Like a Dandelion

English 4-8 years Own Voices Cambodian-American Creator Refugee Experiences Immigration Joy Mindfulness Huy Voun Lee summary Like a Dandelion is such a sweet book, and follows a young child as she moves with her mother to a new place. Using the metaphor of a dandelion’s life cycle, the pair take root in a new place…

Made in Korea

English & Korean YA Korean-American Identity Small Business Family Responsibility Social-Emotional Learning Relationships Sarah Suk summary Valerie Kwon and her cousin Charlie run an incredibly successful student business selling Korean beauty products. Valerie is desperate to prove to her family that she’s just as capable and business-savvy as her older sister, and take her grandmother…

Finding Junie Kim

English & Korean MG & Up Korean War Family History Korean-American Experience Racism Friendship Activism Own Voices SEL Immigration War Communism CW: Violent death of a pregnant woman Ellen Oh Cover Art: Alex Cho summary I’ll be real with you, I didn’t expect this book to rip my heart out in the way that it…

Escape: One Day We Had to Run

English 5 years & up Refugee Experiences Immigration Lived Experiences Social-Emotional Learning Ming & Wah Chen, Carmen Vela summary I had the opportunity to do the cover reveal for this book, and I’m so excited that it’s out in the world now! For #SweetsAndSocialJustice I found a recipe that put a new spin on one…

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…

America My Love, America My Heart

english 4-8 years Patriotism Society Culture Racism Social-Emotional Learning Poetry Daria Peoples-Riley summary I have a lot of complicated feelings about America. I have complicated feelings about benefiting from a history of colonization and global imperialism, and a feeling of responsibility to in some small way dismantle the systemic oppression that built this land into…

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…

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

read along with us! English & Haitian Creole MG & Up Marie Arnold Cover Artist: Geneva Bowers want a copy of your own? Family Immigration Fantasy Magic Racism Fitting In Social-Emotional Learning Own Voices summary: This book stressed me out in the best way possible. Main character Gabrielle is given the opportunity to leave her…

A Few Books by Latinx Creators I’m Loving Lately!

English, some Spanish. 4 years and up Historical Figures Women in STEM Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Shyness Traditions Latinx Culture & Identity Various, see individual posts Summary: There have been so many amazing books out lately, I’ve been reading up a storm! I decided to lean into my newfound love of book roundups and share…