MISelf in Books

Community Read Aloud and Discussion Program: BPS Libraries

Conversations in a Diverse World: The Power of Story

The Birmingham Public Schools Library Media Department is pleased to invite our community on a journey into the world of story. We hope to share with our community some of the diverse content in our libraries and how it impacts the way we walk in this world.


We are inviting you to listen to a read-aloud and participate in a discussion of a selection of books chosen from the MISelf in Books list.


The books on this list were selected by a committee formed by the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME). MAME and the BPS Media Specialists recognize the challenges we face in combatting bias and racism in our communities and the power of literature in disrupting bias and racism while building empathy for others. These books are available in all of our BPS library media centers--and they are also books that students enthusiastically enjoy!


Therefore, we would like to introduce these books and offer opportunities for discussion of these texts. We are suggesting three ways you can use this time.


  1. Join as a family for listening and discussion.
  2. Join as caregivers to preview these books before sharing with your children.
  3. Join as caregivers to gain experience in discussing the themes presented in these books.


We are planning to host this event weekly on Thursdays 7-7:30 PM excepting school scheduled holidays.

Group Norms for Our Read-Alouds and Discussions

As we discuss thoughts related to the books shared in the company of both students and adults, please use these thoughts to guide your participation:

  • Open Mind, Open Heart
  • Engage in Self-Awareness
  • Keep Good Intentions
  • Withhold Assumptions and Judgement
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MISelf in Books: Tiny Feet Between the Mountains by Hanna Cha

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Mame Description:

A young Korean girl, Soe-In, must come up with a clever idea to help a spirit tiger solve a gigantic problem and save her village. While she’s at it, she just may prove that the smallest people often have the biggest, bravest hearts.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of September 23, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf in Books: The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:

An office at night is reimagined as a fantastical kingdom of paper complete with friendly dragons. The Paper Kingdom expresses the joy and spirit of a loving family who turn a routine and ordinary experience into something much grander.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of September 30, 2021


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf in Books: Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack & Isabel Galupo

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:

In this modern fairy tale, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but at the dance, she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of October 7, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf In Books: Magnificent Homespun Brown-A Celebration by Samara Doy

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:

Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story -- a song, a poem, a celebration -- about feeling at home in one’s own beloved skin.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of October 28, 2021.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf In Books: Under my Hijab by Hena Khan

Thursday, Nov. 4th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:

As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of November 4, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf In Books: Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Thursday, Nov. 11th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:


An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this book will have kids poring over it to find a poem that’s just for them.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of November 11, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf In Books: Where Are You From by Jaime Kim

Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:


When a girl is asked where she’s from none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn’t give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of December 2, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf In Books: Woke-A Young Poet's Call To Justice by Mahogany L. Browne

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of December 9, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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MISelf In Books: Once Upon An Eid-Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

Thursday, Dec. 16th, 7-7:30pm

This is an online event.

MAME Description:

Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!


We will meet from 7:00-7:30 PM via zoom. Please register for this event below.


We will send the zoom link to the email address you register with on the afternoon of December 16, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Book Sales at "The Book Beat"

If you are interested in purchasing any of the titles shared throughout this program we have partnered with our local independent book store, The Book Beat who offers curbside pick-up and ship to home options. All titles can purchased through the store with a 15% discount to BPS families. Please refer to The Book Beat web page for details.