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 14, 2019 | 10:30 am
Racial Justice

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 10:30 am
Older Adults/Ageism

Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 10:30 am
First Nations People

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 10:30 am
Poverty and Hunger

September: Racial Justice

Woke Baby

by Mahogany L. Browne
(Ages 4 – 5)

Happy in Our Skin

by Fran Manushkin
(Ages 4 – 5)

The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson
(Ages 6 – 8)

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

by Monica Brown
(Ages 6 – 8)

(Excerpt from) Amina’s Voice

by Hena Khan
(Ages 9 – 11)

Baseball Saved Us

by Ken Mochizuki
(Ages 9 – 11)

October: Older Adults/Ageism

Harry and Walter

by Kathy Stinson
(Ages 4 – 5)

Nana in the City

by Lauren Castillo
(Ages 4 – 5)

Mr. George Baker

by Amy Hest
(Ages 6 – 8)

The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen

by Thelma Godin
(Ages 6 – 8)

(Excerpt from) The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm
(Ages 9 – 11)

The Have a Good Day Cafe

by Frances and Ginger Park
(Ages 9 – 11)

November: First Nations Peoples

Fall in Line, Holden

by Daniel W. Vandever
(Ages 4 – 5)

We are Grateful

by Traci Sorell
(Ages 4 –5)

Jingle Dancer

by Cynthia L. Smith
(Ages 6 – 8)

Stolen Words

by Melanie Florence
(Ages 6 – 8)

Young Water Protectors

by Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor
(Ages 9 – 11)

Rock & Roll Highway

by Sebastian Robertson 
(Ages 9 – 11)

December: Poverty and Hunger

Still a Family

by Brenda Reeves-Sturgis
(Ages 4 – 5)

Yard Sale

by Eve Bunting
(Ages 4 – 5)

Those Shoes

by Maribeth Boelts
(Ages 6 – 8)

A Shelter in Our Car

by Monica Gunning
(Ages 6 – 8)

(Excerpt from) Crenshaw

by Katherine Applegate
(Ages 9 – 11)

Maddi’s Fridge

by Lois Brandt
(Ages 9 – 11)