ADL’s online bibliography of recommended children’s and young adult books about bias, bullying, diversity and social justice.
Stacey's Extraordinary Words
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.
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)
It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao and go for her dreams? (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.