In My Mosque

English & Arabic 4-8 years Muslim Identity Religion Islam Own Voices M.O. Yuksel & Hatem Aly summary this book is beautifully illustrated, and it’s clear that a trip to a mosque (or masjid) brings author m.o. yuksel great joy. I personally learned a lot, I have a very basic working knowledge of the history and…

Shubh Diwali!

Written by: Chitra Soundar Illustrated by: Charlene Chua For ages: 3-5 years Language: English & some Hindi (more is in the Diwali information after the story) Topics Covered: Culture & Traditions, Celebration, Global Community, Hindu, Religion, India, Indian Culture, POC-Centric Narratives. Summary: Shubh Diwali is a short rhyming book introducing Diwali and the celebrations that accompany the 5 day festival.  The plot follows…

The Proudest Blue

Written by: Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali Illustrated by: Hatem Aly For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Muslim Identity, Islamophobia, Family, Growing Up, Siblings, Own Voices, Lived Experiences, POC-Centric Narratives, Resilience, Strength.  Summary: The Proudest Blue is a story about Asiya’s first day hijab, which she has chosen because it’s the color of the sky.  Faizah, Asiya’s younger sister, is our narrator…

I Am Brown

Summary:  Folx, this book is beautiful inside and out.  I Am Brown is a celebration of the many complex and intersecting identities of having brown skin, and it is stunning.  Told solely in “I” statements, many voices blend and meld together to showcase the range of diversity within the classroom illustrated. This lyrical book could…

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

Written by: Supriya Kelkar Illustrated by: Alea Marley For ages: 3-7 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, POC-Centric Narratives, Sikhism, Global Community. Summary:  We are so flattered to have been contacted by the fantastic @littlefeministbookclub about becoming a part of their influencer program and receiving an affiliate code!  This group is doing such fantastic work bringing quality and diverse books…

Common Threads: Adam’s Day at the Market

Written by: Huda Essa Illustrated by: Mercè Tous For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Global Community, Family, Diversity, Kindness, Clothing, Islam, Culture & Traditions.  Summary: Adam and his parents go to the outdoor market one day, and he sees a bright blue jay.  Following it, Adam doesn’t realize he’s left his parents behind until he tugs…

Under the bodhi tree, a Story of the Buddha

Written by: Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by: Kailey Whitman For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Buddhism, Historical Figure, Historical Fiction, Spirituality, Nature, Mindfulness. Summary: In lyrical and flowing language, this book tells the story of a prince named Siddhartha.  He was born in India, and had a natural curiosity about the world around him.  Siddhartha’s father may have tried to…

Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Aviva Brown!

Happy Saturday!  We are SO EXCITED to be able to feature this powerhouse, Aviva Brown!  Aviva is one of the first people we “met” on Instagram when we started our account, and we’ve been keeping in regular contact ever since.  Aviva is knowledgable, funny, and definitely not afraid to laugh at herself as she shares…

Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Mama Tortuga!

Happy Saturday!  We are thrilled to have been able to connect this week with Johana, also known as Mama Tortuga!  She is a powerhouse of bilingual and herbal activism and knowledge, with a flair for business.  Johana is a hustler and has tons of fantastic projects that she’s currently working on.  We hope you enjoy…

Sound Off Saturday- Featuring: Tyler Vile!

Happy Saturday! There’s a heat wave hitting us here in New England, so unless we venture to go swimming in the river later (which is also one of our favorite places to watch the sunset with a cold drink!) we will be inside all day!  We are so stoked to feature Tyler this week, who…