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Equity Walk Books: Bursting Bubbles

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

We Belong Here: The Takoma Park Equity Walk Sections