These featured books are from our Books Matter collection that teach about bias, promote respect for diversity and encourage social action. 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 provides discussion questions, activities, talking points and additional resources.
September 2019: Undocumented: A Worker's Fight
Juan grew up in Mexico working in the fields to help provide for his family. Struggling for money, he crosses over into the U.S. and becomes an undocumented worker, living in a poor neighborhood, working hard to survive. Though he is able to get a job as a busboy at a restaurant, he is severely under-compensated; he receives less than half of the minimum wage. Risking his boss reporting him to the authorities for not having proper resident papers, Juan risks everything and stands up for himself and the rest of the community. This graphic novel tells the story of immigrant workers who have come to the U.S. without “papers.” Every day, they join the work force and contribute positively to society.
AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: Duncan Tonatiuh
AGE GROUP: 12 and up