This Book is Feminist

English MG & Up Feminism Activism Self-Esteem Community Action Intersectionality Self-Reflection Jamia Wilson & Aurélia Durand summary If I told you that I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book since I first saw the cover reveal, you would have no trouble believing me. I feel like I’ve been dreaming of a book like this for years….

Starting Over in Sunset Park

English & Spanish 4-8 years Immigration Single-Parent Family New Beginnings NYC Animals Cat-sitting José Pelaez, Lynn McGee, & Bianca Diaz summary Our story opens with a young girl and her mother arriving to NYC from the Dominican Republic, ready to begin a new life for themselves. Initially staying with relatives, the pair is looking forward…

Hot Pot Night!

English 2+ years Community Cooking Friendship Vincent Chen summary If you don’t like hot pot, I just don’t know if I can trust your tastebuds and #SorryNotSorry about that. In this simple story, an apartment building comes together (think old-school Stone Soup style) to make a communal meal. It is in a similar vein of…

Amara and the Bats

English 4+ Environmental Activism BIPOC Narratives Community Single-Parent Family Nature Pint-Sized Professor Bats Emma Reynolds summary Amara looooves bats! She’s enamored by their fuzzy flying hamster-like bodies and flappy wings. Amara, her mom, and brother Samir love to watch them fly around at the park near their home. When the family moves to a new…

Let’s Go For a Walk with Ranger Hamza

English 4 years & up Nature Pint-Sized Professor BIPOC Narratives Girls Outdoors CBeebies Text: Hamza Yassin & Hello Halo Productions Limited Illustrations: Kate Kronreif summary A few days ago, our cousins came over and we got the chance to stomp around in the woods for awhile which was just what I needed. This morning when…

Yang Warriors

English & some Hmong 6-10 Hmong Culture Own Voices Refugee Experience Family Lived Experiences Social-Emotional Learning Kao Kalia Yang & Billy Thao summary Yang Warriors is a beautiful story that is one of the first books I’ve read that’s entirely Own Voices, with both a Hmong author and Hmong-American illustrator. The book takes place in…

Salma the Syrian Chef

English & Arabic 4-8 years Immigration Refugee Stories Community Chosen Family Cooking Danny Ramadan & Anna Bron Summary: For #TheFictionFeast this month, I wanted to highlight a book that hits a lot of important details that I look for in a story. Main character Salma from Salma the Syrian Chef looks to a mixed refugee…

What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns

English 4 years & up Identity Pronouns Family Self-Advocacy Community Respect Gender Identity Katherine Locke & Anne Passchier summary: This book is sheer perfection. What Are Your Words? is the perfect book for classrooms to teach about how to ask someone else’s pronouns, and it’s a beautiful guide to help those who have shifting pronouns…

Queer (Words of Change Series): Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas

English 12 & Up LGBTQ Experiences Activism Quote Collection Inspiration Coco Romack summary The newest edition of the Words of Change series is out now, and just in time for Pride month! Queer is a small volume that includes photos and quotes from LGBTQ activists, and embodies the spirit of rebellion within the queer community….

I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids

English 3 years & up Black Joy Positivity Empowerment Affirmation Inspiration History Mindfulness Self-Esteem Nyasha Williams & Sóf’ya Glushkó summary You may or may not remember last May when I shared a book called What’s the Commotion in the Ocean? about a Black mermaid talking about climate justice. The pair behind that book is also…