Anti-Racism, Books, K-12, Teaching Tools

Social Justice Books

Whether you are trying to make your home, classroom, or school library more diverse and and inclusive, Social Justice Books is a great website for you. The site was developed as a project for Teaching for Change, “a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.” If you are wondering why, or even if, we need to improve the reading material we provide to children, Social Justice Books includes this infographic (see caption for full citation):

Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. sarahpark.com blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/literature-resources/ccbc-diversity-statistics/books-by-about-poc-fnn/. Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/picture-this-diversity-in-childrens-books-2018-infographic/

The site includes Book Lists, detailed Reviews that you can sort by various criteria such as reading level or theme, and Articles that include an excellent Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Books.

The quality of this site is excellent, and it is extremely thorough. You can learn more about the criteria for books they choose and their rating system here. You can also view books that they’ve added according to the years they were published on this page. There is a lot to unpack on Social Justice Books, but it is user-friendly and a valuable resource.

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