Antiracism: An Introduction

English YA & Up Politics History White Supremacy Antiracism Alex Zamalin Summary: I bought this book a few months ago, for a very specific reason. You see, last summer, when all the protests were taking place, I was thrilled. Beyond elated that people seemed to finally care what I had devoted my academic career to….

Finish the Fight! The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Written By: Veronica Chambers & the staff of the New York Times Portraits Illustrated by: Monica Ahanonu, Rachelle Baker, Kristen Buchholz, Alex Cabal, Noa Denmon, Ellen Duda, Shyama Golden, Johnalynn Holland, Hillary Kempenich, Nhung Lê, Ella Trujillo, & Steffi Walthall For Ages: 8-13 years Language: English Topics Covered: Suffrage, BIPOC Activism, Historical Figures, Middle Grade,…

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 World’s Poorest President Speaks Out

Edited By: Yoshimi Kusaba Illustrated by: Gaku Nakagawa Translated by: Andrew Wong For Ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Politicians, Capitalism, Environmental Activism, Sustainability, History, Historical Figures. Summary: This book’s text is taken from a 2012 speech given at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the president of Uruguay speaks about human…

Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Written By: Patricia Hruby Powell Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, Activism, History, Historical Figures, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Voting, Community Organizing, Women in Leadership, Civil Rights. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I’m really excited to have a book aimed at older readers about…

We the People [released July 1]

Written By: Evan Sargent Illustrated by: Aura Lewis For Ages: YA Middle grades and up Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Politics, American History, Constitution, Call to Action. Summary: I don’t think anyone could argue with the fact that right now, we are in a time of great (and in my opinion, long overdue) social change….

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Written by: Bethany Hegedus, forward by Colin Johnson Illustrated by: Tonya Engel For ages: 7-10 years  Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Writer, Activism, Activist. Summary: This is an incredible and lyrical retelling of Maya Angelou’s life, I was hooked instantly upon opening the book.  The poetic words take the reader through the life of Maya from a young…

No Voice Too Small

Edited by: Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley Illustrated by: Jeanette Bradley For ages: 5-9 years  Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Youth Activists, Poetry, Own Voices, Environmental Activism, Violence, Indigenous Voices, American Citizens, LGBTQ, Education, Muslim Activist, Community.  Summary:  Y’all need to buckle up for this book.  These are the type of books I started this website for.  No Voice…