Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History Written by Charlotte Nebres & Illustrated by Alea Marley The only thing Charlotte loves as much as ballet is Christmas. So, when she gets the opportunity to play Marie in the New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker, she leaps at the chance. … Continue reading 85 Diverse Picture Books to Celebrate the Holiday Season *Updated Dec. 2021*
If you're like me, then when you hear "2020" you tend to flinch a little bit. Beyond the obvious turmoil and heartache created by Covid-19, so many of us faced unimaginable obstacles and challenges that we are just thankful to have made it through another day. However, despite the troubles of the outside world, there … Continue reading Literally Cultured’s Best Picture Books of 2020!
As I plan for this year's winter book list and blog post of diverse titles, I couldn't help but reminisce on the books I shared from last holiday season! This upcoming 2020 list will focus on a wider array of winter holidays and traditions, whereas last year's picks were specifically chosen for Christmas. Tis the … Continue reading Literally Cultured’s 2019 “12 Days of Diverse Christmas Books” Reboot!
As we anxiously await Election Day 2020 there is no better time to begin addressing questions such as these with our "future voters": What does it mean to be a good citizen? What does it mean to be American? and most importantly...What really makes America great? This curated list of texts cover a variety of … Continue reading A Book List for Our Youngest Citizens: Future Voters & Change-makers
Hello Literally Cultured Readers! Wow! I can't believe a new school year is upon us, and whether a teacher, parent, or a caregiver -- will be one that will surely be different than we have ever experienced before. I myself am gearing up for returning to school as full-time online teacher. Among the myriad of … Continue reading 35 Diverse & Inclusive Books for ‘Back to School’
As a mom of three Brown boys, my pursuit of books with positive representation of Black and Brown boys is neverending... and Derrick Barnes answered the call. He quickly become one of my go-to authors, and following Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut and King of Kindergarten... I found myself anxiously waiting for "what's … Continue reading I Am Every Good Thing: Q & A with author Derrick Barnes
Today marks the 4th anniversary of the murder of Philando Castile. I can't say for sure what about his death specifically impacted me so much, but four years ago today, I felt myself slip into a deep depression that was nearly impossible to get out of. The feeling of despair, heartbreak, hopelessness, and fear I … Continue reading Black Man, the Superhero
Even though the rest of the world seems to be finally waking up to the injustices, oppression, and systemic racism that Black people have faced, and continue to face in this country, the idea of celebrating Black and Brown boys...who eventually become Black and Brown men, is something that many of us have been vested … Continue reading Book List: Black & Brown Boy Joy! Seeing our boys for all of the beautiful things they are!
This curated book list is targeted towards our littlest readers. These book picks are full of diverse, positive messages and images that depict a wide range of people, lifestyles, and experiences. Whether you are seeking to create a more diverse and inclusive collection for your little one, or looking to purchase a baby shower gift--- … Continue reading Book List: It’s Never Too Early to Introduce Diversity & Activism into Your Home Library
As a mother of three biracial boys, it has always been of the utmost importance to have a wide selection of books that not only represent themselves and the people they love and know in a positive light, but to also celebrate all of the beautiful and wonderful things about their Black identity. While it … Continue reading 20 Children’s Books Celebrating Blackness