Shubh Diwali!

Written by: Chitra Soundar Illustrated by: Charlene Chua For ages: 3-5 years Language: English & some Hindi (more is in the Diwali information after the story) Topics Covered: Culture & Traditions, Celebration, Global Community, Hindu, Religion, India, Indian Culture, POC-Centric Narratives. Summary: Shubh Diwali is a short rhyming book introducing Diwali and the celebrations that accompany the 5 day festival.  The plot follows…

Grandad Mandela

Written by: Zazi, Ziwalene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrated by: Sean Qualls For ages: 4-10 years Language: English  Topics Covered:  Historical Figures, History, Activism, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Social Change, Imprisonment, Black Culture & Identity, South Africa. Summary:  I am shocked that I haven’t shared this book on Instagram yet, I assumed I shared it actual years ago. Well, today we remedy…

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Written by: Bethany Hegedus, forward by Colin Johnson Illustrated by: Tonya Engel For ages: 7-10 years  Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Writer, Activism, Activist. Summary: This is an incredible and lyrical retelling of Maya Angelou’s life, I was hooked instantly upon opening the book.  The poetic words take the reader through the life of Maya from a young…

The Proudest Blue

Written by: Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali Illustrated by: Hatem Aly For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Muslim Identity, Islamophobia, Family, Growing Up, Siblings, Own Voices, Lived Experiences, POC-Centric Narratives, Resilience, Strength.  Summary: The Proudest Blue is a story about Asiya’s first day hijab, which she has chosen because it’s the color of the sky.  Faizah, Asiya’s younger sister, is our narrator…

Alright white people, what can we do?

Hi folx, This is a slightly different post than usual, given the national events taking place and an influx of new followers.  We are white, able-bodied, people that run this website and it’s my duty to both educate myself and others.  Benefitting from white privilege, it’s easier for me to access some spaces and have…

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…

My Undead Life: Really Rotten Drama

Written by: Emma T. Graves Illustrated by: Ellie O’Shea (Binny Boo) For ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Zombies, Growing Up, Family, Friendship.  Summary:  I really enjoyed this book!  It’s the second in the series, but there was a quick recap of the first book at the beginning. What really drew me into this book was a…

We Are Little Feminists: Families

Written by: Archaa Shrivastav & Little Feminist Book Club Photographs by: Collected by Little Feminist Book Club, page numbers with acknowledgments are on the back cover! For ages: Infants and up Language: English  Topics Covered: Family, Feminism, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Relationships, Board Books.  Summary:  This is probably the most diverse family book that I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely love how the photographs…

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

Written by: Mitali Perkins Illustrated by: Sara Palacios For ages: 3-8 years Language: English & some Spanish Topics Covered: Family, Immigration, Border Patrol, POC-Centric Narratives, Latinx, Mexican-American, Culture & Traditions, Love, Growing Up, Global Community. Summary: Even though this is a story centering around Christmas, we felt the need to share it sooner rather than waiting for December to come around! This…

Internment

Written by: Samira Ahmed Cover Art by: art by Dana Ledl, design by Karina Granda  For ages: YA 12 years and up Language: English, some Arabic. Topics Covered: Islamophobia, Internment, Violence, Military Action, Oppression, History, Subversion, Independent Thought, Activism, Friendship, Love, Growing Up, Relationships.  Summary:  For #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to make a pairing where the food was reminiscent of the…