The list author says: "We shared our favorite picture books on a similarly titled list and here is the chapter books equivalent for kids of all ages honoring the earth, cultural, linguistic, and family diversity with a good dose of fun and the opportunity to make our world better via reading and social action. Shop locally and support independent booksellers!"
"My son's first history text read outside school in 1st grade. Zinn gives nondominant people voice in his(hers)tory--women, people of color, workers, immigrants, and the need to challenge powers at be and corporatized endless war and greed with advocacy and organizing via active, involved, informed citizen-participants. Thanks to democracynow.org for this find. First of 2 Vols."
"We had so much fun reading this book together we could hardly stop. Alvarez is a talented author and her sense of humor and cultural awareness had us laughing and learning Spanish phrases along the way. Great treatment of families of divorce, bilingualism, immigration, and celebrating Dominican culture. Thanks to NYC teacher/school counselor Ms. Minoska for this find."
"The book that inspired "No Name Calling Week" challenges classism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression in creative ways. Well written and we laughed out loud in every chapter--really captures the essence of late childhood and fun characters who are well developed throughout the book. Totally Joe, the sequel, is equally strong."
"Harry and the Hogwarts characters teach lessons of challenging multiple oppressions (racism overtly; other oppressions covertly) with great adventure, awe, and fun for all ages. Without a doubt, our favorite fiction book series. It took me many years to read as they emerged; my son at age 7 read the group in 3 months time."
"The first of two Candlestone Inn Mystery books by Nancy Garden. Garden's writing is fun, captivating, and she is one of the few authors for middle-grade readers who includes same-gender parents in her work, in this case (no pun intended!) a two-mom family. The 2d is the Case of the Vanishing Valuables. Thanks to Two Lives publishing for this find."
"Excellent sex education book for children ages 7 and up. We used the first in the series for our son and now he's ready for the developmentally appropriate messages in this one. Done with accurate information and a cartoon format. Also available in Spanish."
"Uproariously funny book that had us ROTFL many times. Great to challenge familyism, genderism, and heterosexism with fashion sense and fabulosity. Thanks to Jazams Princeton for this find and we didn't but it on kindle but got the paper version."
"Terrific novel from Taiwanese American author illustrates and affirms both Taiwanese and USA cultures and the challenge of affirming both for Chinese families growing up in the USA--challenging immigrationism, racism, and linguicism. Thanks to Jazams, Princeton, NJ, for this find. Her other novel in the series is equally good: Year of the Dog"
"A powerful story of the pain of racism and how it hurts the oppressor and the oppressed. Contains the "N" word for folks who wish to avoid it; but we talk about it's painful history and the context of why it was used at that time instead of avoiding it. Thanks to Jazams, Princeton, NJ, for this find."
"Munoz Ryan's writing draws the reader in and it's impossible to put down once started. Great story of how a wealthy Mexican family during wartime was reduced to poverty as US immigrants along with the racism, classism, immigrationism & lingucisim they encounter in their journey. Thanks to Jazams Princeton for this find."
"My son learned not to judge a book by its cover with this one; a terrific true story of a young Canadian boy of European descent who advocated and fund-raised for clean drinking water and the building of a well in an African town where his penpal lived."
"Classism and ageism are the oppressions challenged in this book about child labor in this fictionalized account based on the realities of millions of children worldwide unable to go to school due to forced child labor."
"Playful series for late elementary students showcases an older elementary boy in NYC with a learning disability. The author challenges ableism and ageism with great finesse and humor as Hank negotiates learning differences and growing up. These are the first 4 books. Thanks to Jazams books Princeton, NJ, for this find."
"A wonderful story that talks about how to affirm multiracial kids when confronted with the dreaded "fill in only one box" and "other" on standardized tests and in life when boxed in by either-or types and forms in a both-and world."
"Excellent historical novel that challenges the racism, classism, linguicism, familyism, and immigrationism that faced Chinese-Americans surrounding the Gold Rush and thereafter done with flashbacks and great attention to historical detail."
"A picture book that has a message more like a chapter book--challenging the oppression of war through the eyes of a boy who becomes a man focused on helping the children of war. Thanks to Jazams books Princeton, NJ for this find."
"The story of a girl raised by dolphins who is torn away from dolphin culture and forced to assimilate into English-speaking culture teaches important lessons about assimilation, linguicism, ageism, and cultural destruction. Thanks to Jazams books Princeton, NJ for this find."
"Classic picture book with a young Latina proud of her Spanish name and how her White teacher attempts to take away that pride and clarity in her name--Challenges linguicism and racism. Thanks to Jazams books Princeton, NJ for this find."
"Awesome book for all ages that helps to bring the scope of the world's inequality down to manageable terms as a ratio of 1 to 100 to see who gets to eat, be housed, have decent health care, living wages, and so forth."
"Picture book with a powerful message challenging ageism and ableism. The late co-author had childhood cancer and developed lemonade stands to fund cancer research and her work continues in a childhood cancer foundation--Alex's Lemonade Stand"
"A picture book with a powerful story of the boarding schools that Indigenous children were forced into in the USA and Canada from the late 1800s until the 1970s and a message of cultural resistance to the racism and linguicism that indigenous people continue to face today."