Using What’s Around You: Sustainability & Creativity

english 4 years & up Sustainability Homesteading Foraging Climate Justice Recycling Art/Creativity Various, see each book. Summary: It’s common knowledge that we’re building a homestead, and personally very invested in personal sustainability. Here, I’ve compiled a handful of my most recent favorite books that focus on foraging, sustainability, and artistic projects with recycled materials. 276…

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon

Written By: Kat Zhang Illustrated by: Charlene Chua For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Self-Esteem, Chinese Culture, Art, Creativity, Own Voices. Summary: Amy is such a fun and buoyant protagonist, and I’m so glad she’s back for another adventure! After an exciting read aloud about dragons, Amy and her classmates…

Urban Forest School

Written, Illustrated, & Photographed By: Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall For Ages: All ages Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, STEM, Outdoor Skills, Urban Nature, Education. Summary: This book is SO cool! I used to be a substitute teacher at a nature school outside of Boston, and this book would have been really helpful. All sorts…

The Magical Underwater Activity Book

Written & Illustrated by: Mia Underwood For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Art, Creativity, Imagination, Ocean, Pint-Sized Professor, Environment, Sustainability. Summary: This activity book is a really cool way to involve STEM activities with imagination and art. Creator Mia Underwood makes whimsical Nordic-inspired underwater creatures wearing adorable hats that take…

Birdsong

Written & Illustrated by: Julie Flett For Ages: 3 years and up Language: English & some Cree Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Own Voices, Intergenerational Stories, Single-Parent Families, Moving, Nature, Seasonal Changes, Drawing. Summary: Katherena is a young Cree girl who moves with her mother from a little house by the sea into a little house…

Flying Paintings: The Zhou Brothers: A Story of Revolution and Art

Written By: Amy Alznauer Illustrated by: ShanZuo Zhou & DaHuang Zhou For Ages: 5-9 years Language: English, some Chinese. Topics Covered: History, Immigration, Communism, China, Immigration, Historical Figures, Chinese Artists, Social Justice, Social-Emotional Learning, Siblings, Biography. Summary: This is a beautiful and autobiographical book detailing the artistic development and lives of the Zhou brothers, who…

Brown: The Many Shades of Love

Written By: Nancy Johnson James Illustrated by: Constance Moore For Ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Family, BIPOC Families, Poetry, Self-Esteem, Own Voices. Summary: This beautiful poem is told from the perspective of a child describing the variety of skin tones found in their family. The child uses intentionally sweet (pun intended)…

Zero Local: Next Stop: Kindness

Written & Illustrated by: Ethan & Vita Murrow For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English, however it’s mostly wordless. Topics Covered: Gratitude, Wordless Books, Art, Strangers, Public Transit, Commuting, Own Voices. Summary: This is a gorgeous wordless picture book about the Zero Local train, which often experiences delays. A young girl and her mother ride the…

Pet

Written by: Akwaeke Emezi Cover Art by: Shyama Golden For ages: YA (CW: child abuse. Mention of bruises and insinuation of pedophilia) Language: English, some French Creole.  Topics Covered:¬†Black Culture & Identity, BIPOC Narratives, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ Lives, Growing Up, Friendship,¬†Social-Emotional Learning, Transgender Youth, Family, Art. Summary:  This book is phenomenal.  Jam is a teenage girl living in a town…

A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

more books about Asian-American experience & identity english 5-8 years artists Asian-American experience trailblazers nature sculpture self-expression¬† historical figures andrea d’aquino summary:¬† This is a lovely book designed to introduce Ruth Asawa to younger children! ¬†The artistic styling of the book is beautiful, a combination of collage and drawn images. ¬†It has a very simple…