Book Reviews by Christina Matekel-Gibson

Reading for Change: Books by Black Authors

All of these titles can be found via the JPL catalog Picture…

Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala by Meenal Patel

Did you know that May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?…

BIG PAPA AND THE TIME MACHINE by Daniel Bernstrom

It’s been a while since I rounded up my favorite picture books…

Never Caught, the story of Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar & Kathleen Van Cleve

In preparing for the library’s Black History Month celebration…

Why? by Adam Rex and Claire Keane & Saturday by Oge Mora

The end of the year is always a scramble to chip away at my TBR…

THEY CALL ME GUERO by David Bowles/DANCING HANDS by Margarita Engle

Twelve-year-old Guero (a lifelong nickname referring to his pale…

MEET YASMIN by Saadia Faruqi & Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Youth activist Marley Dias was inspired to begin her #1000BlackGirlBooks…

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

As I mentioned in my most recent review, I challenged myself…

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

This February, I challenged myself to read all of the Coretta…

Diverse Picture Books

I started this week's review with another novel in mind, but…

There, There by Tommy Orange

In "THERE, THERE" by TOMMY ORANGE, 12 strangers make plans to…

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Writing about social justice issues can be difficult when the…

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson

Before Betty Shabazz became an activist, educator, mother and…

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza Holmes is a little bit insufferable, but don't we all have…