Amara and the Bats

English 4+ Environmental Activism BIPOC Narratives Community Single-Parent Family Nature Pint-Sized Professor Bats Emma Reynolds summary Amara looooves bats! She’s enamored by their fuzzy flying hamster-like bodies and flappy wings. Amara, her mom, and brother Samir love to watch them fly around at the park near their home. When the family moves to a new…

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This Is How I Know

Anishinaabemowin & English 4+ Indigenous Voices Anishinaabe Culture Family Nature Seasons Intergenerational Stories Bilingual Books Brittany Luby & Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley summary Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This is How I Know is a beautiful bilingual book with colorful illustrations and a plethora of Anishinaabe knowledge about the seasons and nature. The story follows a child and…

The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens

English 8+ Fantasy Synchronized Swimming Bao Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Mystery Sci-Fi Isabel Roxas summary Team Pom (comprised of Ruby, Agnes, and Roberta) is a group of misfits that’s main goal is winning the illustrious local synchronized swimming competition. Unfortunately, they need some sweet moves and an infinite supply of bao to get their creativity flowing….

Let’s Go For a Walk with Ranger Hamza

English 4 years & up Nature Pint-Sized Professor BIPOC Narratives Girls Outdoors CBeebies Text: Hamza Yassin & Hello Halo Productions Limited Illustrations: Kate Kronreif summary A few days ago, our cousins came over and we got the chance to stomp around in the woods for awhile which was just what I needed. This morning when…

Grandad’s Camper

English 4+ years LGBTQ+ Families Intergenerational Stories Grandparents Grief Traditions Memories Harry Woodgate summary Do you ever come across a book that you know will absolutely bring you to your knees, both with emotion and gratitude that it exists? Grandad’s Camper is that book for me. While I am extremely lucky to have older LGBTQ…

When Lola Visits

English & Tagalog 4-8 years Family Memories Social-Emotional Learning Sense Memories Michelle Sterling & Aaron Asis summary What does summer smell like to you? To me, it smells like campfires and old cabins. My favorite memories are from Camp Ledgewood, a Girl Scout camp that I attended as a child and then worked as a…

The Frog Mother

English & Gitxsan 7+ Nature Gitxsan Culture Indigenous Knowledge Frogs Environment Sustainable Living Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) & Natasha Donovan summary I can’t say enough about this series, it’s so beautiful! If you’ve been around awhile you may have seen my reviews for The Grizzly Mother and The Eagle Mother, and having my words…

The Caiman

English 4-8 years Venezuela Friendship Uncommon Pets Kindness María Eugenia Manrique & Ramón París Translated by Amy Brill summary So you might have a friend with an iguana, or visited a shop with a dog or even a chicken (shoutout to the jewelry shop in Town with 2 shop chickens!) but have you ever visited…

Anyone need some space?

English 5 years & up STEM Space Science Historical Figures Imagination Poetry SEL Various, see each book. Space is cool, amirite? Who isn’t preoccupied at some point with what’s up there, only accessible by rocket? I have three books with space as an overarching theme, but in different and creative ways. The vastness of the…

Yang Warriors

English & some Hmong 6-10 Hmong Culture Own Voices Refugee Experience Family Lived Experiences Social-Emotional Learning Kao Kalia Yang & Billy Thao summary Yang Warriors is a beautiful story that is one of the first books I’ve read that’s entirely Own Voices, with both a Hmong author and Hmong-American illustrator. The book takes place in…