Ophie’s Ghosts

English MG & Up Ghosts Family Parent Loss Fantasy Servitude Enslavement Moving Pittsburgh Justina Ireland summary Ya’ll, this book is sooooo good!! Ophie and her mother have moved to Pittsburgh after their house is burned down, and her father is killed by white supremacists. This evening is also when Ophie found out she can see…

Finding Junie Kim

English & Korean MG & Up Korean War Family History Korean-American Experience Racism Friendship Activism Own Voices SEL Immigration War Communism CW: Violent death of a pregnant woman Ellen Oh Cover Art: Alex Cho summary I’ll be real with you, I didn’t expect this book to rip my heart out in the way that it…

Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage

english YA & Up White Supremacy Racism Anti-Racism Theory Society & Culture Daria Roithmayr summary Reproducing Racism is designed to elucidate on just how much systemic inequality keeps (what is now) the United States entrenched in racism and oppression. Author Daria Roithmayr is a legal scholar and in this book she gives a multitude of…

America My Love, America My Heart

english 4-8 years Patriotism Society Culture Racism Social-Emotional Learning Poetry Daria Peoples-Riley summary I have a lot of complicated feelings about America. I have complicated feelings about benefiting from a history of colonization and global imperialism, and a feeling of responsibility to in some small way dismantle the systemic oppression that built this land into…

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

English 8-12 years Carole Boston Weatherford & Floyd Cooper How many of you have heard of Black Wall Street (Tulsa’s or Durham’s)? Or even about the event that this book explores? I personally didn’t learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre until graduate school, when a friend of mine wrote a paper about journalists Walter White…

#SweetsAndSocialJustice: Lizzie Demands A Seat!

Written & Illustrated by:  Beth Anderson & E.B. Lewis Kids Can Cook was illustrated by Esther Coombs For ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Racism Activism Sweets and Social Justice Bravery Courage Cooking   Summary:  Lizzie Demands a Seat!: This story is amazing, and especially so because it’s true! Elizabeth Jennings…

A Girl Named Rosita

Written By: Anika Aldamuy Denise Illustrated by: Leo Espinosa For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Rita Moreno, Latinx Family, Show Business, Performance, Acting, Biography, Racism. Summary: It’s hard to think of a time when the world didn’t know Rita Moreno’s name. After all, she’s one of only six women to have an EGOT!…

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

Written & Illustrated by: Don Tate For Ages: 6-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: Enslavement, Historical Figures, Black Protagonists, Underground Railroad, Own Voices, Black Culture & Identity, Racism. Summary: William Still was born a free Black man, but his parents liberated themselves from enslavement and unfortunately had to leave several of their children behind. William…

The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History

Written By: Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace Illustrated by: Charly Palmer For Ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Black Culture & Identity, Racism, Segregation, Activism, Historical Figures. Summary: This week for #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to pair a well-known event with a well-known dessert, pound cake! This book was secondary project…