Happy Thanksgiving 2016!
It’s a thing.
A thing that’s been happening a lot this last year, what with an election and all. Which, of course, gets people thinking about a lot of different things that can and/or will affect our daily lives. But change doesn’t always have to be bad – growing up is a change and there are parts of it that aren’t too terrible. And all the thought about change got me thinking about diversity.
Diversity is what makes this country a great place to live. Diversity means that we are able to surround ourselves with people that can offer us a different perspective of the world around us. Diversity means we have the opportunity to expand our horizons and become much intellectually richer people. Diversity is something we should celebrate; no one should have to be criticized for being different.
This year, I compiled a list of books that celebrate the awesomeness of diversity and why it’s okay if we’re not all the same. We shouldn’t have to be afraid to stand up for who we are and what we believe in. We all have unique ideas to bring to the table. It’s my hope that even if we don’t always agree, we can accept each other and respect what we have to say. Take some time to think about what sort of diverse things you offer the world and how you can share your talents to make it more diverse.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Don’t Laugh At Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin, illustrated by Glin Dibley; 978-1582460581
We Are All Americans: Understanding Diversity by Joy Masoff; 978-0972715621
Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity Through Creative Writing by Montgomery County Public Middle School Students; 978-1533292964
Boy Girl Girl Boy! The Who’s Who Book of Gender Diversity by Tracy Bryan; 978-1512199147
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John; 978-0385741958
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord; 978-0545700276
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okafor; 978-0670011964
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; 978-0147515827
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; 978-0060760908
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia; 978-0061938641
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia; 978-0062215895
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis; 978-0385382946
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine; 978-0142424353
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; 978-1481463331
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas; 978-0544612310
Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes; 978-1481462525
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan; 978-0439874021
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli; 978-0439444439
Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming; 978-0698115828
Wonder by R.J. Palacio; 978-0375869020