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books, books, booksNowadays, it’s especially exciting to have a good book to read. For Black History Month, Janine and Ahadi – lovers of diverse children’s books – decided to share some answers to one of their favorite questions: “Can you recommend a book with a black character or about a black leader?” Their answer is always, “Yes!”

Janine and Ahadi hope that you will find a new title that interests you and your family. Each week they will add a new list with a different theme. You can check out many of these books from our SOMa libraries by going inside or using a curbside pickup. Please wear your masks and enjoy!

  • Ms. Janine Guida-Poutre has worked extensively for libraries in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. Janine is the Library Media Specialist for Seth Boyden Elementary School. She has a passion for children’s books, especially books reflecting the diversity of her students.
  • Dr. Ahadi Bugg-Levine loved visiting SOMa’s libraries when growing up here. Ahadi stayed in the libraries for hours at a time and later worked in a library during college. Now, she loves researching new book titles for her young daughter because representation matters!
  • Ms. Lora Tazewell, the SOMS School Librarian, is a Licensed Educational Media Specialist and Certified Public Librarian with over 30 years of experience in the New York City and New Jersey Public School Systems. Ms. Tazewell regards her work with South Orange Middle School students and staff as her oasis, and she loves creating an educational atmosphere that is enriching and conducive to learning and teaching.

Select the Week and Theme

Loving Our Family

Loving Our Family

Inspired by Our History

Turn Knowledge Into Action


"Storytime Saturdays" 
Read Out Loud Video Book Readings

Released February 27th

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

My Brother Charlie

Thank you omu

Released February 20th

Watch Me

I am Every Good Thing

Released February 13th

Grandmas purse

Dear Dragon

Released February 6th

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

MONSTER TROUBLE