Mariposas

By McCall

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 6 - College

AR Level: 5.4 - 13.0
Lexile Level: 840L
SRC: 5.5
DRA: 80

EBOOK: $7.99
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Black All Around

By Hubbell

Illustrated by Tate

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: I
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: PreK - 3
Intervention: 17

AR Level: 1.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD490L
SRC: 2.4
DRA: 16

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

By Brown

Illustrated by Palacios

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: L
Spanish Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 2.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD580L
SRC: 2.3
DRA: 24

HC: $18.95
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Magic Like That

By Doyon

Illustrated by Bowers

Teacher's Guide

Grade Level: K
Interest Level: K - 3

HC: $18.95
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Under My Hijab

By Khan

Illustrated by Jaleel

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Grade Level: PreK
Interest Level: PreK - 3

Lexile Level: AD710L
DRA: 20

HC: $18.95
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The Happiest Tree

By Krishnaswami

Illustrated by Jeyaveeran

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD510L
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Kiyoshi's Walk

By Karlins

Illustrated by Wong

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: 1 - 3

DRA: 34

HC: $18.95
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Nacho's Nachos

By Nickel

Illustrated by Dominguez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: K
Interest Level: K - 5

DRA: 34

HC: $18.95
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The Hula-Hoopin' Queen

By Godin

by Brantley-Newton

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 2.4
DRA: 38

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The Monster in the Mudball

By Gates

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 6

AR Level: 4.8 - 5.0
Lexile Level: 670L
SRC: 4.2
DRA: 50

HC: $16.95
EBOOK: $6.99
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Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

By Armendáriz

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 3 - 7

DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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The Shadow Prince

By Durham

Guided Reading: Y
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 4 - 9

DRA: 60

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The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera #1)

By Bowles / Raúl the Third

Illustrated by Duffy / Robinson

Guided Reading: Z+
Grade Level: 7
Interest Level: 7 - 12

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Rebel Seoul

By Oh

Guided Reading: Z+
Grade Level: 7
Interest Level: 7 - 12

AR Level: 5.2 - 13.0
Lexile Level: HL730L
DRA: 80

HC: $19.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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Cat Girl's Day Off

By Pauley

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 6 - 12

AR Level: 4.4 - 11.0
Lexile Level: 660L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 80

PB: $13.95
EBOOK: $7.99
6PK: $83.70
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Zombies Don't Eat Veggies!

By Lacera / Lacera

Illustrated by Lacera

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: PreK - 5

DRA: 34

HC: $19.95