Tag Archives: Prejudice & Racism

Fish is Fish

Author: Leo Lionni Publisher: Dragonfly Books Product Description Two best friends, a minnow and a tadpole, are practically inseparable until the tadpole grows legs and decides to explore the world beyond the pond. When the tadpole, now a frog, returns to tell his friend of the extraordinary things he’s seen, the minnow, now a fish, […]

BIG FOR CHRISTMAS (Sweet Valley Twins)

Author: Francine Pascal Publisher: Sweet Valley Product Description The twins wish they were grownups when they are invited to the biggest Christmas party ever and their parents won’t let them go, but a shocking transformation has occurred when they wake up the next morning.

The Poky Little Puppy Special Anniversary Edition LGB (Special Edition Little Golden Book)

Author: Janette Sebring Lowrey Publisher: Golden Books Product Description EVERYONE KNOWS THE STORY of the poky little puppy, who had to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake. This book, which was one of the original 12 Little Golden Books that launched in October 1942, is now available in an upscale, 52-page edition that features […]

The Runaway Bunny

Author: Margaret Wise Brown Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny’s imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time. Amazon.com Review Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out […]

Nothing But The Truth (Little Secrets)

Author: Emily Blake Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Product Description Hidden Pasts. Unexpected Betrayals. Twisted Friendships. Sweet Revenge. The twists keep coming–and no secrets are safe. Rule One for heartbreakers: Don’t fall in love. But is ice queen Kelly starting to melt? For Alison, this is the moment of truth. Will her big lie come back to […]

God, I Need to Talk to You About Paying Attention (God I Need to Talk to You About…)

Author: Dan Carr Publisher: Concordia Publishing House Product Description Child-friendly text and entertaining illustrations help children think about a behavior they encounter in daily life and pray about it. This book, one in a series, expresses that all sinful behaviors are forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and encourages children to go to God […]

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile)

Author: Bernard Waber Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description A cranky neighbor puts Lyle in the zoo but experiences a change of heart when the crocodile saves him from a fire. Amazon.com Review Lyle the crocodile lives in a house on East 88th Street in New York City. He likes it there, and his hosts, the Primms, […]

Runaway

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen Publisher: Laurel Leaf Product Description “It’s a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me.” Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she’s had enough. She’s run away before and always been caught quickly. But she’s older and wiser now–she’s twelve–and […]

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Publisher: Puffin Product Description There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event […]

Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot o’ Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow

Author: Stephen Krensky Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description On St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns are lucky. But on every other day of the year, they make for noisy neighbors — and they’re turning the entire town of Dingle upside down! Fortunately, Finn O’Finnegan always has a clever plan brewing, and this time, with […]

Penguin’s Special Christmas Tree

Author: Jeannie St. John Taylor Publisher: Lobster Press Product Description (ages 4 – 6) Penguin really wants to win “Santa’s Best Tree Award,” but he can’t think of anything special enough to go on the top of his Christmas tree. Penguin’s little Angel friend pitches in to help his buddy, and together they try all […]

Chicken Boy

Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell Publisher: Aladdin Product Description Meet Tobin McCauley. He’s got a near-certifiable grandmother, a pack of juvenile-delinquent siblings, and a dad who’s not going to win father of the year any time soon. To top it off, Tobin’s only friend truly believes that the study of chickens will reveal…the meaning of life? […]

Hands Are Not for Hitting / Las manos no son para pegar (Best Behavior) (English and Spanish Edition)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Martine Agassi Ph.D. Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Product Description Little ones learn that hitting is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

Monster

Rating: (709 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady […]

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Phillip M Hoose Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Product Description “When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed […]

Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough : The 10 Things That Stress Teen Girls Out and How to Cope with Them

Rating: (9 reviews) Author: Jill Zimmerman Rutledge Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Description With compassion and insight, an expert counselor shows teen girls how to find the solutions to stress and anxiety that lie within Parents, schoolwork, boyfriends, college . . .it’s enough to make any teenage girl wish she could just snap her fingers and make […]

The Story Of Ruby Bridges (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Rating: (28 reviews) Author: Robert Coles Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Product Description Category: Biography”Please, God, try to forgive those people. Because even if they say those bad things, They don’t know what they’re doing.”This is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade […]

The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set (Flat Stanley)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Jeff Brown Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Stanley Lambchop is just a normal boy, with a normal younger brother named Arthur, and two normal parents. That is, until a bulletin board falls on him during the night and flattens him to half an inch thick! From this point on, Stanley will never […]

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Wendy Mass Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will […]

Kit an American Girl (6 Book Set)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Valerie Tripp Publisher: American Girl

Heat

Rating: (65 reviews) Author: Mike Lupica Publisher: Puffin Product Description Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If […]

Clementine

Rating: (20 reviews) Author: Sara Pennypacker Publisher: Hyperion

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Rating: (204 reviews) Author: Kate Dicamillo Publisher: Candlewick Product Description Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. […]

How to Eat Fried Worms

Rating: (138 reviews) Author: Thomas Rockwell Publisher: Yearling Amazon.com How to Eat Fried Worms has happily repulsed children since its original publication in 1973. Now youngsters can experience this classic story in a whole new yucky way, by listening to it on audiocassette. Narrator Jay O. Sanders gives extra kick and vitality to this already […]

The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores (Berenstain Bears)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Publisher: HarperFestival Product Description Papa Bear and the cubs are having some trouble with chores –– they don’t want to do them! When they decide to take a break from cleaning, Mama Bear plays along. But what will happen when the mess builds up . . . and up . . […]

Holes

Rating: (3279 reviews) Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Yearling Amazon.com “If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.” Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there […]

The Clique Summer Collection #3: Alicia (Clique Series)

Author: Publisher: Poppy Product Description Alicia takes on Mission Spalfa: Spanish Alpha! Back in Spain to visit her relatives, Alicia discovers that Spain’s newest pop sensation ¡Ignacio! is searching for a true Spanish beauty to star in his new hit-single video. She can’t believe her luck! If Alicia is cast as a true Spanish beauty, […]

Lock and Key

Rating: (24 reviews) Author: Sarah Dessen Publisher: Viking Juvenile Product Description “Ruby, where is your mother?” Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return. That’s how she comes to live with Cora, […]

The Big Field

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Mike Lupica Publisher: Philomel Book Description For Hutch, shortstop has always been home. It’s where his father once played professionally, before injuries relegated him to watching games on TV instead of playing them. And it’s where Hutch himself has always played and starred. Until now. The arrival of Darryl “D-Will” Williams, […]

What Would You Do? (American Girl Library)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Patti Kelley Criswell Publisher: American Girl

Two-way Street

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Lauren Barnholdt Publisher: Simon Pulse Product Description there are two sides toevery breakup. This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation. Then Jordan dumps Courtney […]

Clique Summer Collection #4:Kristen (Clique Series)

Author: Publisher: Poppy Product Description Kristen sets sail on the Love Boat… With the rest of the Pretty Committee scattered across the globe, Kristen is stuck in summer school at OCD, making good on her scholarship commitments. No sleepover horse camp, no Hawaiian spa, no Spanish vacation, not even a trip to Orlando. But when […]

Feathers

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Jacqueline Woodson Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Product Description “Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new boy […]

Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris (I Can Read Book 1)

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Jane O’connor Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description There’s a new boy in school, and he’s from Paris. Nancy cannot believe her luck. But this Parisian may not be as fancy as Nancy expects!

Burned

Rating: (40 reviews) Author: Ellen Hopkins Publisher: Simon Pulse Book Description Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, Pattyn Von Stratten starts asking questions — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love. She experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of […]

Words Are Not for Hurting

Rating: (15 reviews) Author: Elizabeth Verdick Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Book Description The older children get, the more words they know and can use-including hurtful words. This book teaches children to think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. They learn that there is a connection between hurtful words […]

Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie (Clique Series)

Author: Publisher: Poppy Book Description Massie gets BE-yoo-tiful: After getting thrown out of horse camp, Massie’s parents force her to take on a summer job. Not one to walk strangers’ dogs or babysit, Massie stumbles upon the perfect position while flipping through Teen Vogue poolside-she’ll be a sales rep for be pretty, the high-end cosmetics […]

Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Rating: (22 reviews) Author: Carol McCloud Publisher: Ferne Press Product Description Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the […]

The Luxe

Rating: (23 reviews) Author: Anna Godbersen Publisher: HarperCollins Book Description Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover […]

Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children, Improve Sleep, Manage Stress and Anxiety (Indigo Dreams)

Rating: (61 reviews) Author: Lori Lite Publisher: Lori Lite Product Description Indigo Dreams is a 60 minute CD/audio book designed to entertain your child while introducing them to relaxation and stress-management techniques. Four unique bedtime stories incorporate breathing, visualizations, muscular relaxation and affirmations. These are the same techniques recommended for adults but presented in a […]

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Publisher: HarperTrophy Book Description When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.

Henry’s Freedom Box (Caldecott Honor Book)

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Ellen Levine Publisher: Scholastic Press Book Description Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. When […]

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Rating: (606 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com The year is 1963, and self-important Byron Watson is the bane of his younger brother Kenny’s existence. Constantly in trouble for one thing or another, from straightening his hair into a “conk” to lighting fires to freezing his lips to the mirror of the […]

Blue Bloods

Rating: (54 reviews) Author: Melissa De La Cruz Publisher: Hyperion Book Description When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they […]

Monster

Rating: (660 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: Amistad Amazon.com “Monster” is what the prosecutor called 16-year-old Steve Harmon for his supposed role in the fatal shooting of a convenience-store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who gave the “all clear” to the murderer, or was he just in the wrong place at the […]

I Don’t Have Your Eyes

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Carrie A. Kitze Publisher: EMK Press Book Description Family connections are vitally important to children as they begin to find their place in the world. For transracial and transcultural adoptees, domestic adoptees, and for children in foster care or kinship placements, celebrating the differences within their families as well as the […]

The Crayon Box that Talked

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Book Description “While walking through a toy store, the day before today, I overheard a crayon box with many things to say…” Once upon a time, Shane DeRolf wrote a poem. It was a deceptively simple poem, a charming little piece that celebrates the […]

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Gennifer Choldenko Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Book Description Kirsten’s parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school’s queen bee, Brianna. It seems like only Kirsten’s younger science-geek sister is on her side. Walker’s goal is to survive at the new […]

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) (Puffin Modern Classics)

Rating: (450 reviews) Author: Mildred D. Taylor Publisher: Puffin Amazon.com In all Mildred D. Taylor’s unforgettable novels she recounts “not only the joy of growing up in a large and supportive family, but my own feelings of being faced with segregation and bigotry.” Her Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story […]

The Hundred Dresses

Rating: (86 reviews) Author: Eleanor Estes Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks Amazon.com Wanda Petronski lives way up in shabby Boggins Heights, and she doesn’t have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, which wouldn’t be too much of a problem if she didn’t tell her schoolmates that she had a hundred dresses at home–all […]