Last year I began my annual round-up of favorite picture books of the year with one book for each month, and needless to say, choosing only 12 books was an agonizing feat. So this year, since 2021 decided to throw us some curve balls and seemingly break all the rules...I decided to reward myself (and … Continue reading Literally Cultured’s Best Picture Books of 2021
Kwanzaa's seven day celebration highlights the importance of culture, family, community, resilience, pride, and hope. Although our family has only been formally celebrating for a few years, these lessons are ones that should be carried throughout the entire year. Here we are celebrating by lighting a candle in the kinara and reading from the book … Continue reading Kwanzaa: Books for Learning, Celebrating, and Growing Together
When we were forced to go virtual during the onslaught of Covid-19 in March of 2020, as a 4th grade reading teacher I was frantic to find a virtual way to bring quality, diverse books to my students. Since then, Epic! has been my go-to for finding diverse and ACCESSIBLE books. Epic! is always free … Continue reading Celebrate the Winter Season in an Epic! Way
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*
Although PRIDE Month is celebrated in the month of June each year, these inclusive texts promote self-affirmation, dignity, and equality that are perfect to read all year long! The increased visibility and representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and their experiences, in children's books is essential when working against prejudice, but also fosters acceptance. … Continue reading Read with PRIDE on Epic!