By Editorial Director Amy Fitzgerald
As a kid, I was obsessed with historical fiction. For me, it was an exciting escape from my generally comfortable but uneventful middle-class white life. Only later did I notice that it’s usually white people who fantasize about living in a different time.
As a teacher, I have used picture books, poetry, memoirs, fiction and nonfiction books to help my students build empathy, social awareness, self-awareness, and self-management skills. Diverse texts and voices help students learn and develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed not only in school, but in the world beyond. Here are a few newly released books that will engage readers and build strong SEL skills:
Looking to engage struggling and reluctant teen readers? Provide gripping, action-filled stories written at a lower reading level to support striving readers. Take a look at these new and exciting high/low books that readers will reach for again and again:
There is nothing better than a good fiction novel that draws the reader into a new world and story. These new young adult fiction books, including two graphic novels, dive into deeper topics while layering in adventure, action, and emotion!
We’ve gathered an array of immigration-centric fiction and nonfiction, from real-world experiences of teen refugees and Dreamers, reflections on identities rooted in two distinctly different cultures, and a heart-warming picture book about welcoming a refugee family. These books reveal incredible courage and fortitude.