Shubh Diwali!

Written by:¬†Chitra Soundar Illustrated by:¬†Charlene Chua For ages:¬†3-5 years Language:¬†English & some Hindi (more is in the Diwali information after the story) Topics Covered:¬†Culture & Traditions, Celebration, Global¬†Community, Hindu, Religion, India, Indian Culture, POC-Centric Narratives. Summary:¬†Shubh Diwali¬†is a short rhyming book introducing Diwali and the celebrations that accompany the 5 day festival. ¬†The plot follows…

My Grandma and Me

Written by: Mina Javaherbin Illustrated by: Lindsey Yankey For ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Islam, Culture & Traditions, Global Community, Muslim, Cross-Religion Friendships, Own Voices, Iran.  Summary: This is a lovely story about a young girl growing up in Iran and the strong relationship she has with her grandmother.  They are Muslim, and the young girl is the…

The Proudest Blue

Written by:¬†Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali Illustrated by:¬†Hatem Aly For ages:¬†4-8 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Muslim¬†Identity, Islamophobia, Family, Growing Up, Siblings, Own Voices, Lived Experiences, POC-Centric Narratives, Resilience,¬†Strength.¬† Summary:¬†The Proudest Blue¬†is a story about Asiya’s first day hijab, which she has chosen because it’s the color of the sky. ¬†Faizah, Asiya’s younger sister, is our narrator…

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

Written by: Mitali Perkins Illustrated by: Sara Palacios For ages: 3-8 years Language: English & some Spanish Topics Covered: Family, Immigration, Border Patrol, POC-Centric Narratives, Latinx, Mexican-American, Culture & Traditions, Love, Growing Up, Global Community. Summary: Even though this is a story centering around Christmas, we felt the need to share it sooner rather than waiting for December to come around! This…

At the Mountain’s Base

Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Weshoyot Alvitre  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Military, Women Pilots, Family, Grief, Culture & Traditions, Historical Fiction, Global Community, Own Voices. Summary: This is one of the most beautiful and emotional books that I’ve read in a long time.  The story is told in simple, lyrical poetry and encompasses the emotions that…

Canadian Women: Now + Then

Written by:¬†Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrated by: Ma√Įa Faddoul For ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Biography, Canadian Women, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Women in STEM, Women in Sports, Feminism, Journalism.  Summary:  Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a fantastic day to honor those past and present who have changed the world, and Canadian Women: Now + Then is…

I Am Native

Written & Illustrated by: Violet Duncan For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Own Voices, Lived Experience, Growing Up, Culture & Identity, Hoop Dancing, Sports, Family, Love, Native Experience.  Summary:  This lovely book is all about the lived experiences of an Indigenous family, comparing their traditional Native activities with other things the family does such…

Around the Table that Grandad Built

Written by:¬†Melanie Heuiser Hill Illustrated by:¬†Jaime Kim For ages:¬†3-8 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Family, Cooking, Cultural Identity, Traditions. Summary:¬†This is a very sweet book about the preparations of a large family dinner. ¬†Each piece of the meal, starting with the table that grandad built, tells a story of significance and family meaning. ¬†The kids busily set…

Ho’onani Hula Warrior

Written by: Heather Gale Illustrated by: Mika Song For ages: 4 years and up Language: English and Hawaiian Topics Covered: Gender Identity, Hawaiian Culture & Traditions, Hula, Indigenous Voices, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Trailblazer, History, Historical Figure, Biographical, Self-Esteem, Family, Acceptance.  Summary:  This is an incredible book based on a real person!  Ho’onani is a young girl that feels in the middle of…

Color Outside the Lines: Stories About Love

Written by: Adam Silvera, Samira Ahmed, Michelle Ruiz Keil, Danielle Paige, Eric Smith, Sangu Mandanna, Elsie Chapman, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lauren Gibaldi, Kelly Zekas & Tarun Shanker, Lori M. Lee, Caroline Tung Richmond, Karuna Riazi, L.L. McKinney, Tara Sim, Lydia Kang Edited by: Sangu Mandanna For ages: YA Language: English predominantly  Topics Covered: LGBTQ, LGBTQ Relationships, Growing Up, POC-Centric Narratives, Love, Family, Supernatural,…