Harlem's Little Blackbird is one of our current favorites, but I have a suspicion that it will linger in our favorites list for years and years. It's the empowering and inspiring story of Florence Mills, the legendary entertainer and mesmerizing songstress, whose career began at the age of six but flourished at the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance. The lessons of racial injustice and perseverance through unfavorable odds are captivating (and important!) for little audiences. The illustrations are colorful and lovely as well.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a joyful read about a donkey who finds a magic pebble that can turn him into anything. In an unfortunate incident, he accidentally turns himself into a rock and his mother and father worry that they've lost him forever. In the end, after a joyful reunion with his parents, he decides that the Magic Pebble is nice, but maybe his life with his family is the nicest. This a classic (1970), but the message remains poignant.