The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Written by: Sabina Khan Cover Art by: For ages: YA book Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Family, Marriage, Independence, Love, Acceptance, LGBTQ Violence, Homophobia, Bangladeshi Culture & Traditions. Summary: I could NOT put this book down.  I was instantly hooked.  Warning: you will feel ALL the emotions during this read. Rukhsana is a teenager, just a few months away from…

Not Quite Snow White

Written by: Ashley Franklin Illustrated by: Ebony Glenn For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Self-Acceptance, Racism, Self-Esteem, Social-Emotional Development, Family, Love, Friendship, Perseverance, Theatre, Own Voices. Summary:  Tameika was born to perform.  She sings, dances, and taps everywhere she goes.  With a fantastic imagination, she breathes life into a myriad of characters such as a space cowgirl…

Tiger Boy

Written by: Mitali Perkins For ages: YA Book Language: English, some Bangla. Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Bangladeshi Culture & Traditions, Environmental Activism, Education, Social-Emotional Development. Summary: The span of the plot in this story is only a few days, but the growth of the main character Neel seems much bigger than that.  Neel is a gifted student and has been…

More-igami

Written by: Dori Kleber Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas For ages: 4-9 years Language:  English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Culture & Traditions, Social-Emotional Development, Self-Expression. Summary: Joey loves things that fold.  He is enamored by maps and accordions, and sleeps in a foldout bed.  When Joey learns about origami from his friend Sarah Takimoto’s mother, he decides he MUST become an…

I Will Be Fierce!

Written by: Bea Birdsong  Illustrated by: Nidhi Chanani For ages:4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Development, POC-Centric Narratives, Self-Esteem, Friendship. Summary: This book is the definition of adorable.  The plot is driven forward by phrases often found in adventure stories, but the illustrations shows a typical school day for the main character.  The main character is an unnamed girl,…

Introducing: Raising A Legacy!

Happy Saturday!  This week we have the delight of featuring Raising A Legacy, the creative business endeavor of a clever woman whose desire is to educate others about a variety of topics, including holidays.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the post!  And then go outside and enjoy some SUNSHINE 🙂   The Tiny Activist: Introduce…

We’re here to profile #lgbtcharacters who #smashstereotypes!

It’s Day 10 folks, and we’re so excited that the topic of #lgbtcharacters has come up, because as two queer educators, we are super passionate about the representation that younger LGBTQ folks can experience with the wealth of books now available! To check out our list of Top Books with LGBTQ Characters, read on! from…

Introducing: Raising Inclusive Kids!

Haaaaappy Saturday!  We have been working so hard lately to bring you content that positively impacts your days, and today have the great privilege of passing the mic over to Rowan Renee of Raising Inclusive Kids!  Rowan Renee has some fabulous words of wisdom for so many of us about coming to terms with the…

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

Written by: Phil Bildner Illustrated by: John Parra For Ages: 5-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Hurricane Katrina, American Folktales, Community Involvement, Activism, Social-Emotional Growth. Summary: This book is in American Folktale style, making Cornelius larger than life!  Marvelous Cornelius is based on an actual man who lived in New Orleans and was a…

Introducing: Little Justice Leaders

Happy Saturday, humans!  It’s starting to feel a little bit more like spring here in New England, we’ve reached the rainy and steamy portion of April and Corrie is dreading the forthcoming wave of pollen.  We are thrilled to be able to help Shelby spread the word about her most recent project: Little Justice Leaders!…