A Fiction Feast: Leveled Readers for the Family

English Mixed: all ages Fiction Feast Baking Board Books Early Chapter Books Friendship SEL Cooking Skills summary Today is #TheFictionFeast once again! With the summer winding down and the school year ramping up, I thought about the days at home (and nannying) when the need for an activity for multiple ages is needed before we…

Hold That Thought!

English 4+ Nonbinary Protagonist Friendship Support Ideas SEL Creativity Bree Galbraith & Lynn Scurfield summary Pointed nonbinary representation in books? YES PLEASE. So everyone knows I’m a Bree Galbraith fangirl (in a totally not weird definitely not creepy way), and her latest release is gorgeous in every way. In our story, Finn wakes up in…

Just Like a Mama

English 4-8 years Fictive Kin Caregivers Growing Up Love Celebration Alice Faye Duncan & Charnelle Pinkney Barlow summary Another book in preparation for the beginning of the school year is this beautiful and tender book about fictive kin, Just Like a Mama. Similar to chosen family, fictive kin is a particularly important element to Black…

Back to School, Back to School…Take These Books, They’re Real Cool!

English 4+ Social-Emotional Learning Back to School Emotional Regulation Empathy Empowerment Historical Figures summary Try not to be too jealous of my sweet rhyming skills when it comes to titles, I’m just brimming with creative talent. ANYWAY, lets begrudgingly talk about back to school book recs. I’m doubling down on recommending books that lean heavily…

Two Books Honoring the Immigration & Refugee Experience

English 5+ Immigration Military Occupation Poetry CW: Violence, gunfire, occupation summary I’ve always lived in the same country, but that’s certainly not everyone’s experience. It’s not even all of my family’s experience. I have two books for you today that pay homage to the international refugee experience. With all of the abominable happenings in Afghanistan,…

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

English & some Nahuatl 6+ Nahua History Historical Figure Mexican History Cultural Knowledge Education Art/Artists Gloria Amescua & Duncan Tonatiuh summary Y’all know that biographies are my favorite genre, but I had never heard of Luz Jiménez before! Reading more about her, Luz was a total badass (and a Nahua teacher, art model, and overall…

First Conversations About Race & Gender

English All Ages Race & Gender Stereotypes Racism Self-Expression Discussion ABAR Principles Self-Reflection Unlearning Race: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Isabel Roxas Gender: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Anne/Andy Passchier summary As a former classroom teacher whose strongest desire is to topple the Patriarchy with their bare hands, getting my mitts on the new release…

I Am the Subway

English Translated by Deborah Smith 3-9 years Seoul Subway Passersby Travel Empathy Kim Hyo-eun summary I Am the Subway is one of the most beautiful books, and it’s narrated all by the actual subway! I love the idea of the subway recognizing passengers, and hearing bits about their lives. Color plays a huge part within…

Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps

English & Tamil 4+ Dance Gender Stereotypes Intergenerational Stories Family Srividhya Venkat & Kavita Ramchandran summary Ya’ll know gender stereotypes are real high up on my list of things that are the bane of my existence and fuel my ever-burning feminist rage that sits deep inside my soul. Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps follows Varun and…