Young Readers Books to Help You Talk About Social Justice

By Rachel Wease | June 7 2017 | Community & School Reads Adults: Current Events

Looking for ways to introduce social justice into your classroom? We have a list of four books that will help you do just that! From nonfiction aimed at exposing problem areas in our communities to fiction where you can truly empathize with the characters and their plights, we have just the books for you.

978-0-399-17258-8
Juvenile Fiction - Nature & The Natural World - Environment
Juvenile Fiction - People & Places - Africa
Juvenile Fiction - General
Inspired by the childhood of African-born model Georgie Badiel, acclaimed author Susan Verde and award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have come together to tell this moving story. As a child in Burkina Faso, Georgie and the other girls in her village had to walk for miles each day to collect water. This vibrant, engaging picture book sheds light on this struggle that continues all over the world today, instilling hope for a future when all children will have access to clean drinking water. With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie's kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of hte trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.
$17.99 US | $23.99 CAN
Sep 13, 2016
9-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3
World

Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
978-0-399-54532-0
Juvenile Nonfiction - Health & Daily Living - General
Juvenile Nonfiction - Science & Nature - Environmental Science & Ecosystems
Juvenile Nonfiction - School & Education
Get Informed! Get Inspired! Get Going! Make a difference in your world! In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs, and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them - and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small - in their families, their communities, in our country, and across the world - this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place. In addition to informing and inspiring readers about topics including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species, this book encourages everyone to get going! With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts.
$9.99 US | $13.99 CAN
Apr 04, 2017
6 x 9
Paperback
432 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-0-14-242450-6
Juvenile Fiction - People & Places - Africa
Juvenile Fiction - Social Themes - Violence
Juvenile Fiction - Social Themes - General (See Also Headings Under Family)
"Harrowing but ultimately redemptive...the murder of Tanzania's albinos is a real and horrific phenomenon of the past 15 years, a cold fact that makes the fictional events in 'Golden Boy' more moving and consequential than those in any dystopian young-adult chase-drama." - The Wall Street Journal Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different - light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can't take the sing away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame. Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete. To survive, Habo must not only run, but find a way to love and accept himself.
$8.99 US | $11.99 CAN
Jun 12, 2014
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
384 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
World

978-0-14-751509-4
Young Adult Fiction - People & Places - Africa
Young Adult Fiction - Social Themes - Violence
Tara Sullivan, author of the award-winning Golden Boy, has delivered a story of a makeshift family fighting and running for their lives. Set on a cacao plantation on the Ivory coast, these three fictional kids shed light on the plight of real children forced into modern-day slavery for the production of chocolate. Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the safer they are because the bosses won't beat them. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Moke and Auntie. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn't know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won't tell him. The boys only wanted to make some money during the dry season to help their impoverished family. Instead they were tricked into forced labor on the plantation in the Ivory Coast; they spend day after day living on little food and harvesting beans in the hot sun - dangerous, backbreaking work. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive - until Khadija comes into their lives. She's the first girl who's ever come to camp, and she's a wild thing. She fights bravely every day, attempting escape again and again, reminding Amadou what it means to be free. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next to the brother he has always tried to protect almost breaks Amadou. The old impulse to run is suddenly awakened. The three band together as family and try just once more to escape.
$10.99 US | $14.99 CAN
Jun 06, 2017
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
336 Pages
Speak
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
World