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…

When You Need Wings

Written & Illustrated by: Lita Judge For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Fear, New Places, Anxiety, Growing Up, Mindfulness, Coping Strategies.  Summary:  In this uncertain time, we know fear is at an all-time high for a lot of folks.  We’ve been making an effort to share books that focus on social-emotional learning and development, and coping…

Kaia and the Bees

Written by: Maribeth Boelts Illustrated by: Angela Dominguez  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Growth, Fear, Lying, Beekeeping, Environmental Conservation, Family, Education, Emotional Regulation. Summary:  Kaia’s family has a pretty unique hobby, especially for living in an apartment building.  Her dad keeps bees!  He is very passionate about beekeeping, and bee conservation, especially since honeybee numbers are…

Brownstone’s Mythical Collection: Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton For ages: 5-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Adventure, Girls Outdoors, Family, Strength, Fear, Social-Emotional Growth.   Summary: This is the tale of Marcy, daughter of Arthur from the first Brownstone’s book. Marcy is very afraid of the dark, and also very skeptical that her father ever had a wild life of adventure (after all,…

I Am Not A Number

Written by: Jenny Kay Depuis and Kathy Kacer Illustrated by: Gillian Newland For Ages: 7-11 years Language: English, some Ojibway. Topics Covered: Indigenous People, First Nations, Historical Figures, Residential Schools, Culture, Community. Summary: This book is an emotional look into the story of Irene Couchie Dupuis and her forced residential schooling during her childhood.  Irene’s…

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…

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…