Reading Recommendations to Start off Your New Year!
Reading Recommendations to Start off Your New Year!

By Jennifer Levin, Laurence Librarian

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful invitation for us to continue to explore the avenues of learning about ourselves, the world, and how we all fit into the entire mixture. As you know, the Jacobson Library offers not only books for children, but books for parents as well. Below are some thought-provoking titles that we recently added to our collection. Stop on by and check them out!
 
For Parents:
 
So You Want to Talk About Race, By Ljeoma Oluo
This title offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America. Oluo's book is perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between the races while at the same time, answering questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
 
The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, By Dolly Chugh
Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion, but how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? Chugh reveals the surprising causes of inequality, and offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don't look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves. 
 
For Children:
 
When the Cousins Came, By Katie Yamasaki
Lila is excited for her cousins to visit. But when the cousins arrive, everything's wrong. Inspired by the author's own large, diverse family, When the Cousins Came is a sensitive story about insecurity, hosting, and friendship. Yamasaki's tale reminds children that negative thoughts and anxiety over exclusion don't always translate to reality, and that even when plans go wrong, you can still have a good time together.
 
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her Family's Fight for Desegregation, By Duncan Tonatiuh
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a "Whites only" school. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.