Library Signup month celebrates libraries empowering people to see themselves in books. Libraries also empower people to see things through other people’s points of view. This year the American Library Association partnered with #1000BlackGirlBooks and Marley Dias to promote library books for everyone, including people who aren’t used to seeing their stories told. Today’s Friday Reads highlights some of the books on Marley’s original 1,000 books featuring black girl protagonists. These books are all available to check out at DPL.
If you want help finding books that feature stories you want to see told, let a librarian know! We’re always happy to match you to a book the fits your interests. If we don’t have one that fits your interests, we can order one that does.
Just like Josh Gibson / written by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Beth Peck.
A young girl’s grandmother tells her of her love for baseball and the day they let her play in the game even though she was a girl.
A picture book of Sojourner Truth / David A. Adler ; illustrated by Gershom Griffith.
An introduction to the life of the woman born into slavery who became a well-known abolitionist and crusader for the rights of African Americans in the United States.
Star Wars the high republic : a test of courage / by Justina Ireland ; illustrated by Petur Antonsson.
Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic! Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight at age sixteen, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She’s been charged with supervising twelve-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon. But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon’s droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador’s son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest?.
Not otherwise specified / Hannah Moskowitz.
Auditioning for a New York City performing arts high school could help Etta escape from her Nebraska all-girl school, where she’s not gay enough for her former friends, not sick enough for her eating disorders group, and not thin enough for ballet–but it may also mean real friendships.
When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other. But when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, despite pressure from social media and ParSec’s loyal fans, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.