Climate Justice & Sustainability Roundup

English 4-8 years Historical Figures Women in STEM Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Sustainability Gardening Pets Composting Various, see each book. Summary: I was inspired to make this roundup when someone made an offhand comment to me that they wanted to talk more about sustainability with their kids, but they weren’t sure what they could do…

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…

Juana & Lucas

Written & Illustrated by: Juana Medina For Ages: 5 years and up Language: English & Spanish Topics Covered: Latinx Families, Own Voices, Colombia, Growing Up, Single Parent Families, Language Learning, Pets. Summary: I loved this book! Juana is such a fun character and her humorous narrative style felt like a quirky family member was telling…

Bubble Kisses

Written By: Vanessa Williams Illustrated by: Tara Nicole Whitaker For Ages: any age (CD included!) Language: English Topics Covered: Pets, BIPOC Characters, Underwater Adventures, Mermaids, Own Voices. Summary: This story is all about a young girl and her fish, Sal. Sal may not be able to play fetch, jump, or snuggle like other kids’ pets,…

Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero

Written By: Ellie Royce Illustrated by: Hannah Chambers For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Forward by: Marti Gould Cummings Topics Covered: Drag, LGBTQ, Pride, Family, Drag Queens, Pets, Friendship, Acceptance. Summary: I am seriously loving the amount of picture books involving drag queens that have come out this year. Hands down, best part of 2020. Auntie Uncle…

Going Up!

Written by: Sherry J. Lee Illustrated by:Charlene Chua  For ages: 4-8 years  Language: English Topics Covered: Community, Friendship, Parties, Apartments, City Living, Pets. Summary:  Going Up! is absolutely adorable, and takes place the majority of the time in an apartment building elevator! A young girl and her dad have been invited to Olive the poodle’s birthday party on…

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…

Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down [released 5/19]

Written by: Kate Dopirak Illustrated by: Christopher Silas Neal For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Mindfulness, Social-Emotional Learning, Kids Outdoors, Observation, Nature.  Summary:  This is a really adorable book that follows a child who always does everything quickly, because there is always a reason to hurry up.  Hurry out of the house, hurry around the classroom, hurry…

Trees Make Perfect Pets

Written by: Paul Czajak Illustrated by: Cathy Gendron  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Pint-Sized Professor, Environment, Sustainability, Nature, Girls Outdoors, Love, Pets, Biology.  Summary:  Trees Make Perfect Pets is a story about a girl named Abigail who wants a special pet for her birthday-a tree!  She’s given that matter a lot of thought, and in her…

Along the Tapajós

Written by: Fernando Vilela Translated by: Daniel Hahn For ages: 3 years and up Language: English, some Brazilian Portuguese. Topics Covered: Growing Up, Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, Semi-Nomadic Lifestyle, Latinx, Brazilian Culture.  Summary:  This is a cute adventure story about a pair of siblings named Cauã and Inaê, and their winter move from the banks of the Tapajós river where their village lives…