Over and Under the Canyon

English 4-8 BIPOC Characters Nature Canyons Desert Wildlife Pint-Sized Professor Interracial Families Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal summary People! Of! Color! Enjoying! Nature! This not an unbelievable concept, and I REALLY LOVE how the family within this lovely and educational story is portrayed. The family is interracial, and the mom is the head adventurer,…

Listen

English 4-8 years Mindfulness Hearing Interracial Families City Living Gabi Snyder & Stephanie Graegin summary Listen is a story that covers both mindfulness and the science of hearing. Living in a busy and bustling city, a young girl takes a moment to really hear each sound as it passes around her throughout the day. I…

sunday rain: review & giveaway!

Elliot has buried himself in a book on a rainy Sunday afternoon (I can relate to this) and is enthralled in the princess fighting the dragon. Eventually, his mother suggests that he go outside and play in the puddles while she unpacks boxes from their recent move. Elliot is a little nervous to try and make friends, but he goes outside hoping for a big adventure.

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

english 4-8 Years Sustainability Interracial Families Agriculture Farm Living Knitting Sheep/Wool Production Dawn Casey & Stila Lim summary This book is SO adorable, and I’m obsessed with the quiet message of sustainability. Nari and her family live on a farm, and have pet sheep. Nari takes the sheered wool, cleans and turns it into yarn,…

Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

Written By: Nicola Davies Illustrated by: Emily Sutton For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Science, DNA, Pint-Sized Professor, Nature, Animals. Summary: This book is a really cool story following a girl while she (and the reader) learn all about the unique genetic makeup of humans and animals. Grow breaks down lofty scientific…

Five Things About Ava Andrews

Written By: Margaret Dilloway Cover Art by: Yaoyao Ma Van As For Ages: Middle Grade Language: English Topics Covered: Invisible Disabilities, Interracial Families, Anxiety, Growing Up, Acting, Improv, Friendship, Gentrification, Activism, Community Organizing, Japanese-American, Own Voices. Summary: Half-Japanese Ava Andrews has two invisible disabilities that complicate her life: a pacemaker from a genetic heart condition,…

Only the Cat Saw

Written & Illustrated by: Ashley Wolff For Ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Interracial Families, Farm, Pets, Book Updates. Summary: Only the Cat Saw was originally published in 1985, but it got an update this year! The family pictured now is actually a real family that author Ashley Wolff is friends with, a…

Lulu the One and Only

Written By: Lynnette Mawhinney Illustrated by: Jennie Poh For Ages: 4-8years Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices, Family, Interracial Families, Social-Emotional Learning, Acceptance, Self-Esteem. Summary: Lulu is a bright and strong protagonist, and she loves her family. What she doesn’t love, however, is being asked “what” she is. Luliwa Lovington is biracial and proud, but…

Papa, Daddy, & Riley

Written By: Seamus Kirst Illustrated by: Devon Holzwarth For Ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, LGBTQ Families, Interracial Families, Acceptance, Love. Summary: This is an incredibly sweet story about a loving interracial family of two dads and their daughter named Riley. When they both drop Riley off for her first day of school,…

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. ┬áSometimes their parents talk about how small it is, but their home is perfect to our narrator. ┬áThe apartment…