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Audio book Wonder by R.J Palacio
24 Books That Teach About Social Justice
Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself. From the time she was a little girl, Dorothea Lange saw the world with her eyes and her heart. Dorothea deliberately blended into the background to take her pictures.
It's easy to picture bullying as obvious teasing that happens in the schoolyard, but it can take many different forms, from cruel name-calling to physical threats and rumors started from behind a keyboard. These books not only show the dangers of bullying, but also model appropriate responses to it for kids in middle school. This is so important because even if kids are not bullies or victims of bullying themselves, many are bystanders to it. Middle school brings with it cliques, social media, and shifting social dynamics that can make bullying easier and more hidden. However, these titles will give your child the guidance and experience to navigate tough situations — learning how to notice bullying, stop it, and learn from it. Kids can gain so much knowledge from someone else's experiences, even if that someone else is a book character. To continue the discussion with your child, here are books for all ages that promote kindness and empathy.
Here, in one place, are links to various articles from our site, which address discrimination, prejudice, justice, human rights, social change, multiculturalism, and inclusion. We recommend books for preschool through ninth grade covering racism, genocide, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, class issues, and bullying. Now, more than ever, we need to come together, to understand each other, to respect our differences and to find common ground. Research has repeatedly shown that reading increases students' empathy, which can go a long way in reducing bullying between students. Empathy is also a central factor in increasing children's ability to work and socialize with diverse populations when they grow up. So, if reading in general increases empathy, then reading some of the books we recommend in the articles below will also increase students' ability to understand what it's like to be a member of some of these groups, now and in the past.