Equity Walk Books: Tree Pose
What is hard for you? What is easy? Why is practice important? What makes you feel calm?
Resources for Students, grades K-2
- The Apple Tree, by Sandy Tharp-Thee
A bilingual Cherokee story about a boy who plants an apple seed and cares for it, though the anthropomorphized tree itself is impatient and uncertain that it is a late bloomer. A tale of mutual aid and reciprocity.
- Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol, by Maya Christina Gonzalez
A gender-free and bilingual poem that encourages nature exploration and freedom.
- When I Was Eight, by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Nothing will stop a strong-minded young Inuit girl from learning how to read.
- The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read, by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Kate Berube.
A boy tries to teach his cat to read, ending up teaching himself in the process.
- Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, by Laurie Ann Thompson
A young Ghanaian boy becomes a great athlete despite a physical disability.
Resources for Students, grades 3-5
- Zayd Saleem: Chasing the Dream (Power Forward #1), by Hena Khan
A fourth-grade boy, whose parents would rather he practices violin, strives to be the first Pakistani-American in the NBA
- I Am Peace, written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter Reynolds.
In this book, an anxious child who feels “like a boat with no anchor,” learns how to let her worries go by focusing on the moment.
Resources for Students, 6-8
- Maybe He Just Likes You, by Barbara Dee
Mila learns confidence through karate to combat escalating middle school sexual harrassment in this tough and realistic #MeToo read for middle schoolers and the grown ups in their lives.
- Ghost, by Jason Reynolds
The first in the “Track” series about four unlikely kids recruited for a middle school track team. Ghost is a gifted runner with a tough life and a mentor who wants to keep him on the right track.
- Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly.
Four very different tweens find their paths converge and their lives change when one of them is trapped at the bottom of a well by a bully.
- Merci Suarez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina.
Sixth-grader Merci already is anxious about her run-ins with Edna, the most popular girl in the school who sees Merci as a target. Then things get more complicated at home when Lolo, Merci’s beloved grandfather becomes more and more forgetful.
Resources for Parents
- The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, by Sonya Renee Taylor
Self-love and body diversity and how it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and ability
- 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