I was tagged by @bookosaurus_rex to do the

#booksagainstprejudice and #booksagainsthate book tags created by @thebookishpress and @thecontraryreader. Lately the news is full of hate and I worry about the world that my son is growing up in. The idea of this book tag is to start a conversation with books that deal with prejudice and books that inspire a better world. I chose a mixed bag of books based on age and ability level because I typically review books for all ages.

  • Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of Rosa Parks with an eloquent look at her life. 
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson, uses amazing illustrations and a sweet story of love to open the eyes of CJ as he rides the bus with his Nana and really sees the people around him that make up his neighborhood.
  • One Family by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez, has tender pictures of diverse, beautiful families, celebrating family no matter how it looks.
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie is a time-travelling novel about a Native American teenage foster kid about to commit an act of violence who then travels to key moments in time to learn about the origins of the hate in his community.
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is Esperanza’s coming-of-age story told in short vignettes about the inner city Latino neighborhoods of Chicago, a world full of cruelty and beauty.
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison is a story that shows how the unspeakable cruelty of slavery has lasting influences for years and generations, but it also, shows the resilience of the human spirit.
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez is a story of four Dominican sisters who upon immigrating to the United States struggle to live in two distinct cultures; the struggle between becoming American and still holding onto one’s roots.
  • The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis tells about a African American family trip to Alabama during the civil rights movement.
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers is written like a movie screenplay about 16-year-old Steve, who is on trial for murder, with a focus on racial stereotyping for African American males and flaws in the court systems.