A middle grade book packed with adventure, mystery and emotional depth. It touches on abandonment, bullying, and LGBTQ+ issues while also offering an engaging story full of supernatural charm inspired by Caribbean legend. This is an important, relevant, and original book.
In We Are Okay, Nina LaCour writes a beautiful depiction of loss, lonliness, friendship, and love. Extra points for LGBTQ+ inclusion! If you like this book, also check out Hold Still and Everything Leads to You by the same author.
A short story collection full of not-so-ordinary characters doing not-so-ordinary things. Each story is almost meditative, focusing on the emotions and breakthroughs of the central characters. These characters experiement with relationships, morals, and drugs! What more could you want?
This graphic novel is about a boy who is told he can't be a witch because he is not a girl, even though he knows deep down that he is meant to be a witch. What follows is a grand adventure that will captivate you and make you think. Important and timely, everyone should read this book.
Action packed and important, this is a book you will not put down until you finish.
I wish I had this book in middle school. Perfectly awkward and hilarious, this book navigates what it's like to have your first crush. If you enjoy this book, check out Awkward and Brave by the same author as well!
What a wonderful collection of poems, essays, and stories all about overcoming hate and fear. The magical illustrations alongside the beautiful words take you on a journey that will leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.
Carmela is finally old enough to run errands with her brother. On the way to the laundrymat, Carmela reflects on how her life would be different if her mother did not have to make beds for a living and her father had his papers fixed. Christian Robinson's magical illustrations take us along the way, past the panadería, the keyshop, Miss Maria's vegetable stand, and the bodega. This beautiful book reminds readers of the hope you have as a child for a better life for you and those you love. It may also offer a perspective that some young readers are unfamiliar with, and therefore it is a narrative that is so important to read. Matt de la Peña has once again touched our hearts through his imaginative yet realistic narrative.
This beautiful picture book is all about self love and acceptance from those dearest to you. It follows a young boy enamored by the beauty in the world around him and emulating it himself. It further touches on self expression without the constraints of gender. The tender illustrations and touching plot will stay with you long after you turn the last page. This picture book is an important addition to anyone's bookshlelf.
This gorgeous picture book is a meditation on self love and confidence that celebrates black boyhood in the most wonderful, matter of fact way. In addition to the lovely narrative, the beautiful illustrations add texture and beauty along the way. This book takes the story of a young boy getting a haircut and turns it into a statement on self-love, acceptance, and finding joy in the little things.
Every young adult should read this new take on the traditional coming of age story. Throughout the book, the main character is coming to terms with his family's history of addiction and his own sexuality. Also full of allusions, this somewhat interactive novel will have you looking up bands and poets along the way.
This is the best collection of stories I have ever read. They beg to be read over and over again, because you will catch things you didn't notice the first time. Each story blends genres of mystery, horror, and romance to create a new, engaging read. In addition, all of the stories have to do with femininity, intimacy, and queerness in some way or another. These stories will surprise you in the best possible way.
Now in paperback! This book is perfect for lovers of art, and those interested in gender, sexuality, and intimacy. Although I have always been intrigued and inspired by her performance art, Marina Abramovic lets her readers into the deep, personal aspects of her life. This was a book I did not want to put down and stayed with me long after.
For fans of mystery, suspense, and science fiction, this post-apocalyptic narrative focuses on the bond between mother and child. A quick, engaging read, this novel will bring you along on the mother's journey to saftey. It interrogates our beliefs on relationships and intimacy while also offering a narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
An original piece of literature, The Consequences is a discussion of art, femininity, and intimacy. This novel disrupts your expectations and sense of genre. A little mystery, a little drama, a little roamnce, and an all-together must read.
This needs to be on the bookshelf of every child! It is a comprehensive, easy to follow guide to beginning meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and all around well-being. Even flipping through the pages just once will leave you feeling calm.
In her beautiful, humorous, & creative way, Sakugawa reimagines the classic self- help guide for the modern world. Whether you are looking to learn quirky ways to throw the best apartment party, smart ways for keeping fresh flowers longer, honest ways to fall in love with yourself, or even just different delicious uses for nutella (including nutella wontons!), this book has got you covered!
Friendship! Adventure! Girl power! In this middle grade graphic novel series, a group of friends follow leads on a potentially dangerous mystery at their summer camp for "hardcore lady types". These ladies represent diversity in race, gender, sexuality, and personality; however, all are great examples of strong, caring, and open- minded leaders. At the forefront, the series is a fun adventure story that will keep you on the edge of your feet!
This beautiful children's book illustrates the touching friendship between a lion and a bird. When the bird has to fly south for winter, the lion is afraid of what will come of their relationship. It ends with the notion that "sometimes life is like that"- an important reminder for children and adults.
This book- perfect for children and adults- is so great on so many different levels. Although the characters are shapes, Silverstein uses them in a brilliant way to tell a heart-warming story. This book tells the story of a missing piece on a journey to find the shape to make it whole. It is amusing, depressing, magical, and uplifting all at the same time. Children may find the story amusing, but adults may find it also exemplifies the pressure and struggle of finding the perfect partner.
In this hilarious graphic novel memior, Allie Brosh uses comedy to talk about depression in a realistic and progressive way. It definitely made me laugh and cry at the same time. And as a plus- this book features two hilarious and lovable messed up dogs. What more could you ask for?
This beautiful but brutal book of poetry is moving to say the least. Kaur takes you on a journey of self-acceptance, love and loss, and healing through her poetic style and images. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in poetry, most of all young woman and feminists.