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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…

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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

Written & Illustrated by: Andrea D’Aquino For ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Artists, Historical Figure, Asian-American Experience, Trailblazers, Nature, Sculpture, Self-Expression.  Summary: This is a lovely book designed to introduce Ruth Asawa to younger children!  The artistic styling of the book is beautiful, a…

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Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

Written by: Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrated by: Raúl Colón For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Women in Science, Historical Figure, Space, Segregation, Racism, POC-Centric Narratives, Black Culture & Identity, Historic Events.  Summary: Katherine was an incredibly intellectually gifted child, starting 2nd grade at age…

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Muslim Girls Rise

Written by: Saira Mir Illustrated by: Aaliya Jaleel For ages: 8-13 years Language: English Topics Covered: Muslim Women, Trailblazers, Historical Figures, Self-Empowerment, Feminism, Sports, Culture & Identity, Global Community, Own Voices.  Summary:  This book is a lovely book, almost anthology-like, of 18 Muslim girls (and…

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Journey Under the Arctic

Written by: James O. Fraoili Illustrated by: Joe St. Pierre For ages: 8-12 years Language: English, gives a small Inuit phrase guide as well.  Topics Covered: Historical Figure, Environmental Activism, Nature, Adventure, Global Warming, Graphic Novel, STEM. Summary:  This comic book adventure is the second…

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Imogene’s Last Stand

Written by: Candace Fleming Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: History, Politics, Women in Leadership, Preservation, Activism, Peaceful Action, Feminism. Summary: I checked out this book from the library with cautious optimism.  I was hoping that the book would have solid…

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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…

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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…

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Mae Among the Stars

Written by: Roda Ahmed Illustrated by: Stasia Burrington For ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Women in STEM, Own Voices, Historical Figure, Historical Events, Mae Jemison, Women in Science, Goals, Dream, Self-Esteem. Summary:  This is an adorable story that follows young Mae Jemison…

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Canadian Women: Now + Then

Written by: Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrated by: Maïa Faddoul For ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Biography, Canadian Women, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Women in STEM, Women in Sports, Feminism, Journalism.  Summary:  Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a fantastic day to…

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