When Can We Go Back to America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during WWII

English & Japanese YA Japanese Internment/Incarceration History Nonfiction Racism Oppression Personal Narrative Susan H. Kamei summary Meticulously researched and fastidiously detailed personal narration fill this historic book. Susan Kamei has done a marvelous job in describing the intricacies of the political events and racism that led to the incarceration of the Japanese American population following…

Code Name Badass: The True Story of Virginia Hall

English YA Historical Figures WWII Spy French Resistance Disability Feminism Heather Demetrios summary Okay so uhh Virginia Hall is the most badass person I’ve ever read about. Not only is being a spy pretty much the coolest (& most dangerous) job I could think of having, but Virginia accidentally shot her own ding dang foot…

Good Girls Don’t Make History

English MG & Up Suffrage Graphic Novels History Historical Figures Activism Legislative Change Elizabeth Kiehner, Keith Olwell, Kara Coyle, Micaela Dawn, & Mary Sanche summary We’ve all seen a quote that says something along the lines of “rights for others don’t mean less for you, it’s not cake”. Which is entirely true, but the Patriarchy…

I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids

English 3 years & up Black Joy Positivity Empowerment Affirmation Inspiration History Mindfulness Self-Esteem Nyasha Williams & Sóf’ya Glushkó summary You may or may not remember last May when I shared a book called What’s the Commotion in the Ocean? about a Black mermaid talking about climate justice. The pair behind that book is also…

Nye, Sand and Stones

English 4 years & up Protest Questioning History Self-Advocacy Bree Galbraith & Marion Arbona summary Do you ever meet a character and instantly love them? Meet Nye. Nye lives on the Island of Sand and builds sandcastles with the other children until a warning bell rings. When the bell rings, everyone knows that big stones…

Marching for Change: Movements Across America

english Elementary & Up Activism Social Movements Protest Marches Historical Figures & Events Joyce Markovics summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I have a book that focuses on three large-scale protest marches, and the context surrounding them. Much of this book is large photographs, which make it much more powerful to read. Chronologically covering the 1963…

Women Artists A to Z

english 5 years & up Artists Historical Figures Melanie LaBarge & Caroline Corrigan summary I LOVE this book! Not only is it beautiful, but it’s completely accessible for the typical picture book crowd, and takes a creative spin on alphabet books. Rather than pairing the artist’s name with a specific letter of the alphabet, the…

Together We March: 25 Protest Movements that Marched into History

English 7 years & up History Historical Figures Activism Social Justice Education Environmental Activism Global Community Leah Henderson & Tyler Feder Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m so excited to share my thoughts on Together We March! This anthology weaves together historical movements throughout history. I really appreciate how author Leah Henderson places each event…

Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book

English 4 years and up Segregation Black Culture & Identity History Safety Historical Figures Keila V. Dawson & Alleanna Harris Summary: First of all, this book is beautifully made. I love the matte book jacket, and the surprise underneath it! Opening the Road not only tells of the events that precipitated the development of the…