Our Books


What If an Artist Ruled the World
Si Un Artista Dirigiera El Mundo

A Spanish/English Anthology by some of Oakland’s Youngest and most Amazing Writers

We can't help but agree with Chinaka Hodge in the What if An Artist Ruled the World forward that "the poets are like the inhabitants of Oakland. They’re fearless, hilarious, subtle, probing, surprising and deft. They’re amazing. I can’t wait until they rule the world." Chapter 510 poets take on the sounds of Harlem Renaissance jazz, the feeling of bread dough between your fingers and, of course, the big question – what if an artist really ruled the world?


Whispers From The Edge of The Solar System

Out of this World Poetry by Oakland Youth

Chapter 510 published a far out pop-up book of poems written and illustrated by 2nd and 3rd graders at NOCCS with Pickypockets Press book maven Anna Kingsley. In it, stars explode from stanzas, rockets fly across sonnets and space worms pop out of unknown worlds. As Jessica, Marci and Lila say in the title poem, The moon dust is saying in a spooky voice I see you… The cold wind gods of the planets / dance in a circle singing songs.
It’s quite a trip!

Ten Stories - One Dream

Tales of the Oakland Immigrant Experience

A young writer and MetWest student, Rosario G Sanchez Cervantes, published her first book with Chapter 510! Ten Oakland residents share their stories of immigrating to the United States. “Every story is important to me,” Rosario shares. Chapter 510 is so proud to have young writers like Rosario touch on these exceptionally relevant issues!

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Hanging Out With Jelly Roll

A Jazzy Set of Poems Vibrating with Harlem Blues

Who isn’t inspired by the Harlem Renaissance? This handmade, recycled LP cover collection of poems by 2nd grade students at NOCCS in North Oakland celebrates the sights and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance jazz scene.

No One is The Boss of Yeast

This handmade collection of poems is brought to you by K-1 students at NOCCS from March 2012. 

We were so happy to be a small part of the famous bread unit at NOCCS, an impressively rich curriculum packed with all the best ingredients to stimulate deep learning.


The Biography of Water

A poetry collection by NOCCS elementary students in Arabic and English

In April 2016 we collaborated with NOCCS to write poems in response to the water cycle, movements, and how humans affect the health of our water system. Special attention was also placed on the grunion, a native fish that spawns annually on California beaches.


Building Books

A volume of collaborative short stories and poems written by six Oakland 4th & 5th graders at a week-long Spring Break camp hosted at Chapter 510.

The anthology includes "Recipe for a Messy Room," by Katy, as follows:

1. In a large bowl, mix a load of dirty laundry with a pinch of dirt
2. Measure 1 neat freak mom & blend well.
3. Add in a stack of old homework and a spoonful of dog hair.
4. In a separate bowl knead together marker stains on the wall and barf colored curtains.
5. Fold the contents of both bowls together and pour into a large pot.
6. Set the pot on the stove and boil until it emits a funny smell.



Just Cake

We're All Heroes, Aren't We?

Personal mapping by 10 Oakland High School students over one week in 2016 led by 3 teaching artists.

Students explored and questioned their relationship to Oakland in original short stories like "The Three Gay Superheroes and The Token Straight White Friend," and "Giovanni, The Dragon Slayer."



House/Full of Black Girls Dreaming

Literary Explorations of Our Inner Vision

An exploration of dreams, rest, and sleep by black girls in Oakland, aged 8-18 done over six weeks in 2017. 

This book was made in collaboration with House/Full of Blackwomen, a site-specific ritual performance project  that addresses issues of well being, displacement, and sex trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland.


Dreaming of Spring:

Nurturing Seeds of the Imagination

The second book in our collaboration with House/Full of Blackwomen. This book continues the conversation on the rest & dreams of black girls through poetry and accompanying photos of our young authors.