Social Activism Collection - SOCIALACT

The Social Activism Collection was created to showcase our new 2017-2018 Social Activism Diverse Reading list. Discover characters and historical figures who stand up for peace, equity, and justice for gender, socioeconomic status, race, or the environment. These mentor texts suggest ways that students can enact change in their own communities. 

Check out the Social Activism Diverse Reading List as a downloadable PDF here and a blog post about the list with additional resources here

Social Activism Collection (49 Books): $680.55

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Themes

Photographic Illustrations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Middle Grade, YA interest, War, United States History, Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Overcoming Obstacles, Occupations, Native American Interest, Muslim/Muslim American Interest, Multiethnic interest, Mentors, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, History, Heroism, Environment/Nature, Education, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Cultural Diversity, Conflict resolution, Civil Rights Movement, Breaking Gender Barriers, African/African American Interest, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual, Asian/Asian American Interest, Empathy/Compassion, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Pride, Protest, Women's History, Economics/Finance, Inventors / Inventions, Courage, Peace, Tolerance/Acceptance, Kindness/Caring, Mexico, Dual Language, Fiction, Diversity

Included formats shown below in BOLD

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Seeds of Change

By Johnson

Illustrated by Sadler

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 4.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 820L
SRC: 5.4
DRA: 40

HC: $18.95
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Baseball Saved Us

By Mochizuki

Illustrated by Lee

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD550L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 34

PB: $9.95
CD: $12.95
6PK: $59.70
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First Come the Zebra

By Barasch

Illustrated by Barasch

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 4
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 2.4
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By Roth / Trumbore

Illustrated by Roth

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 890L
SRC: 7.5
DRA: 44

HC: $19.95
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Louis Sockalexis

By Wise

Illustrated by Farnsworth

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD920L
SRC: 5.6
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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In Her Hands

By Schroeder

Illustrated by Bereal

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 4.6 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 630L
SRC: 3.5
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
HC: $19.95
6PK: $65.70
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A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

By Lee-Tai

Illustrated by Hoshino

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 26

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD730L
SRC: 4.5
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Allie's Basketball Dream

By Barber

Illustrated by Ligasan

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 4
Intervention: 19

AR Level: 2.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 530L
SRC: 2.8
DRA: 20

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Armando and the Blue Tarp School

By Fine / Josephson

Illustrated by Sosa

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 2.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD500L
SRC: 2.7
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Catching the Moon

By Hubbard

Illustrated by DuBurke

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 26

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD640L
SRC: 3.4
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Drum, Chavi, Drum! / ¡Toca, Chavi, Toca!

By Dole

Illustrated by Tonel

Guided Reading: L
Spanish Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 21

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 24

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel

By Robles

Illustrated by Angel

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 3
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 3.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 30

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris

By Marshall

Illustrated by Chavarri

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 4
Intervention: 22

Lexile Level: AD580L
DRA: 30

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Sparkle Boy

By Newman

Illustrated by Mola

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 21

Lexile Level: AD490L
DRA: 28

HC: $17.95
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Destiny's Gift

By Tarpley

Illustrated by Burrowes

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 4
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 4.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD690L
DRA: 38

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Xochitl and the Flowers/ Xóchitl, la Niña de las Flores

By Argueta

Illustrated by Angel

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 4.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 34

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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The People Shall Continue

By Ortiz

Illustrated by Graves

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 8
Intervention: 28

Lexile Level: 660L
DRA: 44

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

By Krishnaswami

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 6
Intervention: 29

Lexile Level: 680L
DRA: 50

HC: $16.95
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Ira's Shakespeare Dream

By Armand

Illustrated by Cooper

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 8
Intervention: 28

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 780L
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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Seven Miles to Freedom

By Halfmann

Illustrated by Smith

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD870L
SRC: 5.6
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe

By Hubbard

Illustrated by Belford

Interviews

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 6
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 6.2 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 960L
SRC: 7.5
DRA: 44

PB: $11.95
6PK: $71.70
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The Bus Ride

By Miller

Illustrated by Ward

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 3.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 540L
SRC: 4.8
DRA: 34

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Prairie Dog Song

By Roth / Trumbore

Illustrated by Roth

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD1050L
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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Aani and the Tree Huggers

By Atkins

Illustrated by Pinto

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 4
Intervention: 26

AR Level: 3.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 650L
SRC: 4.2
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos

By González

Illustrated by Delacre

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 730L
SRC: 4.5
DRA: 34

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The Can Man

By Williams

Illustrated by Orback

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 5
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD630L
SRC: 2.5
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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The Mangrove Tree

By Roth / Trumbore

Illustrated by Roth

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 26

AR Level: 6.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NC1190L
SRC: 10.8
DRA: 40

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Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

By Otheguy

Illustrated by Vidal

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Spanish Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 2 - 8
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 1000L
DRA: 44

HC: $17.95
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Passage to Freedom

By Mochizuki

Illustrated by Lee

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD610L
SRC: 4.2
DRA: 44

PB: $9.95
CD: $12.95
6PK: $59.70
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Irena's Jars of Secrets

By Vaughan

Illustrated by Mazellan

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 7
Intervention: 26

AR Level: 5.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 1040L
SRC: 9.3
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Silent Star

By Wise

Illustrated by Gustavson

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 840L
SRC: 5.5
DRA: 44

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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As Fast As Words Could Fly

By Tuck

Illustrated by Velasquez

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 7
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD700L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Brothers in Hope

By Williams

Illustrated by Christie

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 4.7 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 670L
SRC: 3.5
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado

By Anzaldúa

Illustrated by Méndez

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 2
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 2.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 640L
SRC: 3.6
DRA: 38

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Ahimsa

By Kelkar

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 7
Intervention: 34

AR Level: 5.3 - 8.0
Lexile Level: 830L
DRA: 80

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Etched in Clay

By Cheng

Illustrated by Cheng

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 4 - 8
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.0 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 790L
SRC: 5.2
DRA: 44

PB: $12.95
EBOOK: $9.99
6PK: $77.70
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Frederick Douglass

By Miller

Illustrated by Lucas

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 26

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD650L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Growing Peace

By Sobol

Photographed by Sobol

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 2 - 7
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 890L
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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How We Are Smart

By Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by Qualls

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 8
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 6.5 - 1.0
Lexile Level: AD950L
SRC: 6.4
DRA: 44

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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John Lewis in the Lead

By Haskins / Benson

Illustrated by Andrews

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 8
Intervention: 29

AR Level: 5.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 950L
SRC: 5.8
DRA: 50

PB: $11.95
6PK: $71.70
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Tiny Stitches

By Hooks

Illustrated by Bootman

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 8
Intervention: 28

AR Level: 5.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 920L
DRA: 44

HC: $17.95
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Quiet Hero

By Nelson

Illustrated by Nelson

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 8
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 5.6 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 930L
SRC: 6.1
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Twenty-two Cents

By Yoo

Illustrated by Akib

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 3 - 6
Intervention: 29

AR Level: 6.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 1010L
SRC: 8.6
DRA: 50

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Dear Mrs. Parks

By Parks

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 29

AR Level: 5.6 - 2.0
Lexile Level: 850L
SRC: 5.4
DRA: 50

PB: $16.95
6PK: $101.70
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I Am Alfonso Jones

By Medina

Illustrated by Jennings / Robinson

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Z+
Grade Level: 6
Interest Level: 6 - 12
Intervention: 34

Lexile Level: GN640L
DRA: 80

PB: $18.95
6PK: $113.70
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Surfer of the Century

By Crowe

Illustrated by Waldrep

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 8
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 6.2 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 980L
SRC: 5.9
DRA: 44

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Paul Robeson

By Greenfield

Illustrated by Ford

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 3 - 6
Intervention: 28

AR Level: 5.1 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 810L
SRC: 5.3
DRA: 44

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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The School the Aztec Eagles Built

By Nicholson

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 7
Interest Level: 3 - 7
Intervention: 34

Lexile Level: NC1170L
DRA: 80

HC: $18.95
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Shame the Stars

By McCall

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 7
Interest Level: 7 - 12
Intervention: 34

AR Level: 5.4 - 9.0
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 80

HC: $19.95
EBOOK: $7.99