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.

The Remember Balloons

By Jessie Oliveros

Preschool - Grade 1 Title

James's Grandpa has many balloons that show his memories. As time passes, Grandpa's balloons start to float away. Now, it's up to James to share his balloons, and memories, with Grandpa.

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Turning Pages: My Life Story

By Sonia Sotomayor

Grades 2- 3 Title

The first Latin Supreme Count Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, writes about what inspired her to reach for her dreams - books!

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The Boy ath the Back of the Class

By Onjali Q. Raúf

Grades 4 -5 Title

Alexa immediately decides to befriend the new student, Ahmet, a refugee from Syria who doesn't speak English. Although communicating with Ahmet isn't easy, Alexa tries and tries again to gain his friendship.

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It Wasn’t Me

By Dana Alison Levy

Middle School Title Title

One or more of the five students is suspected of vandalizing Theo's self-portrait. A teacher asks all five and Theo to spend a vacation together. The truths they share might change their lives forever.

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By Samira Ahmed

High School Title Title

Set in a near-future United States, Layla and her family are forced into an internment camp for Muslim Americans. Layla forms an unexpected alliance and fights for justice and against silent complicity.

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So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo

Adult Title Title

An honest, conversational guide to discussing race without being condescending or preachy. Oluo herself, has a white mother and bi-racial children, so her insight is especially valuable on this subject.

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