Red, White, and Whole

English MG & Up Bicultural Kids Indian Culture Parents Cancer CW: Parent Death Rajani LaRocca Summary: This beautiful novel in verse set in 1983 is narrated by Reha, whose parents moved from Bangalore. Reha is sometimes frustrated that she can’t do the “typical American” teen thing, and feels like her mother in particular doesn’t understand…

If Dominican Were a Color

English & 4-8 years Afro-Dominican Identity Own Voices Dominican Republic Poetry Self-Love Sili Recio & Brianna McCarthy Summary: If Dominican Were a Color is a beautiful book that describes aspects of life in the DR as well as pays homage to their strong roots in Africa, as it is “estimated that 73% of the population…

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….

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…

The Sea in Winter

English MG & Up Indigenous Voices Mental health Depression Athleticism Dance Own Voices Christine Day Summary: The Sea in Winter is Christine Day’s latest, and it’s a lovely novel that broaches topics of mental health, blended families, and adapting to unexpected (and disliked) changes in life. Maisie is a ballerina, and healing from a torn…

A Few Books by Latinx Creators I’m Loving Lately!

English, some Spanish. 4 years and up Historical Figures Women in STEM Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Shyness Traditions Latinx Culture & Identity Various, see individual posts Summary: There have been so many amazing books out lately, I’ve been reading up a storm! I decided to lean into my newfound love of book roundups and share…

Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters

English YA & Up Historical Figures History Activism White Supremacy Trailblazers Misinterpretation Evolution Sociology Society David Mountain Summary: If you, like me, are fascinated by topics like history, anthropology, sociology, and culture, this is the book for you. If you obsess over how societal values evolve and how time and the media warp history, (you’ll…

There Must Be More Than That!

English 5 years & Up Humor Existenial Crises Intergenerational Relationships Family Philosophy Shinsuke Yoshitake Summary: I try to share a mix of books that address underrepresented topics and aspects of history in school as well as books that are joyful. There Must Be More Than That! is definitely on the side of sassy and goofy,…

This Book is Anti-Racist Journal

Written & Illustrated by:  Tiffany Jewell & AurĂ©lia Durand For ages: MG & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Sequels Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Anti-Racism Journal   Summary: Y’all, this book is FINALLY out in the world tomorrow. I’ve been impatiently awaiting it’s release for months, as soon as I heard it was being published. Anti-Racism…

Root Magic

Written & Illustrated by:  Eden Royce For ages: MG Language: English & some Gullah Topics Covered: History Own Voices Magic Police Harassment   Eden Royce Eden Royce is from Charleston, South Carolina and is a member of the Gullah-Geechee nation. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications and she is the recipient of the…