Gitty and Kvetch

English & Yiddish 4+ Friendship Judaism Jewish Culture & Identity Social-Emotional Learning Caroline Kusin Pritchard & Ariel Landy summary Gitty is an optimistic force of nature and her best friend Kvetch is…the opposite. A little grumpy, a little unsure, Kvetch prefers to air on the safe side of life. Begrudgingly convinced to try and beat…

Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai

English & Marathi YA & Up Indian Culture & Identity Waste Non-fiction Saumya Roy summary Castaway Mountain is an extremely detailed book that follows 4 families living on the outskirts of Mumbai, making a scant living by picking through the refuse that’s trucked in infinitely from the city. It’s a fascinating combination of a look…

Notable Native People

English with tribal affiliations. MG & Up History Colonialism Historical Figures Indigenous Voices Adrienne Keene & Ciara Sana summary I recognize that y’all might not believe me when I say that I’ve been looking forward to this arriving for weeks. Peeking into the mailbox with my fingers crossed that this beautiful book would be waiting…

Season of the Witch & Tarot for Kids

English 6+ summary If you’re like me, not only is there an entire Spooky Season, but it’s a full-on lifestyle. Season of the Witch is the perfect history book to settle in with when I want to learn more about our witchy global past. When the weather gets hotter here in western MA, I long…

Little Bird’s Day

English 3+ years Australian Aboriginal Creators Indigenous Folklore Natural World Australian Outback Sally Morgan & Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr summary I am SO excited that this story, brought to life by Aboriginal creators, is now available in North America! Little Bird’s Day follows, you guessed it, Little Bird. They fly across the land and wake up…

When Can We Go Back to America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during WWII

English & Japanese YA Japanese Internment/Incarceration History Nonfiction Racism Oppression Personal Narrative Susan H. Kamei summary Meticulously researched and fastidiously detailed personal narration fill this historic book. Susan Kamei has done a marvelous job in describing the intricacies of the political events and racism that led to the incarceration of the Japanese American population following…

Better Together, Cinderella: A Big Sister Fairy Tale

English 2+ Siblings Family SEL Ashley Franklin, Ebony Glenn, & Saba Joshaghani summary Not Quite Snow White is such a sweet story, and now the duo behind it (plus a guest illustrator) has a new release that’s out now! Tameika is now big sister to TWINS! Double the fun, right? Maybe not… Tameika wants to…

LPBD: Malala Yousafzai

English 4-8 years Activism Islam Muslim Identity Feminism Education Historical Figures Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara & Manal Mirza summary Every adult has probably heard Malala Yousafzai’s story, and so I’m delighted that one of my favorite early-reader biography series has added this to the illustrious roster of the LPBD series. For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week I…

Recommended for You

English, some Yiddish. YA Judaism Social-Emotional Learning Bookshops Relationships Laura Silverman summary Recommended For You has quiet power in the way diversity is clearly written into the plot. Characters are disabled, LGBTQ+, and in interracial and inter-abled relationships. Main character Shoshanna works at a bookshop called Once Upon, and it’s the place she feels safest…

World Meditation Day 2021

English 4 years & up Mindfulness Meditation Mental Health Social-Emotional Learning Coping Strategies Antiracism Various, see each book. For World Meditation Day this year, I have 3 books that focus on meditation and mindfulness for the whole family, and one humorous one about being cranky and fully feeling one’s emotions. Already a Butterfly: A Meditation…