topics for change: racial justice in america

For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week, I’m bringing you a new release that every classroom needs to have. I’m also bringing you a strawberry lime tea cake recipe!

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

English YA & Up Black Culture & Identity Historical Figures Politics Violence Racism Police Brutality Government Interference Sabotage David Walker & Marcus Kwame Anderson Summary: Social justice and the Black Panthers go hand in hand. Inspired by the free food programs that the organization is known for, I searched online for information about what they…

The ABC’S of Black History

English 5 years and up Historical Figures Activism Black Culture & Identity Trailblazers Rhyming & Literacy Black Joy Rio Cortez & Lauren Semmer   As soon as I saw this book, I had an inkling it would be phenomenal. I don’t think I was prepared for just how beautiful it is. Alphabet books can be…

Great Lives in Graphics Series

Series Produced by: GMC Publications For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: History, Historical Figures, Graphic Novels, Racism, Politics, Segregation. Summary: This series is so cool! It combines history and an almost graphic novel layout to teach readers about different well-known figures throughout history. Currently, the set has books that teach about MLK Jr.,…

Future Baby Series

Written By: Lori Alexander Illustrated by: Allison Black For Ages: Infant & Up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Careers, STEM, Imagination. Summary: This set of 4 adorable board books compares activities that babies do and different aspects of potential careers. I love how diverse the illustrations are, they show a wide variety of different…

The Power of Her Pen

Written By: Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrated by: John Parra For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Journalists, Trailblazing Women, Historical Figure, Black Protagonists, Politics, Social Justice. Summary: Ethel was born in 1911 and always had an ear for stories. She endured constant racism while trying to get an education, and was able…

She Was the First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm

Written By: Katheryn Russell-Brown Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez For Ages: 6-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Own Voices, Politics, Women in Politics, Black Culture & Identity, Leadership. Summary: Two books about the powerhouse that is Shirley Chisholm published in the same summer?? My dreams are coming true! This biographical picture book gives lots…

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…

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….