Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart introduces some of the youngest readers to the symbolism behind each stripe of the famous rainbow flag. This cute book that shows how all of the different colors of the flag come together in different kinds of families. This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and […]

“Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month –- a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. “Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf is a great book to read with children for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. “Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” spotlights engaging stories of 16 trailblazing Asian-Americans for children of all ages. […]

“A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” by Mary Lee Donovan

There are almost as many ways of making someone feel welcome as there are people on our planet. To welcome another is to give that person and yourself a chance at a new connection, a new friendship, and maybe even new eyes through which to view the world. Journey around the globe as A Hundred […]

“How to Grow a Friend” by Sara Gillingham

How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gilmingham uses a lovely metaphor that teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom! Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom — just like growing a flower. “To grow a friend first plant a seed in good soil.” A page turn […]

Make Collages with “Perfect Square” by Michael Hall

Perfect Square is a square book about a square that undergoes many changes of shape and of color. The square starts out as a red, four cornered shape. However, in the pages it is cut into tiny pieces, ripped into strips, and painted a variety of colors. With each new challenge from the unseen force, […]

“Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, […]

“Fiona Flamingo” by Rachael Urrutia Chu and Craft

My favorite activity to do with children is help them make a craft or do a fun activity that corresponds to their favorite children’s books. My Nanny Kid loves Fiona Flamingo by Rachael Urrutia Chu and enjoyed made her own Fiona with paper plates and colorful tissue paper. There is also a Fiona Flamingo Coloring […]

“Look What Brown Can Do” by T. Marie Harris

Called a modern black history book, “Look What Brown Can Do!” by T. Marie Harris teaches readers about inspiring contributions to black history and encourages kids to dream big. “Look What Brown Can Do!” can help raise the self esteem and awareness of young black and brown children about the many great people that came […]

“How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” and Dino Feet Craft

Creative Wednesdays Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Girls and boys of all ages love dinosaurs. In How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen human parents are trying to put young dinosaurs to bed. The dinosaurs in the book represent human children throwing temper tantrums when it’s time to go to bed. Do yourself a favor […]

“The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson

It is understandably hard for children who currently live in diverse neighborhoods to understand racial segregation — but it’s an important part of American history children should be taught about. In The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, the young African-American narrator named Clover, lives beside a fence that segregates her town. Her mother instructs her […]