Readers Grades K-2

Julián is a Mermaid

Author: Jessica Love

Description: Enchanted by three glittering passengers on an underground train, Julián announces to his Abuela (grandma) that he is in fact a mermaid. Using objects found around his Abuela’s home – flowers, leaves, lipstick and a lacy curtain – we witness Julián’s transformation into a magical sea creature. The book shows how dressing up can enable us to explore who we are and has helped trans and gender-questioning children find acceptance.

Readers Grades 3-5

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say

Author: Angela Dominguez

Description: Stella Díaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Díaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely. When a new boy arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja. Plus, she has to speak in front of her whole class for a big presentation at school! But she better get over her fears soon, because Stella Díaz has something to say!

Readers Grades 6-8

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Author: Meg Medina

Description: Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.