Everybody in the Red Brick Building

English 4-8 City Living Anne Wynter & Oge Mora summary Everybody in the Red Brick Building is an adorable story that builds on previous pages with a multitude of onomatopoeia examples when all the residents of the apartment building are woken up one evening. The reader travels from apartment to apartment to see what happens…

Every Child a Song

English 4-8 years Human Rights Nicola Davies & Marc Martin summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I’m sharing the beautiful book Every Child a Song which is based on the UNRC, the rights of the child as designated by the UN. The book speaks to the reader, comparing each child to a unique song. It also…

Magic Like That

English 3+ Black Joy Hair Girls Outdoors Poetry Samara Cole Doyon & Geneva Bowers summary Magic Like That is the most beautiful ode from our narrator to her hair. As she sits on the floor with her mom combing through it, the young girl thinks about other hairstyles she’s had in the past and how…

Nice White Ladies

English YA+ White Supremacy Complicity Unconscious Bias White Feminism Jessie Daniels summary “No amount of positivity, light, and love will help us defeat the patriarchy if white feminists can’t tolerate being criticized” (8). If you’re a white lady, you should be reading this book. If you’re a “nice” liberal white lady, you should be reading…

Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai

English & Marathi YA & Up Indian Culture & Identity Waste Non-fiction Saumya Roy summary Castaway Mountain is an extremely detailed book that follows 4 families living on the outskirts of Mumbai, making a scant living by picking through the refuse that’s trucked in infinitely from the city. It’s a fascinating combination of a look…

Looking for a Jumbie

English & Caribbean spirit names 4-8 Folklore Caribbean Black Protagonist West African Spirits Tracey Baptiste & Amber Ren summary Looking for a Jumbie is SO cute. Main character Naya sneaks out of her house one night when the moon is perfect for finding a jumbie. Along the way she meets lots of interesting nocturnal characters,…

The Last Cuentista

English & Spanish 10+ Science-Fiction Space Dystopia Folklore Storytelling Donna Barba Higuera Cover by Raxenne Maniquiz summary Latinx Heritage Month may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that our reading lists should be any less packed with amazing Hispanic & Latinx creators. Today I have an awesome sci-fi read for ages 10…

National Coming Out Day: Grooms & Donuts

English 4+ LGBTQ Baking Historical Figures National Coming Out Day summary My next installment of #AbramsDinnerParty posts is for a reason that impacts my life on a daily basis, and that’s the ability to get married and have it recognized by the government. This is possible because neither of us are disabled, which I don’t…

Notable Native People

English with tribal affiliations. MG & Up History Colonialism Historical Figures Indigenous Voices Adrienne Keene & Ciara Sana summary I recognize that y’all might not believe me when I say that I’ve been looking forward to this arriving for weeks. Peeking into the mailbox with my fingers crossed that this beautiful book would be waiting…

The Dire Days of Willoweep Manor

English 12+ Tropes Breaking the Fourth Wall Gothic Romance Stories Sci-Fi Heroines Shaenon K. Garrity & Christopher Baldwin summary I love a good self-aware book, and Willoweep (a graphic novel) has this in spades. It begins with our main character dramatically reading her book report, much to her stern teacher’s dismay. She’s ordered to explore…