Unstoppable: Women with Disabilities

English 9-12 Disability Own Voices Historical Figures Feminism Helen Wolfe & Karen Patkau summary Aimed at ages 9-12, this book profiles disabled women. And let’s be clear, this isn’t inspiration p*rn. Both author and illustrator are members of the disabled community! I’m asked for recommendations a lot, and there are some books out there that…

We Move Together

English 4+ years Disability Intersectionality Activism Community Action Advocacy Mobility Aids Own Voices Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, & Eduardo Trejos summary As the historical optimist that I am, I choose to believe that people are starting to become aware of the lack of representation in picture books, and taking steps to seek out resources to…

Anyone need some space?

English 5 years & up STEM Space Science Historical Figures Imagination Poetry SEL Various, see each book. Space is cool, amirite? Who isn’t preoccupied at some point with what’s up there, only accessible by rocket? I have three books with space as an overarching theme, but in different and creative ways. The vastness of the…

My Rainbow

Written By: Trinity & DeShanna Neal Illustrated by: Art Twink For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ Youth, Transgender Youth, Family, Empowerment, Neurodiversity, Autism, Own Voices. Summary: This book is absolutely phenomenal, made all the more powerful by it being a true & own voices story. Trinity is a young, Black,…

Girl Activist: Winning Strategies from Women Who’ve Made A Difference

Written By: Louisa Kamps, Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen Illustrated by: Georgia Rucker For Ages: MG & YA Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Environmental Activism, History, Historical Figures, STEM, Nature, Black Lives Matter, Segregation, Racism, Suffrage, Feminism. Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I wanted to pair something tasty with an activist that was brand new to…

I Am Not A Label

Written By: Cerrie Burnell Illustrated by: Lauren Baldo For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Disability, Own Voices, Historical Figures, Mental Health, Global Community, STEM, Art, Sports. Summary: This book is awesome! I’m so glad we have an #ownvoices book about disability throughout history that covers the globe instead of centering a specific country….

Like A Girl

Written by: Lori Degman Illustrated by: Mara Penny For ages: 4-8 years  Language: English Topics Covered: Feminism, Historical Figures, Art, Architecture, Sports, Neurodiversity, Authors, Activism. Summary:  This book is a call to action for girls to use their skills and passions to change the world! The setup itself is streamlined, with few words on each page. The badass women…

No Voice Too Small

Edited by: Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley Illustrated by: Jeanette Bradley For ages: 5-9 years  Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Youth Activists, Poetry, Own Voices, Environmental Activism, Violence, Indigenous Voices, American Citizens, LGBTQ, Education, Muslim Activist, Community.  Summary:  Y’all need to buckle up for this book.  These are the type of books I started this website for.  No Voice…

What Stars Are Made Of [released 3/31]

Written by:¬†Sarah Allen¬† For ages:¬†Middle Grades, 5th and up. Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Growing Up, Own Voices, Turner Syndrome, Neurodiversity (NLD), STEM, Women in STEM, Friendship, Social-Emotional Growth & Development. Summary:¬† Hot damn, I’m glad this book exists. ¬†This middle grade novel follows 12 year old Libby over the course of a school year. ¬†Libby has difficulty…

The Degenerates

Written by:¬†J. Albert Mann Cover Art by:¬†Design: Rebecca Syracuse; Illustration: Sarah Maxwell-Folio Art For ages:¬†YA (14 years and up) Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Growing Up, Mental Health, Disability, Own Voices, Interracial Love, Family, Friendship,¬†Institutionalized Lives,¬†Courage,¬†Bravery, Love.¬† Summary:¬† This book is incredible. ¬†I truly hope this book review does it justice, I couldn’t put it…