Authentic Stories and Illustrations
Reflecting the Voice and Vision of Children

At REYCRAFT BOOKS our mission is to create books of interest for ALL children. We publish original and licensed works from authors and illustrators around the globe who have unique stories to tell.

Dear Reader,

I came to the United States as a child. I can remember the sense of alienation during those early days in my new country, in a new school. I remember turning to books, searching for characters that looked like me, characters that mirrored my feelings and experiences. I remember not finding any. Those memories are at the heart of Reycraft Books.

I believe every child needs to know that their story is important—that it has value. I decided to start an imprint to publish the stories that have not yet been told, as well as the stories that have been told but have not yet been truly heard. This is my mission and my passion.

I am very proud to present to you the inaugural list from Reycraft Books—an incredible collection of beautiful fiction and nonfiction trade books with a focus on diversity. As you browse through these pages you’ll find familiar, award-winning authors and illustrators and a host of inspiring new talent, each bringing their unique vision and perspective. Please let me know what you think.

— Sera Reycraft, Publisher

Best Books

DANDAN'S DREAM

Dandan has always dreamed of visiting her father, who is away studying icebergs at the South Pole. Now, thanks to a new post office policy, she can mail herself there—but not without a few adventures along the way.

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WOODPECKER GIRL

A girl with cerebral palsy feels trapped in her body and unable to communicate. When her art teacher straps a paintbrush to her head, she begins to paint her thoughts and feelings—opening up her world. This book is based on an actual story.

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SPOTTED TAIL

Outstanding Merit

This biography of Spotted Tail traces the life of the famous Lakota leader who expertly guided his people through a pivotal and tumultuous time in their nation’s history.

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CALL ME MAX

When Max starts school, the teacher hesitates to call out the name on the attendance sheet. Something doesn’t seem to fit.

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DEAR ABUELO

Through letters to her grandfather in Mexico, Juana details her move to New York, her first days of school, and her new friendship with a classmate who speaks both Spanish and English.

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RICE

Farmers weed at noon, and their sweat falls onto the field. Have you ever eaten rice? Do you eat it every day? Do you know where it comes from? It comes from a lot of hard work! What we eat are grains of rice, which are called “gu” in China.

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BLACK CAT, YELLOW BUNNY

This nearly wordless book shows the slowly developing friendship between a cat and a bunny who meet on a chance encounter in the park.

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THE POWWOW THIEF

Twins Jamie and Marie Longbow attempt to solve the mystery of their grandmother's missing necklace at a summer powwow.

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LET'S SWAP FOR A DAY

Alphie and her best friend—her dog—Nini decide to swap places for a day. Everything is going great, until it’s time to eat—and nature calls.

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THE RELUCTANT STORYTELLER

Chooch is reluctant about many things. He is reluctant to be a storyteller like the rest of his Cherokee family, and he is reluctant to spend spring break in the small town of Greasy, Oklahoma, with Uncle Dynamite. But Chooch will find out there’s more than one way to tell a story.

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ONE AFTERNOON

This brilliantly crafted wordless book tells two stories simultaneously. On the top a boy leaves his home to go about his daily tasks and obligations. On the bottom, his dog waits at home—having his own set of adventures!

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GRANDMA AND ROOSTER

It’s Chinese New Year and Grandma has a special present for her family: a rooster to make into delicious soup! But when her granddaughter, Xiaoyue, meets the rooster, she begs to keep him as a pet. Together, Grandma and Xiaoyue take the rooster on a journey through the city to ring in the New Year.

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MY BIG FAMILY

Alex is excited that his family is coming to visit. First Grandma arrives and Alex rearranges his room so she can fit. Then Aunt Celia arrives, and the cousins start to pile in. Yummy Cuban food fills the house with delicious aromas, and everyone is happy—except Alex.

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SORAYA AND THE MERMAID 

It’s not easy being the weirdest kid in fourth grade. Soraya finds her escape reading comic books about a space superhero who saves the day. But everything changes when Soraya’s class goes on a field trip to an aquarium. Is that really a mermaid in the big tank, talking to Soraya and asking for her help? Can Soraya rise to the occasion and save the day like her superhero idol?

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WHOOO KNEW? THE TRUTH ABOUT OWLS

How do owls see in the dark? Can owls spin their heads all the way around? Why do owls puke? These and other questions are answered by an owl expert, along with some extra information provided by the owls themselves!

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IT’S OKAY

A little boy and his mother draw together, turning his mistakes into marvelous pictures. But what happens when his mother makes a mistake? What will that become?

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STORM WARNING

No matter how hard twelve-year-old North Olson tries to do what’s right, he can’t seem to please his dad. When a major flood threatens to destroy his hometown, North is left in charge of his little sister Rosie. A blizzard blows in and his great-grandmother disappears. Can North find his great-grandmother and keep Rosie safe as the flood waters continue to rise? Will he finally make his dad proud?

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DOLLEY MADISON

Many people know the story of Dolley Madison, one of the first First Ladies to live in the White House, and how she saved the famous painting of George Washington as the British attacked and burned Washington, D. C. But few know what happened next.

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CARLOS GOMEZ FREESTYLES…HEAVY ON THE STYLE

Loosely based on the artist’s childhood in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this graphic novel centers on Carlos Gomez and his family—the only Mexican family in their Midwestern town. When invited to participate in a talent competition at an upcoming RV show, Carlos decides to join the BMX stunt team and show his special flair. What could possibly go wrong? This graphic novel encompasses the intersectionality of LatinX, LGBTQ, and disability.

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NEW Starred Reviews

BAHAR, THE LUCKY

SLJ Starred Review

IT’S NOT VERY COMPLICATED

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

DANDAN'S DREAM

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

DOLLEY MADISON, THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THE BIG TORNADO

SLJ STARRED REVIEW

LEMON BUTTERFLY

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

LET’S SWAP FOR A DAY

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

MAX ON THE FARM

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

THE MUSICIAN

SLJ Starred Review

MY BIG FAMILY

SLJ Starred Review

ONE AFTERNOON

SLJ Starred Review

PARATOU, THE UMBRELLA

Kirkus Starred Review

THE TREE TOLD ME

SLJ Starred Review

VALENTINA AND MONSTER

Kirkus Starred Review

WOODPECKER GIRL

SLJ Starred Review

New & Noteworthy

2020 SPUR Award Winner

Western Writers of America: 2020 Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction

Founded in 1953, Western Writers of America annually honors distinguished writing about the American West.

2019 AICL Best Books Winner

American Indians in Children's Literature

Established in 2006, AICL provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books.

Devotion to Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

Reycraft Books Publisher Sera Reycraft speaks to School Library Journal about her calling to reach every child.

Read the Interview Here

Reycraft Books Editorial Team

Sera Reycraft
Publisher

Korean born, Sera knows firsthand the struggles of an immigrant child in a strange land, looking to find herself reflected in the world around her. A trained architect, Sera has brought her eye for design and function to create high-quality, visually impactful, and innovative books for children that honor and respect their community, and help them build essential literacy and language skills.

Eileen Robinson

Eileen Robinson has worked with children’s writers all over the world for more than twenty years. Former Executive Editor at Scholastic and Editorial Director at Harcourt, she has acquired published works from the U.K. and Italy, and created original works for U.S. markets. She teaches the art of revision through Highlights and workshops, and is an adjunct academic advisor for Rosemont College’s publishing program.

Sunita Apte

Sunita is the half-Indian, half-Hungarian child of immigrants. She has lived and traveled in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Born and raised in the southern United States, she grew up never seeing herself reflected in the books she read. To help rectify this state of affairs, she has spent thirty years in publishing working to create inclusive, compelling material for children and young adults.

Wiley Blevins

Wiley has lived throughout the United States, South America, and the Middle East. He has also worked extensively in Asia. As an author, former Editorial Director at Scholastic and McGraw-Hill, and early reading specialist, he brings three decades of experience in creating books for young readers.

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