Camp culture is made greater by the contribution of each individual's experience and perspective. We can't imagine Park Slope Day Camp without all of our incredible campers, counselors, and families. 


Summer camp is a place where we allow ourselves to be in the moment, learn without fear of being judged, and grow with and for each other. This page is dedicated to the ongoing education of inclusiveness and acceptance. 

Bringing people together.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”  – H. Jackson Brown

Books with Diverse Leads

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music


by Margarita Engle

Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.




Last Stop on Market Street


by Matt de la Peña The book follows a young boy named CJ as he learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things during a bus ride.




?When's My Birthday


by Julie Fogliano
In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.




Whistle for Willie


by Ezra Jack Keats Peter wants to whistle so badly that he practices and practices until it finally happens. In fact, just as Peter suspected, when he whistles his dog Willie stops and looks around to see who is calling him.




!Mixed Me


by Taye Diggs Told in the voice of a young mixed-race boy and is all about celebrating who you are as a person and embracing what's unique about you.




I Am Enough


by Grace Byers An uplifting and motivating book about female empowerment and respect for diversity. The consistent message through this book is one of self-worth and embracing differences




Under My Hijab


by Aaliya Jaleel A young girl talks about the different women in her life–her baker grandmother, doctor mother, artist aunt, and fashionista older sister–and how each one has a distinctive way of wearing her hijab.




Princess Hair


by Sharee Miller Celebrates self-love and awareness while focusing on the variety of hairstyles and texture of black hair, inspiring positive self-esteem in girls across different cultural norms.





Read about Historical Figures

Jean Michel Basquiat

Artist

Rosa Parks

Civil Rights Activitst

Bold Women in Black History

Collection

Rigoberta Menchu

Human Rights Activist

Martin Luther King Jr,

Civil Rights Activitst

Wangari Maathai

Social, Environmental and Political Activist 

Start the Conversation on Equality

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation


by Duncan Tonatiuh
Almost 10 years before "Brown vs. Board of Education," Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a Whites only school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.




The Undefeated


by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson The Undefeated is a non-fiction history-in-verse by Kwame Alexander written for children aged six to twelve. The book tells the true stories of prominent African Americans who played a pivotal role in American history and beyond. The book is illustrated by Kadir Nelson, who paints many of the figures noted in the poem, and includes an index of historical figures and events for young readers to explore as they read.




Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock


by Aslan and Kelly Tudor At the not-so-tender age of 8, Aslan arrived in North Dakota to help stop a pipeline. A few months later he returned - and saw the whole world watching. Read about his inspiring experiences in the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. Learn about what exactly happened there, and why.




The Day You Begin


by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López This nonlinear story centers on Angelina, with big curly hair and brown skin, as she begins the school year with a class share-out of summer travels. Text and illustrations effectively work together to convey her feelings of otherness as she reflects on her own summer spent at home.




The Whispering Town


by Jennifer Elvgren, illustrated by Fabio Santomauro Residents of a small town in Nazi-occupied Denmark work together to provide a hidden Jewish mother and son safe passage to neutral Sweden. “New friends” are being harbored in Anett's dark basement for two nights. Though afraid, she allows their whispering voices to lead her down the stairs.





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