Help me give my students books that represent who they are: latino/a, LGBTQ, differently-abled, multicultural, immigrants, linguistically diverse, and overflowing with creativity!
My students are enrolled in a tuition-free, college preparatory International Baccalaureate (I.B.) World School tasking them to be future leaders and change agents of our society and planet! Many come from communities that have been historically under-served in terms of access to healthcare, food stability, and social safety nets.
Despite being under-served historically, my scholars are not “at-risk”, they are “at-potential!”
With the right books in front of them, mirroring their identities and lived experiences, there is no border they cannot cross; ceiling they cannot transcend!
“There is a direct correlation between access to books and the level of schooling children attain. Children with access to a 500-book library over the course of their childhoods benefit just as much as those growing up in homes with college-educated parents—gaining an additional 3.2 years of education on average." (Miller & Sharp, 2018).
Typically, children in low-income communities have a single book for every 300 children versus ~13 books PER CHILD in upper-middle income communities.
Book access IS educational equity!
I serve as a reading/writing teacher to nearly 50 students, many of whom are below grade level and who have spent years in the educational system exposed to the same books -- white authors, characters, and leveled readers. Access to books written by people who look like and have been in my scholars' shoes is a powerful next step in motivating children to read not because they have to, but because they want to! More reading = more growth!
Almost all of these books have been vetted by Social Justice Books for being free of bias, broadly representative of characters who are Latino/a, differently-abled, LGBTQ, migrants/refugees, Native peoples, multicultural, etc. A wide array of non-western stories and texts are also present. As an I.B. world school with a mission of broadening our scholars' worldview, this list is an essential element of not just my classroom, but our school and network's mission!
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|Legends of Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education||$9.48||2||$18.96|
|Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education||$7.29||2||$14.58|
|One Last Word • AKJ Education||$13.86||1||$13.86|
|Long Way Down • AKJ Education||$13.86||1||$13.86|
|The First Rule of Punk • AKJ Education||$13.13||1||$13.13|
|Yo Soy Muslim • AKJ Education||$13.13||1||$13.13|
|Let the Children March • AKJ Education||$13.13||1||$13.13|
|Patina • AKJ Education||$13.13||1||$13.13|
|Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education||$13.13||1||$13.13|
|The last stop on market street • AKJ Education||$13.13||1||$13.13|
|Booked • AKJ Education||$12.40||1||$12.40|
|Stef Soto, Taco Queen • AKJ Education||$12.40||1||$12.40|
|Bronze and Sunflower • AKJ Education||$12.40||1||$12.40|
|Rad Women Worldwide • AKJ Education||$11.67||1||$11.67|
|Hey, Kiddo • AKJ Education||$10.94||1||$10.94|
|A Little Piece of Ground • AKJ Education||$9.48||1||$9.48|
|Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education||$9.48||1||$9.48|
|The Crossover • AKJ Education||$9.38||1||$9.38|
|All American Boys • AKJ Education||$8.75||1||$8.75|
|Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education||$7.29||1||$7.29|
|We Were Here • AKJ Education||$7.29||1||$7.29|
|Hello, Universe • AKJ Education||$6.56||1||$6.56|
|Miracle's Boys • AKJ Education||$6.56||1||$6.56|
|Locomotion • AKJ Education||$6.56||1||$6.56|
|The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • AKJ Education||$6.56||1||$6.56|
|Fat Angie • AKJ Education||$5.83||1||$5.83|
|Hush • AKJ Education||$5.83||1||$5.83|
|Kinda Like Brothers • AKJ Education||$5.10||1||$5.10|
|A Boy Called Bat • AKJ Education||$5.10||1||$5.10|
|Growing Up Pedro • AKJ Education||$3.64||1||$3.64|
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