What Will You Be?

English, limited Spanish. 4+ years Self-Confidence Career Perseverance Dreams Professions Imagination Creativity Family Encouragement Yamile Saied Méndez & Kate Alizadeh summary Alright listen, I know I’m late to the party on this one. But moving was tough, and adjusting to change is even tougher for me. What Will You Be? is definitely a book that…

Hair: Books for Joy, Confidence & Empowerment

English Wanda has some Xhosa 4-8 years Hair Joy Sikhism Own Voices Self-Confidence & Empowerment Black Joy See each book The dominant white culture in our society has strict, Eurocentric standards for what constitutes as appropriate and professional. These are books that push back on that narrative, and embrace the uniqueness of the strands that…

Mental Health & Body Positivity

English MG & Up Mental health Body positivity Self-esteem Reflection activities See each book Summary: Both of these books are wonderful! They work beautifully together, so I decided to do a double review and talk about the important of mental health, emotional wellbeing, self-esteem, and body positivity. Body Positive by Emily Lauren Dick is a…

Curls

Written & Illustrated by:  Ruth Forman & Geneva Bowers For ages: Infant & Up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Own Voices BIPOC Protagonists Confidence Natural Hair Self-Esteem Friendship   Summary: In this gorgeous and poetic board book, the reader follows four friends that wear their natural hair in different ways. The children are buoyant and play…

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

Written By: Joanna Ho Illustrated by: Dung Ho For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Asian Protagonists, Self-Esteem, Confidence, Social-Emotional Learning, Own Voices. Summary: This book is stunningly beautiful in artwork and text. This empowering story has a main character that loves that her eyes are the same as her family members, their…

Serena Says

Written By: Lanita S. Davis Cover Art by: Frank Morrison For Ages: MG & Up Language: English, some Tagalog. Topics Covered: Friendship, Confidence, Chronic Illness, Kidney Transplant, Blogging, Self-Esteem. Summary: Serena is an amazing blogger destined for fame…in her mind, anyway. In reality, Serena practices vlogging in her room trying to work up the courage…

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter Not Shade

Written By: Rob Sanders Illustrated by: Letizia Rizzo For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: BIPOC Protagonists, Confidence, Social-Emotional Learning, Ally, Friendship, Uniqueness, Being Yourself. Summary: This story is remarkable. I’m so glad it exists, it exists in so many beautiful nuanced spaces and I’m sincerely thrilled to be able to write a review…

Be Your Best Self: Life Skills for Unstoppable Kids

Written By: Danielle Brown MBE & Nathan Kai Illustrated by: Joanna Kerr For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Growth, Growing Up, Goals, Habits, Self-Esteem, Confidence. Summary: When I heard that a gold medal Paralympian and a child MENSA member had teamed up to write a book about life skills, I obviously had…

speak up

english 4 – 8 years historical figures self-confidence friendship, advocacy empowerment social-emotional learning miranda paul and ebony glenn summary: Happy Saturday! As you know, it’s time for #sweetsandsocialjustice and this week is a picture book all about how and when to speak up! This newly released book is illustrated by one of our favorites, Ebony…

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

Written By: Alyssa Zaczek Cover Art by: Risa Rodil For Ages: YA Middle Grades Language: English & some Spanish Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Family, Growing Up, Self-Confidence, STEM, Self-Expression, Friendship, Crushes, Latinx Families, Interracial Marriage, Single Parent Families. Summary: So when I said earlier in the summer that the best part of 2020 so far was…