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Celebrating Black Chefs

A Collection of Cookbooks

It's a shame that many Black chefs have not received the recognition they deserve. Try changing that with the help of these amazing cookbooks. Whether you crave Southern fare or vegan dishes, these cookbooks have you covered. Many of the authors on this list have written more than one cookbook. Please visit our catalog for more ideas.

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If You Loved "The Crossover"...

Check out these titles!

Kwame Alexander's The Crossover is a book about basketball, middle school, and twin brothers dealing with life. Written in poetry but structured as a novel, The Crossover won the Newberry Medal in 2015.

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Salad Days

A Collection of Cookbooks

Nothing says "summer meal" quite like a big salad. But don't you get bored of the same salad every time? This collection of cookbooks offers a picnic basket full of salad recipes for a range of palettes. Vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike can find a new favorite meal in these pages.

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The Great Outdoors

Camping and hiking books for kids

The summer doesn’t have to be a drag because of the pandemic. How about hiking and camping? The whole family can move and have fun while observing social distancing guidelines! The books on this list tell inspiring stories and offer practical advice for enjoying the great outdoors.

Voices from Iraq

The Iraq War, 2003-2011

Although the Iraq War ended ten years ago, its effects and aftermath are still felt today. These books present a general history and overview of the United States' most controversial foreign policy action since the Vietnam War. All books on this list are works of non-fiction, including two titles that consist of candid interviews with Iraqi citizens.

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True Animal Tails

What could be cuter than books about animals? How about true stories of animals who did amazing things like learn with humans, save lives and make best friends? The selections on this list tell the true tails of amazing animals. Children and adults alike will enjoy the heart-warming stories and beautiful illustrations. Note: All titles are linked to their physical copies, and many are available as library e-books or e-audiobooks with OverDrive and its app Libby.

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Boston in Books

Boston. Beantown. Home of America's oldest university, park and subway system. But what is it like to live in such a fabled and esteemed city? The titles on this bibliography explore that question. Six novels and one memoir tell tales of racial and economic inequality that are as American as apple pie. (Please note all titles are linked to their physical copies; nearly all are also available as library ebooks via OverDrive and its app Libby.)

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Math for Kids

Math doesn't have to be boring! Move away from the tears and frustration with these books. Colorful illustrations, concise explanations written in kid-speak, and helpful diagrams will turn math into a fun and rewarding activity. All of the books included on this list are suitable for grade school-aged children (6-12 years).

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Berlin Stories

The German capital's dramatic history and role as a center for artists and intellectuals have long captivated the imagination. This list includes novels and works of non-fiction, all of which examine the city through important periods in its history. Spy stories, tales from the Weimar Republic, and portraits of survival during WWII are found below. Visit DC Public Library's catalog for more. 

Let's Dance!

Twinkle Toes

Dance books for kids

Are your kids tired of staying inside, or are you a young person in search of a cool summer activity? Try dancing at home! This collection of story books and non-fiction books for toddlers and grade school-aged children is sure to get anyone tapping and twirling.

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