Ty’s Travels (Series)

Written By: Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by: Nina Mata For Ages: 5-7 (Early chapter book) Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Early Readers, Black Protagonists, Family, Imagination, Own Voices. Summary: This series of early chapter books are really sweet, and centers around Ty. Ty is a young Black boy with a big imagination. The two…

Amadou’s Zoo

Written & Illustrated by: Rebecca Walsh For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Imagination, School, Field Trips, Social-Emotional Learning, BIPOC Protagonists, Mindfulness. Summary: Amadou’s Zoo follows a class on a field trip, and the magical imagination of Amadou, a boy whose mind wanders to the most fantastical of places. For those of us that…

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

Written By: Edwidge Danticat Illustrated by: Leslie Staub For Ages: 5 years and up Language: English & Haitian Creole Topics Covered: Immigration, ICE, Activism, Family, Undocumented, Family, Detainment, Poetry, Imagination, Own Voices. Summary: Mama’s Nightingale follows a young girl named Saya whose mother is detained for being undocumented. In an emotional narrative, Saya yearns for…

The Pirate Tree

Written by: Brigita Orel Illustrated by: Jennie Poh For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Social-Emotional Learning, Immigration, Imagination, African Culture & Identity, Girls Outdoors, Global Community. Summary:  This is a sweet book about friendship told from the perspective of a tree that some children are playing on.  Agu has just moved to where the tree is…

I Dream of a Journey

Written &¬†Illustrated by:¬†Akiko Miyakoshi For ages:¬†4-8 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Longing, Adventure, Imagination, Courage.¬† Summary:¬† I can’t believe another month has gone by so quickly and we’re celebrating #thefictionfeast already! Since¬†I Dream of a Journey takes place in a hotel, it got me thinking about the breakfast that guests get when they stay. ¬†So I made…

Our Big Little Place

Written by: James A. Conan Illustrated by: Nicolle LaLonde For ages: 4-8 years Language: English  Topics Covered: City Life, Interracial Families, Friends, Apartment Life, Pets, Imagination. Summary:  This book follows a child as they talk about their life in an apartment building. ¬†Sometimes their parents talk about how small it is, but their home is perfect to our narrator. ¬†The apartment…

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…

A Story About Afiya

Written by: James Berry Illustrated by: Anna Cunha For ages: 3-8 years old  Language: English  Topics Covered: Imagination, Poetry, Memories, POC-Centric Narratives, Black Culture & Identity.  Summary:  A Story About Afiya tells of a joyful girl named Afiya and her magic dress, which picks up imprints of her daily experiences but clears itself overnight.  As Afiya spins through fields of…

Treasure

Written by:¬†Mireille Messier Illustrated by:¬†Irene Luxbacher For ages:¬†3-8 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Imagination, Siblings, Growing Up, Nature, Natural¬†World, Appreciation, Lived Experiences. Summary:¬† This book is adorable! The tale starts with two siblings taking a walk through the woods near their home, looking for a treasure. ¬†There are few words in the book, but they are all…

Maisie’s Scrapbook

Written by: Samuel Narh Illustrated by: Jo Loring-Fisher For ages: 3-7 years Language: English and some Ghanian  Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Biracial Family, Love, Imagination.  Summary: This is a really cute story about a young girl named Maisie and her parents.  Her father is African, and while the ethnicity of her mother is not specifically mentioned,  she appears to be of…