Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin - A book that follows the lives and struggles of six transgender teens facing love, school and other challenges to live their lives.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely - A young black boy is assaulted by a cop while being mistaken as a thief in a corner store. After the incident, his neighborhood is in an uproar and all he wants is for everyone to leave him alone. A young white boy, in contrast, the cousin of the cop from the incident. He doesn't want to upset anyone in his family, but he doesn't think the situation should've gone the way it did.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson - David has faced a lot of challenges, his parents think he's gay and so does the school bully but the real truth is that David wants to be a girl. David wants to transition but has to work through the cultural and societal barriers that make it difficult for them to do so.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi - Fabiola Toussaint leaves Haiti with her mother to stay with their family in Detroit only for her mom to get caught by boarder control. Fabiola has to go on alone to live with her cousins, who are smart but falling into various trappings of inner city life. Fabiola relies heavily on her Haitian culture, while also trying to be 'American' for her family and boy she falls for.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes - A young boy is killed by a cop, however his ghost is still hanging around. In his time as a ghost he follows his family, his friends and the daughter of the cop who killed him. Of all the people he follows, she's the only one who can see him, well, her and the other "ghost boys", like Emmett Till. The two kids, with the help of Emmett Till and others try and find middle ground to give closure to everyone involved.
American Panda by Gloria Chao - Mei Lu is a seventeen year old studying at MIT. She faces extreme expectations from her family and from society. Her family is also very secretive and after beginning to speak with her estranged brother after a few years, she learns more than she thought she would about herself and her own family and their secret struggles.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson - Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. The book heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.
"Trev" by Jacqueline Woodson – A short story about Trev Louis Johnson, a six-year-old transgender boy. He is biologically female but already Trev knows he is a boy. Trev knows he is "wrong down there" but his father and brother have a great deal of difficulty handling Trev's gender identity.
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele – Author Claude Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald – “I know my own mind.” “I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.” These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.
Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon – Parents of children who have Down Syndrome, dwarfism, or autism share intimate stories of the challenges they face.
What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna A. Myers – This tip book offers innovative and surprising ways for people to keep their personal diversity journey moving and the diversity commitment of their organization.
Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue - If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that "colorblindness" is the preferred approach, you must read this book. Sue’s thorough and thoughtful book debunks the most pervasive myths using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools.
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving - For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.
It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile - In It’s Not Over, pioneering journalist Michelangelo Signorile boldly confronts the challenges that lie ahead for LGBT Americans. Drawing on provocative new research into the psychological roots of prejudice, he shatters myths and ranges through Washington, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and beyond to reveal the truth about the battles to come.
From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools by Jennifer Bryan - Very few PreK-12 teachers are adequately trained to address the gender identity and sexual identity of their students in a developmentally-appropriate and pedagogically-sound manner. Yet responsible adults—parents, educators, pre-service teachers, coaches, religious instructors, camp administrators and school counselors— must help children navigate the inherently diverse, increasingly complex world of gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century. Bryan’s book is a practical, forward thinking resource for anyone involved in educating children and adolescents.
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt – Nutt chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard. Ultimately, Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond - To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implementation. Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.
Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn Singleton – This book explains the need for candid, courageous conversations about race so that educators may understand why achievement inequality persists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true educational equity and excellence.