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Books Matter

Book of the Month

These featured books are from our Books Matter collection. The books teach about bias, promote respect for diversity, encourage social action and reinforce themes addressed in A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute education programs. For educators and parents/caregivers of children ages zero to twelve, reading these books with children is an excellent way to talk about these important concepts at home and in the classroom.

To help teachers expand upon children’s learning from the book, each Book of the Month has a Book Discussion Guide which includes key vocabulary, discussion questions, three extension activities and links to additional ADL resources.

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May 2015

Fish For Jimmy

Author: Katie Yamasaki

For two brothers in a Japanese-American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war.


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April 2015

El Deafo

Author: Cece Bell

The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates.


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March 2015

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx

Author: Jonah Winter

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was a little girl in the South Bronx.


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February 2015

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Author: Katheryn Russell-Brown

Melba Doretta Listons loved the sounds of music as far back and she could remember; she overcame race and gender obstacles to become a famed trombone player, composer and arranger.


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January 2015

The Year of the Rat

Author: Grace Lin

The Year of the Rat brings many changes for Pacy: her best friend moving away, dealing with the prejudice directed toward a new student from China and learning to face some of her own flaws.


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December 2014

Jeremy's Dreidel

Author: Ellie Gellman

At the dreidel-making workshop, Jeremy’s friends think he is molding a secret code on his clay dreidel but he is making a special gift for his father, who is blind.


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November 2014

Shin-chi's Canoe

Author: Nicola I. Campbell

When Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi arrive at the Indian Residential School, Shi-shi-etko reminds her younger brother that they can only use their English names and that they are not allowed to speak to each other.


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October 2014

Confessions of a Former Bully

Author: Trudy Ludwig

After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend.


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September 2014

How Tia Lola Came to Stay

Author: Julia Alvarez

When ten-year-old Miguel moves to Vermont with his mami after his parents’ divorce, guess who flies up from the Island to help take care of him and his little sister, Juanita?


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August 2014

Each Kindness

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Chloe doesn’t really know why she turns away from the new girl, Maya, when Maya tries to befriend her and every time Maya asks if she can play with Chloe and the other girls, the answer is always no.


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July 2014

Jacob's New Dress

Author: Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman

This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles and promises to spark discussions of gender, identity and self-confidence.


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June 2014

Same Sun Here

Author: Silas House and Neela Vaswani

With honesty and humor and narrated in two voices, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions.


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May 2014

Separate Is Never Equal

Author: Duncan Tonatiuh

Sylvia Mendez and her brothers are excited to attend the neighborhood schools but are turned away and told they have to attend the Mexican school instead.


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