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My Mama is a Mechanic

Written & Illustrated by: Doug Cenko For ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, POC-Centric Narratives, Gender Stereotypes, Women in STEM.  Summary:  This book is absolutely adorable!  Our narrator is a young boy, describing all of the things his mother is.  Through the eyes of a child, his mother is a chemist, a monster truck driver, and treasure hunter….

Jamie is Jamie

Written by: Afsaneh Moradian  Illustrated by: Maria Bogade For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Self-Expression, Gender Stereotypes, Identity, Friendship, Kindness, Self-Esteem. Summary: This book is absolutely adorable!  Jamie has just moved, and is starting a new school. When they get to school and join in free play, Jamie moves about the classroom looking for new friends and…

When Aidan Became a Brother

Written by: Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by: Kaylani Juanita For ages: 4 years and up Language: English  Topics Covered: BIPOC Protagonists, Gender Identity, Family, LGBTQ Youth, Trans Experience, Gender Stereotypes, Growing Up, Pregnancy, Siblings, Social-Emotional Learning, Empathy. Summary: Since it’s Corrie’s birthday, she wanted to post a book that she’s currently loving and can’t stop talking about.  This book is SO cute, we’re…

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…

What Riley Wore

Written by: Elana K. Arnold Illustrated by: Linda Davick For ages: 2-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Gender Expression, Gender Neutral Pronouns, Family, Love, Acceptance, Fashion, Creativity, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary: Riley is a creative dresser, and often dresses based on how they feel!  Some outfits are just right for the first day of school (like a bunny outfit) and some…

Curriculum Review: “Choose Your Own Likes” Talking About Stereotypes

Hey all!  We got the opportunity this week to review some curriculum by Jamey Fisher Perkins, which is all about stereotypes! This month’s curriculum is part of her wider “Growing Towards Justice” curriculum set.  We were given a copy of this curriculum to review free of charge, but all opinions are our own.  The 12…

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Written & Illustrated by: Jen Wang For ages: Young Adults and up Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Expression, Growing Up, Love, Family, Acceptance, Friendship. Summary: Prince Sebastian doesn’t particularly want to get married, but his parents are desperate for him to find a mate.  All Sebastian really wants to do is blow off steam and wear fabulous dresses as a disguise…

Sugar and Snails

Written by: Sarah Tsiang Illustrated by: Sonja Wimmer For ages: 4-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Stereotypes, Family, Love, Acceptance, Self-Expression. Summary: Our story opens at a kitchen table, where two young children are sitting with their grandfather.  He recites the old rhyme about what little girls and boys are made of.  Indignantly, both children disagree with the rhyme and…

Jacob’s New Dress

Written by: Sarah and Ian Hoffman Illustrated by: Chris Case For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Self-Expression, Acceptance, Individuality, Social-Emotional Learning, Family. Summary: Jacob loves to dress up in princess dresses, and does so in the Dramatic Play area in his classroom. He wants to wear some of his dress-up clothes to school,…