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Explore Diversity, Empathy, and Action through “Read For A Better World”

The Winter Reading program is underway for the month of January. The theme is Read For A Better World.

Read for a Better World encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. We challenge teens(ages 11-17)  to read 8 books during the month. Registration is through the Beanstack app. 

Stop by the library for a smelly bookmark- favorite scents include pickles, nachos, and sour gummy-worms. As in our other reading challenges, earn virtual tickets and enter them for a chance to win a final prize.

WR Bookmarks
All books count, but here are a few titles that complement the theme:

 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin CoverWriting letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

 

And its sequel Dear Justyce, also by Nic Stone. Available as an audiobook on Libby or Overdrive.

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Incarcerated teen Quan Banks writes letters to Justyce McCallister, with whom he bonded years before over family issues, about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.



Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You  by Ibram X. Kendi.

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This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. Also available as an audiobook HERE, and as an ebook HERE through Hoopla.

 

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by Born This Way Foundation

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Lady Gaga and her mother collect stories from their Channel Kindness nonprofit to celebrate the quiet influence of kindness in today’s world and the examples of young people whose acts of bravery and resilience demonstrate the universal power of caring for others.

 

Sorry For Your Loss  by Jessie Ann Foley, available as an Ebook on Hoopla.

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An awkward teen, the youngest of eight children, navigates the loss of a sibling throughout a photography assignment that leads him to secrets, opportunities and an unexpected connection.

 

The Distance Between Us  by Reyna Grande

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At the age of 8, Reyna Grande made the dangerous and illegal trek across the border from Mexico to the United States, and discovered that the American Dream is much more complicated that it seemed.


 

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

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A girl confined to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy and a boy stymied by an obsessive-compulsive disorder are assigned to spend time together in what becomes a blossoming friendship that neither expected.
 

 

Take the challenge today! Sign up HERE!

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