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Chicago is a People of Color city with  a multicultural future.

51st Ward Books is committed to partnering with like-minded communities to expand access to culturally responsive and culturally affirming literature for children. This is more than just business– it is a mission to ensure that Black, Latinx, American Indian, Asian/Pacific American, LGBTQIA+, and disabled children see their identities; their language, skin, and culture reflected back to them from the bookshelf.

Through the JustKids Book Festival we aim to:

  • Partner with and feature local authors and illustrators to offer storytimes, art-making, workshops for parents and educators, and FUN! 

  • Offer families and community members access to carefully curated experience featuring authors, illustrators, and books for children and youth that prioritize storytelling by and for People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and disabled communities. 

  • Host a book expo and marketplace featuring local, independent authors, and a range of culturally-relevant, anti-bias, and anti-bias children’s texts. Many of these books will be available in Bilingual or Spanish formats. 

  • Unite our diverse city through a shared love of books and reading. Let's read together and raise more JustKids. 

Check it Out

RSVP Closed Walk-Ins Permitted as capacity allows

Sponsors & Collaborators (as of 6/3/22):
  • 51st Ward Books

  • Brilliant Biliterates

  • Chicago Review Press

  • Chicago Teachers Union

  • Chicago Teachers Union Foundation

  • Children's Guide to Rap

  • Elmhurst Mental Health Services

  • Fig Factor Media

  • Francis W. Parker School

  • Gary Comer Middle School

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana

  • Haymarket Books

  • Independent Publishers Group (IPG)

  • La Clínica

  • Nonku's Corner

  • No Sé Discos

  • Pete's Market

  • Roots & Shoots

  • Storytime with Kayla

  • What I Tell Myself First

*Click their logos to learn more!

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