Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged

Students on the autism spectrum, and those who love them, will see their experiences validated and affirmed in this book by Zetta Elliott. Benny's best friend, takes us through a day with Benny, and helps everyone understand why she thinks he is a great friend just the way he is.

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Researchers Say Boys Favored Over Girls In Math

Are boys better than girls in math? Hmmmm.....does your implicit bias show in the classroom? Your elementary students will love an engaging informational text and lesson on boys being favored over girls in math. This adapted text, is not only relevant for math class, but also in helping students understand and challenge bias in the classroom and the world.

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From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Ungrateful As The New Uppity

Jelani Cobb gives historical context and insight into the mindsets of those who exhibit "scorn and contempt" for black people, but black men in particular. He illuminates the fact that for many Americans, freedom and patriotism are selective and conditional. If you are black...a black athlete or entertainer in this case, your protest must be acceptable to white people.  Coded language, and insisting on "acceptable" kinds of protest, is just new packaging for old bias/racism. 

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Lost and Found Cat - The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey

Sura and her family, , like many in Iraq and other war torn countries, could no longer stay in Mosul. It had become too dangerous. Sura, a single parent since her husband had died needed to take her family somewhere more safe. They had to leave, joining the millions of other refugees hoping for a better life somewhere else.  Sura and her children  had to leave most of their possessions behind when they left Mosul, but they were not leaving their beloved cat, Kunkush. They packed him away secretly for the long and frightening journey with them to Greece. When they finally landed on the island of Lesbos, a terrified Kunkush ran off into the forest.  With the help of kind and compassionate volunteers, Kunkush was reunited with his family. This is the story of the plight of refugees, but also of people’s choice to help other people (and their pet’s to find a better life).

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As Brave as You

Genie, who spends a lot of time on Google,  and his “too cool” big brother Ernie, are Brooklyn kids. When their parents drop them off at their grandparents rural Virginia home, so that they can go and work on their marriage in Jamaica, the brothers don’t know what to expect. They had no idea they would be picking peas, scooping poop, or living without a computer in the hot Virginia sun. Genie finds plenty of questions to write in his notebook and Ernie finds a cute girl to try and impress.

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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Estefania “Stef” Soto  is a typical middle school girl who just wants to be like any other 7th grader, but her overprotective immigrant parents have old school ideas about her freedom. Stef loves them, and appreciates how hard they work trying to build a life and provide for her, but they are a bit old fashioned and sometimes embarrassing.  While she loves the respite of her father’s taco truck affectionately called Tia Perla, she hates being told she smells like tacos by her former best friend Julia. When her parent’s business is threatened however, Stef’s eye-rolls and impatience become a spirited championing of her families business, values and heritage.

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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

Violet Diamond, or ‘V’ as her family calls her has a pretty good life in Moon Lake, Washington. She’s got a mom who loves her a lot, loving attentive grandparents, a beautiful, fun big sister Daisy(even if she is spending more and more time with her boyfriend) and 2 great besties Taz and Athena. Yes, Violet’s got it pretty good, but she can’t help wishing, one, to know the dad she never met, and two,  that some people wouldn’t be so stupid with their stares and questions, when she is with her family. You see, Violet’s mom, sister, Gam and Poppy are white with long, straight hair, and Violet is brown with corkscrew ringlets. She is a biracial girl, living in an all white Washington suburb feeling odd and incomplete.

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Niño Wrestles the World

Yuyi Morales brings to life the vibrant  world of  Lucha Libre through the imagination of Niño, the boy luchador hero! Niño is skilled at somersaults, eating popsicles and playing with his baby sisters. His wrestling moves however, are most superb and help him to defeat, La Momia de Guanajuato, La Llorona, Cabeza Olmeca,  El Extraterrestre and El Chamuco, his other worldly opponents.  The wrestling match layout, complete with the onomatopoeia  of Niño’s skilled moves helps to create the energy  of an actual Lucha Libre match.

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