The Tea Dragon Festival

Written & Illustrated by: Katie O’Neill For ages:4 years and up Language: English and ASL (American Sign Language) Topics Covered: Family, Fantasy, Friendship, Growing Up.  Summary:  This is the second story in the Tea Dragon Society books, but is actually a prequel to the first one.  Longer than the first, it still took under an hour to completely finish…

Pet

Written by: Akwaeke Emezi Cover Art by: Shyama Golden For ages: YA (CW: child abuse. Mention of bruises and insinuation of pedophilia) Language: English, some French Creole.  Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, BIPOC Narratives, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ Lives, Growing Up, Friendship, Social-Emotional Learning, Transgender Youth, Family, Art. Summary:  This book is phenomenal.  Jam is a teenage girl living in a town…

Child of Galaxies

Written by: Blake Nuto Illustrated by: Charlotte Ager For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Growing Up, Mindfulness. Summary:  I knew I would love this book when the opening line is referencing my favorite quote from Carl Sagan! Child of Galaxies is breathtakingly gorgeous in its lyrical wording and brilliantly designed artwork. Speaking directly to…

Kamik Takes the Lead

Written by: Darryl Baker Illustrated by: Ali Hinch For ages: 4-8 years Language: English & Inuktitut Topics Covered: First Nations, Inuit, Outdoors, Dog-Sledding, Growing Up, Own Voices. Summary:  This is the 4th installment of the Kamik books, but still worth checking out if it’s the first one you come across! The series is about Jake, a young boy interested…