Equity Walk Books: Staying Balanced
What does it mean to have balance in our life? What makes you feel anxiety or “out of balance?” What if you fall? Can you get back up again?
Resources for Students, grades K-2
- Big Red Lollipop, by Rukhsana Khan
An older sister is caught between cultures when her Pakistani Canadian mother makes her take her younger sister to a birthday party.
- Zen Shorts, written and illustrated by Jon Muth.
In this Caldecott Honor-winning book, Muth helps young readers learn some basic Zen concepts. The story revolves around three children who each learn something important about life through their separate visits to their new neighbor, a panda named Stillwater.
Resources for Students, grades 3-5
- Front Desk, by Kelly Yang
Ten-year old Mia Tang lives and works in a crummy motel with her hardworking immigrant parents in this story based on Kelly Yang’s unique and difficult childhood.
- The Higher Power of Lucky, written by Susan Patron.
After her mother dies, 10-year-old Lucky is sent to live with her father’s former French girlfriend in Hard Pan, a motor home community in the California desert. This book gives young readers a memorable look at a character struggling to come to terms with her mother’s death and her place in the world.
Resources for Students, 6-8
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks
An aspiring 12-year old pastry chef is troubled by the mystery of the incarcerated father she never met.
- New Kid, by Jerry Craft
A funny and tough graphic novel about authenticity, starting over, culture shock, school diversity, being caught between worlds
- The Thing About Luck, written by Cynthia Kadohata.
The story of 12-year-old Summer whose family seems to be mired in bad luck. Summer’s parents have to suddenly journey from the U.S. to Japan to care for elderly relatives, leaving Summer and her challenging younger brother Jaz in the care of their grandparents.
Resources for Parents
- Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley
Stanley shows that yoga is a tool for healing, not for self improvement, that you are enough just as you are, and that yoga is not the province of the thin, white, and wealthy.
- 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