First Conversations About Race & Gender

English All Ages Race & Gender Stereotypes Racism Self-Expression Discussion ABAR Principles Self-Reflection Unlearning Race: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Isabel Roxas Gender: Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli & Anne/Andy Passchier summary As a former classroom teacher whose strongest desire is to topple the Patriarchy with their bare hands, getting my mitts on the new release…

What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns

English 4 years & up Identity Pronouns Family Self-Advocacy Community Respect Gender Identity Katherine Locke & Anne Passchier summary: This book is sheer perfection. What Are Your Words? is the perfect book for classrooms to teach about how to ask someone else’s pronouns, and it’s a beautiful guide to help those who have shifting pronouns…

Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights

English 12+ LGBTQIA+ Community History Historical Figures Queer Lived Experiences Protest Activism Advocacy Jamie Lawson & Eve Lloyd Knight summary For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I went all out and made a mountain of frosting (I’m always convinced I’m going to run out) and it culminated in what I described to those I shared it with…

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…

Be Amazing: A History of Pride [released 7/21]

Written By: Desmond is Amazing Illustrated by: Dylan Glynn For Ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ History, Drag, Own Voices, Historical Figures, Trans History, Acceptance, Self-Esteem. Summary: Ya’ll. This. Book. I have been SO excited for this book to be release and it’s almost here!! Many of you are probably familiar with Desmond…

A Girl Like You

Written By: Frank Murphy & Carla Murphy Illustrated by: Kayla Harren For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Feminism, Kindness, Self-Esteem, Empowerment, Growing Up, Friendship, Acceptance. Summary: Wow, where to start describing this book. It is beautiful, emotional, and powerful. Like it’s predecessor A Boy Like You it takes a turn for the unexpected…

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…

You Matter

 Written & Illustrated by: Christian Robinson Topics Covered: Self-Esteem, Social-Emotional Learning, Inclusion, Humor, Nature For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Summary: I can’t imagine sharing a more beautiful or timely book than this one today. You Matter is a beautiful book that speaks directly to the listener’s heart. Addressing the reader in a humorous way, Christian Robinson manages to inspire…

A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

more books about Asian-American experience & identity english 5-8 years artists Asian-American experience trailblazers nature sculpture self-expression  historical figures andrea d’aquino summary:  This is a lovely book designed to introduce Ruth Asawa to younger children!  The artistic styling of the book is beautiful, a combination of collage and drawn images.  It has a very simple…

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…