Hair: Books for Joy, Confidence & Empowerment

English Wanda has some Xhosa 4-8 years Hair Joy Sikhism Own Voices Self-Confidence & Empowerment Black Joy See each book The dominant white culture in our society has strict, Eurocentric standards for what constitutes as appropriate and professional. These are books that push back on that narrative, and embrace the uniqueness of the strands that…

A Teacher Like You

english 4-8 Years Education Teachers Social-Emotional Learning Encouragement Frank Murphy, Barbara Dan & Kayla Harren summary This book is the third installment of the “A _____ Like You” series, and once again the story knocks it out of the park! The narrative flows from page to page, discussing the impact and originality of every teacher….

Indigenous #OwnVoices Roundup

English; Nłe7kepmxcín, & Halq’emeylem (Stand Like a Cedar); Ojibwe (It’s a Mitig!); Inuktitut (Grandfather Bowhead, How I Survived & I Am Loved); Rocky Cree (Pīsim) 4 years & up Indigenous Voices Coastal & Interior Salish Identity First Nations Inuit Identity Own Voices Indigenous Culture & Identity Nature & Animals SEL & Mindfulness Family, Foster Care…

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

English & some Spanish YA Ex-Pat Life Cuban-American Culture & Identity Own Voices Baking Fitting In Relationships Laura Taylor Namey summary Lila has just graduated high school, but things aren’t exactly going how she envisioned them. Instead, Lila has found herself broken up with, her Abuela passed away, and her best friend ditched her unexpectedly….

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

english 6-10 years Indigenous History Own Voices Activism Human Rights Historical Figures Empowerment Traci Sorell & Frané Lessac summary Framed around an Indigenous Peoples Day presentation night at a school, We Are Still Here gives snippets of information in the history of Native Peoples in what is now called the United States. The story is…

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

english MG & Up Friendship Adventure Social-Emotional Learning Own Voices Nizrana Farook summary Chaya is our protagonist and Robin Hood-esque figure, stealing from the rich and distributing it to folks in her village who need to pay for medical care, food, or other emergency costs. When she can’t resist breaking into the palace for some…

While I Was Away

English & Japanese MG & Up Asian-American Experience Japanese-American Own Voices Growing Up Family Language Learning SEL Waka T. Brown summary Waka is a Japanese-American sixth grader in rural Kansas in the 1980’s. At home, her family speaks Japanese almost exclusively, but Waka is behind in reading and writing in kanji. After a few incidents…

Earth Squad: 50 People who are Saving the Planet

english MG & Up Climate Justice Historical Figures Trailblazers STEM Activism Community Alexandra Zissu & Nhung Lê summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I want to kickoff what I’ve been calling in my brain an Earth Day social justice bonanza. Make sure you look for the earth icon I’ve put on the photo to be able…

What Happened to You?

english 4-8 years Own Voices Disability Social-Emotional Learning Friendship James Catchpole & Karen George summary What can I possibly say about this book that hasn’t been said before? Yesterday, on its North American release date, Instagram was a veritable wall of beautiful book photos of this extremely needed story. Joe is simply trying to defeat…

America My Love, America My Heart

english 4-8 years Patriotism Society Culture Racism Social-Emotional Learning Poetry Daria Peoples-Riley summary I have a lot of complicated feelings about America. I have complicated feelings about benefiting from a history of colonization and global imperialism, and a feeling of responsibility to in some small way dismantle the systemic oppression that built this land into…