The books listed here are primarily from Being the Change by Sara K. Ahmed pages 6-7 and relate to her lessons on identity.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
Call Number: E BEA
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Call Number: 920 RYA
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
A fictionalized account of the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane.
Destiny's Gift by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley; Adjoa J. Burrowes
Call Number: E TAR
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
Destiny, a budding writer, is upset when she learns Mrs. Wade, the owner of a very special bookstore, may have to go out of business, and she starts a campaign to save the store, in addition to writing a story just for her friend, Mrs. Wade, who shares Destiny's love for words.
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
Call Number: 92 YEB
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
"The story of a West African youth who pursued an education, helped support his family and became a record-setting cyclist in spite of a disability traces his ongoing achievements as an activist"--OCLC.
Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Call Number: 92 CHA
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
Call Number: E BEA
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman; Ian Hoffman; Chris Case (Illustrator)
Call Number: E HOF
Publication Date: 2014-03-01
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
Call Number: 92 MUS
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
During the Iraq War of 2003, librarian Alia Muhammad saves thirty thousand new and old books in her Basra library from destruction.
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
Call Number: 920 WIN
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
Contains two stories of brave, young Pakistanis, Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih, who stood up for their rights to education and freedom.
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
Call Number: EBEA
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer; Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator)
Call Number: E SCH
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.
The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson; Vanessa Brantley Newton (Illustrator)
Call Number: 323.092 LEV
Publication Date: 2017-01-17
Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.
Bravo! by Margarita Engle; Rafael López (Illustrator)
Call Number: 920 ENG
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
"Portraits and ... poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways"
Can I Touch Your Hair? by Charles Waters; Irene Latham; Selina Alko (Illustrator); Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
Call Number: 811 LAT
Publication Date: 2018-01-01
Presents a collection of poems that looks at the experience of race through fifth graders Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is African American.
Lend a Hand by John Frank; London Ladd (Illustrator)
Call Number: 811 FRA
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
A picture book collection of poems centered on spontaneous acts of kindness, representing diverse voices and topical themes"
Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander; Chris Colderley; Marjory Wentworth; Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
Call Number: 811 ALE
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
ext and illustrations present twenty poems that look at well-known poets from around the world.
Mentor texts for name stories
Books in this list are suggestions from Sarah K.Ahmed to use with children when talking about the stories of their names.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Call Number: E HEN
Publication Date: 1991-09-16
Chrysanthemum loves her name until she starts going to school and the other children begin to make fun of it.
My Name Is Sangoel by Khadra Mohammed; Karen Lynn Williams; Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
Call Number: E WIL
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
Sangoel, who is proud of his rich African heritage, moves to America, and when nobody there can pronounce his name correctly, he fears he will lose his identity.
My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
Call Number: E REC
Publication Date: 2003-04-03
Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
Call Number: E CHO
Publication Date: 2003-10-14
Unhei's classmates help her decide on a name when she moves to the United States from Korea.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Call Number: E ALE
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
"Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name"
Dealing with challenging topics in the news
The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul (Illustrator)
Call Number: E REU
Publication Date: 2018-04-10
When breaking news devastates a young girl's community she finds a way to help cheer everyone up.