King and the Dragonflies

Written by: Kacen Callender Cover Art by: Tonya Engel For ages: YA Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, LGBTQ, Death, Relationships, Friendship. Summary: We got this book from a friend who received a pre-release copy from the ALA Conference!  We are so excited to have been able to both read and review the book before the release date, because it…

Front Desk

Written by: Kelly Yang Cover Art by: Maike Plenzke For ages: Middle Grades YA Book Language: English, slight Mandarin. Topics Covered: Immigration, Racism, Friendship, Family, Growing Up. Summary: Mia Tang and her parents emigrated from China two years before the book begins.  When the book begins, it is summertime in California and the family is living in their car.  Soon, a…

Footprints in the Snow

Written by: Annahita De La Mare Illustrated by: Jennifer Kirkham For ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Girls Outdoors, Family, Love, Friendship, Adventure. Summary: We have arrived at the most recent-but hopefully not final-installment of the Hot Air Balloon Adventure story!  Alice, Hannah, and Rosie are discussing plans over breakfast one morning and grandma has a great idea, to take the…

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Written by: Mariko Tamaki Illustrated by: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell For ages: YA graphic novel Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ Relationships, Love, Friendship, Social-Emotional Development. Summary: Super quick read, I read this in about an hour!  The story is told from the perspective of Freddy, a biracial Asian teenage girl.  Freddy is hopelessly in love with Laura Dean, her on-again off-again unfaithful girlfriend. …

The Perfect Rainy Day

Written by: Annahita De La Mare Illustrated by: Jennifer Kirkham For ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Girls Outdoors, Family, Love, Adventure, Friendship, Feminism.  Summary: The second installment of the book series about the adventurous and kind cousins-Rosie, Hannah, and Alice! These girls are problem-solvers and active do-ers, they are always ready to get creative and have fun. It’s refreshing…

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Written by: Sabina Khan Cover Art by: For ages: YA book Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Family, Marriage, Independence, Love, Acceptance, LGBTQ Violence, Homophobia, Bangladeshi Culture & Traditions. Summary: I could NOT put this book down.  I was instantly hooked.  Warning: you will feel ALL the emotions during this read. Rukhsana is a teenager, just a few months away from…

The Start of Something Big

Written by: Annahita De La Mare Illustrated by: Jennifer Kirkham For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Feminism, Adventure, Girls Outdoors, Family, Friendship, Love. Summary: This book is so cute!  We love that the three main characters are an adventurous set of cousins, and very diverse!  These girls are an ode to those of us that prefer to splash in…

Not Quite Snow White

Written by: Ashley Franklin Illustrated by: Ebony Glenn For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Self-Acceptance, Racism, Self-Esteem, Social-Emotional Development, Family, Love, Friendship, Perseverance, Theatre, Own Voices. Summary:  Tameika was born to perform.  She sings, dances, and taps everywhere she goes.  With a fantastic imagination, she breathes life into a myriad of characters such as a space cowgirl…

Around Our Way on Neighbor’s Day

Written by: Tameka Fryer Brown Illustrated by: Charlotte Riley-Webb  For ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Community, POC-Centric Narratives, Friendship, Poetry. Summary: This is a bright, fun, lyrical adventure through a close-knit neighborhood during the celebration of Neighbors’ Day (which could be described as a block party).  The narrator is a young girl with yellow ribbons in her hair.  She…

I Will Be Fierce!

Written by: Bea Birdsong  Illustrated by: Nidhi Chanani For ages:4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Development, POC-Centric Narratives, Self-Esteem, Friendship. Summary: This book is the definition of adorable.  The plot is driven forward by phrases often found in adventure stories, but the illustrations shows a typical school day for the main character.  The main character is an unnamed girl,…