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…

The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens

English 8+ Fantasy Synchronized Swimming Bao Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Mystery Sci-Fi Isabel Roxas summary Team Pom (comprised of Ruby, Agnes, and Roberta) is a group of misfits that’s main goal is winning the illustrious local synchronized swimming competition. Unfortunately, they need some sweet moves and an infinite supply of bao to get their creativity flowing….

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…

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…

Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business

English 7+ Entrepreneurship Independent Thought Friendship LGBTQ Parenting Bree Galbraith & Morgan Goble summary Wednesday Wilson is going to rule the world, I can just tell. Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business is the first book in a new early chapter book series, and I can already tell it’s going to be one of my…

F is for Farm

English Infant & up Farming Early Literacy Agriculture BIPOC Folks Outdoors Vocabulary Ashley Mireles & Volha Kaliaha summary Who doesn’t love a board book about farming? Especially with farmers of color, sign me the heck up! F is for Farm is an alphabetical board book that teaches agriculture-related vocabulary, and it varies in pronunciation skills:…

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition

English YA & Up History Historical Figures Civil Rights Movement Modern Black Freedom Struggle Activism Social Movements Jeanne Theoharis & Brandy Colbert summary I love Rosa Parks. So much. I’m that insufferable person that will talk about how simplified her narrative has become when referring to the Modern Black Freedom Struggle/Civil Rights Movement of the…