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….

Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage

english YA & Up White Supremacy Racism Anti-Racism Theory Society & Culture Daria Roithmayr summary Reproducing Racism is designed to elucidate on just how much systemic inequality keeps (what is now) the United States entrenched in racism and oppression. Author Daria Roithmayr is a legal scholar and in this book she gives a multitude of…

Marching for Change: Movements Across America

english Elementary & Up Activism Social Movements Protest Marches Historical Figures & Events Joyce Markovics summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I have a book that focuses on three large-scale protest marches, and the context surrounding them. Much of this book is large photographs, which make it much more powerful to read. Chronologically covering the 1963…

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…

Astronaut Training

english 3-7 years STEM Space Single-Parent Family BIPOC Protagonists Aneta Cruz & Olivia Aserr summary Pressing question…do they get donuts in space? I, like many other kids, always wanted to float around in zero gravity. But hang out on the ISS? Not without donuts, and I don’t think that’s an unreasonable stance. This story is…

What Would You Do in a Book About You?

english 4-8 years Creativity Imagination Empowerment Confidence Jean Reidy & Joey Chou summary This book is a creative take on the limitless possibilities of the readers’ imagination. Writing a book about yourself (or the greater metaphor of living the life you want) can include anything a person can dream up. Some of the options are…

I Could Eat You Up

english Infant & Up Puns Parenting Board Books Jesse Levison summary So this book is just hilarious, and I’m sharing it both for some levity and to once again reinforce my love of puns (especially food-related ones). Since reading, Lee and I have taken to shouting “You’re SHRIMPLY THE BEE-EEST!” at random points throughout the…

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….

Climate Justice & Earth Day

english 4 years & up Climate Change Climate Justice STEM Science Natural Resources Activism Various: see each post! Summary: Oh, Earth Day. I went really hard this year, and I regret nothing. I wanted to specifically share this roundup today because it’s crucial that we share these resources with the younger generation, and do our…