During this time of national crisis and changes to our daily lives, many find themselves home all day with children of varying ages. If you are looking for books to read aloud, read together or discuss in your family, we are here to help. Books Matter is ADL’s collection of picture books, chapter books and young adult literature that address issues of identity, diversity, bias, bullying and hate.
Each month, our featured Book of the Month comes with two discussion guides: one for the classroom and one for the home. Our parent/family discussion guides include conversation starters, talking points, related books and additional resources.
September 2020: Your Name is a Song
Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class.
AUTHOR: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
ILLUSTRATOR: Luisa Uribe
AGE GROUP: 5–10