With powerful verse and striking illustrations, Born on the Water provides a pathway for readers of all ages to reflect on the origins of American identity by chronicling the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the U.S.
For nine-year-old Alejandria, home isn't just the apartment she shares with Mami and her abuela, Tita, but rather the whole neighborhood. When Mami receives a letter saying they'll have to move out, Alejandria knows it isn’t fair, but she's not about to give up and leave.
As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves.
A ghost is haunting Bug's eerie old house in rural Vermont...and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they're trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light--Bug is transgender. (Ages 9-12)
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.
Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works. But when her sister, Emma, is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. The world is going to treat Jilly, who is white and hearing, differently from Emma, just as it will treat them both differently from their cousins who are Black. (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.