You can help diversify representation on the bookshelf in a SPS classroom

and support a Black-owned small business at the same time!


  1. Choose a book or books to donate.

  2. Order the book from our partner, Susie’s Stories.

  3. The books will be delivered to Sharon Public Schools by SREA.

List of titles


Ages 4+

Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! By Veronica Chambers

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez

Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina by Lea Lyon and A. LaFaye

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton

Ages 6+

Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Ages 8+

The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison


Picture Books

Ages 2+

Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford

Ages 3+

Rocket Says Look Up! By Nathan Bryon

M is for Melanin by Tiffani Rose

I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

I am Enough by Grace Byers

Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley

When God Made You by Mathew Paul Turner

Black Boy, Black Boy by Crown Shepherd

My Brown Skin by Dr. Thomishia Booker

Ages 4+

Dad, Who Will I Be by G. Todd Taylor

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall

Ty’s Travels series by Kelly Starling

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

I am a Confident King by Jasmine Furr

Hair Love by Matthew A Cherry

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

Ages 5+

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Where’s Rodney? By Carmen Bogan

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

We Came to America by Faith Ringgold

Ana and Andrew series by Christine Platt

The Water Princess by Susan Verde

White Water by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein

Brown Boy Joy by Dr. Thomishia Booker

Ages 6+

Northbound: A Train RIde Out of Segregation by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein

Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue

Upper Grade Fiction/Historical Fiction Chapter Books

Ages 6+

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot

Ages 8+

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Blended by Sharon Draper

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge Young Readers’ Edition by Erica Armstrong and Kathleen Van Cleve

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Ages 10+

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari

Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson

This Promise for Change by Jo Ann Boyce and Debbie Levy

March series by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey From World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Reaching For The Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson


How to order


Susie’s Stories, a Black-owned business in Rockport, MA, is ready to take your order! 


  1. Choose any title(s) from the SREA list

  2. Email or call to place your order. Susie and Doug will be happy to help you!

  3. Ask to have your book selection(s) shipped to SREA.

  4. If you wish, designate which classroom you would like to receive the book



Phone:  (508) 233-8418

Susie’s Stories will ship all donated books to SREA for distribution to Sharon Public Schools classrooms.


To learn more about Susie's Stories and to view their online book selections visit their website.




Q: I want the book I buy to go to my child’s classroom. Is there a way to make sure that happens?

A: Yes.  Please tell Susie. She will add that to the spreadsheet that she will share with SREA.


Q:  Why not just go through Amazon? It’s so much easier!

A:  By ordering from Susie’s Stories, you are supporting a Massachusetts-based, Black-owned small business -- during a pandemic. Your extra effort will support this business at a critical time. AND Susie will keep track of all donation requests for us -- so that we can ensure that every book goes where it is supposed to. It’s a win-win.