Amplify and Amplify Jr. are our monthly subscription services that celebrate the work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) writers and creators. This program for all age groups provides readers with monthly installments of titles that center on diverse stories and experiences.
Why BIPOC Voices?
We’ve made a commitment to you, our community bound by books, to consistently use our platform to elevate BIPOC voices. BookPeople recognizes that there is a diversity issue in publishing. BIPOC authors and stories seldom get the kind of marketing and attention that their white counterparts do, so we’re doing our part to close the gap and highlight the stories you might have missed out on as a result. This also includes highlighting more books by BIPOC-owned publishers and small presses.
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September Adult Pick
“Flittering between between a dream-like state and an all out fever dream, Valleyesque is an unpredictable collection of short stories grounded in the absurd and understated. The proud father of an ear wax baby, an explorer of a dangerous thrift store land, Opossums up to no good and more coalesce to create a truly surreal reading experience. Fernando A. Flores balances complete absurdity and carefully inserts it into otherwise mundane life to shape stories of border life that are submerged in surrealism and ask to be read again. Some stories will make you consider what is real, some will make you feel, and some will make you take part in a choose your own adventure Lee Harvey Oswald story. ”
September Young Adult Pick
"You ever read something that feels so genuinely, deeply, earnestly from the heart that you breeze through it in two days? Yeah, this is that: a beautiful sweeping love letter to indie music, anime, internet friendships, high school marching band, and Los Angeles -- all wrapped up in a gay coming of age enemies-to-lovers (then back-to-enemies-to-lovers) romance. I love love love when I read a good YA book because it reminds me why I fell in love with reading in the first place. ALSO I LOVE A GREAT LAST LINE AND THIS HAD A GREAT LAST LINE"
September Middle Grade Pick
"When a time traveling dog offers David Bravo the chance to redo the worst day of his life (think mortally embarrassing class presentation, cafeteria food poisoning, and injuring his best friend), his hilariously doomed attempts to fix things just make a mess until he figures out what really needs to change in this delightful and uplifting time travel adventure!"
September Picture Book Pick
"Hurricane Maria made landfall 5 years ago this month and the impact on the people of Puerto Rico and the island itself cannot be underestimated. The Coquies Still Sing tells the story of a girl and her community recovering from this disaster by taking inspiration from nature: the slow, hopeful regrowth of their mango tree and the eventual return of the beloved tree frogs’ song."