lotte’s magical paper puppets: the woman behind the first animated feature film

english 7-10 years Feminism Historical Figures Animation brooke hartman & kathryn carr summary: This book talks about Lotte Reiniger, a German woman who became enamored with the cinema and began to create paper puppets, resulting in the first animated films! The storyline itself is rather abstract, with additional information in the back. I love how…

some women in stem you need to know!

This March, I decided to do a few roundups of biographies (arguably my favorite genre) of people not all of us learned about in school (I sure didn’t).

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

  Antisemitism is alive and well here, a fact that became clear to many when the insurrection and Capitol takeover occurred in early January. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, I don’t have many words of my own. Only a need to say loudly to everyone I can that this is malicious and pointedly white…

A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Written by: Evie Robillard Illustrated by: Rachel Katstaller For ages:  8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ Relationships, Artists, Writers, History, Historical Figure. Summary:  This book is gorgeous in text and illustrations, telling a life overview of art collecting writers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The two women were popular in artistic social circles, and had a beloved dog…

They Called Us Enemy

Created by: George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker For ages: YA-Middle and High School Language: English, some Japanese.  Topics Covered: Japanese Internment, Historical Figures, Historical Events, WWII, Growing Up, LGBTQ, Japanese-American Experience, Own Voices, Graphic Novel.  Summary: This is an incredible graphic novel, telling of historical events that are rarely taught in schools. Deciding to post it today,…

Little People Big Dreams: Josephine Baker

Written by: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrated by: Agathe Sorlet  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Biography, Historical Figure, Musician, Women in Music, Trailblazer, Segregation, Racism, Activism, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, WWII.  Summary: Josephine was a born performer, and found her fame dancing on a chorus line in New York City.  Due to ongoing segregation and general…

The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero

Written by: Amalia Hoffman Illustrated by: Chiara Fedele For ages: 8-12 years old Language: English and some Italian Topics Covered: Judaism, WWII, Holocaust, Activism, Global Community, Historical Events, Historic Figure, Sports, Cycling.  Summary: Gino Bartali was a small and sickly child, but he loved riding a bicycle more than anything else.  He got a part-time job at a bike shop to learn…

Miep and the Most Famous Diary

Written by: Meeg Pincus Illustrated by: Jordi Solano For ages: 6-12 years Language: English & very little German Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Historical Events, Holocaust, Judaism, Global Community, WWII, Activism, Strength, Resilience.  Summary: This book opens with Miep hearing the footsteps of Nazi soldiers, coming to arrest the 8 Jewish people that she’s been helping to hide in attic storage rooms for the…

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code; A Navajo Code Talker’s Story

Written by: Joseph Bruchac Illustrated by: Liz Amini-Holmes For ages: 8 and up Language: English & Navajo Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Historical Figures, Historical Events, Culture & Traditions.  Summary: Once a Navajo boy named Betoli had to go to Fort Defiance boarding school, and was given the name Chester.  He was not allowed to speak Navajo, and his long hair got cut…