The MahoganyBooks Children’s Bestsellers list is more than just a look at the Top Five kids books purchased over the past month from our store and website. It’s a list that takes into account the likes and preferences of young readers, as well as, the parents and guardians that support and nurture our kids regardless of publisher, recency of publication, or book promotions geared at manufacturing sales.
Quite simply, our children’s bestsellers list is a representation of the kinds of literary content that resonates most to them. So without further ado, we present our…
March 2020 | Children’s Bestsellers
#1 – Stamped by Ibram Kendi & Jason Reynolds
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
#2 – Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO by Tamara Pizzoli
Hilarious and smart, Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO is a modern take on the classic tooth fairy story by Tamara Pizzoli with illustrations by Federico Fabiani that is perfect for powerful little leaders ready to take on the world–one tooth at a time.
Meet Tallulah. She’s the Tooth Fairy CEO. Tallulah knows practically everything about being a tooth fairy. How to collect teeth. Dispense money. Train other fairies. And it’s all in the Teeth Titans Incorporated Employee Manual.
But when something happens that’s not covered in the manual, what’s a fairy to do?
#3 – Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon
Kirkus Starred Review
PW Starred Review
School Library Journal Starred Review
Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story — a song, a poem, a celebration — about feeling at home in one’s own beloved skin.
Browns of all kinds are lauded through a natural lens in this celebration of community and belonging. Gazing out the window at moving water, one child speaks of “Deep, secret brown./ Like the subtly churning river currents/ playfully beckoning me.” A page turn later, the same phrase turns inward: “Deep, secret brown… like my eyes.” In precise, lyrical poems by debut author Doyon, the “feathery brown” of hemlock shadows seen on a hike becomes “feathery brown… like my lashes.”
#4 – Parker Looks Up by Jessica & Parker Curry
A New York Times bestseller!
A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.
When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen–one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book.
#5 – M Is For Melanin by Tiffany Rose
“ A necessary, uplifting volume that celebrates ‘black girl magic’ and ‘black boy joy.’” –Publishers Weekly
M Is for Melanin is an empowering alphabet book that teaches kids their ABCs and celebrates Black children!
M is for Melanin
shining in every inch of your skin.
Every shade, every hue.
All beautiful and unique.
Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they’re in.