Vivian Kirkfield’s Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Etta Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (2020)

Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Etta Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe does a wonderful job bringing two women and their friendship to life while exploring the ways race and gender privilege and oppression influence their access to opportunities. Written by Vivian Kirkfield and illustrated by Alleanna Harris, this […]

Kwame Alexander’s The Undefeated (2019)

Written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, The Undefeated, is a visual and textual ode to the strength and determination of Black Americans. Word and image stand in perfect balance, working together to create a beautiful picture book that celebrates Black cultural and political leaders, reflects on Black […]

Ammie Elliott’s Origami Orchestra (2018)

Origami Orchestra (2018) is a beautiful children’s picture book sure to encourage sweet dreams.  The gorgeous bedtime story is thoughtfully written by Ammie Elliott. The story, told in the first-person, follows a young child into their artful dream, which is sumptuously depicted by Travis McCoy who uses a variety of […]

Adiba Jaigirdar’s The Henna Wars (2020)

Adiba Jaigirdar’s The Henna Wars may be my favorite young adult love story of all time. Jaigirdar has created a smart, awkward, completely believable tale of two teen girls falling in love. Her protagonist, Nashat, is a Bangladeshi Irish teenager with a crush on Flávia, a Brazilian Irish teen new […]

Karamo Brown’s I am Perfectly Designed (2019)

Written by Karamo Brown and illustrated by Anoosha Said, I am Perfectly Designed (2020) is a beautiful exploration of a father-son relationship. Said’s use of color sets the tone and the diverse characters she scatters across the page emphasizes the story’s moral of acceptance. The phrase “perfectly designed” repeats throughout […]