Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!

English 4 years & up LGBTQ History Transgender Figures Empowerment Activism Chosen Family Joy Michael Ellison & Teshika Silver Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I experimented with tahini again, this time adding it to chocolate chip cookies! There might not be a clear connection between the cookies and the book, except my love for Sylvia,…

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

English YA & Up Black Culture & Identity Historical Figures Politics Violence Racism Police Brutality Government Interference Sabotage David Walker & Marcus Kwame Anderson Summary: Social justice and the Black Panthers go hand in hand. Inspired by the free food programs that the organization is known for, I searched online for information about what they…

Bread for Words: A Frederick Douglass Story & Black History Flashcards

English 6 years and up Historical Figures Enslavement Activism Trailblazers Literacy Shana Keller & Kayla Stark Cards provided by ABC Me Flashcards created by Leilani Brooks & Stevi Meredith Summary: I feel pretty confident that everyone recognizes the name Frederick Douglass, but how much do we know about his early life? Today I chose to…

The Year I Flew Away

English & Haitian Creole MG & Up Family Immigration Fantasy Magic Racism Fitting In Social-Emotional Learning Own Voices Marie Arnold Cover Artist: Geneva Bowers Summary: This book stressed me out in the best way possible. Main character Gabrielle is given the opportunity to leave her village in Haiti and live with family in the states….

Together We March: 25 Protest Movements that Marched into History

English 7 years & up History Historical Figures Activism Social Justice Education Environmental Activism Global Community Leah Henderson & Tyler Feder Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m so excited to share my thoughts on Together We March! This anthology weaves together historical movements throughout history. I really appreciate how author Leah Henderson places each event…

Baby Young Gifted and Black

English Infant & Up Historical Figures Self-Esteem Own Voices Black Culture & Identity Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins Summary: Do I even need to state how adorable this book is? I cannot handle it. I’m sure you’ve seen the brilliant 2018 smash hit by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins with the same name and the…

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon

English 6-12 years Historical Figures STEM Architecture Black Culture & Identity Kelly Starling Lyons & Laura Freeman Summary: Philip Freelon was born into a proud and artistic Black family, with connections to the Harlem Renaissance and protest marches. Philip’s other family members followed their artistic visions, and Philip’s grandfather (a painter) helped Philip develop his….

The Magic in Changing Your Stars

English MG Family Black Culture & Identity Harlem Renaissance Fantasy Time Travel Tap Dancing Leah Henderson Summary: This book is really clever, and I love the idea of time travel that other people remember. Ailey is a talented dancer, but he has an utterly crushing tryout for The Wiz. When Ailey talks with his Grampa…

Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book

English 4 years and up Segregation Black Culture & Identity History Safety Historical Figures Keila V. Dawson & Alleanna Harris Summary: First of all, this book is beautifully made. I love the matte book jacket, and the surprise underneath it! Opening the Road not only tells of the events that precipitated the development of the…

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

English 4 years and up Poetry Own Voices Black Lives Matter Social-Emotional Learning Critical Thinking Skills Media Consumption Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon Summary: This book just received a Caldecott Honor, which is incredibly well-deserved! This poetic story centers around the narrator working through feelings surrounding a police shooting of a young girl, which is…