We are so excited to share our supplementary materials because we are certain you will love these books as much as our teachers and students have! On this page you will find a list of  socially just and culturally mindful books used in our partner schools while practicing the tenets of the New Balanced Literacy program. Please consider purchasing your own copy for read-aloud and utilizing our convenient informational page with tips from Dr. Margaret Policastro. 


Books

"The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore" By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

In Lewis' father's bookstore people bought and read books, and they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and talked about how things could change. They came together here all because of his father's book itch. Read the story of how the bookstore fostered new ...

"Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans" By Don Brown

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three ...

"Last Stop On Market Street" By Matt De La Peña

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in ...

"Mama's Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And Separation" By Edwidge Danticat

A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist. After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them while she’s in ...

"Full Cicada Moon" By Marilyn Hilton

Inside Out and Back Again meets One Crazy Summer and Brown Girl Dreaming in this novel-in-verse about fitting in and standing up for what’s rightIt's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly ...

"Funny Bones: Posada And His Day Of The Dead Calaveras" By Duncan Tonatiuh

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities—came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much ...

"Trombone Shorty" By Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.Along ...

"New Shoes" By Susan Lynn Meyer

When her brother's hand-me-down shoes don't fit, it is time for Ella Mae to get new ones. She is ecstatic, but when she and her mother arrive at Mr. Johnson's shoe store, her happiness quickly turns to dejection. Ella Mae is forced to wait when a customer ...

"The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts To Teach The Craft Of Writing" By Ruth Culham

It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief-and she wants you and your students to become ...

"I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark" By Debbie Levy

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”                            -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This true story shares the path that Ruth took to make her mark on our judicial system. This masterful book about an influential ...

"The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation On Trial" By Susan E. Goodman

Sarah Roberts deserved an equal education, and her family fought for change. They made history. Roberts v. City of Boston was the first case challenging our legal system to outlaw segregated schools. It was the first time an African American lawyer argued in a supreme court. These first steps set ...

"Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story" By Caren Stelson

This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. This special book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II, the fifty ...

"Brave Girl: Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers' Strike Of 1909" By Michelle Markel

As a young immigrant girl, Clara Lemlich lands in New York City “dirt poor, just five feet tall, and hardly speaks a word of English.” Her father is unable to find work, but Clara does as a seamstress in a garment factory. Full of grit and determination, Clara recognizes the ...

The Bobbin Girl By Emily Arnold Mccully

"Beautifully composed watercolor paintings give a vivid impression of America in the 1830s and bring the period to life. A useful book for history units."                                    -BooklistRebecca Putney is a bobbin girl who helps support her struggling family by working all day in a cotton mill. Working conditions at the mill ...

Ruth And The Green Book By Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Ruth was so excited to take a trip in the new family car! But she soon found out that black travelers weren’t treated well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Finally, a friendly gas station attendant gave Ruth’s family The Green ...