Together, Education Director, Deena Murphy, and Early Education Director, Stacy Weinberger, curated a list of books to brighten up King Street Center’s bookshelves. We believe it’s important for kids to see themselves on the pages of the books they read. Will you help to add to the stacks?

If you are making a gift in honor of a loved one, we’d be happy to inscribe their name on the inside cover. Just email the details to

Our local book sellers at Phoenix Books (802-448-3350) and Flying Pig Bookstore (802-985-3999) are at the ready to take your call. Place your order through them, tell them it’s for King Street Center, and we’ll pick it up! A touchless, but touching, transaction. Should you decide to order online, our mailing address is:

King Street Center, 87 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401

And, thank you, thank you, a hundred times, thank you!

An update to our wishlist! December 2020

Do you know the What Was Series? And the Who Was Series? We’d love to add to our collection!

We’re also super excited about the Science Comics Series!

Picture books

*Already purchased. Thank you!

*Spirit of the Cheetah: A Somali Tale by Karen Lynn Williams

*You Matter by Christian Robinson

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle

Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi  (Author), Lea Lyon (Illustrator)

*Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

*Simone Visits the Museum by Dr. Kelsi Bracmort

*Lift by Minh Lê

Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid by Victoria Tentler-Krylov Marie (Illustrator)

*Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell and James E. Ransome

MARVEL’s Black Panther: On the Prowl! (Marvel Black Panther) by R. R. Busse

I Am Brown by Ashok Banker and Sandhya Prabhat

Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright by Nina Crews and Richard Wright

Ayobami and the Names of the Animals by Pilar López Ávila

My Hands Sing The Blues: Romare Bearden’s…by Jeanne Walker Harvey

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

*Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

*Lola and the Library by Anna McQuinn

*Princess Hair by Sharee Jackson

*Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Allie’s Basketball Dream by Barbara Barber

*The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen 

Young Adult

Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne

*All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

*The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

*The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Baby Girl by Lenora Adams

Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson

The Mistreatment of Zora Langston by Lisa W. Tetting

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile

Swing (Blink) by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

Zion Williamson: The Inspirational Story of How Zion Williamson Became the NBA’s First Draft Pick by Jackson Carter

A Black Woman Did That (1) by Malaika Adero and Chanté Timothy

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson , Kwame Alexander

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World (Volume 1) by L. A. Amber

Bang! by Sharon G. Flake

Chains (Seeds of America #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

*Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning – Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Home of the Brave: An American History Book for Kids: 15 Immigrants Who Shaped U.S. History by Brooke Khan