The Power of Her Pen

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… Continue Reading “A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas”

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… Continue Reading “They Called Us Enemy”

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… Continue Reading “Little People Big Dreams: Josephine Baker”

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.… Continue Reading “The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero”

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… Continue Reading “Miep and the Most Famous Diary”

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… Continue Reading “Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code; A Navajo Code Talker’s Story”

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