ADL’s online bibliography of recommended children’s and young adult books about bias, bullying, diversity and social justice.
Red, White, and Whole
Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s traditions and holidays. But Reha’s parents don’t understand why she’s conflicted—they only notice when Reha doesn’t meet their strict expectations. (Ages 8-12)
It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina has loved every minute of it. Now that the school year is starting again, she’s sad to leave, but also excited to share the wonders of Pakistan with her friends back in Greendale.
It's the start of a new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.
As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab. (Ages 4-8)
Josef, Isabel and Mahmoud all go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. Although they are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections tie their stories together in the end. (Ages 9-12)
While Amina, a Pakistani American middle school student, grapples with questions of friendship and identity, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. She ultimately uses her voice to help bring a diverse community together. (Ages 8-12)
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.
When her fifth-grade teacher hints that 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.
Each month a book from Books Matter is featured. Each Monthly Featured Book has educator and parent discussion guides to expand upon young people's learning from the book. Suggested activities help to facilitate discussions about identity and diversity, understanding and challenging bias and promoting social justice.