Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Hardcover, 96 pages
Expected publication: December 5th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publishers

This book arrives at an extremely opportune moment in time. In the past year, books of this nature have become increasingly frequent and with good reason. I am sure I do not need to spell out to you the spectacle currently playing out in Hollywood. Hint: the show is not on the silver screen.

Women everywhere are claiming their voices and speaking out. Loudly. But perhaps it is our WOC who most need women they can look up to. Women who look like them who have changed the world in so many different ways. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is a celebration of women who are not afraid to take risks. Women who are not afraid to confront the various circumstances that insist success is not for them. Women who defy the odds even when everyone else gives up.

The art is beautiful and accessible. The accompanying prose is detailed and simple enough that younger readers will follow and empathize.

Buy this book for yourself, for your daughters, for your nieces, for your nephews. For your brothers. For your sons. Show them that there are no limits to what a woman can do. Teach them to celebrate the strength women possess. Instill in them respect for women. Teach them not just to dream but to work and persevere and achieve just like these women have.

When the Spirits Dance by Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden

When the Spirits Dance by Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden

Award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie shares the drama of his childhood during the Second World War years. As a young Cree boy, Lawrence struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. When army runaways threaten his family, he must call on his skills and the teachings of hie elders to keep […]

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands – Susan Goldman Rubin

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands – Susan Goldman Rubin

Hardcover, 100 pages Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books   Before reading this book, I had no idea who Maya Lin is and not being American, I didn’t know about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. In case you, too, have little idea, let me elaborate. Maya Lin is the […]

Don’t Read This Book Before Bed: Thrills, Chills, and Hauntingly True Stories by Anna Claybourne

Don’t Read This Book Before Bed: Thrills, Chills, and Hauntingly True Stories by Anna Claybourne

Hardcover Published August 1st 2017 by National Geographic Society Source: Publisher With Halloween right around the corner, it is the perfect time to indulge in this collection of chilling stories by Anna Claybourne. Obviously this book is not something you read from cover to cover on one go (unless that is your thing; I am […]

Presented with Pride : LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

Presented with Pride : LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

The Vancouver Public Library recently updated their Presented with Pride for Teens brochure, which now includes annotations of over 25 LGTBQ+ books for young adults, including contemporary fiction, memoirs, short stories, nonfiction and graphic novels! You can find the book list in its entirety on the library’s website. Here are just a few of the […]