Book Collection

Providing culturally-relevant books that create connection

A main part of J3’s mission is to increase book access. All of our students have access to over 5,000 carefully curated diverse and inclusive books through our lending library program.

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We ensure all J3 books:

  • Recognize and celebrate diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, Indigenous peoples, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and religious minorities
  • Promote inclusion
  • Feature the latest Coretta Scott King, Caldecott Medal, Newberry Medal, and more award winners
  • Feature new and upcoming diverse authors

Our carefully curated library features:

  • Picture books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Graphic novels
  • Highly illustrated chapter books
  • Early chapter books
  • Highly illustrated non-fiction books

Our Sources

We love to use these fantastic resources that celebrate diversity and equity featuring many authors and illustrators of color to keep our library stocked with new and exciting books.

Coretta Scott King Award

The award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee.

Children’s Literature Legacy Award

Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences.

Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Medal

The Silbert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.

Pura Belpre Award

The Pura Belpre Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

NAACP Image Award - Children’s Literature

The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music, and literature.

Anti-Defamation League Resource List

ADL is a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry. Today, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur and continutes to fight all forms of hate.

Collection Builders

Jack & Jill Inc - LA Chapter

The Book Foundation

Once Upon a Time Bookstore

We’d like to give a special thanks to The Book Foundation, who has donated thousands of books in partnership with J3 Foundation.

Book Recommendations

We’re always looking for the latest and greatest books to add to our collection. Leave your suggestion below!