It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton

Grades 5-8


Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton presents and explains today’s toughest challenges we face in today’s world for young readers.  This includes poverty, hunger, education, gender equality and climate change. She cites various statistics and provides resources for kids to get involved in order to quell these challenges. This is a great book for kids to understand what’s going on in the world around them and motivates them to do something about it.


Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour

Ages 18+


Psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Damour has created a guide for parents with daughters so that they can help their teen develop into a well-rounded adult. She gives realistic examples of trials parents have gone through with their daughters, which serve as excellent examples of how to deal with teens on a day-to-day basis. The book is broken up into seven parts, including:  Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. The aim of the book is to help parents understand and guide their daughters from adolescence to adulthood.

Nonfiction, Poetry

Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by David Jacobson

Grades 3-6 


Misuzu Kaneko was a children’s poet in the early 1900s whose work was quickly forgotten after her premature death. Now, years later, it is rediscovered in the wake of the devastating tsunami of 2011. Jacobson brings her poems back to life in this book after connecting with Kaneko’s brother, and they are presented in Japanese and English.


The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal In a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World by Nadia Lopez

Ages 18+


This book is the encouraging story of how Nadia Lopez, a life long educator, opened and became the principal of her own Brooklyn school. She was inspired by her students to create the school, and suddenly found herself in the national spotlight while she met with President Obama and the beneficiary behind a campaign to fund the school. All it took was one post on the popular site Humans of New York for her to get noticed. This book is the story of how Mott Hall Bridges Academy came to be.

Biography, Nonfiction

Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life by Jeff Wisler

Ages 14+


Wisler chronicles Hamilton’s life by taking lessons and advice that we can learn from everything he did and the way he lived his own life. Hamilton was a scrappy orphan who had an insatiable hunger for learning. He read everything he could get his hands on, and then he wrote as much as he could. Helping win the Revolutionary War, ratifying the Constitution and creating the country’s financial system were just some of the things that Alexander Hamilton accomplished. Wisler explains Hamilton’s basic maxims, as Hamilton liked to say, for anyone who wants success in money, romance or a good fight. Hamilton was a man before his time, and people of all generations will learn from him for years to come.


For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all, Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin

Ages 16+


This book sheds light on what it’s like to teach in city schools. The author combines his real life experience as a teacher in New York City with the research he did in order to present a new approach to teaching in an urban setting. As a man of color who felt invisible in his own school days, Emdin encourages teachers to respect the background of each child and to get students involved in their own learning. He presents his theory of Reality
Pedagogy and provides tools that teachers can use to build a community-like structure inside the classroom.

Award/Honor Books, Nonfiction

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

Grades 1-3


This nonfiction book tells the hopeful story of how hard-working slaves got through their week by looking forward to Sunday, when they could relax and have fun in 19th century Louisiana’s Congo Square. The book narrates what they had to do each day of the week in a poetic manner.

This is a 2017 Caldecott Honor book.

This is a 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book.