Finding Junie Kim

English & Korean MG & Up Korean War Family History Korean-American Experience Racism Friendship Activism Own Voices SEL Immigration War Communism CW: Violent death of a pregnant woman Ellen Oh Cover Art: Alex Cho summary I’ll be real with you, I didn’t expect this book to rip my heart out in the way that it…

A Teacher Like You

english 4-8 Years Education Teachers Social-Emotional Learning Encouragement Frank Murphy, Barbara Dan & Kayla Harren summary This book is the third installment of the “A _____ Like You” series, and once again the story knocks it out of the park! The narrative flows from page to page, discussing the impact and originality of every teacher….

While I Was Away

English & Japanese MG & Up Asian-American Experience Japanese-American Own Voices Growing Up Family Language Learning SEL Waka T. Brown summary Waka is a Japanese-American sixth grader in rural Kansas in the 1980’s. At home, her family speaks Japanese almost exclusively, but Waka is behind in reading and writing in kanji. After a few incidents…

Shy Ones [released August 4th 2020]

Written & Illustrated by: Simona Ciraolo For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Anxiety, Shyness, Social-Emotional Learning, Friendship, Ocean Animals. Summary:  This book is super sweet, and I’ve been really looking forward to sharing it! It’s been a hot minute since I shared an animal book, but social-emotional learning is one area where I think animal protagonists can…

The Pirate Tree

Written by: Brigita Orel Illustrated by: Jennie Poh For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Social-Emotional Learning, Immigration, Imagination, African Culture & Identity, Girls Outdoors, Global Community. Summary:  This is a sweet book about friendship told from the perspective of a tree that some children are playing on.  Agu has just moved to where the tree is…