Equity Walk Book: Walk the Walk
Walk the Walk
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? What are the ways different animals get around? What are the different ways humans get around? What makes you feel unique? What makes you feel valued?
Resources for Students, grades K-2
- Lila and the Crow, by Gabrielle Grimard
A girl is taunted for her dark hair and skin and is compared to a crow. She learns to appreciate the crow’s beauty.
- Johnny’s Pheasant, by Cheryl Minnema
“An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma.”
- Fox the Tiger, by Corey Tabor.
Fox wishes he were a tiger until he meets someone who likes foxes.
Resources for Students, grades 3-5
- Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, by Marcy Campbell
Chloe is annoyed that Adrian clearly does not have a beautiful horse, even though he claims he does. Kindness counts. So does imagination, empathy, and friendship.
- Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo.
In this Newbery Medal-winning book, DiCamillo tells the story of how super-squirrel Ulysses helps Flora through trying times with her parents.
- The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
Written in first-person from the point-of-view of Ivan, a silverback gorilla, this Newbery Medal-winning novel details how Ivan’s boring, inhumane existence in a glass and concrete cage in a shopping mall zoo is transformed when a baby elephant is born.
Resources for Students, 6-8
- King and the Dragonflies, by Kacen Callender
Twelve-year-old Kingston thinks his recently deceased brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. King deals with his grief and his own complicated identity.
- Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas, written by Jim Ottavani and illustrated by Maris Wicks.
Ottavani gets to the heart of why these three women devoted their lives to primates.
Resources for Parents
- The Unexpected Truth About Animals: A Menagerie of the Misunderstood, by Lucy Cooke
The truth about animals sometimes conflicts with our beliefs and values.
- 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