Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

Written by: Dallas Hunt Illustrated by: Amanda Strong For ages: 3-8 years Language: English & Cree Topics Covered: First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Family, Problem-Solving, Accountability, Love, Animals, Nature, Natural World, Bilingual Stories, Social-Emotional Learning, Own Voices.  Summary: More skills we wish to take into the new year are found in this book, and they are: accountability and problem-solving!  We really enjoyed…

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Frané Lessac For ages: 3-7 years Language: Cherokee, Romanized Cherokee, English.  Topics Covered: Own Voices, Indigenous Voices, Cherokee Nation, Culture & Traditions, Love, Appreciation, Kindness, Family, Nature, Vocabulary, Literacy.  Summary: For our next trait we’re taking with us into 2020: Gratefulness and Appreciation!  We honor and cherish the experiences we’ve had in the past and look…

Family is a Superpower

Written by: Michael Dahl Illustrated by: Omar Lozano For ages: 4 years and up Language: English  Topics Covered: Family, Superhero, Love, Kindness, Compassion, Education, Strength, Global Community, LGBTQ Families. Summary: This book embodies the third characteristic we wish to take into 2020: Family (Chosen and/or Biological)! This book pairs superhero traits with traits families and individuals can take into their daily…

Inclusion Alphabet

Written & Illustrated by: Kathryn Jenkins For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Literacy, Inclusion, Neurodiversity, Disability, Friendship, Vocabulary, Family, Love, Global Community, Social-Emotional Learning & Development. Summary: For our second skill to take into 2020 we’ve chosen Inclusion! Our planet is a wonderful, weird, diverse place.  It becomes better when we include and advocate for everyone, especially…

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

Written & Illustrated by: Keith Negley For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Gender, Gender Stereotypes, Toxic Masculinity, Friendship, Family, Tenderness, Sadness, Love.  Summary: This is an adorable book that helps to dispel myths that create toxic masculinity.  Focusing on “tough guys” like superheroes, ninjas, and bikers, the book talks about how everyone feels feelings and it’s ok to…

Going Down Home With Daddy

Written by: Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by: Daniel Minter For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, AAVE, Black Culture & Identity, Family, Recitation, Reunion, Love, Humor, Enslavement. Summary: This book is genuinely amazing, it was one of our favorite from the entire year!  This book is beautiful because of both the storyline and the artistry that Daniel Minter…

Ghost

Written by: Jason Reynolds Cover Art by: We couldn’t find this, but if you know please contact us! For ages: YA Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Love, Sports, Growing Up, Young Adult Lit, Violence, Self-Esteem, Friendship.  Summary: Castle, also known as Ghost (well not until he decides it’s his nickname) doesn’t really like school, and gets in a lot of…

The Secret of Black Rock

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Independence, Adventure, Love, Family, Natural World, Conservation, Environmental Activism. Summary: Erin and her mum live in a fishing village, where her mother owns her own fishing boat.  Erin longs to go with her mother while she fishes, because she wants to get closer to…

My Footprints

Written by: Bao Phi Illustrated by: Basia Tran For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Imagination, LGBTQ Families, Bullying, Xenophobia, Family, Love, LGBTQ, Growing Up, Girls Outdoors. Summary:  My Footprints is a lovely book that tackles some tough subjects. Thuy, our main character, is walking home from school making footprints in the snow and thinking about how kids…

The Immortal Jellyfish

Written & Illustrated by: Sang Miao For ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Grief, Loss, Love, Social-Emotional Growth & Development, Death. Summary:   This is a beautiful book in both storyline and artwork.  Our main character is a small boy who is told about a jellyfish that can revert back to the polyp stage and grow up again,…