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.
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.
Author: Cynthia Lord
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life, which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author: Ami Polonsky
Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside.
Author: Miriam Schiffer
Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two Daddies to do?
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.
Author: Cece Bell
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates.
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.
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.