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Written by: Kira Vermond Illustrated by: Clayton Hanmer For ages: Middle grades (8-12 years) Language: English Topics Covered: Global Community, Trends, Sociology, History, Critical Thinking, Self-Reflection. Summary:  This is a really cool book that is part critical-thinking skill development, part comic book, and part history…

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Along the Tapajós

Written by: Fernando Vilela Translated by: Daniel Hahn For ages: 3 years and up Language: English, some Brazilian Portuguese. Topics Covered: Growing Up, Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, Semi-Nomadic Lifestyle, Latinx, Brazilian Culture.  Summary:  This is a cute adventure story about a pair of siblings named Cauã and…

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Wherever I Go

Written by: Mary Wagley Copp Illustrated by: Munir D. Mohammed  For ages: 6-9 years Language:  English Topics Covered: Refugees, Resettlement, Lived Experiences, Family, African Culture & Identity, Friendship, Growing Up, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary:  Abia has declared herself queen of the refugee camp she lives…

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M is for Movement: aka Humans can’t Eat Golf Balls

Written & Illustrated by: Innosanto Nagara  For ages: Middle grades  Language: English, Indonesian places, phrases, references.  Topics Covered: Social Justice, Social Change, Protest, Activism, Young Adult, Growing Up, Military Action, Family, Own Voices. Summary:  For our next installment of #sweetsandsocialjustice we have a middle grade…

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The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Written by: Amy Spalding Cover Photo by: Robyn Van Swank Cover Design: Kate Gartner For ages: YA (underage alcohol use) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Growing Up, Art, Jobs, Relationships, Family Dynamics, Weight, Body Positivity, Fashion, Underage Alcohol Use.  Summary: This is a fantastic book with…

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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…

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Northwest Resistance [A Girl Called Echo Vol 3]

Written by: Katherena Vermette Illustrated by: Scott B. Henderson, color by Donovan Yaciuk  For ages: 12 years and up Language: English, minor French.  Topics Covered: History, First Nations, Military Action, Growing Up, Family, Fantasy, Time Travel, Métis History. Summary:  This is the third installment about…

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Small World

Written by: Ishta Mercurio Illustrated by: Jen Corace For ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, STEM, Space, Growing Up. Summary:  This is a beautiful book about how a person’s world grows with experience.  When Nanda was born, her whole world was her…

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Lilah Tov Good Night

Written by: Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G) Illustrated by: Noar Lee Naggan For ages: 3 years and up Language: English and some Hebrew Topics Covered: Refugee, Growing Up, Lullaby, Family, Nature, Love, Social-Emotional Learning,  Summary:  This is a very sweet book that delicately explains the refugee…

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Tanna’s Owl

Written by: Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley Illustrated by: Yong Ling Kang For ages: 4 years and up Language: English, some Inuktitut (pronunciation guide in back as well) Topics Covered: First Nations, Residential Schools, Own Voices, Responsibility, Pets, Growing Up, Indigenous Voices.  Summary:  This is a…

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