Cool Boys Read, Inc.

2015 Suggested Reading List

Join us as we explore books that focus on two hot topics: bullying and civil rights.

The civil rights selections are in recognition of the 50th anniversaries of the assassination of Malcolm X, the signing of the Voting Rights Act, and the voluntary district-wide integration of public schools in Teaneck, NJ.

 

BULLYING

 

The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob Somson

Amazon: Ages 4 and up / Grades Preschool and up

Paperback: 32 pages

 

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain

Amazon: Ages 8 - 13

School Library Journal: Grades 3 - 7

Paperback: 112 pages 

 

Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself by Scott Cooper

Amazon: Ages  8 - 12 / Grades 3 and up

Paperback: 128 pages

 

The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention! by Jerry Craft with Jaylen and Aren Craft

Amazon: Ages 8 - 12 / Grades 3 - 7
School Library Journal: Grades 5 - 8
Paperback: 228 pages
 

Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Amazon: Ages 10 - 14 / Grades 5 - 9

Booklist: Grades 6 - 9 

 

MALCOLM X

 

Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers 

Amazon: Ages 4 - 8 / Grades 3 and up

School Library Journal: Grades 2-5

Paperback: 40 pages

 

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz

Amazon: Ages 6 - 10 / Grades 1 - 5

School Library Journal: Grades 4-7. "Dense pages of text make this offering more suitable for upper-elementary or middle-school students."—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools 

Hardcover: 48 pages

 

Malcolm X: A Revolutionary Voice by Beatrice Gormley

Amazon: Ages 10 and up / Grades 5 and up

Paperback: 128 pages

 

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

School Library Journal: Grades 8 and up

Historical fiction, written by Malcolm X's daughter.

Hardcover: 384 pages

 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

Cool Boys Read: High School

Paperback: 460 pages


CIVIL RIGHTS

 

White Water by Michael S. Brandy and Eric Stein

Amazon: Ages 5 - 8 / Grades K - 3

Hardcover: 40 pages

(Paperback available 7/14/15)

 

 A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulkner

Amazon: Ages 6 - 8 / Grades 1 - 3

Hardcover: 48 pages

 

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

Amazon: Ages 4 - 8 / Grades Preschool - 3

Paperback: 32 pages

 

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass

Amazon: Ages 5 - 8 / Grades K - 3

School Library Journal: Grades 2 - 5

Hardcover: 32 pages

 

The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Mary C. Turck

Amazon: Ages 9 and up / Grades 4 and up

School Library Journal: Grades 4 - 8

Paperback: 208 pages

 

Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights by Belinda Rochelle

Amazon: Ages 10 and up / Grades 5 and up

School Library Journal: Grades 5 - 8

Booklist: Grades 4 - 7

Paperback: 112 pages

 

Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me by John A. Stokes

Amazon: Ages 10 and up / Grades 5 and up

Booklist: Grades 5 - 8

Hardcover: 128 pages

 

Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine

Amazon: Ages 10 and up / Grades 5 and up

Paperback: 192 pages

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