~ Books with a Message ~

These are books suitable for experienced readers to read on their own or to be used in the classroom as read-alouds and resource books. 

Key to suggested levels: U= upper elementary M=middle school H=high school or YA for Young Adult C=college & adult


Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias

-Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin H/C/A

Cashay by Margaret McMullen (teen) H

Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac U/M

-Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color by Marilyn Singer

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelle U/M

-Mississippi Bridge by Mildred Taylor U/M/H

-She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland (biography) U/M


Addressing Bullying

-The Beckoners  by Carrie Mac   H  

-Blubber  by Judy Blume  U/M 

- Bullied by Jeff Erno H/C [Note: This is an anthology of short stories addressing gay issues]

-Bullyville by Francine Prose M

-Carlos is Gonna to Get It  by Kevin Emerson   M

-Don't Call me Ishmael by Michael Bauer H

-Drowning Anna by Sue Mayfield H

Eagle’s Song  by Joseph Bruchac U/M

-Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain M/H/C

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli  U/M

-Mississippi Bridge by Mildred Taylor  M/H/C

-The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm M

-The Scarlet Letter  by Nathaniel Hawthorne H/C

-Slob  by Ellen Potter M

-Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Halm M


Books to Inspire Action

Heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac U/M

Mayfield Crossing by Vaunda Nelson U

-Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr. H/C

-Where Do We Go From Here by Martin Luther King, Jr. H/C


Gender Issues

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson  H/A novel about secrets and gender identity

-Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath H/C


Peace Books

-Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky H/C

-Strength To Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. H/C

-Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes  Eleanor Coerr (biography) U/M/H

Warriors by Joseph Bruchac U/M


People who Inspire: Biographies

-The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Claybourne Carson H/C/A

-Warrior Princess by Princess Kasune Zulu H/C


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