Children Literature: A Bear for Bimi by Jane Breskin Zalben (2021) Review

Kindness generates kindness Bimi and his family immigrate to The United States as refugees and move into a neighbourhood where not everyone is welcoming. Evie and her parents live in the same neighbourhood and try to make the new residents feel included. Evie gifts Bimi her teddy bear as a symbol of friendship, and theContinue reading “Children Literature: A Bear for Bimi by Jane Breskin Zalben (2021) Review”

Children Literature: He’s My Mom! by Sarah Savage (2021) Review

Beautiful story about a boy and his mom, David! Why I picked up the book: He’s My Mom! Is a child’s book that introduces trans identities, transitioning, pronouns and misgendering concepts in an age-appropriate way. The book through my criteria lens: I felt that Sarah Savage did a wonderful job creating a book about transContinue reading “Children Literature: He’s My Mom! by Sarah Savage (2021) Review”

Children Literature: True Colors by Gonçalo Viana (2021) Review

If you can imagine it, it’s right I loved the illustrations in this book, it was beautiful and original and the author seemed to be intentional with representation. The one thing by which I was put off was the “eyes”. In some illustrations there were many eyes, and I can see how younger children canContinue reading “Children Literature: True Colors by Gonçalo Viana (2021) Review”

Children Literature: ADHD and Me by Chelsea Radojcic-DiCicco (2021) Review

Beautifully empowering Why I picked up the book: ADHD and Me is a book told through the voice of a child, and that celebrates neurodiversity. We follow eight-year-old Malory as she learns to express herself through art with the help of a wonderful teacher and learns to navigate life with the gentle guidance of herContinue reading “Children Literature: ADHD and Me by Chelsea Radojcic-DiCicco (2021) Review”

Children Literature: Blossom and Bud by Frank J. Sileo (2021) Review

There’s beauty in everyone Even though Mr. Baxter’s flower shop has plants of all sizes, colors and shapes, we meet the titular Blossom and Bud, two flowers who don’t like the way they look and often compare themselves to the other flowers. The illustration by Brittany Lakin was stunning. They are colourful, diverse, and thoughtful.Continue reading “Children Literature: Blossom and Bud by Frank J. Sileo (2021) Review”

Children Literature: My Dad by Susan Quinn (2021) Review

Wonderful things happen when a father and child spend time together I really enjoyed the concept of this story, quality time with a parent is always important. As most books tend to focus on cis female parents, I always appreciate stereotype-busting literature. Marina Ruiz’s illustrations are so beautiful and I love how she captured theContinue reading “Children Literature: My Dad by Susan Quinn (2021) Review”

Children Literature: The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens (2021) Review

When you’re having a “I-just-want-to-scream” day, know you’re not alone. The Grumpy Fairies are right there with you The Grumpy Fairies is a hilarious book that lets us know it is okay to be grumpy at times! The fairies are extremely relatable, in fact I started laughing out loud the first time a fairy saidContinue reading “Children Literature: The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens (2021) Review”

Children Literature: I Have the Right to Save My Planet by Alain Serres (2021) Review

Empowering message every child should hear I Have the Right to Save My Planet is a beautiful, mindful, deep book which is fully accessible to children. Through Alain Serres words and Aurélia Fronty’s Illustrations are empowering. Shelley Tanaka did a wonderful job translating this book. I could feel the essence and the impact of thisContinue reading “Children Literature: I Have the Right to Save My Planet by Alain Serres (2021) Review”

Children Literature: Annalise’s Cough by DeMareon Gipson (2021) Review

A tale about environmental racism and eco-womanism (Not my words, but I couldn’t say it any better!) I am mesmerized by this book. The illustration by Jessica Jones is beautiful and the story by DeMareon Gipson is powerful. Annalise’s Cough did an amazing job developing Annalise and Amira, two sisters, and representing their life. IContinue reading “Children Literature: Annalise’s Cough by DeMareon Gipson (2021) Review”

Children Literature: The Story of Baldomera by Ismael F. Arias & Enrique G. Ballesteros (2021) Review

Based on a true story. Try not to cry! This book is actually based on viral video of a donkey, Baldomera, and her reunion with her owner after months of quarantining. I hadn’t heard about that video, and appreciate that the author included a QR code on the back cover, for easy access to theContinue reading “Children Literature: The Story of Baldomera by Ismael F. Arias & Enrique G. Ballesteros (2021) Review”