Equality and Anti-Racism Book List

Choosing Up Sides – John H. Ritter – children/teen
This book discusses tolerance and equality in terms that children can understand, through the game of baseball. It tells about Luke Bledsoe, who discovers his talents as a left-handed pitcher in a right-handed world. He has to choose between the game and his family, especially his father, a Reverend who believes that the left side is the side of Satan and the baseball field is the Devil's playground.

The Freedom Writers Diary – Erin Gruwell and students – teen/adult
An amazing book about a young teacher in Long Beach, California, who was able to teach a classroom of diverse children about tolerance and compassion. Students who had never even heard of the Holocaust soon gained national recognition for their efforts in promoting justice and tolerance in a school and community with many "at-risk" students. The students kept journals and drew parallels between themselves and the Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary – A Child's Life in Sarajevo.

Gorp's Dream:  A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park – Sherri Chessen – children's literature
Reading about these whimsical, endearing characters gives children examples of how respect, responsibility, caring, and citizenship can lead to better lives for all. This book is one of many used around the nation to enhance the safety and well being of our children. We also have the accompanying teachers guide!

Hate By State – Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity– teen/adult
An accounting of active hate groups in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states

Hate Hurts:  How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice – Caryl Stern LaRosaand Ellen Hofheimer Bettmann – adult
A handbook for adults and children on how to confront bias and encourage appreciation for our differences.  A guide for any person responsible for children of all ages, this book offers practical tips, sound advice and role-playing for difficult situations.

Hate is My Neighbor – Tom Alibrandi with Bill Wassmuth – teen/adult
A story about the Aryan Nations compound of North Idaho and their leader Richard Butler. This story tells about the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and all others who stood up against hate and had courage in the face of bigotry.

Hatred, Bigotry and Prejudice – Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosembaum – adult
This book addresses the definitions and explanations of intolerance and suggests some possible solutions for dealing with this phenomenon.

2004 Peace Proposal, Inner Transformation: Creating a Global Groundswell for Peace – Daisaku Ikeda – teen/adult
This pamphlet lists Ikeda's peace proposal ideas, including United Nation reforms, identity and community and human security.

The Mitten Tree – Kim Carlson – children
Based on a true event, The Mitten Tree is a heart warming story about school children who share the spirit of Christmas with war orphans in a distant country.

The Nature of Prejudice – Gordon w. Allport – adult
Professor Allport has written a comprehensive and detailed account of the phenomenon of prejudice: its roots in individual psychology, history, and social structure, its numerous varieties, its varied expressions in interpersonal relations and in society, its impact on the individual and on the community, and the means whereby it might be reduced. This book is a handbook for students of prejudice and those who seek to know it in order to fight it.

Prejudice – Daphne Muse – adult
Through these short stories and excerpts from novels, readers will witness challenges people face in overcoming the prejudice they find in others, as well as the prejudice they find in their own hearts.

Racism – Albert Memmi – adult
Born in Tunisia, a Jew among Moslems, an Arab among Europeans, Albert Memmi has experienced racism and prejudiced first hand. In this book, he investigates racism as social pathology – a cultural disease that prevails because it allows one segment of society to empower itself at the expense of another. Racism attempts to move beyond individual prejudice to engage the broader questions of collective behavior and social responsibility.

Respecting our Differences:  A Guide to Getting Along in a Changing World – Lynn Duvall – teen/adult
This book introduces the reader to students across the country who work together to promote tolerance in their schools and communities. It teaches you to examine your own attitudes and beliefs, stereotypes and prejudices, enabling you to become more tolerant and respectful of the differences in our communities.

Smoky Night - Eve and David Diaz.  Voyager Books - children’s/teen/adult *Winner of 1995 Caldecott Medal
A story about cats and people who could not get along until a smoky and fearful night brings them together.   The story relates to the Los Angeles riots and what they meant to the children who lived through them-deals thoughtfully with difficult issues

What is Death? - Etan Borizer – children's literature
This book introduces children to the concept of death with examples of customs and beliefs from different religions and cultures. This book encourages children to embrace the positive in life, as well as tolerance, identity and generosity.

What is God? – Etan Boritzer – children's literature
This book attempts to answer this question by discussing the various concepts and beliefs of God.  It helps children to understand that God has many faces and there are many different forms of worshipping him, none of which are better than the next.

What is Love? – Etan Boritzer – children's literature
This book presents a multicultural point of view on the themes of goodwill and tolerance. The author challenges the child's own natural curiosity to reflect on these contemporary issues.

Why? - Popov, Nikolai.  Michael Neugebauer - children/adult/teen
Told with no text.  Illustrates the ramifications of lack of respect.  Questions purpose of war.  Incandescent artwork