Resources for Discussing Social Justice in the Classroom

As we head back to school, it seems timely to share some important resources for generating classroom discussion on Social Justice and Empathy.

Titles cover topics ranging from discrimination, racism, human rights, diversity, gender identity, poverty, religion, refugees, residential schools, the differently abled.

Not an exhaustive list, these print titles are currently available in the Vanier collection. There are also eBooks available via the library catalogue.

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged – Jody Warner

Giant Steps to Change the World – Spike Lee

I have the Right to be a Child – Alain Serres

Across the Alley- Richard Michelson

The Secret of the Dance- Andrea Spalding

Maddi’s Fridge – Lois Brandt

Last Stop on Market Street – Matt de la Pena

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey – Margaret Ruurs

No Ordinary Day – Deborah Ellis

The Little Yellow Bottle – Angele Delaunois

We Are All Born Free – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Malala / Iqubal – Jeanette Winter

I Have a Dream – Dr. M.L. King Jr.

Four Feet, Two Sandals – Karen Williams

I Am Not a Number – Jenny Dupuis

When I was Eight – Christy Jordan-Fenton

Fatty Legs – Christy Jordan-Fenton

When We Were Alone – Robertson / Flett

Shi-shi-etko – Nicola Campbell

*More Authentic Indigenous SEL Resources here

Noni Speaks UP – Heather Hartt-Sussman

Not Every Princess – Jeffrey Bone

Time to Stand Up and Speak Up – Bob Sornson

Accept and Value Each Person – Cheri Meiners

What Makes Us Unique? – Jillian Roberts

Red – Michael Hall

One World Together – Catherine

Say Something – Peggy Moss

To This Day – Shane Koyczan

The Invisible Boy – Trudy Ludwig

*More books on Kindness / Bullying and Social Emotional Learning here

The Other Boy – M.G. Hennessey

Rain Reign – Ann Martin

George – Alex Gino

Ninth Ward – Jewell Rhodes

Rules – Cynthia Lord

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

Brave Girl – Michelle Markel

Click, Clack, Moo. Cows That Type – Doreen Cronin

Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper

Anne Frank (GN) – Jacobson. and Diary of Anne Frank

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Breadwinner Trilogy – Deborah Ellis

Those Shoes – Maribeth Boelts

Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson

A Lond Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

I Am Malala – Young Readers Edition – Malala Yousafzai

The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

Crenshaw – Katherine Applegate

The Case for Loving – Selina Alks

The Most Loved in all the World – Tonya Hegamin

Boys Without Names – Kashmira Sheth

Henry’s Freedom Box – Ellen Levine

Gray Wolf’s Search – Bruce Swanson (Valuing individuals)

I Like Who I Am – Tara White

Mahatma’s Story – Libby Gleeson

Wanting Mor – Rukhsana Khan

I am a Taxi – Deborah Ellis

No – David McPhail

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

Rose Blanche – Roberto Innocenti 

The Choice – Kathy Clark

Azzi in Between – Sarah Garland

The Sky of Afghanistan

Children Growing Up with War – Jenny Matthews

Torn Apart : The internment diary of Mary Kobayashi

Dreaming In Indian, Contemporary Native American Voices (Stereotyping)

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Hana’s Suitcase – Karen Levine

An Ocean Apart The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-ling

Underground to Canada – Barbara Smucker

Spirit Bear – Jennifer Harrington (Including others who are different)

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous- L. Newman

Mommy, Mama and Me – L. Newman

Jacob’s New Dress – Sarah Hoffman

10,000 Dresses – Marcus Ewert

I am Jazz – Jessica Herthel

A Family is a Family is a Family -Sara o’Leary

Stella Brings the Family – Miriam Schiffer

Worm Loves Worm – T.J. Austrian

As a Boy – Plan International

These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens

The Water Princess – Susan Verde

Out – Angela George

Kokomo Girls – Clare Morneau

The Journey – Francesca Sanna

Adrift at Sea – Marsha Skrypuch and Tuan Ho

Shooting Kabul – N.H. Senzai

The Red Pencil – Andrea Pinkney

Seeking Refuge – Irene Watts