Magic Like That

English 3+ Black Joy Hair Girls Outdoors Poetry Samara Cole Doyon & Geneva Bowers summary Magic Like That is the most beautiful ode from our narrator to her hair. As she sits on the floor with her mom combing through it, the young girl thinks about other hairstyles she’s had in the past and how…

Looking for a Jumbie

English & Caribbean spirit names 4-8 Folklore Caribbean Black Protagonist West African Spirits Tracey Baptiste & Amber Ren summary Looking for a Jumbie is SO cute. Main character Naya sneaks out of her house one night when the moon is perfect for finding a jumbie. Along the way she meets lots of interesting nocturnal characters,…

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,…

The People Remember

English & Swahili 4+ Black Culture & Identity History Enslavement Forced Migration Empowerment Activism Ibi Zoboi & Loveis Wise summary The People Remember is on an entirely separate plane of existence from other books. It combines the best aspects from different genres and produces a breathtaking experience. Poetry, history, narrative arcs & illustrations that should…

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

English 4-8 Historical Figure Musicians Black Culture & Identity Modern Black Freedom Struggle/Civil Rights Movement Protest Activism Traci N. Todd & Christian Robinson summary It’s safe to say that we all love Nina Simone right? Her powerful voice and even more powerful lyrics gives me shivers when listening and I would definitely choose to time…

When We Say Black Lives Matter

English 5+ Black Lives Matter White Supremacy Racism Empowerment Maxine Beneba Clarke summary When We Say Black Lives Matter was published in Australia last year, and has finally made its way across the pond to gut punch North American readers in the most poignant way possible. The stunning artwork that Beneba Clarke has created to…

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem

English 4+ Poetry Social Change Empowerment Music Amanda Gorman & Loren Long summary Change Sings joined the bookshelf ranks yesterday, and woah buddy it’s incredible. Amanda Gorman graced the inaugural stage and blew all of our minds with her powerful words, and she’s here to do it again with her picture book. Filled with hope…

Partly Cloudy

English & Creole MG SEL Family Friendship New Schools Forest Fires Racism Tanita S. Davis Cover Art: Geneva Bowers summary From Tanita S. Davis of Serena Says (which has a melodramatic and lovely narrator) comes Madalyn from Partly Cloudy. Madalyn really loves naps, and I appreciate that personality quirk. She’s moved in with her Great…

When Langston Dances

English Any Age! Black Boy Joy Ballet Dance Perseverance Following Dreams Kaija Langley & Keith Mallett summary Full disclosure: Kaija is a close friend of mine. However, even if we had never met (which is honestly very distressing to think about) I would be just as obsessed with this book. Black boy joy? Check. Following…

Better Together, Cinderella: A Big Sister Fairy Tale

English 2+ Siblings Family SEL Ashley Franklin, Ebony Glenn, & Saba Joshaghani summary Not Quite Snow White is such a sweet story, and now the duo behind it (plus a guest illustrator) has a new release that’s out now! Tameika is now big sister to TWINS! Double the fun, right? Maybe not… Tameika wants to…