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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

Written & Illustrated by: Andrea D’Aquino For ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Artists, Historical Figure, Asian-American Experience, Trailblazers, Nature, Sculpture, Self-Expression.  Summary: This is a lovely book designed to introduce Ruth Asawa to younger children!  The artistic styling of the book is beautiful, a…

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The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Written by: Amy Spalding Cover Photo by: Robyn Van Swank Cover Design: Kate Gartner For ages: YA (underage alcohol use) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Growing Up, Art, Jobs, Relationships, Family Dynamics, Weight, Body Positivity, Fashion, Underage Alcohol Use.  Summary: This is a fantastic book with…

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Featuring: Anastasia Kanavaliuk

Helloooooo lovely humans!  Here is our third and final installment of our trio of posts surrounding the fantastic creative team behind Ezra’s BIG Shabbat Question!  We were able to catch up with Anastasia Kanavaliuk, the talented illustrator behind Aviva’s Book.  If…

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More-igami

Written by: Dori Kleber Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas For ages: 4-9 years Language:  English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Culture & Traditions, Social-Emotional Development, Self-Expression. Summary: Joey loves things that fold.  He is enamored by maps and accordions, and sleeps in a foldout bed.  When Joey…

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Featuring: Ebony Glenn!

Happy Saturday!  We are SO excited to be back in action after a week away looking at property in our dream location-Western Massachusetts!  In perfect timing, we were able to connect with Ebony Glenn who illustrated Not Quite Snow White, which…

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Lily Brown’s Paintings

Written by: Angela Johnson  Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Art, Artist, Self-Expression, Independent Thought. Summary: This sweet and whimsical book is all about Lily Brown and how she paints.  When painting, Lily is captivated and…

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Day 12: Featuring Fabulous Illustrators!

Day 12, and it’s all about illustrators today!  We had a pretty tough time narrowing it down, because every artist has their own unique style and artistic twist, which makes it so difficult to choose favorites!  Without further ado, here…

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Written by & Illustrated by: Javaka Steptoe For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Art, Historical Figure, Historical Events, Family, Mental Illness, Love, Graffiti, Creativity.  Summary: This book details the life and artistic development of Basquiat, from childhood artist to New York City…

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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Written by: Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon For ages: Elementary students and older Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Racism, Jim Crow, Segregation, Entertainment Industry, Historical Figures, Civil Rights, Modern Black Freedom Struggle. Summary: This book spans the life of Lena Horne, legendary vocalist…

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Introducing: Baby Ventures!

Happy Saturday!  Chag sameach to those celebrating Passover, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate tomorrow!  This week we are lucky enough to feature Golzar & Lisa!  These hardworking women run Baby Ventures, a book company based in Maryland.  Both…

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