Support Literacy & Book Beat with Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable.

To help develop early reading skills in children, Brilliant Detroit has made a recommended children’s reading list.These books are available from Book Beat, and can be donated to Detroit children in need through Brilliant Detroit.

Books on the list are discounted 20% and will go directly to help Brilliant Detroit neighborhoods. A box at Book Beat is dedicated for this purpose. To donate a book to Brilliant Detroit call us at:

(248) 968-1190 or email us at:


Bein’ with You This Way by Nikola-Lisa
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
I, too, Am American by Langston Hughes
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Firebird by Misty Copeland
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Kadir Nelson
Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons
Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a
Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter
The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Ian’s Walk by Laurie Lears
Don’t Call Me Special by Pat Thomas
Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie
John Henry by Julius Lester
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
Christmas Makes Me Think by Tony Medina
Allie’s Basketball Dream by Barbara E. Barber
Hair Like Mine by LaTashia Perry
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud
Love to Langston by Tony Medina
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by
Carole Boston Weatherford
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and
White America by Carole Boston Weatherford
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Tom’s Special Talent by Kate Gaynor
Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Tale With a Down Syndrome
Twist by Jewel Kats
Just Because by Rebecca Elliot
Meet Will and Jake: Best Buds Forever by Community
Living Kincardine & District
Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina
Lizard From the Park by Mark Pett
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty
One Family by George Shannon
Head to Toe (De La Cabeza a Los Pies) by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (La Oruga Muy Hambrienta)
by Eric Carle
Go Dog Go (Ve, Perro, Ve) by P.D. Eastman
Opposites (Opuestos) by Sandra Boyton
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level E-F by Liza

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