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
First Day in Grapes L. King Perez (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator) First Day in Grapes tells the story of Chico, a young boy and his family, migrant workers who move up and down the state of California. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts a new school. Often Chico gets picked on because he’s always “the new kid” and because he speaks Spanish sometimes. The story focuses on Chico’s first day of third grade at a new school- things are a little different this time. Chico learns to be proud of his abilities in math and to stand up for himself when some other students bully him and make fun of his heritage. Also in Spanish, as "Primer Dia en Las Uvas." [Grade Level: K - 3]
Fly Away Home Eve Bunting (Author), Ronald Himler (Illustrator) A homeless boy and his father, who doesn’t earn enough to pay the rent, live in an airport, moving from terminal to terminal. The boy describes their existence—sleeping sitting up, washing in the restroom and trying not to be noticed. The boy’s loneliness, anger and longing are vividly described in text and pictures. Though the book does not have a simplistic, happy ending, there is a reassuring togetherness between father and son and the boy finds a glimmer of hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom. [Grade Level: K - 3]
For Every Child Written by UNICEF Publications In 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child, a document detailing 54 principle rights for children worldwide. This book highlights fourteen of those rights in simple words and pictures, such as the right to not be hurt, the right to live and grow, and the right to speak and be heard. It also includes an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who asks readers to help make a difference. [Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust Written by Linda Jacobs Altman Altman explores the expansion of Nazi Germany and the effect it had on the people of the countries that were invaded, including Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Homosexuals and others. She uses memories of survivors to discuss the experiences of those who were tortured and killed by the Nazis. [Grade Level: 5 - 9]
Freedom Summer Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator), Deborah Wiles (Author) In the summer of 1964 two boys, one white and one black, play together and want to swim in the newly-integrated pool, and are dismayed to find that prejudice still exists. [Grade Level: K - 3]
Frequently Asked Questions About Cyberbullying Written by Teri Breguet This book provides an overview of cyberbullying, discusses the profile of a typical cyberbully, explores the controversy surrounding restrictions on free speech, and offers suggestions for taking action against cyberbullying. Chapters include Bullying Through Technology, Cyberbullies and Their Victims, Are You Being Cyberbullied?, Dealing with Cyberbullying and Cyberbullying and the Law. A glossary of terms is also included.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]