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High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

For descriptions, click the read more!

(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Less than 3 miles from where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, another young black man was gunned down by police this afternoon in North St. Louis.

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candidinatlanta:

"As the protesters marched through the streets, it began to storm. Every time the thunder crashed, the protesters would cheer louder and louder. It seemed as if mother nature herself were cheering them on."

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redlotusyj:

1945.8.15 대한민국 독립 1948.8.15 대한민국정부수립 #광복절 #대한독립만세 #korea #IndependenceDay

redlotusyj:

1945.8.15 대한민국 독립 1948.8.15 대한민국정부수립 #광복절 #대한독립만세 #korea #IndependenceDay

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inothernews:

Front page, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday 14 August 2014.
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inothernews:

Front page, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday 14 August 2014.

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"On the left is a photo of me, in all my just rolled out of bed glory. On the right, a photo edited with an app called ‘perfect 365’. I was able to airbrush my skin, erase blemishes, add eyeliner, eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, even false eyelashes. I perfected my brows, enhanced my nose, even gave myself a bit of a cheek lift…" -quoted from another instagramer mimicked by this famous monkey who took a selfie. I tried the app out, was pretty petrified. It’s like we are figuring out new ways for women to feel shitty about their natural looks and learn to paste powder to look more "attractive".

"On the left is a photo of me, in all my just rolled out of bed glory. On the right, a photo edited with an app called ‘perfect 365’. I was able to airbrush my skin, erase blemishes, add eyeliner, eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, even false eyelashes. I perfected my brows, enhanced my nose, even gave myself a bit of a cheek lift…" -quoted from another instagramer mimicked by this famous monkey who took a selfie. I tried the app out, was pretty petrified. It’s like we are figuring out new ways for women to feel shitty about their natural looks and learn to paste powder to look more "attractive".

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#beauty #perfect 365 #feminism #wikipedia monkey #body image 

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butimstillbeautiful:

"Only 5 percent of women have the type of body we see on billboards and in TV commercials. The "Expose" project wants you to see the remaining 95 percent.” (Huffington Post Article)

Tell me something.

When was the last time you opened up your browser and saw a beautiful image of a body shape that looked just like yours?

When was the last time you saw an image of skin markings that looked just like yours?

When was the last time you saw an image of breasts that looked just like yours? An ass that looked just like yours? Scars that looked just like yours? A belly that looked just like yours? 

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brentknepper:

It’s been an incredibly difficult five days with what’s happened in what I look at as my back yard. Last night watching the live feeds of what was happening in Ferguson, MO was absolutely unbelievable and I spent the entire night refreshing twitter feeling total shame and despair.

Today though, across the country there were little glimpses of light at this very dark tunnel. Being consumed by this level of anger feels exhausting, and take that with an incredibly huge grain of salt because that’s just what I with the privilege of being a white male am capable of feeling. I’m not capable of comprehending the real pain. At today’s NMOS14 demonstration in Chicago, an incredible number of people gathered on short notice. The assembly was peaceful. We listened to people express their hurt, their hope, their anger, and their drive to change things. Once my camera died (again, short notice on this rally), I biked straight to my computer to share the solidarity- if only here in Chicago.

I know this isn’t really the stuff I normally post on here, but I figure the one time I’m literally crying while taking pictures is probably a good time to post stuff. My gratitude goes to everyone organizing today, and not just here but everywhere.

Beautiful photos

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the-living-generation:

🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷 happy Independence Day korea!! #광복절

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🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷 happy Independence Day korea!! #광복절

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"8월의 심장소리" -엠

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dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry:

buttonpoetry:

Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

this is so relevant in light of recent events of police brutality against MIchael Brown and john Crawford. #blacklivesmatter

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Civil Rights Movement vs Ferguson Protests

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