Equity Walk Books: Bursting Bubbles
Jump on the bubble to burst stereotypes and make affirmations: Shred the Word, Black Lives Matter, Girl Power, I Belong, You Belong, We Belong.
Resources for Students, grades K-2
- Zoey and Sassafras: Merhorses and Bubbles, by Asia Citro
An easy reading chapter book series where a girl (and her cat) help magical creatures solve problems with scientific investigation. Zoey and her mom have brown skin and dark curly hair and characters who look like them aren’t often portrayed as being curious about and adept at scientific discovery and experiments.
- Dreamers, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
Yuyi and her infant son come to the United States from Mexico with little, but find riches in the public library.
Resources for Students, grades 3-5
- Dragons in a Bag, by Zetta Elliott
The first in an urban fantasy series set in Brooklyn about a boy, a grandmotherly witch, and safely delivering baby dragons. With elements of family, fearing the other, and gentrifying neighborhoods.
- The Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
Newbery Medalist Alexander writes a powerful ode to the joys, sorrows and pride of being Black in America. Nelson won the 2020 Caldecott Medal for his stunning illustrations.
Resources for Students, 6-8
- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia
A 12-year old boy survives a tragedy and is sent to Alabama where he encounters John Henry, Anansi, and Brer Rabbit in this fantasy/adventure hero’s journey.
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
Reynolds does a “remix” of Kendi’s award-winning adult book, using riveting prose to bring home to teen readers the truths and history of racism in America.
- Freedom Over Me, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.
Bryan uses real documents about 11 enslaved people named as property to imagine what they were like and what were their hopes and dreams for a better life.
Resources for Parents
- Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt
The story of a young transgender girl and how her family initially struggles with her identity but ultimately celebrates and embraces her.
- Montgomery County Schools Equity Initiatives Unit
- Raising Race Conscious Children
- NAEYC Equity Resources: Living the Statement
- An Educator’s Guide to This Moment
- We Belong Here: The Takoma Park Equity Walk
- Resources for Taking Steps
- Resources for Bursting Bubbles
- Resources for Walk the Walk
- Resources for Leaps and Bounds
- Resources for Hop, Skip, and Jump
- Resources for Walking on Tiptoe
- Resources for Staying Balanced
- Resources for Lead and Follow
- Resources for Walking and Talking
- Resources for Tree Pose