Rain Before Rainbows

Written & Illustrated by:  Smriti Prasadam-Halls & David Litchfield For ages: 4 years & up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship Poetry BIPOC Protagonists Social-Emotional Learning Bravery Courage Summary: Rain Before Rainbows is filled with lyrical and poetic text with illustrations that are truly resplendent and enticing to the eyes, urging the reader to turn the page. In…

The Whatifs

Written & Illustrated by:  Emily Kilgore & Zoe Persico For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Mental Health Social Emotional Learning Anxiety Own Voices   Summary:  I have OCD and GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). I was officially diagnosed in college but these two facets of my personality have been around for as long as I…

Big Ideas for Young Thinkers: 20 Questions about Life and the Universe

Written By: Jamia Wilson Illustrated by: Andrea Pippins For Ages: 9-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Philosophy, Social Justice, Growing Up, Social Emotional Learning, Critical Thinking. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to share a book that combines a lot of the social justice principles that I believe are so important, and part of…

Amadou’s Zoo

Written & Illustrated by: Rebecca Walsh For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Imagination, School, Field Trips, Social-Emotional Learning, BIPOC Protagonists, Mindfulness. Summary: Amadou’s Zoo follows a class on a field trip, and the magical imagination of Amadou, a boy whose mind wanders to the most fantastical of places. For those of us that…

Be Your Best Self: Life Skills for Unstoppable Kids

Written By: Danielle Brown MBE & Nathan Kai Illustrated by: Joanna Kerr For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Growth, Growing Up, Goals, Habits, Self-Esteem, Confidence. Summary: When I heard that a gold medal Paralympian and a child MENSA member had teamed up to write a book about life skills, I obviously had…

What I Like Most

Written By: Mary Murphy Illustrated by: Zhu Cheng-Liang For Ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Growing Up, Gratitude, Family, Memories. Summary: What I Like Most is an adorable book with a narrator trying to describe her favorite thing, but continues to make exceptions for other favorite objects. Apricot jam, the…

Freedom, We Sing

Written By: Amyra León Illustrated by: Molly Mendoza For Ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Philosophy, Mindfulness, Freedom, Social-Emotional Learning, Family, Love. Summary: This gorgeous book will change your life. Much like the philosophical Child of Galaxies I shared a few weeks ago, this story explores both tangible and intangible notions of…

Child of Galaxies

Written by: Blake Nuto Illustrated by: Charlotte Ager For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Growing Up, Mindfulness. Summary:  I knew I would love this book when the opening line is referencing my favorite quote from Carl Sagan! Child of Galaxies is breathtakingly gorgeous in its lyrical wording and brilliantly designed artwork. Speaking directly to…

Always be You

Written By: Ioana Stoian Illustrated by: Dawn M. Cardona For ages: Infant & Up (Board Book)  Language: English Topics Covered: Acceptance, Self-Esteem, Love Summary: This is a sweet board book with gorgeous paper-cut illustrations (the author actually made the paper for the illustrator to use in the book!). I really love the book’s words speaking directly to…

I Dream of a Journey

Written & Illustrated by: Akiko Miyakoshi For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Longing, Adventure, Imagination, Courage.  Summary:  I can’t believe another month has gone by so quickly and we’re celebrating #thefictionfeast already! Since I Dream of a Journey takes place in a hotel, it got me thinking about the breakfast that guests get when they stay.  So I made…