Beyond Differences, in partnership with Book Passage of Corte Madera and San Francisco, is proud to present this recommended reading list to you - parents and young adults alike. Meeting and experiencing "new friends" through literature -- not to mention finding common ground with others who are going through similar things -- can be a powerful way to find our own best selves.
We celebrate every elementary, middle and high school student who commits to Be The One to accept and include others! Thank you, student leaders, teachers and parents who support Beyond Differences and our children's courage.
And with deepest thanks to Leslie Berkler who, when asked if she would mind culling this list for us, replied "My passion is books that contain characters who represent all voices...."
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Adam not only is trying to understand his OCD while trying to balance his relationship with his divorced parents, but he's also trying to navigate through the issues that teenagers normally face, namely the perils of young love.
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the wastelands of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way, including Walt, a developmentally delayed teen who brings out her better angels.
Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom.
An anxiety disorder disrupts 14-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
A brilliant teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia.
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.
“It was the first day of second grade and Billy Miller was worried. He was worried he wouldn’t be smart enough for school this year.” So begins this Newbery Honor title from a rarely addressed child’s insecurity about meeting expectations of those around him. Also lovely in its development of family relationships and bonding.
This seriously funny, modern family adventure follows a family with two fathers and four adopted boys of a variety of races, as they make their way through a school year, kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.
Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes has a real best friend for the first time ever, but agonizes over whether or not to tell her a secret she has never shared with anyone--that her mother has been in prison since Ruby was five--and over whether to express her anger to her mother.
Summer explains that her little brother Jaz doesn’t have to have manners because he “has issues.” This multi-generational story illustrates a young girl managing her immigrant grandparents, caring for Jaz and struggling with peer pressures.
Still a favorite, this 2008 release features 12-year-old Catherine who has always supported her autistic brother as she befriends someone new with a different disability.
Beautiful story about a young girl on the spectrum who is obsessed with homonyms and challenged by living with a father who does not understand her.