Unraveling Bias: How Prejudice Has Shaped Children for Generations and Whit It’s Time to Break the Cycle

English YA & Up Implicit Bias Culture Society Oppression Christia Spears Brown, PhD & Foreward by Soraya Chemaly summary As soon as I saw the announcement for this book, I furiously sent an email begging for an ARC. Christia Spears Brown has written one of my favorite books about gender stereotypes, Parenting Beyond Pink and…

The Spectacular Suit

English 4+ Identity Gender Stereotypes Non-Conformity Self-Confidence Self-Esteem Kat Patrick & Hayley Wells summary Frankie is overseeing her party preparations and everything is going perfectly. There are beautiful decorations, a slightly suspect but delicious pie made by her brother, and even a borrowed tent! But Frankie is worried about one thing…what to wear. Her mom…

Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More

English YA (12/13+) Education Anti-Oppression Blair Imani summary Y’all, think back to the person that you would go to for answers when you were a teen. Maybe they were an older sibling, maybe a friend’s older sibling. A cousin, a cool neighbor or babysitter. That one person who you could trust to not bullshit you…

Abrams Dinner Party & a YA Read!

English YA (13+) Food/Cookbooks LGBTQ+ Relationships Sex Positive YA Romance Humor summary Cheese. One of the best substances in the world.  In my opinion, the more a cheese tastes like a barnyard the better.  When I got the book Cheese, Sex, Death from Abrams Books as the next installment of #AbramsDinnerParty it was obviously a…

Nice White Ladies

English YA+ White Supremacy Complicity Unconscious Bias White Feminism Jessie Daniels summary “No amount of positivity, light, and love will help us defeat the patriarchy if white feminists can’t tolerate being criticized” (8). If you’re a white lady, you should be reading this book. If you’re a “nice” liberal white lady, you should be reading…

The Insiders

English & Spanish MG LGBTQ Friendship Bullying Queer Friendships Latinx Family Moving New School Fantasy/Magic Mark Oshiro summary Ahh middle school. Hormones, moving to new schools, wanting to look cool…secret rooms that respond to your needs? Maybe not for all of us, but for Héctor and his new middle school this seems to be the…

Hold That Thought!

English 4+ Nonbinary Protagonist Friendship Support Ideas SEL Creativity Bree Galbraith & Lynn Scurfield summary Pointed nonbinary representation in books? YES PLEASE. So everyone knows I’m a Bree Galbraith fangirl (in a totally not weird definitely not creepy way), and her latest release is gorgeous in every way. In our story, Finn wakes up in…

First Conversations About Race & Gender

English All Ages Race & Gender Stereotypes Racism Self-Expression Discussion ABAR Principles Self-Reflection Unlearning Race: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Isabel Roxas Gender: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Anne/Andy Passchier summary As a former classroom teacher whose strongest desire is to topple the Patriarchy with their bare hands, getting my mitts on the new release…

Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps

English & Tamil 4+ Dance Gender Stereotypes Intergenerational Stories Family Srividhya Venkat & Kavita Ramchandran summary Ya’ll know gender stereotypes are real high up on my list of things that are the bane of my existence and fuel my ever-burning feminist rage that sits deep inside my soul. Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps follows Varun and…

LPBD: Malala Yousafzai

English 4-8 years Activism Islam Muslim Identity Feminism Education Historical Figures Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara & Manal Mirza summary Every adult has probably heard Malala Yousafzai’s story, and so I’m delighted that one of my favorite early-reader biography series has added this to the illustrious roster of the LPBD series. For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week I…