Elementary Level

thank you mr falker
Title:Thank You, Mr. Falker
Author:Patricia Polacco

Level: Grades 1-6

References:Intellectual Ability

Summary:A special teacher helps the main character deal with the emotional and academic challenges of having a learning disability.

 

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title:Same, Same but Different

Author: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Level: Grades K-6

References:Culture

Summary: Elliot and Kailash become penpals, exchanging pictures and letters. Through their correspondence, they learn more about each other and their cultures, finding that though their world and life experience looks different, there are many similarities.

 

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title:The Hijab Boutique

Author: Michelle Khan

Level: Grades 4-8

References:Race, Socio-Economic Status
Summary:As a Muslim child attending a private school in California, the main character already feels marginalized. A school assignment for International Women’s Day forces the relationship between mother and daughter to grow, enabling Farah to see beyond the one dimensional view that she has had of her modest, hijab-wearing widowed mother. What the main character learns challenges stereotypes.

 

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity. Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: Sounder

Author: Armstrong, William

Level: Grades 4-12 (high interest, low vocabulary)

References: Race, Socio-Economic Status
Summary: A young boy learns the pain of humiliation and anger when his father is given an unjust jail sentence for stealing a ham from a white man. Learning to read and to discover that things do not die but become part of other things brings the youngster new hope.

 

“Sounder.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

Title: Skate freak

Author: Choyce, Lesley

Grade Level: Grades 7-12 (high interest, low vocabulary)

References: Socio-Economic Status
Summary: Dorf, a skateboarder, has trouble adjusting to a new city and school and his hobby gains him the reputation of a freak, but though he earns the respect of the town’s troublemakers, he must gather his courage to make the kinds of changes he needs to really succeed.

 

“Skate Freak.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

Title: Queenie Peavey

Author: Burch, Robert

Grade Level:Grades 5-8

References: Socio-Economic Status


Summary:
Tormented by taunts that her father is in prison, thirteen-year-old Queenie retaliates by causing a lot of trouble until she discovers something important about her father and herself.

 

“Queenie Peavy.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

best part of me Title: The best part of me : children talk about their bodies in pictures and words

Author: Miss Lord’s 3, 4, 5th grade class; photographs by Wendy Ewald

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Body Image

Summary: An award-winning photographer asked several children “What is the best part of you?”, and presents their answers in this sometimes funny, sometimes moving, deeply personal book that includes striking black-and-white photographs taken by the author. Ideal for parents and teacher to use to discuss body image, self-esteem, and diversity with children.

 

“The best part of me : children talk about their bodies in pictures and words” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

the invisible me Title: The invisible me : plays about self-image

Author: Catherine Gourley

Suitable for: Grades 5-8

References: Body Image

Summary: Contains dramatic text for two plays that addresses issues of self-perception in children, including “Small Man Sam,” and “Purr-fect,” along with discussion questions, and comic book-style illustrations.

 

“The invisible me : plays about self-image” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

The Skin I'm In Title: The skin I’m in : a first look at racism

Author: Pat Thomas ; illustrated by Lesley Harker

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Race

Summary: Encourages children to accept differences in skin color and other racial characteristics among other people.

 

“The skin I’m in : a first look at racism” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

ians walk Title: Ian’s walk : a story about autism

Author: Laurie Lears ; illustrations by Karen Ritz

Suitable for: Grades 3-6

References: Physical Ability

Summary: Ian, who is autistic, takes a walk with his sisters and demonstrates how he sees, hears, smells, and tastes things differently.

 

“Ian’s walk : a story about autism” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Shapesville Coverart Title: Shapesville

Author: Andy Mills and Becky Osborn

Suitable for: K-3

References: Body Image (self-respect)

Summary: A celebration of the many different sizes, shapes, and colours of the people who live in Shapesville, where everyone is different and each is a star. Includes discussion questions and a note to parents and educators.

 

“Shapesville” Follett Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

whos_in_a_family Title: Who’s in a family?

Author: Robert Skutch ; illustrations by Laura Nienhaus

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Sexual Orientation

Summary: Shows the various combinations of individuals that can make up a family, emphasizing the positive aspects of different family structures. Uses examples from the animal kingdom to illustrate how family groupings can differ.

 

“Who’s in a family? ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

why are all the taxi drivers Title: Why are all the taxi drivers …?

Author: Christopher D’Souza ; ill. by Nadia Petkovic

Suitable for: Grade K-3

References: Race, Culture

Summary: Dakota asks her mom questions about different skin colours and the roles of women and the phyically challenged in society.

 

“Why are all the taxi drivers …?” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

I like who I am Title: I like who I am

Author: Tara White ; illustrated by Lee Claremont

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Race, Culture

Summary: Celina is a young Mohawk girl who is teased by some of her classmates for not looking like a Mohawk because of her blue eyes and blond hair, but she comes to understand that being Mohawk is not about how one looks but what is in one’s heart.

 

“I like who I am” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

red parka mary Title: Red parka Mary

Author: Peter Eyvindson ; illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson

Suitable for: Grades 4-9

References: Socio-economic Status

Summary: Whenever he passes by her house the boy can’t stop staring at Red Parka Mary with her missing teeth, and her sweaters piled on top of each other. But he finds out that she has a lot to teach him when a cup of sugar brings them together. The illustrations add a special touch to this heartwarming Christmas story.

 

“Red parka Mary” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

genius of islam Title: The genius of Islam : how Muslims made the modern world

Author: Bryn Barnard

Suitable for: Grades 4-8

References: Culture

Summary: An illustrated guide to the cultural and scientific contributions made by Muslims during the Middle Ages that are present in the twenty-first century, discussing numbers, marching bands, orange juice, and more.

 

“The genius of Islam : how Muslims made the modern world” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

rag coat Title: The rag coat

Author: Lauren Mills

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Socio-economic status

Summary: Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

 

“The rag coat” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

White Water Title: White Water

Author: Michael S. Bandy; Eric Stein; Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Race

Summary: For a young boy growing up in the segregated south, a town drinking fountain becomes the source of an epiphany. It’s a scorching hot day, and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael’s favorite things. When the bus pulls up, they climb in and pay their fare, get out, walk to the back door, and climb in again. By the time they arrive in town, Michael’s throat is as dry as a bone, so he runs to the water fountain. But after a few sips, the warm, rusty water tastes bad. Why is the kid at the “Whites Only” fountain still drinking? Is his water clear and refreshingly cool? No matter how much trouble Michael might get into, he’s determined to find out for himself. Based on a transformative experience co-author Michael Bandy had as a boy, this compelling story sheds light on the reality of segregation through a child’s eyes, while showing the powerful awareness that comes from daring to question the way things are.

 

“White Water” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

jesses star Title: Jesse’s Star

Author: Ellen Schwartz

Level: Grades 2-4

References: Race, Culture

Summary: Jesse’s project about his immigrant ancestors is due tomorrow and he hasn’t started. In a last-ditch effort to find some information about his great-great grandfather, Yossi, Jesse rummages through the mess in the attic until he finds a little battered travel case, full of pictures, and something else–a Star of David. At first it looks plain and unimportant, but as he holds it in his hand, the star begins to glow. Jesse is in for the surprise, and adventure, of his life as he finds himself becoming the star’s first owner, his own great-great grandfather. Now a boy in Russia in the 1880s, Yossi lives in a little village, watched over by thieving soldiers who hate the Jewish community and often raid their crops before they can be stored for the winter. The whole village prays for the opportunity to slip away from their Russian keepers and escape to Canada, a land where they can be free. And nobody, even his parents, think Yossi is old enough to be of any help. But Yossi is out to prove them all wrong. If his plan works, he will set the whole village free. And he must do it alone. An adventure story for young readers, Jesse’s Star is also a compelling history of one family’s struggle to be free in the new world.

“Jesse’s Star” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com
MINA’S SPRING OF COLORS Title: Mina’s Spring of Colors

Author: Rachna Gilmore

Level: Grades 4-7

References: Culture

Summary: Spring has come and it is time for Mina and her family to host their annual Holi party, an Indian celebration of colour and forgiveness.

In the spirit of the celebration, the family invites friends and neighbours of all nationalities to throw and spray brightly coloured powders at each other. This year will be different because Mina’s grandfather is living with them. Ashley, a new girl at school, makes fun of the old man’s accent.

Furious, but obliged to invite her, Mina and a friend concoct a special colour to throw at Ashley. When she hits her grandfather instead, Mina realizes her mistake. She returns to the celebration having learned a valuable lesson in tolerance and forgiveness.

Mina’s grandfather says to always “be aware,” and Mina learns she needs to be aware of her own feelings and actions: she has been intolerant of her grandfather too, although in a different way than Ashley.

An entertaining and well-told story about being open minded about different generations, cultures and attitudes.

“Mina’s Spring of Colors” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com