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…

The Hips on the Drag Queen go Swish, Swish, Swish

This image was obtained from this article! Topics Covered: Rhyming, LGBTQ, Drag Queens, Self-Confidence, Own Voices. Summary: This is a cute and simple book that takes the tune of the “wheels on the bus” and replaces the bus with a drag show! Parading through the streets of San Francisco, different drag queens are stomping their feet,…

Astro Girl

Written & Illustrated by: Ken Wilson-Max For ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Space, Astronauts, Family, Self-Confidence, POC-Centric Narratives.  Summary:  Astrid LOVES space, and everything about being an astronaut.  Her dad asks her some questions about aspects of space travel and she is filled with confidence about being up to the task.  The relationship that Astrid and her father…

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…