Lesléa Newman’s Donovan’s Big Day (2011)

Donovan’s Big Day (2011), written by the prolific and talented Lesléa Newman and charmingly illustrated by Mike Dutton, unfolds from the point-of-view of a young boy excitedly getting ready for his moms’ wedding ceremony. Donovan is about nine-years-old with brown hair, green eyes, and pale white skin. His boyish bedroom […]

Women and Girls Changing the World

This is an eclectic list of children’s picture books I’ve reviewed that feature women and girls fighting for all forms of justice: gender justice, LGBTQ equality, environmental justice, and race justice. There are lots of paths to being a change maker! Debbie Levy’s I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark […]

Airlie Anderson’s Neither (2018)

Neither (2018), created by Airlie Anderson, is a study in collapsing binaries. It’s both silly and serious, or perhaps neither of those things, depending on your point-of-view. Anderson’s book opens like a fairy tale and reads like an allegory. Once upon a time, in a far way place named the […]

Nick Barnes’ Jessie’s Hat Collection (2018)

Jessie’s Hat Collection (2018) was written, illustrated, and self-published by Nick Barnes. Jessie, the protagonist, is depicted with peach-skin, brown hair, and appears to be between eight and ten. Jessie’s Hat Collection is a story about Jessie’s gender transition. As such, it is one of very few existing books that […]