Social Justice Begins With ME

Book Club for Kids

Join the Book Club!

Saturdays, September 24, October 15, November 19, December 10, 2022, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Each month, the Social Justice Begins with ME book club examines a different social justice topic.

Children ages 4-8 listen to a book read by a volunteer and discuss the month’s social justice topics in small groups.

Children ages 9-11 will read a book in advance and discuss the book as a group. All participants will enjoy a snack and themed craft activity.

This program is a partnership between the Grand Rapids Public Library and the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. 

August 26, 2022: Kickoff Open House with Joe Reilly

Friday, August 26, 2022, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Registration is not required.
This event will take place outside. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

Join GRPL and GVSU for the 2022 Social Justice Begins With ME Kickoff Open House with information, music, and fun!

Parents, caregivers, and children are invited to our kick-off event where we’ll introduce this year’s books and themes, participants can register for the monthly events and pick up this year’s books, and a special performance by Joe Reilly, a children’s singer and songwriter.

Photo credit: Silverthumb Photography.

September 24, 2022: Building a Fair and Just Community

Milo Imagines the World

by Matt De La Pena
(Ages 4 – 5)

A Place Inside Me

by Zetta Elliott & Noa Dennon
(Ages 4 – 5)

Something Happened in Our Town

by Marianne Celano
(Ages 6 – 8)

Not my Idea: A Book about Whiteness

by Anastasia Higginbotham
(Ages 6 – 8)

Black Brother, Black Brother

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
(Ages 9 – 11)


October 15, 2022: Racial Justice

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

by by Joanna Ho & Dung Ho
(Ages 4 – 5)

When We Say Black Lives Matter

by Maxine Beneba Clarke
(Ages 4 – 5)

Black is a Rainbow Color

by Angela Joy & Ekua Holmes
(Ages 6 – 8)

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade
(Ages 6 – 8)

Other Words for Home

by Jasmine Warga
(Ages 9 – 11)

November 19, 2022: Gender Equity

When Aidan Became a Brother

by Kyle Lukoff
(Ages 4 – 5)

Drum Dream Girl

by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez
(Ages 4 –5)

Love is Love

by Michael Genhart
(Ages 6 – 8)

When Langston Dances

by Kaija Langley
(Ages 6 – 8)

Maybe He Just Likes You

by Barbara Dee
(Ages 9 – 11)

December 10, 2022 : Human Rights

I Have the Right to be a Child

by Alain Serres
(Ages 4 – 5)

Cece Loves Science

by Kimberly Derting
(Ages 4 – 5)

Intersection Allies

by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, et al
(Ages 6 – 8)

Mango Moon

by Diane de Anda & Sue Cornelison
(Ages 6 – 8)


by Thomas King & Natasha Donovan
(Ages 9 – 11)