What is Shelf Essentials?
Shelf Essentials highlights favorite picture books from BIPOC creators, presented seasonally by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
From tender family stories to important conversation starters: no bookshelf is complete without these essential picture books.
Coming in Fall 2021
Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans, the creative team behind Chocolate Me!, return with an upbeat story about a mixed-race boy in this heartfelt picture book.
A moving celebration of Black identity that encourages self-love with a singular poetic spirit, perfect for fans of Black Is a Rainbow Color and Woke Baby.
R. Gregory Christie has illustrated many picture books, three of which won a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustrator: The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children; Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth; and Yesterday I Had the Blues. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.gas-art.com
Draw the Line
Draw the Line is a powerful picture book about forgiveness from Kathryn Otoshi, author of the bestselling book One.
Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.
The Twins' Blanket
These look-alike twins have always shared everything—their room, their toys, a crib, and, since the day they were born, a blanket. But as they grow into new beds, they need new blankets, too. Now they face a new dilemma: they don't know how not to share.