Together

English All (board book) Activism Global Community Collective Action Mona Damluji & Innosanto Nagara summary Y’all, remember when I did the cover reveal for this book?? Well, it’s finally out in the world tomorrow! You know I’m an Innosanto Nagara stan, and his art brings Mona Damluji’s words to life in the most beautiful and…

Antiracist Family Book Club: the OTHER talk & Deep Diversity

English MG & Up Antiracism White Privilege Action Accountability Unlearning Implicit Bias Social Change Community Organizing summary In an ongoing effort to help facilitate discussions, consider this the first installment of the Antiracist Family Book Club. My goal is to try and pair a book for MG/YA readers with a book for grownup readers (educators,…

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem

English 4+ Poetry Social Change Empowerment Music Amanda Gorman & Loren Long summary Change Sings joined the bookshelf ranks yesterday, and woah buddy it’s incredible. Amanda Gorman graced the inaugural stage and blew all of our minds with her powerful words, and she’s here to do it again with her picture book. Filled with hope…

Te Haré Tu Propio Libreo/I’ll Build You a Bookcase

English & Spanish All ages Bilingual Books Literacy Family Rhyme Traditions Jean Ciborowski Fahey & Simone Shin summary What better to celebrate National Book Lovers Day than a story that is all about instilling a love of reading? Te Haré Propio Libreo/I’ll Build You a Bookcase released in April, and I think it’s the most…

Paletas for All!

English & Spanish All Ages Paletas STEM Cooking Kindness LA Food Scene summary Popsicle season is year-round, and that’s something I’m prepared to fight about. Today I have two fantastic books that celebrate the paleta in all forms, a picture book and a cookbook! If you haven’t checked out Ericka Sanchez’s website Nibbles & Feasts…

Amara and the Bats

English 4+ Environmental Activism BIPOC Narratives Community Single-Parent Family Nature Pint-Sized Professor Bats Emma Reynolds summary Amara looooves bats! She’s enamored by their fuzzy flying hamster-like bodies and flappy wings. Amara, her mom, and brother Samir love to watch them fly around at the park near their home. When the family moves to a new…

Blood Like Magic

English YA Fantasy Magic Witches Black Culture & Identity Community CW: Blood, Sacrifice, Violence Liselle Sambury summary When you see this title, know that blood is very prevalent within the book. It’s the root of all magic, and used with intent for spells. It also denotes when a witch can be Called by ancestors and…

Yang Warriors

English & some Hmong 6-10 Hmong Culture Own Voices Refugee Experience Family Lived Experiences Social-Emotional Learning Kao Kalia Yang & Billy Thao summary Yang Warriors is a beautiful story that is one of the first books I’ve read that’s entirely Own Voices, with both a Hmong author and Hmong-American illustrator. The book takes place in…