Humans Making an Impact: A Roundup of Yesterday, Today, and the Future

english 4-8 years Environmental Justice Activism STEM Marine Biology Girls Outdoors Various, see each review. Summary: In my ongoing Earth Day coverage, I wanted a post to focus on specific individuals who were passionate about different aspects of our natural world. Behold, an array humans that have made a difference throughout history (and one who…

While I Was Away

English & Japanese MG & Up Asian-American Experience Japanese-American Own Voices Growing Up Family Language Learning SEL Waka T. Brown summary Waka is a Japanese-American sixth grader in rural Kansas in the 1980’s. At home, her family speaks Japanese almost exclusively, but Waka is behind in reading and writing in kanji. After a few incidents…

Earth Squad: 50 People who are Saving the Planet

english MG & Up Climate Justice Historical Figures Trailblazers STEM Activism Community Alexandra Zissu & Nhung Lê summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I want to kickoff what I’ve been calling in my brain an Earth Day social justice bonanza. Make sure you look for the earth icon I’ve put on the photo to be able…

Anita and the Dragons

english 4-8 years Moving Dominican Identity & Culture Immigration Imagination Community Hannah Carmona & Anna Cunha summary Anita enjoys sitting on the roof and watching the dragons in the sky. Sure, some people call them airplanes…but they look like dragons to Anita. This stunningly beautiful book follows Anita as she goes from just watching the…

My Day With the Panye

English & Haitian 4-8 years Family Haitian Culture & Identity Social-Emotional Learning Tami Charles & Sara Palacios summary Fallon wants nothing more than to help her family and carry the heavy panye on her head home from the market. When she gets the chance to go with her Manman (mother) to pick up some vegetables,…

Latinitas

English & Spanish MG & Up english Juliet Menéndez summary I couldn’t let Women’s History Month end without featuring this incredible book! First of all, how gorgeous is this cover? I’m kind of obsessed with the limited color palette and over the moon to see how many countries are represented (helpfully with flags by the…

Arno and his Horse

english 4-8 years english Jane Godwin & Felicita Sala summary When my Aussie friend Lucy (on Instagram @LoveFourLearning ) suggested I make Lamingtons, I knew the perfect book to make them for! Arno is a young boy who can’t remember where he left his little wooden horse. At first, the reader doesn’t know why Arno…

Living the Confidence Code

english MG & Up Activism Feminism Historical Figures Current-day trailblazers Katty Kay, Claire Shipman, & Jillellyn Riley Cover Art: Lucia Picerno Hand Lettering: Nan Lawson summary This follow-up book tells stories about real girls that have embodied their inner confidence and self-esteem to take on projects that changed the world. Collected on a global scale,…

In My Mosque

English & Arabic 4-8 years Muslim Identity Religion Islam Own Voices M.O. Yuksel & Hatem Aly summary this book is beautifully illustrated, and it’s clear that a trip to a mosque (or masjid) brings author m.o. yuksel great joy. I personally learned a lot, I have a very basic working knowledge of the history and…

Women Artists A to Z

english 5 years & up Artists Historical Figures Melanie LaBarge & Caroline Corrigan summary I LOVE this book! Not only is it beautiful, but it’s completely accessible for the typical picture book crowd, and takes a creative spin on alphabet books. Rather than pairing the artist’s name with a specific letter of the alphabet, the…