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…

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…

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…