Sometimes We’re Scared: Little Moar and the Moon & The Bee

English & Inuktitut 4+ Social Emotional Learning Indigenous Voices Fear Inuktitut Roselynn Akulukjuk & Jazmine Gubbe; Becky Han & Tindur Peturs summary I wanted to pair these two stories together today because they both deal with overcoming fear, and the scariness lives outdoors! Each story also sprinkles in Inuktitut words and phrases, and is published…

Two Haida-Centered Stories

English & Haida 4+ Haida Culture & Family Indigenous Voices First Nations Intergenerational Stories Memories Sara Florence Davidson, Robert Davidson, Janine Gibbons summary Today I have a pair of books for you by the same trio of creators, and they’re based on author artist Robert Davidson’s memories of learning Haida culture and traditions. Robert’s daughter…

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Defender of Free Speech

English 6+ Historical Figure Protest Journalism Free Speech CW: Pet death, Daphne’s death mentioned in back matter. Gattaldo summary I had never heard of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist from the island of Malta, before seeing this book from Candlewick. Upon reading, I was flabbergasted that I’ve never heard of this amazing journalist working for…

Hello, Mandarin Duck!

English & many others! 4+ May Day Languages Welcoming Bao Phi & Dion MBD summary Twins Hua and Hue are on their way to the big May Day parade in their community when they come across a Mandarin duck looking a bit lost. As they run into more of their friends, they welcome the duck…

Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More

English YA (12/13+) Education Anti-Oppression Blair Imani summary Y’all, think back to the person that you would go to for answers when you were a teen. Maybe they were an older sibling, maybe a friend’s older sibling. A cousin, a cool neighbor or babysitter. That one person who you could trust to not bullshit you…

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…

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…

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…

Antiracist Family Book Club: The Kidnapping Club & Call and Response

English MG & Up Racism BLM History Historical Figures Activism Protest summary I’m back with another pairing for the #AntiracistFamilyBookClub that y’all seemed to enjoy the first installment of! The first book I want to share with you was recommended to me by a colleague of Lee’s named Daryl! The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery,…

Season of the Witch & Tarot for Kids

English 6+ summary If you’re like me, not only is there an entire Spooky Season, but it’s a full-on lifestyle. Season of the Witch is the perfect history book to settle in with when I want to learn more about our witchy global past. When the weather gets hotter here in western MA, I long…