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Equity Walk Books: Hop, Skip, and Jump

Hop, Skip, and Jump

What games do you like? Do you like to play on a team or on your own? What does it mean to take turns? What does fair mean? Is fair the same as equal?

Resources for Students, grades K-2

  • Ho’onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale
    Ho’onani feels in-between. She doesn’t see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She’s happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way.
  • Bookjoy, Wordjoy, written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raul Colon.
    In this collection of poems about reading and writing, Mora celebrates the joy of playing with words. Colon’s striking illustrations add to the fun.

Resources for Students, grades 3-5

  • Cardboard Kingdom, by Chad Sell
    Inclusive graphic novel as fun as it could be about identity, play, knights, robots, monsters, and cardboard in a neighborhood’s summer.
  • Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, by Uma Krishnaswami.
    It’s 1945, and nine-year-old Maria Singh really wants to play softball in a new team formed by her teacher. Then life gets complicated as prejudice flares in Maria’s California hometown and Maria, who is half-Mexican and half-Indian, must decide whether she has the courage to “step up” and advocate for her family’s rights.

Resources for Students, 6-8

  • Go With the Flow, by Lily Williams
    A graphic novel about female friendship and equality and women’s health activism.
  • We Are the Ship, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
    In this large format book, Nelson relates the story of the Negro Leagues, set up by African-Americans because they were shut out of the whites-only national leagues.
  • Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson.
    In this Newbery Honor-winning graphic novel, Jamieson tells how Astrid, a girl who’s not interested in “typical” girl things, discovers the world of roller derby amid various friendship challenges.

Resources for Parents

We Belong Here: The Takoma Park Equity Walk Sections