Topics for Change: Racial Justice in America (Anti-Racism, The Black Lives Matter Movement, White Privilege)

English 10 years and up History Politics White Supremacy Racism Privilege Social-Emotional Learning Hedreich Nichols, Kelisa Wing, & Leigh Ann Erickson Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m bringing you a new release that every classroom needs to have. I’m also bringing you a strawberry lime tea cake recipe! This book adeptly outlines tricky topics for…

Red, White, and Whole

English MG & Up Bicultural Kids Indian Culture Parents Cancer CW: Parent Death Rajani LaRocca Summary: This beautiful novel in verse set in 1983 is narrated by Reha, whose parents moved from Bangalore. Reha is sometimes frustrated that she can’t do the “typical American” teen thing, and feels like her mother in particular doesn’t understand…

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…

Antiracism: An Introduction

English YA & Up Politics History White Supremacy Antiracism Alex Zamalin Summary: I bought this book a few months ago, for a very specific reason. You see, last summer, when all the protests were taking place, I was thrilled. Beyond elated that people seemed to finally care what I had devoted my academic career to….

the year i flew away

read along with us! want a copy of your own? summary: This book stressed me out in the best way possible. Main character Gabrielle is given the opportunity to leave her village in Haiti and live with family in the states. All she has to do is stay out of trouble. Now, the reader can…

Together We March: 25 Protest Movements that Marched into History

English 7 years & up History Historical Figures Activism Social Justice Education Environmental Activism Global Community Leah Henderson & Tyler Feder Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m so excited to share my thoughts on Together We March! This anthology weaves together historical movements throughout history. I really appreciate how author Leah Henderson places each event…

Mental Health & Body Positivity

English MG & Up Mental health Body positivity Self-esteem Reflection activities See each book Summary: Both of these books are wonderful! They work beautifully together, so I decided to do a double review and talk about the important of mental health, emotional wellbeing, self-esteem, and body positivity. Body Positive by Emily Lauren Dick is a…

The Magic in Changing Your Stars

English MG Family Black Culture & Identity Harlem Renaissance Fantasy Time Travel Tap Dancing Leah Henderson Summary: This book is really clever, and I love the idea of time travel that other people remember. Ailey is a talented dancer, but he has an utterly crushing tryout for The Wiz. When Ailey talks with his Grampa…

Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices

English 6 years and up Activism Social Movements Protest History Agriculture Photography Lindsay H. Metcalf Summary: Reading this book gave me chills. I grew up on a farm in Kansas, but we didn’t grow food (we boarded horses) for five formative years of my childhood. The choice that author Lindsay Metcalf made to have photographs…

The Sea in Winter

English MG & Up Indigenous Voices Mental health Depression Athleticism Dance Own Voices Christine Day Summary: The Sea in Winter is Christine Day’s latest, and it’s a lovely novel that broaches topics of mental health, blended families, and adapting to unexpected (and disliked) changes in life. Maisie is a ballerina, and healing from a torn…