This Book is Feminist

English MG & Up Feminism Activism Self-Esteem Community Action Intersectionality Self-Reflection Jamia Wilson & Aurélia Durand summary If I told you that I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book since I first saw the cover reveal, you would have no trouble believing me. I feel like I’ve been dreaming of a book like this for years….

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best Friend

English, Michif & Ojibwe 6-10 Ojibwe Culture Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Family Self-Esteem Dawn Quigley & Tara Audibert summary I wish that early chapter books were like this when I was young. Jo Jo Makoons is spunky, self-assured, and ready to tell everyone that she has it all figured out. Jo Jo knoooows she needs more…

I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids

English 3 years & up Black Joy Positivity Empowerment Affirmation Inspiration History Mindfulness Self-Esteem Nyasha Williams & Sóf’ya Glushkó summary You may or may not remember last May when I shared a book called What’s the Commotion in the Ocean? about a Black mermaid talking about climate justice. The pair behind that book is also…

Thao

English & some Vietnamese 3 years & Up Self-Esteem Equity Growing Up Immigration Thao Lam summary Thao. Four letters, infinite pronunciation possibilities, much to Thao’s aggravation and dismay. Using a beautiful mix of collage and photos of herself as a child, Thao Lam tells the story of how she became desensitized to people mispronouncing her…

Baby Young Gifted and Black

English Infant & Up Historical Figures Self-Esteem Own Voices Black Culture & Identity Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins Summary: Do I even need to state how adorable this book is? I cannot handle it. I’m sure you’ve seen the brilliant 2018 smash hit by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins with the same name and the…

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…

What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

Written By: Laleña Garcia Illustrated by: Caryn Davidson For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, Black Lives Matter, Activism, Equity, Self-Esteem, Advocacy, LGBTQ Affirmation, Community. Summary: Folx, when I opened up a surprise package from Lee and Low with this workbook in it, I think I actually shrieked…

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…