Title: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Author: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: March 10, 2020 RATING: 5 Stars Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You traces the history of racist ideas in America. This “not history book”
In the previous article, there are 5 important questions to ask when selecting novels to teach in the classroom. Before you make any final book selections, ask yourself 5 more questions to pick the right texts for your classroom context. Question
Title: The Boys in the Back Row Author: Mike Jung Publisher: Levine Querido Release Date: October 6, 2020 RATING: 4 Stars Eric and Matt are the best of friends. They love comic books, playing in the band, and most importantly, each other. Armed with their
Title: The Canyon’s Edge Author: Dusti Bowling Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: September 8, 2020 RATING: 5 Stars It’s Eleanor’s birthday. After losing her mother in a random shooting on her birthday last year, her and her father, both white, decide
The following questions can serve as a guide when selecting novels to read in the classroom. The explanations focus on a middle grade context but the principles easily apply to upper elementary or high school as well. Question 1 Does this novel
Title: From the Desk of Zoe Washington Author: Janae Marks Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Release Date: January 14, 2020 RATING: 4 Stars During the summer after sixth grade, Zoe Washington focused on baking, hoping to be selected for the Food Network’s next Kids Baking Challenge.
Title: Echo Mountain Author: Lauren Wolk Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers Release Date: April 21, 2020 RATING: 4.5 Stars As the Great Depression devastates the country, Ellie and her family have had to make difficult choices and even more difficult sacrifices. After her
Title: Fighting Words Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Publisher: Dial Books Release Date: August 11, 2020 RATING: 5 Stars Della and Suki are sisters bound by love, the desire to protect one another, and – unfortunately - trauma. After escaping their mother’s abusive boyfriend, the sisters