What Would You Do in a Book About You?

english 4-8 years Creativity Imagination Empowerment Confidence Jean Reidy & Joey Chou summary This book is a creative take on the limitless possibilities of the readers’ imagination. Writing a book about yourself (or the greater metaphor of living the life you want) can include anything a person can dream up. Some of the options are…

Baby Young Gifted and Black

English Infant & Up Historical Figures Self-Esteem Own Voices Black Culture & Identity Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins Summary: Do I even need to state how adorable this book is? I cannot handle it. I’m sure you’ve seen the brilliant 2018 smash hit by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins with the same name and the…

Curls

Written & Illustrated by:  Ruth Forman & Geneva Bowers For ages: Infant & Up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices BIPOC Protagonists Confidence Natural Hair Self-Esteem Friendship   Summary: In this gorgeous and poetic board book, the reader follows four friends that wear their natural hair in different ways. The children are buoyant and play…

Serena Says

Written By: Lanita S. Davis Cover Art by: Frank Morrison For Ages: MG & Up Language: English, some Tagalog. Topics Covered: Friendship, Confidence, Chronic Illness, Kidney Transplant, Blogging, Self-Esteem. Summary: Serena is an amazing blogger destined for fame…in her mind, anyway. In reality, Serena practices vlogging in her room trying to work up the courage…

my hair is MAGIC!

more books about black identity English 4-8 years BIPOC Protagonists Self-Esteem Natural Hair Imagination Confidence Family M.L. Marroquin & Tonya Engel Summary: This beautiful ode to one girl’s natural and buoyant hair can only be matched by Tonya Engel’s impossibly gorgeous illustrations. Filled to the brim with confidence and curls, our main character struts through…

Love is Powerful

Written By: Heather Dean Brewer Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Peaceful Protest, Women’s March, Family, BIPOC Protagonists, Love, Confidence, Activism. Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I chose a book that is not only based on a real person and event, but also encompasses a lot of the unrest…

Interview with Kwame Alexander: Becoming Muhammad Ali

Written By: Kwame Alexander & James Patterson Illustrated by: Dawud Anyabwile For Ages: MG, YA Language: English Topics Covered: History, Biography, Trailblazer, Activism, Growing Up, Boxing, Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali, Friendship, Self-Esteem, Confidence. Summary: Hi everyone! I am thrilled to be able to bring you a double whammy today of a recorded interview with powerhouse…

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter Not Shade

Written By: Rob Sanders Illustrated by: Letizia Rizzo For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: BIPOC Protagonists, Confidence, Social-Emotional Learning, Ally, Friendship, Uniqueness, Being Yourself. Summary: This story is remarkable. I’m so glad it exists, it exists in so many beautiful nuanced spaces and I’m sincerely thrilled to be able to write a review…

Be Your Best Self: Life Skills for Unstoppable Kids

Written By: Danielle Brown MBE & Nathan Kai Illustrated by: Joanna Kerr For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Growth, Growing Up, Goals, Habits, Self-Esteem, Confidence. Summary: When I heard that a gold medal Paralympian and a child MENSA member had teamed up to write a book about life skills, I obviously had…