Old Enough to Save the Planet: Be inspired by real-life children taking action against climate change

English 4-10 Climate Justice Historical Figures Activism Community Teamwork Global Community Young People Making Change Loll Kirby & Adelina Lirius summary I’ve had books for older readers the past few weeks for #SweetsAndSocialJustice but this one is for the typical picture book audience of 4-10 years. To accompany this book, I used up a bunch…

Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights

English 12+ LGBTQIA+ Community History Historical Figures Queer Lived Experiences Protest Activism Advocacy Jamie Lawson & Eve Lloyd Knight summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I went all out and made a mountain of frosting (I’m always convinced I’m going to run out) and it culminated in what I described to those I shared it with…

Marching for Change: Movements Across America

english Elementary & Up Activism Social Movements Protest Marches Historical Figures & Events Joyce Markovics summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I have a book that focuses on three large-scale protest marches, and the context surrounding them. Much of this book is large photographs, which make it much more powerful to read. Chronologically covering the 1963…

The Protest

english emergent readers, early chapter book. Community Activism Community Garden Samantha Thornhill & Shirley Ng-Benitez summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I still wanted to make a sweet treat even though the book is about a garden. So I thought about how composting and using up all our of food scraps is important, and decided to…

Humans Making an Impact: A Roundup of Yesterday, Today, and the Future

english 4-8 years Environmental Justice Activism STEM Marine Biology Girls Outdoors Various, see each review. Summary: In my ongoing Earth Day coverage, I wanted a post to focus on specific individuals who were passionate about different aspects of our natural world. Behold, an array humans that have made a difference throughout history (and one who…

Earth Squad: 50 People who are Saving the Planet

english MG & Up Climate Justice Historical Figures Trailblazers STEM Activism Community Alexandra Zissu & Nhung Lê summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I want to kickoff what I’ve been calling in my brain an Earth Day social justice bonanza. Make sure you look for the earth icon I’ve put on the photo to be able…

Living the Confidence Code

english MG & Up Activism Feminism Historical Figures Current-day trailblazers Katty Kay, Claire Shipman, & Jillellyn Riley Cover Art: Lucia Picerno Hand Lettering: Nan Lawson summary This follow-up book tells stories about real girls that have embodied their inner confidence and self-esteem to take on projects that changed the world. Collected on a global scale,…

sylvia and marsha start a revolution!

For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I experimented with tahini again, this time adding it to chocolate chip cookies! There might not be a clear connection between the cookies and the book, except that my love for Sylvia, Marsha, and cookies knows no bounds.

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

English 8-12 years Carole Boston Weatherford & Floyd Cooper How many of you have heard of Black Wall Street (Tulsa’s or Durham’s)? Or even about the event that this book explores? I personally didn’t learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre until graduate school, when a friend of mine wrote a paper about journalists Walter White…

Words of Change: Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas

Written By: Kenrya Rankin For Ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Historical Figures, Racism, Quotes, Compilation. Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m focusing on something that I think is beginning to fall by the wayside. Not for everyone (certainly not for us) but for a lot of people that made a…