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.
March 2021: Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
This book introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists and trail-blazers. In this book of poems, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six year old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then appeared before Congress to defend her right to create. This poetry collection was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.
AUTHORS: Susan Hood
AGE GROUP: 4–8