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Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship

1 Mar

34007179.jpgSynopsis: How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don’t know each other . . . and they’re not sure they want to.

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko (of The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage), this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.” (Taken from Goodreads)

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28 Social Justice Titles in YA Lit

23 Feb

It doesn’t seem like teens these days need any inspiration to fight to protect their rights as they’re demanding their voices be heard over gun control laws in America. But, it never hurts to read about people who may be different than you, so grab a title from this list to explore social justice themes like class, race, gender, sexuality, and more!

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  1. 101 Changemakers – Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran
  2. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  5. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  6. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
  7. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  10. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  11. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (Author),‎ Patricia McCormick
  12. If I Ever Get Out Of Here by Eric Gansworth
  13. The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
  14. The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
  15. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  16. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Peréz
  17. March Trilogy by Congressman John Lewis
  18. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  19. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  20. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  21. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  22. Saints and Misfits by SK Ali
  23. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  25. This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
  26. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights by Elspeth Leacock (Adapter),‎ Susan Buckley (Adapter),‎ Lynda Blackmon Lowery
  27. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  28. X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

36 Titles for Babies & Toddlers: Social Justice, Equality and Diversity

17 Jan

I just recently had someone reach out to me on Facebook asking for titles for a new baby/toddler about social justice, equality, and diversity. Basically, a way to flood her child’s bookshelf with books that make them a better citizen of the world. Now, there aren’t a ton of titles for your woke toddler (or baby) for that matter, but it’s important to showcase a variety of races, cultures, religions, disabilities and more on your bookshelves because it’s likely that your child will see people that will look/dress/act/speak differently than they do and what better way to first explore the world than cuddling with your family in a safe, happy environment? And if you live in a community that is very similar, then why not teach your child to respect and accept differences in people to be educated about the world them live so that whenever they do meet someone who is different they know what to do – treat them like a human being. So check out these (few) but great titles about social justice, equality, diversity and celebrating the differences that make us all unique!

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Board Book Titles

  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  2. All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler and Hiroe Nakata
  3. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  4. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
  5. Fast and Slow by Britta Teckentrup
  6. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children
  7. More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
  8. My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett
  9. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  10. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  11. Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
  12. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
  13. Tinyville Town series by Brian Biggs
  14. We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers by Julie Flett
  15. Welcome Song for Baby by Richard Van Camp
  16. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Picture Book Titles

  1. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  2. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
  3. Come With Me by Holly McGahey, illustrated by Pascal Lemaître
  4. Families by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  5. Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang
  6. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  7. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  8. Golden Domes, Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  9. Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by John Parra
  10. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
  11. Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
  12. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  13. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
  14. Most People by Michael Leannah and Jennifer E. Morris
  15. One Family by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez
  16. Over the Hills and Far Away edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  17. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  18. Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin
  19. Say Hello! By Rachel Isadora
  20. We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2017

2 Jan

I started reviewing what I had read in 2017 and realized that I was already familiar with many of the authors I read, but there were a number of really amazing debut novels this year, so I focused my Top Ten list on those authors – new to me (and the world).

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  1. Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)
  2. Dusti Bowling (The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus)
  3. Ellie Terry (Forget Me Not)
  4. Ibi Zoboi (American Street)
  5. Jake Burt (Greetings from Witness Protection!)
  6. Karina Yan Glaser (The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street)
  7. Nic Stone (Dear Martin)
  8. Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet)
  9. Sally J. Pla (The Someday Birds)
  10. Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

14 Nov

There are so many amazing books available to kids in this day and age. It was hard to pick just ten, but I focused on ten titles that show a wide diversity in terms of culture, gender, race, ability, socioeconomic status and more. It’s important for kids to see all different type of people in books and I think these titles are a great place to start for middle grade readers looking for diversity.

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  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  3. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  7. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  8. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  9. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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