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…

When I See Red

English 4+ Anger Social-Emotional Learning Mental Health Emotional Well-Being Britta Teckentrup summary I kid you not, as soon as I finished reading this book I immediately sent a picture of it to a bookish group chat with the sentence “holy shit this book is so good”. Perfection in a book. Our unnamed, ungendered main character…

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…

Nice White Ladies

English YA+ White Supremacy Complicity Unconscious Bias White Feminism Jessie Daniels summary “No amount of positivity, light, and love will help us defeat the patriarchy if white feminists can’t tolerate being criticized” (8). If you’re a white lady, you should be reading this book. If you’re a “nice” liberal white lady, you should be reading…

The Insiders

English & Spanish MG LGBTQ Friendship Bullying Queer Friendships Latinx Family Moving New School Fantasy/Magic Mark Oshiro summary Ahh middle school. Hormones, moving to new schools, wanting to look cool…secret rooms that respond to your needs? Maybe not for all of us, but for Héctor and his new middle school this seems to be the…

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem

English 4+ Poetry Social Change Empowerment Music Amanda Gorman & Loren Long summary Change Sings joined the bookshelf ranks yesterday, and woah buddy it’s incredible. Amanda Gorman graced the inaugural stage and blew all of our minds with her powerful words, and she’s here to do it again with her picture book. Filled with hope…

The Proudest Color

English 4-8 Social-Emotional Learning New school BIPOC Narratives Self-Esteem Confidence Sheila Modir, Jeff Kashou, & Monica Mikai summary Zahra experiences her emotions as colors, and is about to start school. Something that Zahra understands is that while emotions are fleeting and sometimes unseen by those around her, her glowing brown skin is perceivable immediately. When…

Back to School, Back to School…Take These Books, They’re Real Cool!

English 4+ Social-Emotional Learning Back to School Emotional Regulation Empathy Empowerment Historical Figures summary Try not to be too jealous of my sweet rhyming skills when it comes to titles, I’m just brimming with creative talent. ANYWAY, lets begrudgingly talk about back to school book recs. I’m doubling down on recommending books that lean heavily…

First Conversations About Race & Gender

English All Ages Race & Gender Stereotypes Racism Self-Expression Discussion ABAR Principles Self-Reflection Unlearning Race: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Isabel Roxas Gender: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Anne/Andy Passchier summary As a former classroom teacher whose strongest desire is to topple the Patriarchy with their bare hands, getting my mitts on the new release…