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 and teens, reading these books with young people is an excellent way to talk about these important concepts at home and in the classroom.
To help educators and parent/family members expand upon children’s learning from the book, each Book of the Month has an Educator Discussion Guide and a Parent/Family Discussion Guide, which includes discussion questions, activities, talking points and additional resources.
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side.
Author: Edwidge Danticat
After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine.
Author: Jane Bahk
Determined to find her friend Hector who unexpectedly moved away, Juna turns to her special kimchi jar for help each night, plunging into the depths of the ocean, swinging on vines through the jungle, and flying through the night sky in search of her friend.
Author: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Book One of this graphic novel trilogy spans Congressman John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Author: Mary Williams
This story is based on real-life experiences of a band of approximately 30,000 southern Sudanese boys who walked nearly 1000 miles searching for a safe refuge.