ADL’s online bibliography of recommended children’s and young adult books about bias, bullying, diversity and social justice.
Sami's comfortable life in Damascus, Syria gets sidetracked abruptly after a bombing in a nearby shopping mall. Knowing that the violence will only get worse, Sami's parents decide they must flee their home for the safety of the UK.
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.
A young girl who is an immigrant joins her aunt and uncle in a new country that is unfamiliar to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce longing for the culture and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk.
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)
Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village; she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt.
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.
Shabanu, who has grown up with freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls, has big dreams for her future. But when her sister’s marriage falls apart Shabanu must decide whether to give up her dreams to uphold her family’s honor.
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.