Amara and the Bats

English 4+ Environmental Activism BIPOC Narratives Community Single-Parent Family Nature Pint-Sized Professor Bats Emma Reynolds summary Amara looooves bats! She’s enamored by their fuzzy flying hamster-like bodies and flappy wings. Amara, her mom, and brother Samir love to watch them fly around at the park near their home. When the family moves to a new…

What Will You Be?

English, limited Spanish. 4+ years Self-Confidence Career Perseverance Dreams Professions Imagination Creativity Family Encouragement Yamile Saied Méndez & Kate Alizadeh summary Alright listen, I know I’m late to the party on this one. But moving was tough, and adjusting to change is even tougher for me. What Will You Be? is definitely a book that…

The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens

English 8+ Fantasy Synchronized Swimming Bao Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Mystery Sci-Fi Isabel Roxas summary Team Pom (comprised of Ruby, Agnes, and Roberta) is a group of misfits that’s main goal is winning the illustrious local synchronized swimming competition. Unfortunately, they need some sweet moves and an infinite supply of bao to get their creativity flowing….

Listen

English 4-8 years Mindfulness Hearing Interracial Families City Living Gabi Snyder & Stephanie Graegin summary Listen is a story that covers both mindfulness and the science of hearing. Living in a busy and bustling city, a young girl takes a moment to really hear each sound as it passes around her throughout the day. I…

Blood Like Magic

English YA Fantasy Magic Witches Black Culture & Identity Community CW: Blood, Sacrifice, Violence Liselle Sambury summary When you see this title, know that blood is very prevalent within the book. It’s the root of all magic, and used with intent for spells. It also denotes when a witch can be Called by ancestors and…

The Caiman

English 4-8 years Venezuela Friendship Uncommon Pets Kindness María Eugenia Manrique & Ramón París Translated by Amy Brill summary So you might have a friend with an iguana, or visited a shop with a dog or even a chicken (shoutout to the jewelry shop in Town with 2 shop chickens!) but have you ever visited…

Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too!

English, Mandarin & Taiwanese 6-10 Chinese Culture Food School Friendship Self-Advocacy Family Maggie P. Chang summary Geraldine loves her lunchbox, and that’s a hard same from me too. This introductory graphic novel follows Geraldine Pu as she brings her beloved biandang filled with delicious food that her Amah lovingly packs for her. Unfortunately, a classmate…

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best Friend

English, Michif & Ojibwe 6-10 Ojibwe Culture Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Family Self-Esteem Dawn Quigley & Tara Audibert summary I wish that early chapter books were like this when I was young. Jo Jo Makoons is spunky, self-assured, and ready to tell everyone that she has it all figured out. Jo Jo knoooows she needs more…

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…

Red Moon Gang: An Inclusive Guide to Periods

English MG & Up Bodies Menstruation Nonfiction Global Community Tara Costello & Mary Purdie summary This book is awesome! All sorts of humans menstruate, NOT just women. I really appreciate how this book focuses on cold, hard, facts that aim to destigmatize and open up conversations about periods and menstruation into the open instead of…