The book in this are upper elementary/middle school titles to engage with information to fight for equity and justice.
How to Fight for Justice by Jemar Tisby is an adapted book for young adults, this book is based on Christian principles. The topics include awareness, allyship, commitment to fighting social justice, building community, and more.
How to fight Racism has a glossary, an appendix including additional books and articles about fighting racism, and a parent's guide.
The Young Activist's Dictionary of Social Justice by Ryse Tottingham is an engaging resource to define equity, diversity, and inclusion topics. Using current and historical terminology, this book provides a breadth of topics for Race, LGBTQIA+, and Religious and Climate concepts. Also included ways to take action and additional resources.
Check them out at your local library today.
This book, wriiten by Robert Samuel White II and Robert Samuel White III, exposes young readers to diverse careers not normally seen when discussing occupations.
You Can Be ABCs, extends the conversation, vocabulary, and potential about what one can do for a living.
Look for the video and news stories about the Whites on YouTube.
This book, written by Robert Samuel White II and Robert Samuel White III, exposes young readers to diverse careers not customarily seen when discussing occupations.
Entering 5th grade, Simon gets a teacher who not only challenges his Hip Hop skills, but also his thinking and sense of community.
This upper elementary level story is a fun read. The audiobook allows the reader to hear Simon's rhymes with a beat.
Included are additional teaching materials about Hip Hop and Social Justice Pedagogy for teachers to incorporate these themes into curriculum.
Ask your local librarian or bookstore to help you find materials.
School is in and soon children will be in the habit of classroom routines. Student behaviors will soon show as classwork and learning kicks in. The following picture book is suggested in showing ways to counter the negative discipline occurances young Black males unpropotionaly recieve in classrooms.
Keep Your Head up by Aliya King Neil & illustrated by Charly Palmer show a few concepts that are so important in countering the discipline gap in K-12 schools.
D goes to school and has some mishaps and is sent to the office. His principal and parents engage him in coping and reflection strategies. This book gives example of mindfulness and restorative justice strategies.
We also included a few additional professional development books on the topic.
Our copy of Keep Your Head Up was also a Vox Book, which provides an audio narration with the print book.
The National Institute of Corrections estimates that 2.7 million U.S. children have a parent who is incarcerated.
The following resources help to ensure the experiences of children with incarcerated parents are represented so children do not feel alone.
This also provides an opportunity to support and provide empathy and mattering for students.
The two books featured:
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena and Illustrated by Christian Robinson.
We follow Milo, the main , character, and his sister as the ride the subway. During the ride we see Milo people watching and using his imagination to draw his story about the lives of people he sees on the train, Christian Robinson beautifully uses pain and collage art presents Milo's creating story drawings.
Milo is headed to visit his mother. He is surprised to learn that one of the passengers on the train has a similar circumstance as Milo, learning a valuable lesson about perception versus reality.
The second book is a classic poem Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty turned into a picture book, illustrated by Bryan Collier. This heart-wrenching poem shares the story of a boy missing his father and learns he can still learn from his father and create his own path.
We included the powerful poem in Beaty's performance on Def Poetry.
This books would work well with school counselors or creating space for discussion about family dynamics, the injustices in the penal system, and creating empathic youth.
Check them out at your local library or buy and support your local Black bookstore.
"I will be a man that lights the way for others"--Sceptor League Motto
In this middle school novel by Kelly Baptist, Xavier Moon, a twelve year old dealing with a stutter, braces and an awkward phase. His Great-Uncle Frankie Bell, helps him see himself and gives Xavier socks that helps begin his growth and creativity.
This story is good to pair with information and resources around Black male designers like The Dapper Dan (@dapperdanharlem), art and math (design measurements), and Social-Emotional topics, like empathy and authenticity.
Check out the book, ebook, or audiobook at your local library.
"Writers make mistakes. We'll work on them."
I finally got to read Abdul's Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Tiffany Rose.
The story is about a Abdul who has a vivid imagination, yet has difficulties writing and spelling.
A visitor, Mr. Muhammad mentors Abdul to work through his initial fears writing.
What a great book to read to young students.
1) This book affirms Black boy creativity and imagination.
2) The diversity of Muslim representation in language and culture is centered in the story.
3) What a great book to bring into a classroom at the beginning of the year as a mentor text of the realities of a young student's writing process. Especially the editing and re-editing and re-editing...a frustrating part of the writing process.
4)Mentoring relations and young people feeling like they matter is important for inclusion and self worth.
Check out this book your local library and Black book store.
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Written by Kelly Starling Lyon and Illustrated by Niña Mata, this Geisel award-winning series brings beginning independent readers on Ty's adventurous travels.
Ty brings his imagination to every adventure as he learns to navigate different experiences. In the story feature in this post, Ty Travels: Zip! Zoom!, Ty get a scooter and cannot wait to zoom through the park, like a race car driver. As with any new skill their are wins and losses and Ty definitely learns this lesson as he tries to figure out how to ZOOOOM on his scooter.
Easy Readers are useful tools in bridging beginning readers to independent readers.
Some of the characteristics of Easy Readers are:
-Simple text structure
-Easy to comprehend
-Establishes independent reader habits
This I Can Read Series, among other easy reader series ( examples like; Step Into Reading, Ready to Read, DK Readers, Rookie Reader and Sports Illustrated Kids Starting Line Readers) are available at your local library.
Chapter book series starring Jada Jones friend, Miles Lewis! Illustrated by Wayne Spencer, it celebrates family and friendship and explores topics with appeal for STEAM, Black history and sports fans.
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Today we feature two stories of Haitian boys.
Calling the Water Drum by LaTisha Redding and Aaron Boyd. Henri recalls how he arrived in New York City. By way of the dangerous journey on a small boat from Haiti to Florida, The story shares the harsh realities refugees face fleeing their country for a better life,
I Want to Ride the Tap Tap by Danielle Joesph and pictures by Oliver Ganthier shares how Claude would rather hang with the other locals who use the Tap Tap (a taxi-bus) to work by the beach, instead of going to school. This fun story with bright illustration also teaches the days of the week and other sayings in Haitian Creole.
Both books give a perspective of life. Extend the learning from these books with non-fiction materials and videos to provide a more complete picture of life in Haiti.
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