The Vast Wonder of the World (Biologist Ernest Everett Just)

Written by: M√©lina Mangal Illustrated by: Luisa Uribe For ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Black Culture & Identity, Scientists, Historical Figure, Outdoors, Natural World, Trailblazers, Curiosity, Education, Racism.  Summary:  In 1911, Ernest was a scientist in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Woods Hole is on Cape Cod, and still a massive town for oceanic research today!  Ernest was…

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…

Hike [released 3/17]

Written & Illustrated by: Pete Oswald For ages: any Language: English, but there are very few words in this book! Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Outdoors, Gender Neutral Stories, Family, Traditions, Nature, Environmental Activism.  Summary:  Hike is a beautiful wordless adventure between father and child outdoors! This adorable story is one of genuine excitement at spending the day outdoors, and the child…

Firu’s Forest

Written by:¬†J. Leigh Shelton Illustrated by:¬†Danica Jokic For ages:¬†5-10 years old Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†POC-Centric Narratives,¬†Friendship, Social-Emotional Growth, Nature, Natural World.¬† Summary:¬†This book is a collection of 3 stories, connected by cameos and the rainforest. The first story is about a boy named Sebastian, who lives with his grandmother and loves bananas very much. ¬†He plants…

Arthur and the Golden Rope [Feb 4 2020]

Written &¬†Illustrated by:¬†Joe Todd-Stanton¬† For ages:¬†5-9 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†Adventure, Mythology, Natural¬†World, Supernatural, Magic. Summary:¬†This is one of the Brownstone’s Mythical Collection books, and we really like the way that it’s set up like a comic book. ¬†Arthur is a young boy with a penchant for strange objects and spends a lot of time in…

Atlas of Ocean Adventures

Written by:¬†Emily Hawkins Illustrated by:¬†Lucy Letherland For ages:¬†7 years and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†STEM, Nature, Natural World, Scientific Thinking, Discovery.¬† Summary:¬†This book is part of a larger set of atlas’ by Quarto as part of their Wide Eyed Editions books, focusing on curiosity and learning. ¬†This is the only book in the series that we’ve…

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures [Released on January 14th!]

Written by: Nikki Grimes Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon For ages: 4-8 years  Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Natural World, Own Voices. Summary: This book will resonate with anyone who has 1) tried to avoid going to bed or 2) tried to put a little critter that doesn’t want to go to bed, to bed. In the story, our main…

Aw√Ęsis¬†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…

The Boy Who Grew A Forest

Written by: Sophia Gholz Illustrated by: Kayla Harren For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Nature, Historical Figure, Trailblazer, POC-Centric Narratives, Global Community, India, Natural World, Growing Up, Hard Work, Community Involvement, Independent Thought.  Summary: The next intention we are taking into 2020 is Environmental Conscientiousness.  We’re always looking for ways to reduce our single-use plastics, recycle…

Bird Count

Written by: Susan Edwards Richmond Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, STEM, Birds, Girls Outdoors, POC-Centric Narratives, Environmental Activism, Culture & Traditions, Friendship, Community Involvement. Summary: We love this book for so many reasons!  The plot follows a real-life bird counting event that takes place all over the USA on Christmas Day….