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Monthly Archives: May 2020


The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome

Written by: L.E. Carmichael Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon For ages: 8-12 years  Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Biology, Pint-Sized Professor, Nature, Non-Fiction, Animals, Boreal Forest, Indigenous Voices.  Summary:  This is a really fascinating book that spans a whole year in the world’s largest biome.  I…

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28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I went down a bit of a rabbit hole for the stunning book 28 Days, which celebrates iconic moments and contributions made by the Black community. I ended up finding a really cool article from the Smithsonian (which you can read here) about how enslaved chefs shaped American cuisine, one from First We Feast (link here), and one from the NYT (hopefully there’s no paywall and you can read it here). I eventually landed on making an apple cake in my trusty cast iron skillet.

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Alright white people, what can we do?

Hi folx, This is a slightly different post than usual, given the national events taking place and an influx of new followers.  We are white, able-bodied, people that run this website and it’s my duty to both educate myself and…

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I Dream of a Journey

Written & Illustrated by: Akiko Miyakoshi For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Longing, Adventure, Imagination, Courage.  Summary:  I can’t believe another month has gone by so quickly and we’re celebrating #thefictionfeast already! Since I Dream of a Journey takes place in a hotel, it…

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Indian No More

Written by: Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell Cover Art by: Marlena Myles For ages: Middle Grades Language: English & some Chinuk Wawa Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Historical Fiction, Historical Events, Umpqua Tribe, Own Voices, Relocation, Dissolution, Racism, Oppression.  Summary:  This book’s main character Regina might…

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No Voice Too Small

Edited by: Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley Illustrated by: Jeanette Bradley For ages: 5-9 years  Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Youth Activists, Poetry, Own Voices, Environmental Activism, Violence, Indigenous Voices, American Citizens, LGBTQ, Education, Muslim Activist, Community.  Summary:  Y’all need to buckle up for…

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Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

Written by: Deborah Diesen Illustrated by: Magdalena Mora For ages: 3-8 years Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Equality, Rights, Voting, American History, POC-Centric Narratives, Oppression, Racism, Politics.  Summary:  This rhyming book is an incredible look at the history of voting rights in America, and specifically about…

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Volcano Dreams

This is a really neat book that teaches about the wildlife inside Yellowstone, and about the volcano. Something is sleeping in Yellowstone, but as the reader soon finds out, it’s no animal!

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Our Big Little Place

Written by: James A. Conan Illustrated by: Nicolle LaLonde For ages: 4-8 years Language: English  Topics Covered: City Life, Interracial Families, Friends, Apartment Life, Pets, Imagination. Summary:  This book follows a child as they talk about their life in an apartment building.  Sometimes their parents talk…

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I Will Dance

Written by: Nancy Bo Flood Illustrated by: Julianna Swaney For ages: 4 years and up  Language: English Topics Covered: Dance, LGBTQ Families, Cerebral Palsy, Disability, Friendship, Acceptance, Goals, True Story.  Summary:  This is an absolutely beautiful story about a real girl who yearned to find a…

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