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African American Race and Culture Books

Teachers/Community Leaders

  • Not Light, But Fire by Matthew R. Kay
  • Leading Diverse Communities by Cherie R. Brown
  • Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms by        Dr. Richard Milner
  • Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackmon
  • The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream by Sheryll Cashin
  • Reducing Prejudice and Stereotyping in Schools by Walter Stephan
  • The Fight For Equality: The U.S. Civil Rights Movement by Carole Marsh
  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele
  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Adult

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by David Billings
    Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie Glaude Jr.
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin
  • The History of White People by Nell Irivin Painter
  • The New Jim Crow: Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (suitable for high school)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Race by Robin DiAngelo (suitable for high school)
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

High School

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Lesson from Little Rock by Terrence Roberts
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehesi Coates
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Middle School

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram X. Kendi (suitable for high school)
    Dear Martin by Nic Stone (suitable for high school)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (suitable for upper elementary)
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
  • Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkey
  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

Website with other selections

Websites

Videos/Film

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) Netflix
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) Netflix
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr) Hulu with Cinemax
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) Available to rent
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) Available to rent
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) Netflix
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary) Available to rent

Toolkits

Podcasts

Latino/Latina/Latinx Culture

Adult/Community

  • The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (suitable for high school)
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda
  • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano

High School

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  • The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Mararita Engle
  • Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (suitable for 7th and 8th grade students)
  • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Middle School

  • The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan (upper elementary)
  • The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Zeleny
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
  • Moon Within by Aida Salazar

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • Max Love Munecas! By Zetta Elliott
  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
  • Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mende and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Si Se Puede Yes We Can Janitor Strike in LA by Diana Cohn and Francisco Delgado

Toolkits

Websites

Podcasts

Movies/TV

  • The Book of Life
  • The Latino List
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • McFarland USA
  • My Family
  • Quinceanera
  • Dora The Explorer
  • East Los High
  • Coco

Native American Books

Adult/Community

  • Rethinking Columbus by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Debbie Reese

High School

  • Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices by Lisa Charleyboy
  • Code Talker Stories by Laura Tohe
  • Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
  • Blue Horses Rush In by Luci Tapahonso
  • House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle
  • The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
  • Waterlily by Ella Cara Deloria, Susan Gardner, and Raymond J. Demallie
  • Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich by Annie Boochever and Roy Peratrovich
  • A Name Earned (Pathfinders) by Tim Tingl

Middle School

  • If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (suitable for high school)
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (suitable for upper elementary)
  • Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • Three Feathers by Richard Van Camp
  • My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • Fall in Line, Holden by Daniel W. Vendever
  • I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer (upper elementary)
  • This Land is My Land by George Littlechild
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • Skysisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
  • When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Websites

Toolkits

News/Podcasts

Asian American and Pacific Islander

High School

  • Tiger Girl by May-Lee Chai
  • Wait For Me by An Na
  • Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Middle School

  • Step Up to the Play Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  • Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee
  • The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe and Richard Waldrep
  • Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey and Dow Phumiruk
  • Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss and Carl Angel
  • Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo and Dom Lee
  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo and Lin Wang
  • Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho

Movies/TV

  • Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)
  • Parasite (Hulu)
  • Tigertail

Holocaust Education

Books

Adult/Community

  • The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson by Frances Brent
  • Rescue Board by Rebecca Erbelding
  • The Girl in the Cellar: Surviving the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Poland by Gerda Krebs Seifer
  • Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
  • Ordinary Men: Reserve Polica Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

High School

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Train by Danny M. Cohen
  • Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
  • Salvaged Pages by Alexandra Zapruder
  • The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman

Middle School

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl
  • Maus 1 and 2 by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
  • The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yole
  • What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Saviet
  • Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • The Tree in the Courtyard: looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld
  • The Harmonica by Tony Johnston
  • Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott
  • The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak by Tomek Bogacki (upper elementary)

Websites

Resources for Educators

Books to Empower Girls

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
  • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Disability

Books

Adult/Community

  • Disabling Characters: Representations of Disability in Young Adult Literature (Disability Studies in Education) by Patricia A. Dunn
  • Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Exploded Views) by Amanda Leduc
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, M.D.
  • The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook for Tweens and Teens with Aspberger Syndrome by Jennifer Cook O’AToole
  • Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notboh

High School

  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robinson
  • When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Middle School

  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • We Could Be Heroes by Margaret Finnegan (suitable for upper elementary)
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • El Deafo (Graphic Novel Memoir) by Cece Bell
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
  • Mascot by Antony John
  • Firegirl by Tony Abbott
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Blind by Rachel Dewoskin
  • A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • OCDaniel by Wesley King
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates and Joe Mathieu
  • Yes I Can! A Girl and Her Wheelchair by Kendra J. Barrett, Jacqueline B. Toner, Clair A. B. Freeland
  • Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book by Celest Shally
  • Anxious Ninja: A Children’s Book About Managing Anxiety and Difficult Emotions
  • by Mary Nhin
  • Playing and Learning Together Meeting Mimi: A Story about Different Abilities by Francie Dolan
  • Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire

Websites

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Disability Rights (PA)
  • Jan Accommodation Network
  • National Business and Disability Council
  • National Center for Accessible Media
  • National Organization on Disability

Podcasts

  • Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan
  • Disability Matters
  • An Apple a Day
  • The Accessible Stall
  • Disability News

Movies/TV

  • Wonder
  • The Brooke Ellison Story
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Sesame Street: Meet Julia
  • Finding Nemo
  • On the Way to School
  • Where Hope Grows

Religion

Parents/Community

  • The Spiritual Child by Dr. Lisa Miller
  • Ethics for the New Millenium by The Dalai Lama
  • One World, Many Religions by Mary Pope Osborne
  • What Do You Believe? By DK Publishing

High School

  • Does My Head Look Big in This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheir
  • Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • Blaze by Hope Bolinger

Middle School

  • The New Recruit (The Mission League) by Jill Williamson
  • All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
  • Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing
  • A Moon for Moe and Me by Jane Breskin Zalben
  • But…Who is Allah? By Bachar Karroum and Tanja Varcelija

Websites

  • American Jewish World Service
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

LGBTQ

Adult/Community Books

  • This is How it Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel
  • Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Book of Pride: LBGTQ Heroes Who Changed the World by Mason Funk
  • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

High School

  • The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Middle School

  • Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  • Gay and Lesbian History for Kids: The Century Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Pre-K/Elementary School

  • Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
  • Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

Websites

Podcasts

  • Still Processing
  • Making Gay History
  • One from the Vaults
  • Hoodrat to Headwrap
  • To L and Back: An L Word Podcast
  • Nancy
  • The Read

Movies/TV

  • Everything Sucks!
  • The Fosters
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Queer Eye
  • Philadelphia
  • Rent

Socioeconomic Books

  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams
  • Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
  • The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
  • Lives Turned Upside Down: Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs by Jim Hubbard
  • The Lunch Thief by Anne C. Bromley
  • A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning
  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

You and your child could collect food and clothes or volunteer:

  • God’s Meal Barrel: https://www.facebook.com/godsmealbarrel/?rf=111079772288223
  • New Hope Ministries: https://nhm-pa.org
  • Hanover Area Council of Churches: https://hanoverareacouncilofchurches.org

Books for Adults

  • Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Turado
  • When Work Disappears by William Julius Wilson
    Where Are You in the Class System? by Paul Kivel

Websites

  • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) –