Starting Over in Sunset Park

English & Spanish 4-8 years Immigration Single-Parent Family New Beginnings NYC Animals Cat-sitting José Pelaez, Lynn McGee, & Bianca Diaz summary Our story opens with a young girl and her mother arriving to NYC from the Dominican Republic, ready to begin a new life for themselves. Initially staying with relatives, the pair is looking forward…

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…

love in the wild

Ok, buckle up, I’m sharing a book about animals. A board book that reinforces the phrase “love is love” to be exact. Gay penguins? Yes. Lady cheetahs courting? Gotcha covered. Bighorn sheep falling in love? You betcha.

Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light

Written & Illustrated by: Apryl Stott For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, BIPOC Protagonists, Animals, Friendship, Kindness. Summary: Most of you have probably heard my flippant comments about bears in books, because they’re such a popular character, and here’s where I eat my words (and some of these cookies). Share Some Kindness,…

Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak & Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue

Illustrated By: Roy Henry Vickers Written by: Robert Budd For Ages: Infant & Up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Nature, Animals, Pacific Northwest, First Nations. Summary: I’m in LOVE with this series! The artwork by Roy Henry Vickers is stunning, and I love the textures that add tactile details for readers. The…

The Lion Queens of India

Written & Photographed By: Jan Reynolds For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, Activism, Sustainability, India. Summary: This book is really great, and I love that it’s all real photos inside! The book follows one ranger in particular, Rashila, as she goes about her day checking on lions in the Gir wildlife sanctuary….

Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

Written By: Nicola Davies Illustrated by: Emily Sutton For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Science, DNA, Pint-Sized Professor, Nature, Animals. Summary: This book is a really cool story following a girl while she (and the reader) learn all about the unique genetic makeup of humans and animals. Grow breaks down lofty scientific…

Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer

Written By: Suzie Napayok-Short Illustrated by: Tamara Campeau For Ages: 6-12 years Language: English & Inuktitut (glossary, pronunciation guide & tips included) Topics Covered: Nature, First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Family, Own Voices. Summary: This hefty book is a really unique mix of family history and nature knowledge, following a young girl named Akuluk visiting her…

Ways to Say I Love You

Written By: Marilyn Singer Illustrated by: Alette Straathof For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, Relationships, LGBTQ, Love, Friendship, Animals. Summary: This is a ridiculously adorable book about how different creatures on earth show each other they care. In rhyming verse, readers learn all about how different animals show each other they’re interested….

Volcano Dreams

This is a really neat book that teaches about the wildlife inside Yellowstone, and about the volcano. Something is sleeping in Yellowstone, but as the reader soon finds out, it’s no animal!