Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson

Summary:  Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Maya is different–she wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.

Nancy Paulsen Books

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Walking Home to Rosie Lee, by A. LaFaye

Summary:  At the end of the Civil War, young Gabe meets many other former slaves getting a feel for freedom whose kindness helps him in his quest to find his mother, who was sold away.

Cinco Puntos Press

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White Water: Inspired by a True Story, by Michael Bandy

Summary:  After tasting the warm, rusty water from the fountain designated for African Americans, a young boy questions why he cannot drink the cool, refreshing water from the “Whites Only” fountain.

Candlewick Press

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Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg

Summary:  The story of Annie Edson Taylor, who in 1901 decided to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Houghton Mifflin

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Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, by Marilyn Singer

Summary:  A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. 32 p., Dutton.

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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, by Andrea and Brian Pinkney

Summary: A celebration of the momentous Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing Civil Rights Movement. Little,Brown

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Henry Aaron’s Dream, by Matt Tavares

Summary: A picture book biography of African-American baseball player Hank Aaron. Candlewick Press

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Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

blueberry girlSummary: Rhyming text expresses a prayer for a girl to be protected from such dangers as nightmares at age three or false friends at fifteen, and to be granted clearness of sight and other favors.

HarperCollins

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Spuds by Karen Hesse

spuds_1401Summary:Maybelle, Jack, and Eddie want to help Ma by putting something extra on the table, so they set out in the dark to take potatoes from a nearby field, but when they arrive home and empty their potato sacks, they are surprised by what they see.

Scholastic

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What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley

Summary: A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife. Scholastic Press.

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