Suburban Mosaic

Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year Current Selections

The Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year Program seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature.

Red: A Crayon’s Story

By Michael Hall

Preschool - Kindergarten Title

Red is a crayon. His label says that he is red but he is actually blue. Many people in his community try to help him become a better red but no matter how hard he tries he can't seem to do it. Then along comes a new friend who tries to help in a different way and Red discovers who he really is. He is Blue!

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A Piece of Home

By Jeri Watts

Grades 1 - 2 Title

A child-friendly story of trials and triumphs. When Her Jun's family moves from Korea to West Virginia he struggles to adjust to his new home.

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Book Uncle and Me

By Uma Krishnaswami

Grades 3 - 5 Title

Nine-year-old Yasmin intends to read a book a day for the rest of her life. Book Uncle runs a free street corner lending library on the street corner, but the Mayor want to remove him because he doesn't have a permit. Yasmin organizes the neighborhood to save Book Uncle and his library.

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By Alan Gratz

Grades 6 - 8 Title

This timely and powerful novel ties together the stories of three children seeking refuge. Separated by continents and decades, shocking connections give the reader a look at the life of each person and how each posses determination and hope.

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All We Have Left

By Wendy Mills

High School Title

In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tires to cope with the ramifications of her brother's death on 9/11, while in 2001, Ali, a Muslim, get trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changers everything for her as flames rage around them.

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Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

Adult Title

An inspiring true story about the redemptive power of mercy. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson tells this true story of Walter McMillan, a young man sentenced to death row for a murder he did not commit.

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