|A Children's Chorus*
||Illustrates the principles on which the United Nations
Declaration of the Rights of the Child were based.
||Values (i.e. nobility, strength and courage)
||African-American opera star retells the story of
the opera, Aida, and how it has been a source of inspiration for
her both on and off the stage.
|Calooh! Callay! and
O Frabjous Day!
|Myra Cohn Livingston
||Holidays and democratic values
||Two collections of poems that help students recognize
the importance of democratic values as well as cases where our
nation/society has fallen short of living up to those values.
|Children of the Fire
||Harriette Gillem Robinet
||Values (i.e. nobility, strength and courage), values
of everyday life, acceptance of others and getting past the fear
of those who are not like you, and injustice and racial tension.
||This is a story about a young girl, Hallelujah,
who lives with a foster family after her mother died escaping
to Chicago from a plantation in the South. Through the events
surrounding the three day fire, Hallelujah learns about people
of all colors and classes. She learns to value herself, and that
all people are equal.
||Democratic values in everyday lives
||Main character, Crash, an unruly and bullying seventh-grader,
experiences an "about-face" in attitude when he begins to understand
and respect the causes his sister and neighbor champion.
|In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson**
||Betto Bao Lord
||American values (teamwork, equal opportunity, ability
to change things for the better)
||Based on author's own immigrant history, the main
character develops love of baseball. Teacher uses that to give
class a civics lesson.
|Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters*
||Andrea Davis Pinkney
||Black Freedom fighters and civil rights.
||This book is a compilation of short biographies about
black women who fought for their rights and the rights of other
people. The women covered in this book are; Sojourner Truth, Biddy
Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune,
Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Heights, Rosa Parks, Fannie
Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
||Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
||Values in everyday life
(Tolerance and equality of opportunity)
|Students from Mayfield must attend another school
because their school closes. Students are not treated fairly by
students in new school because of where them come from and because
some of them are African American.
|Music from a Placed Called Half Moon
||Main female character, Edie Jo, lives in small town
in NC. Father is very religious and other whites in town therefore
shun family. Native Americans taunt Edie Jo and her brother. Grandmother's
house is burned down. Edie Jo decides she hates all other people
who are different from her until she develops close friendship
with a Native American boy.
|Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace
||Acceptance of others and getting past the fear of
those who are not like you
||Story of two young boys, one Jewish and one Arab.
Parents decide to send their sons to remarkable school where Arab
and Jewish teachers together teach Arab and Jewish children. At
this school, they learn about each other's customs, history, and
language. The two boys foster a friendship.
|The Book of Virtues for Young People**
||A collection of stories, fables, and poems around
|The Copper Lady
||Alice Ross and Kent Ross
||Values/principles represented by the Statue of Liberty
||Young Parisian boy becomes fascinated with the making
of the Statue of Liberty in Paris in the 1880s. He stows away
on the ship when the statue is transported to New York in order
to learn more about America. Also gives a lot of details about
the making of the Statue.
|The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life
in Medieval Africa*
||Patricia and Frederick McKissack
||Values and principles in medieval Africa
||This book accurately describes what life was like
in Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view.
In addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process
of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced
||Mildred D. Taylor
||Injustice and racial tension
||Short novel that recounts lives of two African-American
boys in the South during the early 1900s. When the drought strikes,
the African-American family shares well water with the entire
town except for bigoted white family. Tensions rise between the
boys of both families with the sheriff's office siding with the
|Toussaint L'Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti's Freedom*
||Walter Dean Myers
||Fight for freedom against imperial powers
||Story of L'Ouverture's revolt against the French
and Spanish oppressors in Haiti in 18th century. L'Ouverture
was a great military strategist who led a slave revolt.
|When I Left My Village*
||Maxine Rose Schur
||Religious oppression and forced migration
||Young boy, Menelik, is a Jew in Ethiopia. True story
of the forced flight of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the late
1980s to Israel. Relates the harsh story of what their escape
and journey was like for Menelik and his family.