Ho’onani Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, Illus. by Mika Song

Review by Verena Rodriguez

Ho’onani wants to sing the traditional Hawaiian hula chant at her school festival, but there is one little problem: She is not a kane (boy). However, she doesn’t feel quite like a wahine (girl) either, so when her teacher opens auditions for everyone, Ho’onani is ready to participate enthusiastically. … More Ho’onani Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, Illus. by Mika Song

Encounter by Brittany Luby, Illus. by Michaela Goade

Review by Verena Rodriguez

Encounter reimagines the first meeting between an Indigenous Stadaconan fisher and a French sailor in 1534. Inspired by Jacques Cartier’s notes on his first expedition to what is now Gaspé Bay, Quebec, the story begins when Fisher and Sailor set out in their boats, welcoming a new day. … More Encounter by Brittany Luby, Illus. by Michaela Goade