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…

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….

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India

English 4-8 years Own Voices Chennai, India Family Gifts Meera Sriram & Mariona Cabassa Summary: This book is so bright and cheery, it’s a joy to read! The narrator is a young girl on her way to the colorful market nearby to buy a present for her Amma, and there are so many choices! Wandering…

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…

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,…

Time for Kenny

Written & Illustrated by:  Brian Pinkney For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices Black Culture & Identity Black Joy Family   Summary: Kenny is a busy dude, and he has a lot to do. Getting dressed, escaping the vacuum, learning soccer…so many things! Luckily, Kenny has his family for love and support. His sister…

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…

Love You Head to Toe

Written & Illustrated by:  Ashley Barron For ages: Infants & Up (Board Book) Language: English Topics Covered: Family Early Literacy Babies Summary:  This adorable board book celebrates babies and their attributes similar to animals! Happy babies yawn like hippos, stretch like starfish, and munch like chipmunks. I love the papercut illustrations and the diverse families portrayed….

Love

Written & Illustrated by:  Corrinne Averiss & Kirsti Beautyman For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning Anxiety Family Starting School Love   Summary:  Not only are the illustrations in this book truly resplendent, but it also addresses a topic that nearly everyone has experienced in some capacity or another: separation anxiety. In the…