Books in this category address a wide range of historical and current forms of bigotry, prejudice that is both intentional and systemic and prejudice that is unintentional, but just as hurtful. In some books prejudice is the primary focus of the story; in others it is part of the fabric of the book but not its central theme.
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All Books in the Prejudice & Discrimination Category
Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah, Advocate for Ghana's Disabled Population Written by Adam Woog Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah was born with a deformed leg in Ghana, where people with disabilities are considered burdens to society. In 2001, Emmanuel devoted himself to changing this view and biked one-legged 370 miles around Ghana. Through continued efforts, he has forever changed his nation's treatment and view of people with disabilities. [Grade Level: 3 - 6]
Encounter Written by Jane Yolen Told from a young Taino boy's point of view as Christopher Columbus lands on San Salvador in 1492, this is a story of how the boy tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers. [Grade Level: 2 - 6]
Every Kid's Guide to Understanding Human Rights Joy Wilt Berry (Author), Bartholemew Bartholemew (Illustrator) This book describes and illustrates the inalienable rights of all persons expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and explores why children have the right to be themselves, to have basic needs met, to contribute to decisions that affect them and to be responsible for upholding the human rights of others.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
Extraordinary Girls Written by Maya Ajmera Profiles the abilities and achievements of girls from different countries and cultures around the world. [Grade Level: K - 6]
Fat Boy Swim Written by Catherine Forde Jimmy Kelly, an obese middle school student, is savagely bullied by his peers. He keeps his one talent, cooking, secret for fear that community members who enjoy the desserts he donates for charities would be repulsed to learn the identity of the chef. The football coach, known as "GI Joe" for his aggressive manner, teaches Jimmy to swim, and Jimmy comes quickly into his own, shedding pounds, getting fit, becoming a champion swimmer, and developing the confidence to stand up to the bullies and to go after the girl he likes. [Grade Level: 5 - 9]
Faux Paw Meets the First Lady: Keeping Children Safe Online Jacalyn Leavitt (Author), Sally Linford (Author), Sandman Studios (Illustrator) Created for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, the Faux Paw series features a six-toed, Web-surfing cat, who gets into trouble online and learns the lessons of Internet Safety. In this story, Faux Paw encounters an online bully while visiting the White House and, with help from the First Lady, learns to keep personal information private, not to respond to "flame" and to tell an adult when a problem arises online. The book comes with a CD-ROM that includes cartoon versions of the Faux Paw books and Internet safety information for adults. [Grade Level: 2 - 4]