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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.

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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.

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Schuyler Bailar

Schuyler Bailar is an internationally renowned inspirational speaker, inclusion advocate, and diversity advisor. He holds a degree in cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology from Harvard University, where he was also the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division I men’s team. He was one of the USA’s top 15-year-old breast-strokers. By 17, he set a USA national age-group record. In college, he finished in the top 15% of all collegiate athletes in his event. Schuyler’s difficult choice–to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being a champion swimmer as a female–was historic and timely. His story appeared everywhere from 60 Minutes to The Ellen Show. Schuyler’s tireless advocacy of inclusion through public speaking and social media (@pinkmantaray) has earned him numerous notable honors. His corporate clients include Microsoft, Qualcomm, Capital One, American Eagle, Monte Nido & Affiliates, and many more.

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