Please use the links to find resource for administrators, parents, and teachers as well as one-pagers of suggested children’s books on social justice and children’s books on social and emotional learning.

Children’s Books on Social and Emotional Learning

“You, Me and Empathy” by Jayneen Sanders

“The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade” by Justin Roberts

“The Rabbit Listened” by Cori Doerrfeld

“The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig

“Save Me a Seat” by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

“Same Sun Here” by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

“Paperboy” by Vince Vawter

“Just Feel: How to Be Stronger, Happier, Healthier, and More” by Mallika Chopra

“Hey, Little Ant” by Phillip M. Hoose

“El Deafo” by Cece Bell

“Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson

“Come With Me” by Holly M. McGhee

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

“All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold

“Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug” by Jonathan Stutzman

“Lost in the Library” by Josh Funk

“The Girl and the Bicycle” by Mark Pett

“The Girl” by Lauren Ace

Children’s Books on Social Justice

“Tiny’s Emancipation” by Linda Baten Johnson

“The Story of Juneteenth” by Steven Otfinoski

“Let’s Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth (Holidays & Heroes)” by Barbara deRubertis

“Juneteenth (Celebrating Holidays: Blastoff!” by Rachel Grack

“Juneteenth Jamboree” by Carole Boston Weatherford

“Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper

“Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom” by Charles A. Taylor

“Juneteenth (On My Own Holidays” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

“Juneteenth (Holidays)” by Julie Murray

“Freedom’s Gifts” by Valerie Wesley

“Freedom Day: A Juneteenth Activity Book for Kids” by Ama Yawson

“Come Juneteenth” by Ann Rinaldi

“Black Heroes” by Arlisha Norwood

“All Different Now” by Angela Johnson

“Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed, Illustrated by Stasia Burrington

“1,001 Ants” by Joanna Rzezak

“Little Libraries, Big Heroes” by Miranda Paul, Illustrated by John Parra

“Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe” by Deborah Blumenthal 

“The Quickest Kid Clarksville” 
By Pat Zietlow Miller; Illustrated By Frank Morrison

“Richard Wright And The Library Card” by Gregory Christie

“Ruth And The Green Book” By Calvin Alexander Ramsey

“The Bobbin Girl” By Emily Arnold McCully

“Brave Girl: Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike Of 1909” By Michelle Markel

“Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story” By Caren Stelson

“The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation On Trial” By Susan E. Goodman

“I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” By Debbie Levy

“The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts To Teach The Craft Of Writing” By Ruth Culham

“New Shoes” By Susan Lynn Meyer

“Trombone Shorty” By Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

“Funny Bones: Posada And His Day Of The Dead Calaveras” By Duncan Tonatiuh

“Full Cicada Moon” By Marilyn Hilton

“Mama’s Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And Separation” By Edwidge Danticat

“Last Stop On Market Street” By Matt De La Peña

“Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans” By Don Brown

“The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore” By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

“Real Giraffes Wear High-Heel Shoes” By Maria Ashworth

“She Did It!: 21 Women Who Changed The Way We Think” By Emily Arnold McCully

“Malcom Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X” By Ilyasah Shabazz; Illustrated By Ag Ford

“The Undefeated” By Kwame Alexander And Kadir Nelson

“Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe And The Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army” By Art Coulson, Illustrated By Nick Hardcastle

“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’S Fight For Desegregation” By Duncan Tonatiuh

“Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock” By Aslan And Kelly Tudor

“The Day You Begin” By Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated By Rafael López

“Dreamers” By Yuyi Morales

“Viola Desmond Won’T Be Budged!” By Jody Nyasha Warner And Richard Rudnicki

“My Hair Is A Garden” By Cozbi A. Cabrera

“The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated By Elizabeth Zunon

“I Am Not A Number” By Jenny Kay Dupuis And Kathy Kacer, Illustrated By Gillian Newland

“Something Happened In Our Town” By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, And Ann Hazzard, Illustrated By Jennifer Zivoin

“Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story Of Florence Mills” By Renée Watson; Illustrated By Christian Robinson

“Voice Of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit Of The Civil Rights Movement” By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated By Ekua Holmes

“We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga” By Traci Sorell, Illustrated By Frané Lessac

“Preaching To The Chickens: The Story Of Young John Lewis” By Jabari Asim, Illustrated By E.B. Lewis

“When We Were Alone” By David A. Robertson, Illustrated By Julie Flett

“Gordon Parks: How The Photographer Captured Black And White America” By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated By Jamey Christoph

“Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History” By Vashti Harrison

“Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story” By Paula Yoo, Illustrated By Lin Wang

“Coretta Scott” By Ntozake Shange, Illustrated By Kadir Nelson

“The Whispering Town” By Jennifer Elvgren, Illustrated By Fabio Santomauro

“Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom” By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated By Kadir Nelson

“When I Was Eight” By Christy Jordan-Fenton And Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Illustrated By Gabrielle Grimard

“Rosa” By Nikki Giovanni, Illustrated By Bryan Collier

“Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History” By Walter Dean Myers, Illustrated By Floyd Cooper

“Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride” By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated By Brian Pinkney

“Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down” By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated By Brian Pinkney

“That’s Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle For Justice” By Carmen Tafolla And Sharyll Tenayuca, Illustrated By Terry Ybáñez

“Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library” By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated By Eric Velasquez

“The Boy And The Wall” By Palestinian Refugee Children In The Aida Refugee Camp

Classroom Resources

Conversation Center Exit Slip

Summer Reading Log

Formative Feedback: Student To Student

Formative Feedback For Students

Close Reading Account For Students

110 Minutes Of Literacy

Exit Slips: Read-Aloud, Centers, Guided Reading, And Independent Reading And Writing

4-In-1 Literacy Block

Debate Centers

The New Word Walls To Language Walls

Recommended Journal Articles and Books

Getting to Know Our Students: The Heart of Differentiation in the Balanced Literacy Classroom

Moving Toward A Justice-Driven Curriculum In The Balanced Literacy Classroom

Discourse: The Importance Of Talk In The Balanced Literacy Classroom

Comprehensive Literacy Basics: An Anthology By Capstone Professional

The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing The Common Core

Formative Assessment In The New Balanced Literacy Classroom

Resources for Parents

Living Literacy At Home: A Parent’s Guide

Creating Parent Libraries: Enhancing Family Literacy Through Access To Books


“Gracefully Grayson” by Ami Polonsky

“All American Boys” by Jason Reyonds and Brendan Kiely

“House Arrest” by K.A. Holt

“Visiting Day” by Jacqueline Woodson

“I’m New Here” by Anne Sibley O’Brien

“Code Talker” by Joseph Bruchac

“Why?” by Nikolai Popov

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