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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 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.

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November 2015

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

Author: Reem Faruqi

When Ramadan begins, Lailah is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worries that her classmates won't understand why she doesn't join them in the lunchroom.


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October 2015

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Author: Justin Roberts

When Sally takes a chance and stands up to the bullying, she finds that one small girl can make a big difference.


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September 2015

Gaby, Lost and Found

Author: Angela Cervantes

When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Gaby is in need of a forever home herself because her mother recently was deported to Honduras.


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August 2015

Maddi's Fridge

Author: Lois Brandt

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty.


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July 2015

Gracefully Grayson

Author: Ami Polonsky

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside.


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June 2015

Stella Brings The Family

Author: Miriam Schiffer

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two Daddies to do?


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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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