Sweet & Bitter Magic

english MG & Up fantasy witchcraft LGBTQ+ relationships magic adventure Adrienne Tooley summary This is a great fantasy novel with LGBTQ relationships (normalized throughout the society), and most importantly, the strife experienced doesn’t come from homophobia but from dark magic. Tamsin is an incredibly powerful witch, but was banished for using dark magic to save…

We Are Little Feminists: Families

Written by: Archaa Shrivastav & Little Feminist Book Club Photographs by: Collected by Little Feminist Book Club, page numbers with acknowledgments are on the back cover! For ages: Infants and up Language: English  Topics Covered: Family, Feminism, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Relationships, Board Books.  Summary:  This is probably the most diverse family book that I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely love how the photographs…

Internment

Written by: Samira Ahmed Cover Art by: art by Dana Ledl, design by Karina Granda  For ages: YA 12 years and up Language: English, some Arabic. Topics Covered: Islamophobia, Internment, Violence, Military Action, Oppression, History, Subversion, Independent Thought, Activism, Friendship, Love, Growing Up, Relationships.  Summary:  For #sweetsandsocialjustice I wanted to make a pairing where the food was reminiscent of the…

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Written by: Amy Spalding Cover Photo by: Robyn Van Swank Cover Design: Kate Gartner For ages: YA (underage alcohol use) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Growing Up, Art, Jobs, Relationships, Family Dynamics, Weight, Body Positivity, Fashion, Underage Alcohol Use.  Summary: This is a fantastic book with both a queer and fat main character interested in fashion.  Abby scores an amazing summer…

The Paper Bag Princess

Written by: Robert Munsch Illustrated by: Michael Martchenko  For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Freedom, Self-Confidence, Social-Emotional Learning, Feminism, Fractured Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Independent Thought, Stereotypes, Girls Outdoors,.  Summary:  “Ronald,” said Elizabeth, “your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum.” This sick…

IntersectionAllies: we make room for all

Written by: Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi Illustrated by: Ashley Seil Smith For ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Intersectionality (as you may have already guessed), diversity, solidarity, activism, identity, activism, disability, protest. Summary:  This book is incredible! Written in an accessible way, the reader is introduced to a group of friends that have unique intersections of…

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

Written by: Brandy Colbert For ages: YA (underage alcohol use, marijuana use, sex, substance use/addiction) Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Black Culture & Identity, Growing Up, Chicago, Relationships, Dating, Family, Police Interaction (racist treatment),  Summary: In the summer between sophomore and junior year, Birdie’s aunt Carlene unexpectedly shows up at their apartment above the hair salon that Birdie’s mother…