#Read5WithUs for World Read Aloud Day

The million word gap addresses the disparity between children that are read to at a young age, and children that are not. In fact, a 2014 NAEYC article states that “Children’s vocabulary skills are linked to their economic backgrounds. By 3 years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and…

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

Written by: Mitali Perkins Illustrated by: Sara Palacios For ages: 3-8 years Language: English & some Spanish Topics Covered: Family, Immigration, Border Patrol, POC-Centric Narratives, Latinx, Mexican-American, Culture & Traditions, Love, Growing Up, Global Community. Summary: Even though this is a story centering around Christmas, we felt the need to share it sooner rather than waiting for December to come around! This…

Canadian Women: Now + Then

Written by: Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrated by: Maïa Faddoul For ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Biography, Canadian Women, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Women in STEM, Women in Sports, Feminism, Journalism.  Summary:  Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a fantastic day to honor those past and present who have changed the world, and Canadian Women: Now + Then is…

IntersectionAllies: we make room for all

Written by: Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi Illustrated by: Ashley Seil Smith For ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Intersectionality (as you may have already guessed), diversity, solidarity, activism, identity, activism, disability, protest. Summary:  This book is incredible! Written in an accessible way, the reader is introduced to a group of friends that have unique intersections of…

I’m Gonna Push Through [released Feb. 18th]

Written by: Jasmyn Wright Illustrated by: Shannon Wright For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Empowerment, Self-Confidence, Resiliency, Disability, Diverse Experiences, Growth Mindset. Summary:  This book is awesome!  I’m Gonna Push Through! delivers an empowering message for young people to step into their power and overcome anything in their path.  The book is based on a mantra that the author…

Shubh Raatri Dost (Good Night Friend)

Written & Illustrated by: Nidhi Chanani For ages: Infant & up, it’s a board book! Language: Hindi, Romanized Hindi, English Topics Covered: Animals, Family, Language, Bilingual Books, Global Community, POC-Centric Narratives.  Summary:  This trilingual book is a super cute take on a “Goodnight Moon”-esque night ritual of two siblings, as they say goodnight to different critters on their farm.  We…

Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Mama Tortuga!

Happy Saturday!  We are thrilled to have been able to connect this week with Johana, also known as Mama Tortuga!  She is a powerhouse of bilingual and herbal activism and knowledge, with a flair for business.  Johana is a hustler and has tons of fantastic projects that she’s currently working on.  We hope you enjoy…

Arctic Animals

Written & Illustrated by: Inhabit Media Inc., which is part of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. For Ages: Board book, infant and up. Language: Inuksiutiit & English, also contains Inuksiutiit pronunciation in Roman alphabet. Topics Covered: First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Literacy, Bilingualism, Numeracy, Culture & Traditions, Own Voices. Summary: Like the counting book we reviewed before, this is a simple board…

Sound Off Saturday- Featuring: Tyler Vile!

Happy Saturday! There’s a heat wave hitting us here in New England, so unless we venture to go swimming in the river later (which is also one of our favorite places to watch the sunset with a cold drink!) we will be inside all day!  We are so stoked to feature Tyler this week, who…