For the activist
by Richard Powers
Publisher's description: The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation ... If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? "Listen. There’s something you need to hear."
The 57 Bus
by Dashka Slater
Publisher's description: The true story of two high school students from Oakland, Calif., one of the most diverse cities in the country ... Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
by Katherine Applegate
Publisher's description: Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the perspective of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all.
All Are Welcome
by Suzanne Kaufman
Publisher's description: A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids..."All Are Welcome" lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.