Book of the Month

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.


Previous Books of the Month

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

Under My Hijab

As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab.

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

Hello, Universe

A disaster leads Kaori, Gen and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, bullying behavior is put in its place and friendship blooms.

September 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

Amazing Places

This collection of original poems brings together fourteen selections that celebrate through poetic imagery some of the amazingly diverse people and places in our nation.

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

Posted

When cell phones are banned at school, Frost and his friends come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. Soon all the kids are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

September 2017

June 2017

The Best Man

The book recounts Archer Magill's span from first grade to sixth, navigating family ties, school, bullying, homophobia, death and marriage. Educator and Parent/Family Discussion Guides are available.

May 2017

Amina’s Voice

While Amina, a Pakistani-American middle school student, grapples with questions of friendship and identity, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. This book highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together.

April 2017

The Journey

This book is told from the perspective of a young child and explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.

March 2017

February 2017

Firebird

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached.

January 2017

Towers Falling

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.

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

June 2016

May 2016

Juna's Jar

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.

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

March: Book One

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.

January 2016

December 2015

Rules

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.

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

Gaby, Lost and Found

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.

August 2015

Maddi's Fridge

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.

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

El Deafo

The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates.

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

The Year of the Rat

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.

December 2014

Jeremy's Dreidel

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.

November 2014

Shin-chi's Canoe

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.

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

Each Kindness

Chloe doesn't really know why she turns away from the new girl, Maya, when Maya tries to befriend her and every time Maya asks if she can play with Chloe and the other girls, the answer is always no.

July 2014

Jacob's New Dress

This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles and promises to spark discussions of gender, identity and self-confidence.

June 2014

Same Sun Here

With honesty and humor and narrated in two voices, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions.

May 2014

April 2014

Wonder

August (Auggie) Pullmanwas born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from attending a mainstream school—until now.

March 2014