OPL 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: #ownvoices children's books

Gifts for the readers in your life recommended by OPL librarians.

Wondering what books your OPL librarians would give as gifts? Here's what we recommend! As always, you'll want to buy these titles from your local bookseller. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of indie bookstores in Oakland.

This year, our children's book list is entirely #ownvoices--books with diverse characters created by authors or illustrators of the same group. Please enjoy and share widely.  

This page has recommendations for children. Check out our gift guide for teen and adults here. 

OPL 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's List 

Board Books


Cuauhtemos: shapes / formas
Patty Rodríguez, Ariana Stein, and Citlali Reyes

Counting on community
Innosanto Nagara

Picture Books


Last stop on Market Street
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

Princess hair
Sharee Miller  

Rudas: Niño's horrendous hermanitas
Yuyi Morales

Furqan's First Flat Top/el primer corte de mesita de Furqan
Robert Liu-Trujillo

I got the rhythm
Connie Schofield-Morrison

How do you say / Cόmo se dice
Angela Dominguez

Chapter Books


Two Naomis
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Alex Gino

Kwame Alexander

Jason Reynolds

Louise Erdrich



Voice of freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Carole Boston Weatherford

The princess and the warrior
Duncan Tonatiuh

Graphic novels


March, books 1, 2 and 3
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

El Deafo
Cece Bell

Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

Secret Coders
Gene Luen Yang

Razzle dazzle unicorn
Dana Simpson

Kazu Kibuishi

Lowriders to the center of the earth
Cathy Camper & Raul the Third

Goldie Vance v. 1
Hope Larson & Brittney Williams

Oakland Indie Bookstores

Remember to call before you visit if you're looking for particular titles. 

Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway. 452-9232
Pegasus- Oakland, 5560 College Ave. 652-6259
Marcus Bookstore, 3900 MLK Way. 652-2344
A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave. 339-8210
E. M. Wolfman, 410 13th St. 415-250-5527
Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave. 653-9965
Walden Pond Books, 3319 Grand Ave. 832-4438
Dr. Comics and Mr. Games, 4014 Piedmont Ave. 601-7800
Cape and Cowl, 1601 Clay St. 907-0678


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