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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



36 Titles with Strong Female Characters

20 Jan

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Since today is the Women’s March in cities across the country, I thought it would be fun to highlight just a few strong female characters in books from picture books to YA titles. Hopefully you’ll find something new you’ll want to read! Enjoy!

  1. My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin
  2. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  3. Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
  4. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
  5. Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
  6. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  7. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  8. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  9. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  10. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
  11. Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith
  12. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford, illustrated by Valorie Fisher
  13. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  14. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  15. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  16. Matilda by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  17. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Louis Darling
  18. Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated Brian Selznick
  19. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  20. One Crazy Summer  by Rita Williams-Garcia
  21. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  22. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  23. Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
  24. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  25. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  26. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  27. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  28. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  29. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  30. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  31. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  32. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  33. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  34. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  35. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  36. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

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

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