The Spectacular Suit

English 4+ Identity Gender Stereotypes Non-Conformity Self-Confidence Self-Esteem Kat Patrick & Hayley Wells summary Frankie is overseeing her party preparations and everything is going perfectly. There are beautiful decorations, a slightly suspect but delicious pie made by her brother, and even a borrowed tent! But Frankie is worried about one thing…what to wear. Her mom…

A Kid is a Kid is a Kid

English 3+ Conversation Starters New Kids Gender Stereotypes Ability Friendship SEL Back to School Sara O’Leary & Qin Leng summary I looooove A Family is a Family is a Family, it’s one of the books I always include on recommendation lists. Now, a follow-up is out and I might be even more in love with…

First Conversations About Race & Gender

English All Ages Race & Gender Stereotypes Racism Self-Expression Discussion ABAR Principles Self-Reflection Unlearning Race: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Isabel Roxas Gender: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Anne/Andy Passchier summary As a former classroom teacher whose strongest desire is to topple the Patriarchy with their bare hands, getting my mitts on the new release…

Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps

English & Tamil 4+ Dance Gender Stereotypes Intergenerational Stories Family Srividhya Venkat & Kavita Ramchandran summary Ya’ll know gender stereotypes are real high up on my list of things that are the bane of my existence and fuel my ever-burning feminist rage that sits deep inside my soul. Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps follows Varun and…

Sadiq Wants to Stitch

Written By: Mamta Nainy Illustrated by: Niloufer Wadia For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Gender Roles, Stereotypes, Indian Cultures, Bakarwal, Kashmir, India, Family. Summary: Sadiq is a young boy who lives with his Ammi in the Kashmir valley. They are part of the nomadic Bakarwal community, known for herding goats and sheep as…

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…