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"Books are a perfect place to learn more about identity - whether as a mirror of our own identities or a window into a life different than our own. As we embark on this journey of learning more about our own identities and identities different than our own, we encourage you to peruse this list! This is a starting place - if there is a book that is not on this list but inspires you, please feel free to read it and let us know! We'd love to grow this list with your help." - Ms. Kabia & Ms. Taketomo


Books Are poster by Grant Snider. Inspired by Rudine Sims Bishop. Read her essay Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors.

Featured Books

Dictionary for a Better World

How can we make the world a better place? This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors, and a "try it" prompt for an activity. This second poetic collaboration from Irene Latham and Charles Waters builds upon themes of diversity and inclusiveness from their previous book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. Illustrations from Iranian-British artist Mehrdokht Amini offer readers a rich visual experience. "Latham and Waters's personal stories are plainspoken and relatable . . . and the suggested actions, accessible. . . The approach creates multiple pathways for engagement. Extensive supplementary materials include an index of poetic forms."--starred, Publishers Weekly