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…

Together

English All (board book) Activism Global Community Collective Action Mona Damluji & Innosanto Nagara summary Y’all, remember when I did the cover reveal for this book?? Well, it’s finally out in the world tomorrow! You know I’m an Innosanto Nagara stan, and his art brings Mona Damluji’s words to life in the most beautiful and…

My First Book of: Growing Food & Houseplants

English infants & up Nature Plants Sustainability Vocabulary Åsa Gilland summary My First Book of Growing Food & Houseplants are the perfect additions to the bookshelf of a family that is passionate about sustainability and the natural world around us! With adorable illustrations and excellent vocabulary, these will be the perfect pair to help teach…

The First Blade of Sweetgrass

English& Passamaquoddy-Maliseet 4+ Indigenous Voices Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Sioux Intergenerational Stories Recipes Foraging Ancestral Knowledge Grandparents Suzanne Greenlaw, Gabriel Frey, & Nancy Baker summary Musqon is setting out with her grandmother to pick sweetgrass for baskets, and she’s really excited! Their family and ancestors have used these resources or generations, and Musqon must channel them when she…

Scientific September Roundup!

English 5+ STEM Pint-Sized Professor Nature Science I’ve gotten a slew of really cool nonfiction books lately, so of course it’s time for a science-y roundup! The Acadia Files: Summer Science By Katie Coppens & Holly Hatam Published & sent by Tilbury House This book is a really neat setup of an early chapter book….

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….

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…