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

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki – how baseball provided a distraction at a Japanese Internment Camp

Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges – a young Choctaw girl helps a Mississippi slave family to escape

Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina- a boy can’t borrow a library book because of Jim Crow laws

Shin-Chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell – the story of Native American children taken from their families to attend a boarding school

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

The Sneetches and other stories by Dr. Seuss – prejudice, differences

We March by Shane W. Evans – a child’s view of the 1963 March on Washington

The Holocaust


One Candle by Eve Bunting – the elders remember one Hannukah in the camps

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


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



Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden- Molly’s kindergarten friends question that she has two mothers


All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hananaka – children come in “all the colors of the earth”

I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings – story of a transgender girl

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Struggle for A Living Wage


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


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

Harvesting Hope:The Story of Cesar Chavez/Cosechando esperanza: La historia de Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull

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

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