Social Justice Department

Below is a list of recommended books for Primary students.

Waiting for Whales (1991) McFarlane, Sheryl

Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world.

Thomas’ Snowsuit (1985) Munsch, Robert

Thomas refuses to wear his new snowsuit despite the pleas of his mother, his teacher, and even his principal.

Don’t Laugh At Me (2002) Seskin, Steve

For anyone who’s ever been bullied, or been a bully, it’s time to change your tune.  This is not a book for whiners, but a new language that will give you the words you need to take charge and stop the cycle of teasing.

Edwardo-The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World (2006) Burningham, John

Edwardo is an ordinary boy who does his best to live up to grown-ups’ expectations. So when they rant at him for being the clumsiest, noisiest, nastiest, cruelest, messiest, and dirtiest boy in the whole wide world, he becomes all those things with a vengeance, thus earning the title of the horriblest boy in the whole wide world

The Brand New Kid (2000) Couric, Katie

A story about tolerance and the need to give others a chance.

Lost and Found (2005) Jeffers, Oliver

Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door.

Knots on a Counting Rope (1985) Martin, Bill

In this story of love, hope, and courage, the counting rope is a metaphor for the passage of time, and for the boys emerging confidence in facing his greatest challenge-his blindness.

Boxes for Katje (2003) Fleming, Candace

This inspiring story, with strikingly original art, is based on the author’s mother’s childhood and will show young readers that they, too, can make a difference.

Can one balloon make an elephant fly? (2016) Richards, Dan

Evan asks a simple question, “Can one balloon make an elephant fly?” At first, his mother is too busy to answer. But when she takes the time to play the game with her son…magic happens.

Mixed Me (2015) Taye Diggs

Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale. Mixed Me is told in the voice of a young mixed-race boy and is all about celebrating who you are as a person and embracing what’s unique about you. K-2.

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