topics for change: racial justice in america

For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m bringing you a new release that every classroom needs to have. I’m also bringing you a strawberry lime tea cake recipe!

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…

This is Your Brain on Stereotypes

Written by: Tanya Lloyd Kyi  Illustrated by: Drew Shannon  For ages: 11-14 years Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Social Justice, Critical Thinking, Growing Up, Media Literacy, Growing Up. Summary:  I loooove this book! Books that focus on explaining inequity and the need for social justice to young adults are some of my favorites. In the book, author Tanya Lloyd Kyi takes…

Big Ideas for Young Thinkers: 20 Questions about Life and the Universe

Written By: Jamia Wilson Illustrated by: Andrea Pippins For Ages: 9-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Philosophy, Social Justice, Growing Up, Social Emotional Learning, Critical Thinking. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to share a book that combines a lot of the social justice principles that I believe are so important, and part of…

Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

Written & Illustrated By: KaeLyn Rich For Ages: YA Middle grades & up Language: English Topics Covered: Feminism, Activism, Community Organizing, Education, Critical Thinking, Growing Up, Social-Emotional Learning, Grassroots Change. Summary: Spoiler: this book is AMAZING! It was perfect for this week’s edition of #sweetsandsocialjustice for which I made apple berry galette. Why, do you…

Trending: How and Why Stuff gets Popular

Written by: Kira Vermond Illustrated by: Clayton Hanmer For ages: Middle grades (8-12 years) Language: English Topics Covered: Global Community, Trends, Sociology, History, Critical Thinking, Self-Reflection. Summary:  This is a really cool book that is part critical-thinking skill development, part comic book, and part history lesson.  Explaining in 4 chapters, the reader will learn why and how trends come to…