Rigoberto González’s Antonio’s Card (2005)

Antonio's Card/ La tarjeta de Antonio (English and Spanish Edition)Antonio’s Card, written by Rigoberto González and illustrated by Cecilia Concepción Álvarez, was published in 2005 by Children’s Book Press, a non-profit publisher of multicultural children’s literature. The protagonist, a Latinx boy named Antonio, lives with his mother and her partner, Leslie.

Antonio’s peers make fun of Leslie, a tall woman with a boyish haircut and penchant for paint-splattered overalls. They suggest she looks “like a box of crayons exploded all over her” or “like a rodeo clown.” Antonio doesn’t share this with his mom or Leslie. Continue reading

Zetta Elliott’s Benny Doesn’t Like to Be Hugged

Benny Doesn't Like to Be HuggedBenny Doesn’t Like to Be Hugged (2017), written by the brilliant and prolific Zetta Elliott and richly illustrated by Purple Wong, is a sweet and accessible story about the relationship between a boy with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and his sister. At the end of the book, Elliott provides a detailed note about her investment in creating inclusive children’s books. She discusses wanting to write a book about autism with a Black male protagonist because society takes such a punitive stance on Black boys. The beautiful brown-skinned children Wong illustrates, as well as the diverse cast of characters both children interact with throughout the story, are wonderfully inclusive of different abilities, religions, and races. Benny Doesn’t Like to Be Hugged is a much needed text that celebrates difference and subtly shatters stereotypes while introducing a young autistic boy to readers through the eyes of his loyal and loving sister. Continue reading

About Raise Them Righteous

My name is Jennifer Miller and I started Raise Them Righteous in July 2018 after giving a presentation about LGBTQ+ children’s picture books at the Children’s Literature Association’s annual conference. I wanted to connected with a larger audience and help educators, librarians, and caregivers find inclusive children’s picture books that represented racial, ethnic, religious, physical, mental, gender, and sexual diversity. As the mother of a now four-year-old child, I understand the importance of sharing diverse identities and ideas with young people. As an academic trained in literary and cultural studies, I understand the politics of culture, particularly children’s culture, as well as the important role it plays in early socialization.

Feel free to email recommendations, comments, and questions to raisethemrighteous@gmail.com.

For Publishers and Authors: I review inclusive social justice-themed children’s picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade books, and young adult books. I prefer hard copies (especially for children’s picture books and graphic novels). But, I understand the cost can be prohibitive and accept E-books. *It is currently taking me 6+ weeks to review picture books and 6+ months to review chapter books. Email me with requests at raisethemrighteous@gmail.com.

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