Resources for Families and Educators

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Social Justice

Discrimination, Slavery, Civil Rights

Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds- the Rosa Parks Story from the point of view of a fictionalized young boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMTvTJ2rJxU

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki – how baseball provided a distraction at a Japanese Internment Camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX0rsEb3qds

Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges – a young Choctaw girl helps a Mississippi slave family to escape
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFp8iO8bMQs

Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina- a boy can’t borrow a library book because of Jim Crow laws
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvHqlxgdZY

Shin-Chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell – the story of Native American children taken from their families to attend a boarding school
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b4XkO3xTis

Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell – a First Nations family savors the four days before their daughter is taken away to residential school

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson – story of a little girl who bridges the racial divide in her town
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqKteFSLPtE

The Sneetches and other stories by Dr. Seuss – prejudice, differences
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMolzESn4oI

We March by Shane W. Evans – a child’s view of the 1963 March on Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdCkBAMw6VA

The Holocaust

Fiction

One Candle by Eve Bunting – the elders remember one Hannukah in the camps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnPU6T5W0Z4

The Butterfly by Patricia Pollacco – a young girl’s family is hiding a Jewish child from Nazi soldiers

Nonfiction

The Grand Mosque of Paris by Karen Gray Ruelle – how Muslims rescued Jews during WWII

Immigration, Past and Present, and Detention

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Coolies by Chris Soentpiet – young boys from China build the Union Pacific Railroad

The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland– a seed is the one reminder of a grandmother’s home in Vietnam

Diversity

Fiction

Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden- Molly’s kindergarten friends question that she has two mothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95H7lWgGvZA

Nonfiction

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hananaka – children come in “all the colors of the earth”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7oIovybaVY

I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings – story of a transgender girl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD_eBMIxTjo

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1FbGsK5ez0

Struggle for A Living Wage

Fiction

Joelito’s Big Decision/La Gran Decision de Joelito by Diana Cohn – a boy learns about the struggle for a living wage

Nonfiction

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 By Michelle Markel

Dolores Heurta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren and Robert Casilla
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5UZxPdAt3Q

Harvesting Hope:The Story of Cesar Chavez/Cosechando esperanza: La historia de Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IejEIYOSPdg

!Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can: Janitor Strike in L.A. by Diana Cohn