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Equity Walk Books: Leaps and Bounds

Leaps and Bounds

Jump from log to log. What does is mean to take a risk? How does it feel to take a risk?

Resources for Students, grades K-2

  • Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall
    Jabari wants to jump from the diving board but he is scared.
  • Wilma Unlimited, written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz.
    Learn how Wilma Rudolph survived childhood polio and overcame doubts that she would ever walk again to eventually become “the fastest woman in the world” by winning three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.

Resources for Students, grades 3-5

  • El Deafo, by Cece Bell
    El Deafo shows the challenges of being a Deaf girl with a giant hearing aid in the ’80s and ’90s and the way her peers treat her. Cece uses a superhero identity to buoy herself when she’s in need of confidence.
  • Lety Out Loud, written by Angela Cervantes
    Lety’s first language is Spanish, and she loves volunteering at the local animal shelter because the animals don’t care if her English isn’t perfect. Things get complicated, however, when another young volunteer named Hunter bullies Lety into participating in a competition to see who can get an animal adopted first.

Resources for Students, 6-8

  • Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson
    A Black artist named Jade wants to create and express herself. She learns to accept help and community.
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Philip Hoose.
    The story of Claudette Colvin, who as a teen in the 1950’s South, refused to give up her bus seat to a white woman – nine months before Rosa Parks did the same thing and ignited the Civil Rights movement. Hoose details why Colvin’s stand wasn’t supported by others at the time, and why – for years – she refused to talk about it.

Resources for Parents

We Belong Here: The Takoma Park Equity Walk Sections