Mr. Alvin Blount returns this month with a great list of resources for children on topics of indigenous, immigrant, and racial justice issues. Click here to see all past listings.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for Children for December 2022
prepared by Alvin R. Blount
Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee
Costs of items may vary depending on where they are purchased.
Also, check the Children’s Diversity & Justice Library at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, for items that circulate.
Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story
-Matt Forsyth, illustrator
-description: This is a story of a Cherokee family that is forced out of their home in Georgia by soldiers in 1838. Twelve-year-old Mary and her family are separated from her father as they face violence and disease, but she helps in keeping her family and friends together until they can reach a new Cherokee nation. The reader will also be treated to a glossary and reader response questions regarding the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
Rogers, A. Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story. Capstone Press.
I am Golden
-Sophie Diao, illustrator
-Feiwel & Friends
-description: I am Golden is a New York Times bestseller picture book that is an ode to the immigrant experience and a declaration of self-love for Chinese American children.
Chen, E. (2022). I am Golden. Feiwel & Friends.
-description: This picture book from NYT bestselling author, Tracey Baptiste, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin who boarded a segregated bus in 1955 and her refusal to give up her seat to a White woman. Colvin was arrested, and this led to a chain of events such as Rosa Parks’s sit-in and the Montgomery bus boycott.
Baptiste, T. (2022). Because Claudette. Dial Books.
Until Someone Listens: A Story About Borders, Family, and One Girl’s Mission
-Teresa Martínez, illustrator
-Roaring Brook Press
-description: This is a heart wrenching, autobiographical story about a young girl using her voice to speak up for her family and make change, particularly after her mom is deported to Mexico following many years of fighting for permission to stay in the U.S.
Also available in Spanish as Hasta que alguien me escuche!
Juarez, E. & Norman, L. (2022). Until Someone Listens: A Story About Borders, Family, and One Girl’s Mission. Roaring Brook Press.