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18 Titles to Inspire Kids Under 18

6 Apr

Since the February 14th school violence shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, more teens and kids are becoming politically active to change the laws to better protect other children in school. Each time the news reports on a horrifying event like this, my heart breaks a little more and I wonder what else can I do? I think this hit me harder than others because my cousins went to high school at this school. They have all graduated at this point, but to be that close to a situation of violence is truly scary.

And the answer to what else can I do? Well, the teens that experienced this terrifying situation are showing the world what we can do – with nation (and worldwide) events like the School Walkout and the March for Our Lives as well as town hall meetings, social media posts, and interviews from major news networks and newspapers, teens are keeping this issue at the forefront of everyone’s mind and doing all they can to be the change. With that said, I’ve compiled a list of nonfiction books about real life teens who have changed the world as way of inspiration. Also, take a look at my 28 Social Justice Titles in YA Literature for some more inspiration filled with both nonfiction and fiction titles.

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  1. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  3. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba
  4. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip M. Hoose
  5. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  6. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose
  7. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls
  8. The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield
  9. Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time  by Tanya Lee Stone
  10. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  11. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick
  12. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch
  13. March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  14. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary
    by Elizabeth Partridge
  15. Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John
  16. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, P.J. Loughran
  17. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
  18. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman



20 Titles for National Foster Care Month

5 May

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I’m always looking for ways to create book lists that I think are needed by people around the world, so when I saw that May is National Foster Care Month, I knew it would be a great time to gather some titles that show kids in foster care. I tried to provide some picture books, early chapter books, middle grade novels and teen novels – mainly focused on a story where foster care is part of a character’s life rather than focusing on too many “issue” type books where the book was written specifically to address the issue. I did include a few, that I found multiple times on other reading lists and didn’t think I should ignore. Now a quick caveat, there are as many different types of foster care situations as there are people, so even though I tried to provide a diverse list, the number of books about foster care are slim. I also tried very hard to focus on foster care, rather than adoption because (although some stories end with adoption) not all stories end that way and I wanted to be able to offer some kids mirrors for what their own lives look like right now. So, if I missed something that you think should be on the list, please share it, so that others will get your recommendations as well!

  1. Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman, illustrated by Kathy O’Malley
  2. Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
  3. Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis
  4. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  5. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  6. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  7. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  8. Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents by Janice Levy, illustrated by Whitney Martin
  9. Summer of the Gypsy Months by Sara Pennypacker
  10. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  11. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  12. Pictures of Hollis Woods Patricia Reilly Giff
  13. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  15. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  16. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  17. Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch
  18. Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
  19. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  20. Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth edited by Diane René Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman

Picture Book Month Theme: Bunnies

30 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Wee Little Rabbit by Lauren Thompson
  3. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  4. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
  5. Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby
  6. Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
  7. White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
  8. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
  9. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
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