topics for change: racial justice in america

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!

Queer (Words of Change Series): Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas

English 12 & Up LGBTQ Experiences Activism Quote Collection Inspiration Coco Romack summary The newest edition of the Words of Change series is out now, and just in time for Pride month! Queer is a small volume that includes photos and quotes from LGBTQ activists, and embodies the spirit of rebellion within the queer community….

Fix

English YA Chronic Illness Disability Pain/Major Surgery Substance Dependance Friendship Prose J. Albert Mann summary Fix is an incredibly powerful book.  The reader is immediately drawn into Eve’s world as she heals from major spinal surgery to correct the extreme scoliosis that has impacted her life.  The double meaning of the title plays with the fixing…

The Grumpy Fairies

English 4-8 years Social-Emotional Learning Fairies Fantasy Humor Bethan Stevens summary Alright folks, we’re about halfway through our moving process right now, and I’m definitely identifying with these grumpy fairies today. This story is really humorous and the expressions on the grumpy fairies faces are hilarious and reminiscent of those days in the classroom where…

Waking the Mountain

English 4-8 years Environmental Activism Social-Emotional Learning Magic Nature Sustainability Fantasy Marina Fonseca & Lisa Junius summary Waking the Mountain follows a magical land that used to be lush and green, but isn’t any longer. Ethereal illustrations show a journey across many broken lands, and some humanoid figures that want to restore the landscape. The…

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…

Like a Dandelion

English 4-8 years Own Voices Cambodian-American Creator Refugee Experiences Immigration Joy Mindfulness Huy Voun Lee summary Like a Dandelion is such a sweet book, and follows a young child as she moves with her mother to a new place. Using the metaphor of a dandelion’s life cycle, the pair take root in a new place…

I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids

English 3 years & up Black Joy Positivity Empowerment Affirmation Inspiration History Mindfulness Self-Esteem Nyasha Williams & Sóf’ya Glushkó summary You may or may not remember last May when I shared a book called What’s the Commotion in the Ocean? about a Black mermaid talking about climate justice. The pair behind that book is also…

Feeling a bit WILD today…

English 10 years & up Outdoor Skills Sustainability Girls Outdoors Foraging Cooking Environmentalism Various, see each book. Do you ever just wake up one morning and feel like you can’t do society that day? A yearning to sit in the forest and stare into a hazy fire while something delicious finishes cooking? A desire to…go…

Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business

English 7+ Entrepreneurship Independent Thought Friendship LGBTQ Parenting Bree Galbraith & Morgan Goble summary Wednesday Wilson is going to rule the world, I can just tell. Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business is the first book in a new early chapter book series, and I can already tell it’s going to be one of my…