Social Justice Begins With Me

Book Club for Kids

Join the Book Club!

Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children’s literature. GVSU, GRPL, and community volunteers will read children’s books on that month’s social justice topic. After the book readings, we discuss the month’s social justice topic in small groups and 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. The Social Justice Book Club for Kids meets on the second Saturday of every month at the Main Library.

Schedule & Topics

Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10:30 am
Celebrating Diversity and Difference

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 10:30 am
Gender and Equity

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 10:30 am
Immigration and Refugees

Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 10:30 am
Disability and Ableism

September: Celebrating Diversity and Difference

Strictly No Elephants

by Lisa Mantchev
(Ages 4 – 5)

One Family

by George Shannon
(Ages 4 – 5)

Niño Wrestles the World

by Yuyi Morales
(Ages 6 – 8)

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña
(Ages 6 – 8)

Can I Touch Your Hair?

by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
(Ages 9 – 11)

Yes! We Are Latinos

by Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy
(Ages 9 – 11)

October: Gender and Equity

Red: A Crayon Story

by Michael Hall
(Ages 4 – 5)

Introducing Teddy

by Jessica Walton
(Ages 4 – 5)

Oliver Button is a Sissy

by Tommy dePaula
(Ages 6 – 8)

Sparkle Boy

by Leslie Newman
(Ages 6 – 8)

What Would She She Do?

by Kay Woodward
(Ages 9 – 11)

November: Immigration and Refugees

Welcome

by Barroux
(Ages 4 – 5)

I'm New Here

by Tommy dePaola
(Ages 4 –5)

Lost and Found Cat

by Leslie Newman
(Ages 6 – 8)

Two White Rabbits

by Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng
(Ages 6 – 8)

The Journey

by Francesca Sanna
(Ages 9 – 11)

December: Disability and Ableism

Hands & Heart

by Donna Jo Napoli
(Ages 4 – 5)

Hello Goodbye Dog

by Maria Gianferrari
(Ages 4 – 5)

Emmanuel's Dream

by Laurie Ann Thompson
(Ages 6 – 8)

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

by Cari Best
(Ages 6 – 8)

Rain Reign

by Ann M. Martin
(Ages 9 – 11)

How to Build a Hug: Temple Gradin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine

by Amy Guglielmo
(Ages 9 – 11)