Paletas for All!

English & Spanish All Ages Paletas STEM Cooking Kindness LA Food Scene summary Popsicle season is year-round, and that’s something I’m prepared to fight about. Today I have two fantastic books that celebrate the paleta in all forms, a picture book and a cookbook! If you haven’t checked out Ericka Sanchez’s website Nibbles & Feasts…

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon

English 6-12 years Historical Figures STEM Architecture Black Culture & Identity Kelly Starling Lyons & Laura Freeman Summary: Philip Freelon was born into a proud and artistic Black family, with connections to the Harlem Renaissance and protest marches. Philip’s other family members followed their artistic visions, and Philip’s grandfather (a painter) helped Philip develop his….

Women in Science & Quarto Classroom

Written By: Maria Isabel S├ínchez Vegara Illustrated by: Marie Curie: Frau Isa Amelia Earhart: Mariadiamantes Ada Lovelace: Zafouko Yamamoto For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Science, Aviation, Historical Figures, Feminism, Chemistry, Computers. Summary: I think it goes without saying that we love trailblazing women, especially when they’re underrepresented in their chosen fields….

Future Baby Series

Written By: Lori Alexander Illustrated by: Allison Black For Ages: Infant & Up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: Careers, STEM, Imagination. Summary: This set of 4 adorable board books compares activities that babies do and different aspects of potential careers. I love how diverse the illustrations are, they show a wide variety of different…

Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

Written By: Nicola Davies Illustrated by: Emily Sutton For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Science, DNA, Pint-Sized Professor, Nature, Animals. Summary: This book is a really cool story following a girl while she (and the reader) learn all about the unique genetic makeup of humans and animals. Grow breaks down lofty scientific…

Ghostology

For Ages: (MG) 10 & Up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Paranormal, Myths, Legends, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary: Happy Halloween! It’s easily the best season all year, and today is the culmination of all things spooky. Ghostology is a book that will engage even the most reluctant of readers, and is like a macabre historical treasure…

Illumisaurus

Written By: Lucy Brownridge Illustrated by: Carnovsky For Ages: 4 and up Language: English Topics Covered: Science, STEM, Dinosaurs, Botany, Ocean Creatures. Summary: This book is RAD. Illumisaurus is an oversized book that takes the reader on a global tour of when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The illustrations are overlaid with each other, and each…

Butterflies Belong Here

Written By: Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by: Meilo So For Ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Nature, Activism, Environmental Activism, School, Community, Immigration. Summary: This wonderful book is a blend of non-fiction, activism, and social justice education wrapped up into a fictional story. Author Deborah Hopkinson described it as a blend of the two,…

When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox

Written By: Jamie L.B. Deenihan Illustrated by: Lorraine Rocha For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Intergenerational Stories, BIPOC Protagonists, STEM, Etiquette, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary: I’m so excited that this book came out! I love the way that the narrator humorously includes etiquette, practical skills, and the subversion of gender norms. Our main character…