I recently finished the middle-grade book ‘Take Back the Block’ by Chrystal D. Giles and the picture book ‘Alejandria Fights Back! ¡La Lucha de Alejandria!’ by by Leticia Hernández-Linares, The Rise-Home Stories Project, Robert Liu-Trujillo , and Carla España (Translator) and wanted to put some additional books to support this topic.
‘Take Back the Block’ features the protagonist, middle schooler, Wes Henderson, along with his community dealing with a real estate developer offering to buy the neighborhood where Wes grew up.
Black and Latinx youth advocacy and community are involved in both books as they also use their local library to source information to advocate for their communities.
Also, included are the following titles to learn and discuss this topic from elementary through high school:
-Everything Naomi Loved by Kate Yamasaki and Ian Lendler (elementary)
-Like Home by Louisa Onome (middle/high school)
-Halsey Street by Naima Coste (middle/high school)
Included in the Linktree (in bio) are additional lesson plans, video clips explaining gentrification, and a Boyz N The Hood clip for context geared towards a high school student prompt.
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