Tackling Racial Injustice

racial injustice

The above linked article talks about 10 books besides ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ that tackle racial injustice.  Here’s another list of them.  I have read some of them.  I look forward to reading the others.


 “To Kill a Mockingbird”

‘Dear Martin,’

‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,’

‘The Book of Unknown Americans,’

“The Hate U Give” Angie Thomas

“On the Come Up.”

“All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

“Internment” by Samira Ahmed

”The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

“Give Me Some Truth” by Eric Gansworth

“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi

”Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

“Monster” by Walter Dean Myers


Books that Change as You Age

books that change

I have read 4 of these books, but, mostly as a child or as the adult reading to the child.  The above linked article talks about why these books are different depending on the age that you read them.

1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell

5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

9. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

10. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

11. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

12. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

13. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

14. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


Five Children’s Books that Adults Should Read

five children’s books

The above linked article talks about children’s books that adults should read for themselves, not just to be reading for children.  I have read one of them, and two others are on my TBR list.


The Paddington books by Michael Bond

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Attempted Banned books

attempted banned books 2018

The above linked article talks about which books were almost banned and why.  Another list for me to work through.

  1. George by Alex Gino Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
  2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
  3. Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
  5. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
  7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
  8. Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
  9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
  10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
  11. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content

AGE 15 “The Hate U Give” BY ANGIE THOMAS

Attempted Banned books

Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

racial injustice

TED reading list

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book not knowing what it was about. I knew that there had been a movie made, but I hadn’t seen it.

I was not expecting the story at all. It was an important message told in a clear and interesting way. I feel that it was toned down a bit to reach a larger audience, though. I felt that reaching the larger audience was important, so it being toned down a bit didn’t bother me as much as it normally would have.

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35 Children’s Books that Teach Empathy and Kindness

empathy and kindness books

The above linked article talks about children’s books that teach empathy and kindness.  I may need to read these for my next series.

“Last Stop on Market Street”
“Those Shoes”
“You, Me and Empathy”
“Most People”
“The Invisible Boy”
“Come With Me”
“All Are Welcome”
“Little Blue Truck”
“Be Kind”
“Save Me a Seat”
“Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity With Empathy”
“If You Plant a Seed”
“We’re All Wonders”
“I Am Enough”
“Enemy Pie”
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee”
“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”
“Each Kindness”
“I Am Human”
“Superheroes Club”
“I Walk With Vanessa”
“The Monster Who Lost His Mean”
“The Rabbit Listened”
“Otis and the Scarecrow”
“Lost and Found Cat”
“Hey, Little Ant”
“How Kind!”
“Pass It On”
“Listening With My Heart”
“The Story of Ferdinand”
“Empathy Is My Superpower!”
“Just Feel”
“Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler”

Books read by Barack Obama

Someone sent me this list/essay.  I found it interesting.  Some of the books show up on other lists, like List of lists.  This current list is by Barack Obama.

“It’s August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I’ve been reading this summer, in case you’re looking for some suggestions. To start, you can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them. And while I’m at it, here are a few more titles you might want to explore:

Sometimes difficult to swallow, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is a necessary read, detailing the way Jim Crow and mass incarceration tore apart lives and wrought consequences that ripple into today.

Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel­’s epic fictionalized look at Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power, came out in 2009, but I was a little busy back then, so I missed it. Still great today.

Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women examines what happens to characters without important women in their lives; it’ll move you and confuse you and sometimes leave you with more questions than answers.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a whole lot more than just a spy thriller, wrapping together the ties of family, of love, and of country.

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr came out a few years ago, but its arguments on the internet’s impact on our brains, our lives, and our communities are still worthy of reflection, which is something we all could use a little more of in this age.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is a beautifully written memoir about the life of a woman in science, a brilliant friendship, and the profundity of trees. Terrific.

Inland by Téa Obreht just came out yesterday, so I won’t spoil anything. But those of you who’ve been waiting for Obreht’s next novel won’t be disappointed.

You’ll get a better sense of the complexity and redemption within the American immigrant story with Dinaw Mengestu’s novel, How to Read the Air.

Maid by Stephanie Land is a single mother’s personal, unflinching look at America’s class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work.”