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Monthly Archives: December 2019


What are we taking into 2020? Books for a new decade.

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!  Taking this leap into a whole new decade has got us thinking about intentions.  What can we take into the year that will help us be the best we can be?  What are the skills…

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Written by: Andrea Beaty  Illustrated by: David Roberts For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Feminism, Family, Imagination, Creativity, Self-Esteem.  Summary: Rosie is a shy child, but she loves to build things at night when she’s alone in her room.  She wasn’t…

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Barely Missing Everything

Written by: Matt Mendez Cover Art by: Dana Ledl For ages: Young Adults Language: English Topics Covered: Growing Up, Latinx Identities, Racism, Sports, Alcohol & Marijuana Use, Family, Incarceration, Filmmaking, Friendship, Police Brutality, Pregnancy.  Summary: This book was one of those stories that everything I anticipated…

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I’m So NOT Wearing A Dress!

Written by: Julie Merberg Illustrated by: Mai Kemble For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Tomboy, Acceptance, Family, Sports, Social-Emotional Development. Summary: Shelby likes to climb trees, dig for worms with her best friend Nate, and wear nothing but her dirty red high tops.  Shelby’s neighbor…

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Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

Written & Illustrated by: Keith Negley For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Gender, Gender Stereotypes, Toxic Masculinity, Friendship, Family, Tenderness, Sadness, Love.  Summary: This is an adorable book that helps to dispel myths that create toxic masculinity.  Focusing on “tough guys” like superheroes,…

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Patina

Written by: Jason Reynolds Cover Art by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton For ages: YA Middle Grades Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Grief, Death, Social-Emotional Growth, Sports, Women in Sports, Growing Up, Coping, Friendship, Black Culture & Identity. Summary: Patina is just trying to do her best at a…

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Bird Count

Written by: Susan Edwards Richmond Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, STEM, Birds, Girls Outdoors, POC-Centric Narratives, Environmental Activism, Culture & Traditions, Friendship, Community Involvement. Summary: We love this book for so many reasons!  The plot follows…

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Shubh Raatri Dost (Good Night Friend)

Written & Illustrated by: Nidhi Chanani For ages: Infant & up, it’s a board book! Language: Hindi, Romanized Hindi, English Topics Covered: Animals, Family, Language, Bilingual Books, Global Community, POC-Centric Narratives.  Summary:  This trilingual book is a super cute take on a “Goodnight Moon”-esque night…

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Going Down Home With Daddy

Written by: Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by: Daniel Minter For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, AAVE, Black Culture & Identity, Family, Recitation, Reunion, Love, Humor, Enslavement. Summary: This book is genuinely amazing, it was one of our favorite from the entire year!…

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Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Rashmi Bismark!

Hello everyone!  It’s been such a long time since we had someone to feature for Sound Off Saturday, and we are thrilled for our return post to be author Rashmi Bismark.  You might have heard of Rashmi before when we…

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