By Gabrielle Grimard
Ages 5 to 8
When Lila moves to a new town, she’s keen to make friends. But the kids there are unkind, relentlessly mocking her dark hair, shouting “Crow!” at her. Parents will see this plot as an obvious analogue for racism, while younger readers will instantly recognize the casual and reflexive cruelty that’s a part of daily life in kid world. First baffled then hurt, Lila eventually learns resilience and embraces who she is, turning a hurtful label into a point of pride.