Grandad Mandela

Written by: Zazi, Ziwalene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrated by: Sean Qualls For ages: 4-10 years Language: English  Topics Covered:  Historical Figures, History, Activism, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Social Change, Imprisonment, Black Culture & Identity, South Africa. Summary:  I am shocked that I haven’t shared this book on Instagram yet, I assumed I shared it actual years ago. Well, today we remedy…

Why Do We Cry? [released 4/7]

Written by: Fran Pintadera Illustrated by:¬†Ana Sender For ages:¬†4 years and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Social-Emotional Learning, Emotions, Growth, Family, STEM. Summary:¬† This is a very sweet story centered around a young boy named Mario asking his mother why people cry. ¬†Why, we cry for all sorts of reasons. ¬†Expressing emotions, such as crying, is a…

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

Written &¬†Illustrated by:¬†Keith Negley For ages:¬†3 years and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Social-Emotional Learning, Gender, Gender¬†Stereotypes, Toxic Masculinity,¬†Friendship, Family,¬†Tenderness, Sadness, Love.¬† Summary:¬†This is an adorable book that helps to dispel myths that create toxic masculinity. ¬†Focusing on “tough guys” like superheroes, ninjas, and bikers, the book talks about how everyone feels feelings and it’s ok to…

Sweetest Kulu

Written by: Celina Kalluk Illustrated by: Alexandria Neonakis For Ages: Infant and up Language: Bilingual: Inuktitut and English; English. Topics Covered: Love, Family, First Nations People, Indigenous Voices, Inuit Culture. Summary: “Kulu” is an Inuktitut term of endearment, akin to “Mija” in Spanish. ¬†This book’s narrator is a mother speaking to their own Kulu. ¬†The…

You Hold Me Up

Written by: Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Danielle Daniel For Ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Family, Kindness, Community. Summary: This book uses the title phrase “you hold me up” to speak about kind acts loved ones do for one another. ¬†This book is great for young children to learn acts of…

Who are you? the kid’s guide to gender identity

Written by: Brook Pessin-Whedbee Illustrated by: Naomi Bardoff For Ages: 3 years and above Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Identity, Self Expression, Acceptance. Summary: This book is written in a conversational format with the reader, letting them know that whatever they like and however they feel is ok and even celebrated! ¬†The reader has some…

I Am Jazz

Written by: Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings Illustrated by: Shelagh McNicholas For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Trans youth experience, gender identity, self-acceptance, self-love, courage. Summary: Jazz is just a regular girl! ¬†She loves dancing, the color pink, and mermaids. ¬†Jazz also has a “girl brain but a boy body”. ¬†Jazz explains that…

Captain Starfish

Written by: Davina Bell Illustrated by: Allison Colpoys For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Anxiety, Fear, Courage. Summary: ¬†This book is about a young boy named Alfie, who gets That Feeling when he has to do something new. ¬†Alfie gets That Feeling when he has to participate in running races, at…

A Family is a Family is a Family

Written by: Sara O’Leary Illustrated by: Qin Leng For Ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Self-Acceptance, Foster Families, LGBT, Acceptance, Family Structure. Summary: This book covers a multitude of family types when a teacher asks their class to describe who they live with. ¬†The narrator is nervous, because their family “is not like…

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Written by: Maya Angelou Illustrated by: Jean-Michel Basquiat Edited by: Sara Jane Boyers For Ages: 4 and up Language: English Topics Covered: Courage, Fear, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary: This book is the poem of the same title by Maya Angelou, coupled with the profound paintings of Basquiat. ¬†By having the illustrations fairly abstract, it allows the…