A young Asian girl notices that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.
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)
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)
On a dreary, stuck-inside kind of day, a brother and sister heed their grandmother’s advice: “Use those beautiful and brilliant minds of yours. Lift your arms, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and believe in a thing.”
Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.
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.
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.
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.
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.