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)
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)
When Parker Curry came face-to-face with the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the U.S. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. (Ages 4-8)
From fighting for the use of a soccer field in middle school to fighting for the people of her home state in Congress, Senator Harris used her voice to speak up for what she believed in and for those who were otherwise unheard. (Ages 5-10)
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.
She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm, a woman of many firsts, was an unforgettable political trailblazer, a candidate of the people and catalyst of change who opened the door for women in the political arena and for the first Black president of the United States.
Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America
This inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality’s call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that remains. (Ages 5-9)
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 riding the subway home from the pool with his Abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When he gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume.
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.