Bella’s Recipe for Success

English & Spanish 4-8 years Latinx Families Perseverance Cooking Intergenerational Stories Hobbies Social-Emotional Learning Ana Siqueira & Geraldine Rodríguez summary Have I cried because a cake overflowed in my oven while baking? Sure have. And then I went to the grocery store at 11pm for more eggs so I could make it again. The point…

Recommended for You

English, some Yiddish. YA Judaism Social-Emotional Learning Bookshops Relationships Laura Silverman summary Recommended For You has quiet power in the way diversity is clearly written into the plot. Characters are disabled, LGBTQ+, and in interracial and inter-abled relationships. Main character Shoshanna works at a bookshop called Once Upon, and it’s the place she feels safest…

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…

Waking the Mountain

English 4-8 years Environmental Activism Social-Emotional Learning Magic Nature Sustainability Fantasy Marina Fonseca & Lisa Junius summary Waking the Mountain follows a magical land that used to be lush and green, but isn’t any longer. Ethereal illustrations show a journey across many broken lands, and some humanoid figures that want to restore the landscape. The…

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

english MG & Up Friendship Adventure Social-Emotional Learning Own Voices Nizrana Farook summary Chaya is our protagonist and Robin Hood-esque figure, stealing from the rich and distributing it to folks in her village who need to pay for medical care, food, or other emergency costs. When she can’t resist breaking into the palace for some…

Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever

English 4-8 years STEM Community Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Gardening Problem-Solving Ruth Spiro & Holly Hatam Summary: Maxine and Leo are best friends (along with Milton the goldfish) and also complete opposites. Leo is gentle and creative, and Maxine is practical and mathematically minded. I love the way this story not only bucks gender stereotypes, but…

What Happened to You?

english 4-8 years Own Voices Disability Social-Emotional Learning Friendship James Catchpole & Karen George summary What can I possibly say about this book that hasn’t been said before? Yesterday, on its North American release date, Instagram was a veritable wall of beautiful book photos of this extremely needed story. Joe is simply trying to defeat…

America My Love, America My Heart

english 4-8 years Patriotism Society Culture Racism Social-Emotional Learning Poetry Daria Peoples-Riley summary I have a lot of complicated feelings about America. I have complicated feelings about benefiting from a history of colonization and global imperialism, and a feeling of responsibility to in some small way dismantle the systemic oppression that built this land into…

My Day With the Panye

English & Haitian 4-8 years Family Haitian Culture & Identity Social-Emotional Learning Tami Charles & Sara Palacios summary Fallon wants nothing more than to help her family and carry the heavy panye on her head home from the market. When she gets the chance to go with her Manman (mother) to pick up some vegetables,…

Little Yogi Deck

english 5 and up Yoga Mindfulness Social-Emotional Learning Family Activities Crystal McCreary & Andrea Pippins Little Yogi Deck Event March 26th , 2021 02:30 PM EST summary this yoga deck is so cool! the large cards are broken down into different categories to help kids work through big emotions like jealousy, excitement, shame, and peace….