Promoting tolerance

Bakshi, Kelly  Roots of Racism
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Blakemore, M. T.  White Privilege
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Burling, Alexis  Race in the Criminal Justice System
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Eboch, M. M.  Race and Economics
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Edwards, Sue Bradford  What Are Race and Racism?
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Harris, Duchess and Rebecca Rissman  Race and Policing
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Race in America series. A substantive series that examines race as a social construct and racism from many different viewpoints, both historical and contemporary. Although concentrating on the African American experience, the books cover to a lesser extent problems faced by Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. Discussion starters, archival and contemporary photos, and other materials add to the presentations. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Race relations; African Americans; Prejudices; Slavery; Crime; Prisons and prisoners; Government, Economics, and Education; Poverty; Wealth; Police Officers

Beals, Melba Pattillo  March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine
Gr. 4–6, middle school    214 pp.    Houghton

Illustrated by Frank Morrison. As one of the Little Rock Nine, Beals helped integrate Central High School in 1957; here she recounts the childhood years that led up to that important step (described in the epilogue). Fear was a constant, as she learned early that "the color of my skin framed the entire scope of my life." Beals's account is made even more immediate by photographs and Morrison's child-friendly black-and-white illustrations.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Women—African Americans; African Americans; Little Rock (AR); Schools—High schools; Beals, Melba; Autobiographies; Women—Biographies; Women—Autobiographies; Civil rights; Women—Civil rights

James, Emily  How to Be a Good Citizen: A Question and Answer Book About Citizenship
Gr. K–3 
  32 pp.    Capstone

James, Emily  How to Be Respectful: A Question and Answer Book About Respect
Gr. K–3 
  32 pp.    Capstone

A+ Books: Character Matters series. These two didactic but useful books encourage children to act properly in their communities and politely toward peers, family members, and other adults. A question and sample answer on each spread promotes active thinking about one's own behavior. Effective for group viewing, the large attractive photos show a diverse group of children and adults in a variety of situations. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Psychology; Behavior—Respectfulness; Citizenship; Questions and answers

Riddell, Chris, Illustrator  My Little Book of Big Freedoms
Gr. K–3   40 pp.    Penguin/Workshop

In association with Amnesty International. Life, protection, safety — Riddell pairs each of sixteen "different freedoms" with an explanatory sentence (regarding protection: "Nobody has the right to hurt or torture us") and a sketchlike illustration (a winged white horse hugs a child). Inspired by the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this timely little book offers clear-cut definitions for kids who are ready for abstract concepts.
Subjects: Social Issues; Human rights

Spilsbury, Louise  Global Conflict
Gr. K–3 
  32 pp.    Barron’s

Spilsbury, Louise  Racism and Intolerance
Gr. K–3 
  32 pp.    Barron’s

Illustrated by Hanane Kai. Children in Our World series. This straightforward series gently describes difficult realities of the world through examples and language that will resonate with young children. Each volume explains why or how situations such as war or acts of racism might occur, the "people who help," and how children can better understand the issues and process associated anxieties. Soft, emotive art underscores the reassuring tone. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Prejudices; Race relations; Social acceptance; Terrorism; War

From the October 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.
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