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….

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

English YA Black Culture & Identity Gun Violence Loss Family Poetry Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff summary Long Way Down is a poetic masterpiece. A teenager named Will witnesses his brother get shot in the street, and knows he must follow The Rules and seek revenge. The graphic novel is based on Jason Reynolds’ novel…

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…

Take Me Outdoors: A Nature Journal for Young Explorers

english 6 years & Up Creativity Journaling Nature Mary Richards Today I’m celebrating the impending release of the newest journal in the young explorers series by author Mary Richards. GIVEAWAY! In honor of the publication of Take Me Outdoors, @pubspotlight and @agnesandaubrey are giving one lucky winner their own copy!  Hit up our post on Instagram to…

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

English YA & Up Black Culture & Identity Historical Figures Politics Violence Racism Police Brutality Government Interference Sabotage David Walker & Marcus Kwame Anderson Summary: Social justice and the Black Panthers go hand in hand. Inspired by the free food programs that the organization is known for, I searched online for information about what they…

Witches of Brooklyn

Written & Illustrated by: Sophie Escabasse For Ages: MG Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Adoption, Magic, Fantasy, Graphic Novel. Summary: Late one night, 11 year old Effie is handed over to her elderly aunt by protective services. Her mother has died, and spitfire Effie now finds herself in Brooklyn with two elderly women who are…

Black Heroes of the Wild West

Written By: James Otis Smith Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson For Ages: 7 years & Up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Black Historical Figures, Wild West, Colonization, Violence, Alcohol, Summary: This graphic novel is SO cool! It’s broken into 3 chapters, each covering a Black historical figure that lived out in the west. First, we learn…

Beetle & The Hollowbones

Written & Illustrated by: Aliza Layne For Ages: MG & YA (graphic novel) Language: English Topics Covered: Witchcraft, Non-Binary Identity, Graphic Novels, Friendship, LGBTQ, Magic. Summary: Spooky fantasy graphic novel with LGBTQ representation for middle grades? Sign me up! Beetle is a goblin being homeschooled by her grandmother in magic. Beetle’s best friend is Blob…

You-Niquely You: An Interactive Journal

Written & Illustrated By: Terri Libenson For Ages: MG Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Growing Up, Self-Reflection, Social-Emotional Learning, Journaling. Summary: You fine folx might remember a few months ago I shared a graphic novel about a young Jewish girl with anxiety getting ready for her Bat Mitzvah. The book is part of a larger…

Becoming Brianna [released 5/5]

Written & Illustrated by: Terri Libenson  For ages: 8-12 years Language: English, some Hebrew.  Topics Covered: Jewish Culture, Judaism, Bat Mitzvah, Growing Up, Friendship, Anxiety, Bravery, Family, Single-Parent Families, Divorced Parents, Financial Strain, Own Voices.  Summary:  Brianna is about to have her bat mitzvah, and she can’t quite seem to remember why she let her mom guilt her into it….