Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Written by: Anika Aldamuy Denise Illustrated by: Paola Escobar For ages:  4-8 years Language: English & Spanish Topics Covered: Travel, Emigration, Puerto Rican Culture & Traditions, Literacy, Community, Trailblazer, Multilingualism, Latinx Authors. Summary: The story opens in 1920’s Puerto Rico.  Pura leaves with her aunt to visit New York City for a wedding, and with her Pura brings the stories…

Poetry? Oh Noetry! (I’ll show myself out)

We’ve made it to Day 14, and we’re excited to take a break from prose to explore the wonders of some #poetry books that are #smashingstereotypes! Poetry is just as important as prose, and it is so essential to educate children on the merits of verse, and the creative majesty that poems can harness. So…

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems

Written & Illustrated by: Kam Mak For ages: 4 years & up Language: English Topics Covered: Poetry, Immigration, Asian-American Experience, Chinese Culture, Family.  Summary: This book chronicles the first year that the narrator, a young boy, spends away from his old home in Hong Kong and instead in an American Chinatown.  Reflecting on memories of Hong Kong, the narrator comes to…

Green is a Chili Pepper: A Book of Colors

Written by: Roseanne Greenfield Thong Illustrated by: John Parra For Ages: Ages 3 to 5 Language: English, Spanish Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Culture & Traditions, Latinx Culture, Community, Family, Love, Self-Expression. Summary: Green is a Chile Pepper is a joyful celebration of the many colors found in latinx communities, from the orange marigolds for Dia de los Muertos…

Tea Cakes for Tosh

Written by: Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis For ages: 6-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Dementia, Slavery, Love, Cooking, History, African-American Culture & Traditions.  Summary: This book is about the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson, Tosh. His favorite thing to do is make tea cakes with his grandmother and listen to her stories. Tosh’s grandma…

Introducing Line4Line

 Line 4 Line grew out of LSU’s Neighborhood Arts Project in Baton Rouge. It’s one of the outreach programs of LSU’s Museum of Art, as well as the Art Works Program, a program which focuses on bringing kids from low-performing schools to the art museum. The LSU program is so much more than just a reading…

Say Hello!

Written & Illustrated by: Rachel Isadora For ages: Infant and up Language: Primarily English & Spanish. Also includes: Arabic, French, Italian, Swahili, Japanese, Mandarin, and Hebrew. Topics Covered: Community, Friendship, Language, POC-Centric Narratives Summary: Join Carmelita and her mother as they take the family dog on a walk around the neighborhood.  Carmelita says “Hello!” to all the different folks on her…