When Stacey's teacher chooses her to compete in the local spelling bee, she isn’t as excited as she thought she’d be. What if she can’t bring herself to speak up, like sometimes happens when she faces bullying at school? (Ages 4-8)
Bear and his friend Ben feel like they are living two lives: one, where Native traditions―like long hair―are a crucial part of their identities, and the other, where Indigenous expressions are mocked and treated with ignorance.
Would you defend the indefensible? That's what high school seniors Logan March and Cade Crawford are asked to do when a favorite teacher instructs a group of students to argue for the Final Solution--the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people.
In pre-World War II Vienna, Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. But when enemy forces threatened the city—particularly the Jewish people that lived there—Lisa's parents were forced to make a difficult decision.
Behind the Bookcase: Miep Gies, Anne Frank, and the Hiding Place
Anne Frank’s diary is a gift to the world because of Miep Gies. One of the protectors of the Frank family, Miep recovered the diary after the family was discovered by Nazis, and then returned it to Otto Frank after World War II.
When Jacob goes to the boys’ bathroom, he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of how he is dressed. His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience when she tries to go to the girls’ bathroom.
Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline, who lives on Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has had her share of bad luck lately. But when a new student arrives, Caroline believes her luck is turning around. (Ages 8-12)
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.