Teacher’s Guide: Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy by Dr. Crystal M. Fleming

Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy
Ages 12-18
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This urgent book explores the roots of racism and its legacy in modern day, all while empowering young people with actionable ways they can help foster a better world and become antiracists.

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Why are white supremacists still openly marching in the United States? Why are undocumented children of color separated from their families and housed in cages? Where did racism come from? Why hasn’t it already disappeared? And what can young people do about it?

Rise Up! breaks down the origins of racial injustice and its continued impact today, connecting dots between the past and present. By including contemporary examples ripped from headlines and actionable ways young people can help create a more inclusive world, sociologist Crystal Marie Fleming shares the knowledge and values that unite all antiracists: compassion, solidarity, respect, and courage in the face of adversity. Perfect for fans of Stamped: RemixThis Book is Antiracist, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy, and The Black Friend.

Learn more about RISE UP! here →

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We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

Download the Activity Kit
Watch the Snack Time with MacKids story time with Carole Lindstrom
Take the pledge to be a water protector
Download We Are Water Protectors graphics to share on social media


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard; illustrated by Juana Martinez Neal

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

Share the Discussion Guide
Watch a story time with Kevin Noble Maillard
Follow Kevin Noble Maillard on Twitter
Follow Juana Martinez-Neal on Twitter
Listen to the NPR Interview


It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn; illustrations by Noah Grigni

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.

Watch a story time
Share these discussion questions from The Tiny Activist
Follow Theresa Thorn on Twitter

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Kat Leyh’s Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

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Take the Virtual Book Tour
Add Snapdragon to your Goodreads Shelf
Follow Kat Leyh on Twitter


Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

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Watch the Story Time
Watch Bad Kitty interview Nick Bruel
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Follow Nick Bruel on Twitter

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese is the winner of the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award, a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring, a 2007 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller.

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Share a video of Gene Luen Yang
Read an interview celebrating the 10 year anniversary


This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
An Eisner Award Winner

Download the Discussion Guide and Reading Group Guide
Watch an interview with Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Add This One Summer to your GoodReads shelf


All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George Matthew Johnson

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. 

Share an interview with George Matthew Johnson
Use these discussion questions to start a conversation
Watch the short film trailer
Read the MacKids Spotlight
Follow George Matthew Johnson on Twitter


Flamer by Mike Curato

Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love.

Read the MacKids Spotlight
Download the Discussion Guide
Read about the inspiration
Share the Writing Queer Comics for Teens video
Follow Mike Curato on Twitter


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

In this powerful novel, a teenage heroine delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school.

Watch this video of Laurie Halse Anderson
Download the Discussion Guide
Visit RAINN online to learn more
Follow Laurie Halse Anderson on Twitter
Add Speak to your Goodreads Shelf


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texas high school in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.

Read an interview with Jennifer Mathieu
Share the trailer for the Moxie Netflix movie
Check out the Moxie Tumblr
Add Moxie to your Goodreads Shelf
Follow Jennifer Mathieu on Twitter


Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

A tragic kidnapping leads to an unlikely friendship in this novel about finding light in the midst of darkness from the author of The Truth About Alice.

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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
A New York Times Bestseller
Stonewall Book Award Winner—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

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Read the article that inspired the book
Watch The 57 Bus Book Talk
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Told in Carolina and Trevor’s alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.

Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred

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Read an essay by B.T. Gottfred


The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred

A cool girl–with an X-rated internal life–and a socially-inept guy prove that opposites attract in this honest look at love, sexuality, and becoming your true self.

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Read an interview with B.T. Gottfred


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The first book in the #1 New York Times– and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer like you’ve never seen it before, now with new cover art! See where the futuristic YA fairytale saga all began, with the tale of a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth’s survival against villains from outer space.

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Visit The Universe of Marissa Meyer
Watch the Lunar Ever After Trailer
Add Cinder to your Goodreads Shelf
Follow Marissa Meyer on Instagram

Celebrating Indigenous Literature for National Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month in your school or library! Keep reading to find more book recommendations, watch a presentation by Firekeeper’s Daughter author Angeline Boulley, download the We Are Water Protectors activity kit, and watch a read-aloud of Fry Bread by author Kevin Noble Maillard!

Watch author Angeline Boulley discuss her inspiration, storytelling, and research process for her bestselling debut novel Firekeeper’s Daughter. Plus, educator Kit Robinson shares how teachers can use Firekeeper’s Daughter in the classroom.

Find more books for National Native American Heritage Month here →

Watch our Anti-Racist Education Webinar & find Reading List Recommendations

Watch our anti-racist education webinar, featuring authors Dr. Crystal M. Fleming (Rise Up: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy), Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix), and Aminah Mae Safi (Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix). In this conversation moderated by Julia Torres, a teacher-librarian in Denver Public Schools, the authors discussed how educators and librarians can build a more inclusive collection for their schools and libraries.

Find more resources mentioned during the event below:

More Resources for Continuing Anti-Racist Education: 
ILA Children’s Right to Read
NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center
NCTE Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English (CARBTE)
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
Disrupt Texts
Diversity in Children’s Books Infographic (2018) by Sarah Park Dahlen

More Anti-Racist Book Lists to Build Your Collection 
Social Justice Books
We are KidLit Collective

Nonfiction to Pair with So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow:
Time Full of Trial: The Roanoke Island Freedmen’s Colony, 1862-1867 by Patricia C. Click 

Nonfiction to Pair with Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi:
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf

Nonfiction to Pair with Rise Up by Crystal M. Fleming:
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen 

Check out our list nonfiction and fiction books to add to your anti-racist collections and classroom curriculums. Create more inclusive, representative and equitable collections by incorporating these newly published works and backlist favorites into your school and library collections!