Vacation Reads!

English MG & Up Hey y’all! I’m back, Happy 2022! I hope you all had a graceful end of the year and an optimistic beginning to the new one! Below is a list of the books I read during my absolutely fabulous and much much much needed break. Tap any book cover to grab yourself…

Antiracist Family Book Club: The Kidnapping Club & Call and Response

English MG & Up Racism BLM History Historical Figures Activism Protest summary I’m back with another pairing for the #AntiracistFamilyBookClub that y’all seemed to enjoy the first installment of! The first book I want to share with you was recommended to me by a colleague of Lee’s named Daryl! The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery,…

When We Say Black Lives Matter

English 5+ Black Lives Matter White Supremacy Racism Empowerment Maxine Beneba Clarke summary When We Say Black Lives Matter was published in Australia last year, and has finally made its way across the pond to gut punch North American readers in the most poignant way possible. The stunning artwork that Beneba Clarke has created to…

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…

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

English 4 years and up Poetry Own Voices Black Lives Matter Social-Emotional Learning Critical Thinking Skills Media Consumption Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon Summary: This book just received a Caldecott Honor, which is incredibly well-deserved! This poetic story centers around the narrator working through feelings surrounding a police shooting of a young girl, which is…

What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

Written By: Laleña Garcia Illustrated by: Caryn Davidson For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, Black Lives Matter, Activism, Equity, Self-Esteem, Advocacy, LGBTQ Affirmation, Community. Summary: Folx, when I opened up a surprise package from Lee and Low with this workbook in it, I think I actually shrieked…

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

Written & Illustrated by: Don Tate For Ages: 6-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: Enslavement, Historical Figures, Black Protagonists, Underground Railroad, Own Voices, Black Culture & Identity, Racism. Summary: William Still was born a free Black man, but his parents liberated themselves from enslavement and unfortunately had to leave several of their children behind. William…

The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History

Written By: Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace Illustrated by: Charly Palmer For Ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Black Culture & Identity, Racism, Segregation, Activism, Historical Figures. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to pair a well-known event with a well-known dessert, pound cake! This book was secondary project…

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…

Girl Activist: Winning Strategies from Women Who’ve Made A Difference

Written By: Louisa Kamps, Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen Illustrated by: Georgia Rucker For Ages: MG & YA Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Environmental Activism, History, Historical Figures, STEM, Nature, Black Lives Matter, Segregation, Racism, Suffrage, Feminism. Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I wanted to pair something tasty with an activist that was brand new to…