Tune it Out

Written By: Jamie Sumner Cover Art by: Celia Krampien For Ages: 10 and up Language: English Topics Covered: Homelessness, Growing Up, Sensory Processing Disorder, Moving, Family, Temporary Custody, Anxiety, Singing, Music, Performance, Poverty. Summary: Lou Montgomery lives with her mother in their pickup truck in a lot of different places. Right now, however, they live…

Flying Paintings: The Zhou Brothers: A Story of Revolution and Art

Written By: Amy Alznauer Illustrated by: ShanZuo Zhou & DaHuang Zhou For Ages: 5-9 years Language: English, some Chinese. Topics Covered: History, Immigration, Communism, China, Immigration, Historical Figures, Chinese Artists, Social Justice, Social-Emotional Learning, Siblings, Biography. Summary: This is a beautiful and autobiographical book detailing the artistic development and lives of the Zhou brothers, who…

ABC What Can I Be?

Written & Illustrated by: Sugar Snap Studio For Ages: Infant & Up (oversized board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Career, Self-Esteem, Growing Up. Summary: I am all about a good career options book, especially one as inclusive and diverse as this. I have been known to say that if I knew as a child that…

Five Things About Ava Andrews

Written By: Margaret Dilloway Cover Art by: Yaoyao Ma Van As For Ages: Middle Grade Language: English Topics Covered: Invisible Disabilities, Interracial Families, Anxiety, Growing Up, Acting, Improv, Friendship, Gentrification, Activism, Community Organizing, Japanese-American, Own Voices. Summary: Half-Japanese Ava Andrews has two invisible disabilities that complicate her life: a pacemaker from a genetic heart condition,…

Big Ideas for Young Thinkers: 20 Questions about Life and the Universe

Written By: Jamia Wilson Illustrated by: Andrea Pippins For Ages: 9-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Philosophy, Social Justice, Growing Up, Social Emotional Learning, Critical Thinking. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to share a book that combines a lot of the social justice principles that I believe are so important, and part of…

Be Your Best Self: Life Skills for Unstoppable Kids

Written By: Danielle Brown MBE & Nathan Kai Illustrated by: Joanna Kerr For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Growth, Growing Up, Goals, Habits, Self-Esteem, Confidence. Summary: When I heard that a gold medal Paralympian and a child MENSA member had teamed up to write a book about life skills, I obviously had…

What I Like Most

Written By: Mary Murphy Illustrated by: Zhu Cheng-Liang For Ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Growing Up, Gratitude, Family, Memories. Summary: What I Like Most is an adorable book with a narrator trying to describe her favorite thing, but continues to make exceptions for other favorite objects. Apricot jam, the…

From My Window

Written By: Otávio Júnior Illustrated by: Vanina Starkoff For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Favelas, Brazil, Own Voices, BIPOC Protagonists, Neighbors, Growing Up, Friendship. Summary: In this bright and colorful Own Voices book, the narrator talks about all of the different things he can see outside of the window in his…

Juana & Lucas

Written & Illustrated by: Juana Medina For Ages: 5 years and up Language: English & Spanish Topics Covered: Latinx Families, Own Voices, Colombia, Growing Up, Single Parent Families, Language Learning, Pets. Summary: I loved this book! Juana is such a fun character and her humorous narrative style felt like a quirky family member was telling…

Dress Coded

Written By: Carrie Firestone Cover Art by: Tyler Feder For Ages: YA Middle Grades & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Growing Up, Feminism, Podcasting, Activism, Body Shaming, Friendship, Addiction, Siblings, LGBTQ. Summary: Eighth grader Molly is sick of seeing her friends and other girls in her school fall victim to the dress code, which is…