Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.
Today’s Topic: Diverse Books I Wish More People Would Read to Build Understanding and Empathy
One of the things this election has made me think about is the superiority that so many feel about themselves versus others. I wish they would pick up some of these books to help them build empathy for their fellow man. These books push the reader outside of their comfort zone and helps us see the world from a different point of view. I tried to pick books that focused on different diverse populations and included picture, middle grade, and young adult books. And yes, I did more than 10 🙂
Inspired by Trayvon Martin’s murder, Magoon looks at a young black boy’s murder from different points of view.
After an incident of police brutality, one boy must figure out how to stay strong and another must figure out how to question everything he knows.
What is it like to move to a brand new country with a brand new language? Tough but so many immigrants do it for a hope of a better future.
While still saving to help more of their family immigrate to the U.S., Tía Isa works twice as hard to also buy something so many of us take for granted: a car.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
What is it like to grow up surrounded by war? To have to walk 2 hours for water? To want to be anywhere but the country that you live in?
An introduction to refugees from a middle school boy’s point of view. The reader also gets to learn about the refugees and their lives and situations along with Jacques which makes it so students with no prior knowledge can live Kiki and Jacques story with them.
So many of us live in a privilege that includes peace, shelter, safety, and other basic needs. This is not so for so much of the world, and children grow up surrounded by violence all over the world. What is their life like?
This book looks at two very different girls but both who need to be read about: KC has a learning disability and Nawra is a refugee in Darfur.
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffrey Canada
A gritty, truthful narrative about the evolution of violence.
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Grayson will help so many readers learn about the struggle of being transgender.
So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez
What happens if you want to be normal, but you know that you aren’t? Is being gay a choice you can make?
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Although a story of a crayon, it looks at identity and labels. Not everyone has to be what they are labeled or are told to be. Let people shine as they truly are.
Maggie is a big overweight and Veronica is not very nice to her. Paula struggles with the want to be popular or be friends with an amazing person who isn’t as popular. This story is an anthropomorphic story of what can happen on any playground in America.
Gabi’s story hits on so many topics (pregnancy, abortion, meth, family, religion, ethnicity, school, homosexuality, sex, death, poetry, college, rape, and gender expectations, just to name a few), but they are all done with grace and understanding.
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Would you ever sell your child into prostitution for food? That is a question we may never have to face, but some families will.
Which diverse books did you wish more people read to help build understanding and empathy?