Graphic Novels: 4 New YA Releases!

I grew up loving comics (not superhero ones, other kinds). Reading Persepolis & Maus as a teen was transformative, I particularly love the way graphic novels convey memoirs. I wanted to share 4 YA graphic novels that help bring discussions about oppression and personal responsibility into the classroom or home learning space. Kisses for Jet…

Top 5 Books I Read in May

If you’re looking for a quick monthly roundup, check out the best 5 books I read in May! Ordinary Equality: You know, it would be really nice to go one day without feeling like my bodily autonomy wasn’t under attack. By now you’ve probably seen all sorts of coverage about the document leak regarding overturning…

Top 5 Books I Read in April

If you’re looking for a quick monthly roundup, check out the best 5 books I read in April! Tap any photo to read the entire review As someone who regularly tells people to push past uncomfortable feelings and have important conversations with young people, having a developmentally appropriate definition to assist with teaching new vocabulary…

Vacation Reads!

English MG & Up Hey y’all! I’m back, Happy 2022! I hope you all had a graceful end of the year and an optimistic beginning to the new one! Below is a list of the books I read during my absolutely fabulous and much much much needed break. Tap any book cover to grab yourself…

Love, Violet

English 4 years & up Growing Up Crushes Valentine’s Day LGBTQIA+ Charlotte Sullivan Wild & Charlene Chua summary Can you remember having a crush on someone? What about if you’re queer, do you remember navigating those moments? For me, I remember looking at boys and being like “Oh, I’m supposed to like one? Uhh…that one!”…

Puberty & Menstruation

English Middle Grades Bodies summary I have a couple of books for that that can help tackle conversations with topics surrounding those awkward puberty years. Thinking back on being that age makes me cringe. Too many hormones, no one knows what’s happening and we have ALL the feelings about it. If you’re scrambling to find…

Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More

English YA (12/13+) Education Anti-Oppression Blair Imani summary Y’all, think back to the person that you would go to for answers when you were a teen. Maybe they were an older sibling, maybe a friend’s older sibling. A cousin, a cool neighbor or babysitter. That one person who you could trust to not bullshit you…

Abrams Dinner Party & a YA Read!

English YA (13+) Food/Cookbooks LGBTQ+ Relationships Sex Positive YA Romance Humor summary Cheese. One of the best substances in the world.  In my opinion, the more a cheese tastes like a barnyard the better.  When I got the book Cheese, Sex, Death from Abrams Books as the next installment of #AbramsDinnerParty it was obviously a…

National Coming Out Day: Grooms & Donuts

English 4+ LGBTQ Baking Historical Figures National Coming Out Day summary My next installment of #AbramsDinnerParty posts is for a reason that impacts my life on a daily basis, and that’s the ability to get married and have it recognized by the government. This is possible because neither of us are disabled, which I don’t…