2020 STEM Book Roundup

Written & Illustrated by:  See Individual Reviews Below For ages: Elementary & MG Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Women in STEM Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Since the end of this…eventful…year is upon us, I decided to make a roundup of some of my favorite books that came out this year in the STEM/Environmental category for…

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

Written & Illustrated by: Don Tate For Ages: 6-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: Enslavement, Historical Figures, Black Protagonists, Underground Railroad, Own Voices, Black Culture & Identity, Racism. Summary: William Still was born a free Black man, but his parents liberated themselves from enslavement and unfortunately had to leave several of their children behind. William…

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Written by: Bethany Hegedus, forward by Colin Johnson Illustrated by: Tonya Engel For ages: 7-10 years  Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Writer, Activism, Activist. Summary: This is an incredible and lyrical retelling of Maya Angelou’s life, I was hooked instantly upon opening the book.  The poetic words take the reader through the life of Maya from a young…

A Place to Land

Written By: Barry Wittenstein Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney For Ages: 7 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Civil Rights, Historical Figures, Black Culture & Identity, Activism, American History. Summary: This picture book, aimed at slightly older readers, covers the night before and day of the infamous ‘I Have a Dream”…

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Written &¬†Illustrated by:¬†Duncan Tonatiuh For ages:¬†7-11 years Language:¬†English & Spanish Topics Covered:¬†Historical Events, Latinx, Mexican-American Culture, Historical Figure, POC-Centric Narratives, WWI, Activism, Activist, Own Voices. Summary:¬†Luz was born in America, but his family was of Mexican descent. ¬†He is teased for it, and sometimes gets in fights. ¬†When Luz grows up he becomes a teacher…

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Written by: Selina Alko Illustrated by: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko For ages: 4-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Legislation, Segregation, Family, Interracial Marriage, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Own Voices, Non-Fiction, Historical Figures, Family, Love.  Summary:  We are so excited to have another round of #sweetsandsocialjustice in conjunction with #thefictionfeast (even though this is a non-fiction story) and made…

What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?: True Stories of Imagination and Courage

Written by: Heather Camlot Illustrated by: Serge Bloch For ages: perfect for 8-12 years or grades 3-7 Language: English Topics Covered: War, Nonviolent Action, Activism, Imagination, Peace, Military Action, Global Community, History, Historical Figures.  Summary: Activism, Military Action, Nonviolent Protest, Peace, Creativity, Imagination, Social Justice, Kindness. Today for #sweetsandsocialjustice we have a really neat book that takes whimsical and imaginative questions and…

Women Make Movies Vol I & II and and interview with creator Alex Kittle!

Written &¬†Illustrated by:¬†Alex Kittle For ages: YA middle and upper grades¬† Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Zine, Women in Film, Trailblazers, Historical Figures.¬† Summary:¬†Today marks our first Zine review on The Tiny Activist! ¬†Truth be told, Corrie bought these ages ago when she went to a talk by the artist Alex Kittle, but life happened and didn’t get…

Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream

Written by: Blair Imani, Foreword by Patrisse Cullors (BLM Co-Founder) Illustrated by: Rachelle Baker For ages: YA Middle Grades, 12 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, American History, Enslavement, Reconstruction, Historical Figures, Family, Politics, Love. Summary:  This book is meticulously researched and fascinating!  Author Blair Imani takes readers on a journey through the American history that…

The Degenerates

Written by:¬†J. Albert Mann Cover Art by:¬†Design: Rebecca Syracuse; Illustration: Sarah Maxwell-Folio Art For ages:¬†YA (14 years and up) Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Growing Up, Mental Health, Disability, Own Voices, Interracial Love, Family, Friendship,¬†Institutionalized Lives,¬†Courage,¬†Bravery, Love.¬† Summary:¬† This book is incredible. ¬†I truly hope this book review does it justice, I couldn’t put it…