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Grades 6-8

Family Book Club – The Beauty Of Differences: Middle School

March 19, 2022 | The Beauty of Differences

“It IS time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and strength.” – Maya Angelou

Under the umbrella of “what it means to be human” is a gorgeous collection of differences. Communities and families embody those differences in so many ways…

Children start with what they know to be true from their own lives and quickly begin to see the beauty and complexity of the human race in their schools, activities, and neighborhoods. The books that we include with this theme will spark conversation about those differences and will build the emotional connections that are the first steps toward recognizing beauty.

Below you’ll find books, conversation launchers and activities that are appropriate for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders around the concept of “The Beauty of Differences”.

GREAT BOOKS & CONVOS

Starfish

By Lisa Fipps


Why We LOVE This Book

Ellie has been bullied since fifth grade, because of her weight. She feels safe in her swimming pool and attempts to follow the “Fat Girl Rules”. Her mother believes she is helping Ellie, but is doing the exact opposite. Thanks to her father, therapist, and friends, Ellie receives the love and support she deserves, and begins to celebrate her beauty, both inside and out.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Author Feature : Lisa Fipps

Conversation Launchers


Tornado Brain

By Cat Patrick


Why We LOVE This Book

Frankie is neurodivergent and cannot stand to be touched, cannot focus, does not like loud noises, and hates changes in her routine. She often finds herself struggling with making friends and relating to her sister. After Collette goes missing, Frankie realizes she possesses endless strengths and can use them to help solve the mystery. She realizes she is as beautiful as everyone else is.

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Conversation Launchers


Keep the Conversation Going!

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES


MORE GREAT READS

Harbor Me

Jacqueline Woodson

Show Me A Sign

Ann Clare LeZotte

George

Alex Gino


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Resources for OTHER AGE GROUPS

Below you’ll find books and activities that are appropriate for various ages around the concept of “The Beauty of Differences.”

SEARCH BY GRADE LEVEL…

PRE-K – KINDERGARTEN

PRE-K – KINDERGARTEN

1ST – 2ND GRADE

3RD – 5TH GRADE

MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL


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