Lifelines Episode 22: Finding a Range of Diverse Books — with Dr. Krista Aronson



In Episode 22, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for picture books about people of color leading regular lives. Then, Ann Braden will share her conversation with Dr. Krista Aronson, founder of the Diverse Book Finder, a comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC).

Saadia’s Recommendations

Picture Books About People of Color Leading Regular Lives

SAFFRON ICE CREAM written by Rashin Kheiriyeh

DRUMMER GIRL by Heba Masood and Hoda Hadadi.

YO SOY MUSLIM by Mark Gonzales, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini.

LOVELY written and illustrated by Jess Hong.

PRINCE AND KNIGHT written by Daniel Haack and illustrated by Stevie Lewis.

THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH by Supriya Kelkar, art by Alea Marley.

BILAL COOKS DAAL written by Aisha Saeed and illustrated by Anoosha Syed.

HAIR LOVE written by Matthew A Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison.

HELLO GOODBYE DOG by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton.

Information about Diverse Book Finder:


Lead by Dr. Krista Aronson, it is:

Source: Diverse Book Finder,

A UNIQUE CIRCULATING COLLECTION: they collect all depictions of BIPOC characters in trade picture books published since 2002. Anyone can check these books out at any time through Interlibrary Loan.

A SEARCH TOOL: a first-of-its-kind online, searchable database of our collection that makes it easier for everyone to locate and explore children’s picture books featuring BIPOC characters.
A SOURCE OF CRITICAL DATA: real-time data on who (which BIPOC characters) is depicted in trade picture books, and how (what messages these stories send), to enable deeper conversation and change.


Source: Diverse Book Finder,