announcing: social justice curriculum!

We are excited to finally announce a project that we have been working on. We have a Social Justice Curriculum framework coming out! It will be a full year framework to embed Social Justice in the curriculum.  The forthcoming chapters will be focused on lesson plans to use with a K-6th grade age range, and…

The Insiders

English & Spanish MG LGBTQ Friendship Bullying Queer Friendships Latinx Family Moving New School Fantasy/Magic Mark Oshiro summary Ahh middle school. Hormones, moving to new schools, wanting to look cool…secret rooms that respond to your needs? Maybe not for all of us, but for Héctor and his new middle school this seems to be the…

Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez

English 5+ Historical Figures Legislation Racism Mexican American Community Social Change Larry Dane Brimner & Maya Gonzalez summary Roberto Alvarez liked growing up and attending school in Lemon Grove. That is until one day when he gets to school, and he’s turned away. Roberto and the other Mexican American students are being sent to another…

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem

English 4+ Poetry Social Change Empowerment Music Amanda Gorman & Loren Long summary Change Sings joined the bookshelf ranks yesterday, and woah buddy it’s incredible. Amanda Gorman graced the inaugural stage and blew all of our minds with her powerful words, and she’s here to do it again with her picture book. Filled with hope…

Unstoppable: Women with Disabilities

English 9-12 Disability Own Voices Historical Figures Feminism Helen Wolfe & Karen Patkau summary Aimed at ages 9-12, this book profiles disabled women. And let’s be clear, this isn’t inspiration p*rn. Both author and illustrator are members of the disabled community! I’m asked for recommendations a lot, and there are some books out there that…

The Proudest Color

English 4-8 Social-Emotional Learning New school BIPOC Narratives Self-Esteem Confidence Sheila Modir, Jeff Kashou, & Monica Mikai summary Zahra experiences her emotions as colors, and is about to start school. Something that Zahra understands is that while emotions are fleeting and sometimes unseen by those around her, her glowing brown skin is perceivable immediately. When…

The Samosa Rebellion

English MG Politics Oppression Racism Internment Rebellion SEL Activism Government Surveillance Immigration Shanthi Sekaran summary Did I pick up this book expecting a great read? Sure did. Did I expect it to blow my mind in the way that it did? Absolutely not. I love it when that happens. 12 year old narrator Muki lives…

A Song of Frutas

English & Spanish 3+ Intergenerational Stories Visting Family Fruit Vendors Cuban-American Authors Mexican Illustrators Margarita Engle & Sara Palacios summary For the first day of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month, I wanted to share a book that’s fun. In A Song of Frutas, a young girl loves to visit her abuelo because it means she…

My First Book of: Growing Food & Houseplants

English infants & up Nature Plants Sustainability Vocabulary Åsa Gilland summary My First Book of Growing Food & Houseplants are the perfect additions to the bookshelf of a family that is passionate about sustainability and the natural world around us! With adorable illustrations and excellent vocabulary, these will be the perfect pair to help teach…

The First Blade of Sweetgrass

English& Passamaquoddy-Maliseet 4+ Indigenous Voices Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Sioux Intergenerational Stories Recipes Foraging Ancestral Knowledge Grandparents Suzanne Greenlaw, Gabriel Frey, & Nancy Baker summary Musqon is setting out with her grandmother to pick sweetgrass for baskets, and she’s really excited! Their family and ancestors have used these resources or generations, and Musqon must channel them when she…

Scientific September Roundup!

English 5+ STEM Pint-Sized Professor Nature Science I’ve gotten a slew of really cool nonfiction books lately, so of course it’s time for a science-y roundup! The Acadia Files: Summer Science By Katie Coppens & Holly Hatam Published & sent by Tilbury House This book is a really neat setup of an early chapter book….