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2021 Holiday Reading Recommendations
Hear from our staff as we share some of our favorite titles of 2021 that we hope you will check out during the holiday season. See below for even more recommendations of books to read and share as the year comes to a close.
Dreams from My Father (Adapted for Young Adults) Educators’ Guide
Now adapted for young adults—the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, which Toni Morrison called “quite
extraordinary,” offers an intimate look at Barack Obama’s early days. This compelling journey traces the future forty-fourth president’s odyssey through family, race, and identity. Read a letter to educators from the guide’s creator, Julia Torres, then use this guide to explore themes in the book with readers.
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Defiant By Wade Hudson
Born in 1946 in Mansfield, Louisiana, Wade Hudson came of age against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. From their home on Mary Street, his close-knit family watched as the country grappled with desegregation, as the Klan targeted the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and as systemic racism struck across the nation and in their hometown.
Amidst it all, Wade was growing up. Getting into scuffles, playing baseball, immersing himself in his church community, and starting to write. Most important, Wade learned how to find his voice and use it. From his family, his community, and his college classmates, Wade learned the importance of fighting for change by confronting the laws and customs that marginalized and demeaned people.
This powerful memoir reveals the struggles, joys, love, and ongoing resilience that it took to grow up Black in segregated America, and the lessons that carry over to our fight for a better future.