Back to School, Back to School…Take These Books, They’re Real Cool!

English 4+ Social-Emotional Learning Back to School Emotional Regulation Empathy Empowerment Historical Figures summary Try not to be too jealous of my sweet rhyming skills when it comes to titles, I’m just brimming with creative talent. ANYWAY, lets begrudgingly talk about back to school book recs. I’m doubling down on recommending books that lean heavily…

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

english 6-10 years Indigenous History Own Voices Activism Human Rights Historical Figures Empowerment Traci Sorell & Frané Lessac summary Framed around an Indigenous Peoples Day presentation night at a school, We Are Still Here gives snippets of information in the history of Native Peoples in what is now called the United States. The story is…

jump at the sun: the true life tale of unstoppable storycatcher zora neale hurston

english 4-8 years historical figure writers self-empowerment Alicia D. Williams & Jacqueline Alcántara summary: This gorgeous book goes into detail about the life of writer Zora Neale Hurston, who bounded from adventure to adventure and found notoriety in writing along the way. I love the way the illustrations convey movement and joy, always showing Zora…

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…

Sewing the Rainbow

Written By: Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by: Holly Clifton-Brown For Ages: 5 and up (mention of military and illustrations of guns) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ History, Pacifism, Pride Flag, Historical Figure. Summary: This story tells the life of Gilbert Baker, the man who sewed the first rainbow Pride flag for the LGBTQ community. For…

Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Written By: Patricia Hruby Powell Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, Activism, History, Historical Figures, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Voting, Community Organizing, Women in Leadership, Civil Rights. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I’m really excited to have a book aimed at older readers about…

speak up

english 4 – 8 years historical figures self-confidence friendship, advocacy empowerment social-emotional learning miranda paul and ebony glenn summary: Happy Saturday! As you know, it’s time for #sweetsandsocialjustice and this week is a picture book all about how and when to speak up! This newly released book is illustrated by one of our favorites, Ebony…

Be Amazing: A History of Pride [released 7/21]

Written By: Desmond is Amazing Illustrated by: Dylan Glynn For Ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ History, Drag, Own Voices, Historical Figures, Trans History, Acceptance, Self-Esteem. Summary: Ya’ll. This. Book. I have been SO excited for this book to be release and it’s almost here!! Many of you are probably familiar with Desmond…