Picture Book Review: Sam! by Dani Gabriel

Sam! written by Dani Gabriel, illustrated by Robert Liu Trujillo From Goodreads: Sam loves riding his bike and learning about the American Revolution. He is full of laughter and joy. There’s just one problem: Sam’s family knows him as a girl named Isabel. Sam feels a sense of relief when he finally confides in his […]


Picture Book Review: When I Breathe Deeply by Jill Guerra

When I Breathe Deeply/Cuando Respiro Profundo by Jill Guerra, translated by Morelia Rivas From Goodreads: With her latest publication, Jill Guerra celebrates the power of the breath as a liberation tool. Amplifying the images and words of the youth of Oakland, When I Breathe Deeply, offers insight into the ways in which the youngest amongst us […]

Green watercolor background. With the title in red at the top. A large profile of a woman with short hair and a headband is behind a profile of Jamillah who had brown skin, a pony tail, and a yellow hoodie. The faces are looking to the right.

Chapter Book Review: She Hit Me First by Robert Mossi Alexander

She Hit Me First! written by Robert Mossi Alexander, illustrated by Lauryn Taylor Alexander, cover art by Robert Liu Trujillo From Goodreads: When Jamillah started Parker Elementary School it was hard for her to make new friends. Unlike her old school, no one there seemed to want to play with her. So, hitting was the […]

Picture Book Review: Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside by Kenneth Braswell

Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside written by Kenneth Braswell, illustrated by Joe Dent and Julie Anderson From Goodreads: This engaging story begins when two children are awakened by noises in the middle of the night outside the window of their inner-city neighborhood. Both their Dad and Mom spend the next morning explaining to them what […]

Picture Book Review: Being Different Is the Name of the Game by MeMe Taylor Davis

Being Different Is the Name of the Game by MeMe Taylor Davis, illustrated by Jorge Mansilla From Goodreads: Being Different is the Name of the Game is story for children to identify differences in the animals. Read along as each character embraces their uniqueness and creates a community of friendship, acceptance, and a celebration of […]

Picture Book Review: The People You May See by Lisa Marie Koehler

The People You May See written and illustrated Lisa Marie Koehler From Goodreads: Sometimes you will see someone that makes you curious about what they are wearing, saying, or doing. Many of these people experience strange looks, personal questions, and bullying. Volunteer models have agreed to be part of this book in an effort to […]

The Swan Book and Racism in Book Reviews

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright From Goodreads: The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute young woman called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced […]

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