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Teaching for Change Books

Multicultural and social justice books for all ages.

At Teaching for Change, we are proud of our carefully selected booklists that highlight titles by and about people of color as well as social justice themes. Teaching for Change is proud to offer a diverse selection of titles that encourage children and adults to question, challenge, and re-think the world beyond the headlines.

Book Selection

We carefully select every title to ensure access to:

• High-quality progressive politics, poetry and literature
• Young adult fiction with real-world themes
• Multicultural titles for pre-K-12 teachers and parents
• Independent publishers
• Works detailing a "people's history" -- including that of African Americans, Latinos/as, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, labor activists, international populations, and women.

View our selection of new books and recommended resources featured in our bookstore and online.

Best Selection of Multicultural Books for Children and Young Adults

As educators, we are proud of our hand-selected collection of books for children and young adults that highlight children of color and social justice themes. 

Unfortunately, our collection runs counter the industry norm. In the last 10 years, fewer than 10% of children’s books published in the U.S. were by or about people of color. In our Teaching for Change Bookstore, about 85% of children’s books sold are by or about people of color.

Support Independent Bookstores

What's wrong with Amazon?We encourage schools and other organizations to place their bulk or special orders through the bookstore. Please download (in PDF), copy, and share our ordering information packet. Read more about bulk orders and using purchase orders.

You can also place an online order for almost ANY title at our online store, hosted by Indiebound. Your purchases at our online store provide needed support for Teaching for Change.

 

Teaching for Change Bookstore

From 2005 to April, 2015, Teaching for Change operated one of the best brick and mortar multicultural bookstores on the East Coast at Busboys and Poets - 14th St. See more information here

 

Author Events

Edwidge DanticattTeaching for Change helped to schedule and host the author events at the 14th & V location of Busboys and Poets for ten years.

These authors have included Simeon Booker, Octavia Butler, Charles Cobb Jr., Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, Lisa Delpit, Bill Fletcher Jr., Eloise Greenfield, Natalie Hopkinson, Clarence Lusane, Bob Moses, George Pelecanos, Barbara Ransby,  John Sayles, Paula Young Shelton, Shirley Sherrod, Ronald Takaki, Howard Zinn, and countless more.  Check out the list of nearly 600 author events and view our author event photo gallery.

Teaching for Change Bookstore Publicity & Videos

 Shelf-Awareness featured Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore in a full length article.November 2, 2010. Read Article
Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore through the Eyes of a Backpack Journalist
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  Front Porch interviewed our Bookstore Manager. 
  A number of people wrote to the Washington City Paper in response to statements about our bookstore. Here are their comments.  

Teaching for Change Bookstore Testimonials

Teaching for Change’s bookstore at Busboys and Poets plays a unique and vital role as the only provider of such a strong collection of multicultural and social justice books in virtually the entire East Coast and it is really the only one of its kind in the greater bookstore community. It’s an important bookstore and I’m proud that I live in an area where a store like this exists. – Eric Stragar, The Perseus Books Group

"Brunch and books? What could be better? Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore is my favorite place to find new, inspiring books for my students. I feel good about supporting a non-profit that works to promote social justice, and the great neighborhood atmosphere outshines the big, crowded bookstores." — Lindsay Kopitzke, Alternative School Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools

"Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore provides our teachers the materials we need to make our very diverse classes welcoming to all our students. The resources we got from the bookstore fill in what the textbooks leave out so that our students can see themselves and their issues in the curriculum." — Erin McVadon Albright, International Baccalaureate Diploma, Coordinator, Annandale High School, FCPS

"The empowering and provocative books that I have found in Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore have been incredibly useful in educating, motivating, and inspiring my teachers to look at the purpose of education in a revolutionary scope." — David L. Heiber, Director of Student Support Services, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy

"Busboys and Poets is on the lips of every major publisher from New York City to Los Angeles. Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore supports local authors, promotes books not readily available in other markets, and hires a staff that is conversant in these titles." — Scott Wythe, The Empire Group

I was first introduced to Teaching for Change and Busboys and Poets by my graduate college professor at Trinity College where I was working toward a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Reading. Once I experienced the large selection of multicultural titles, I was hooked. The Teaching for Change Bookstore is a great source for children’s literature that speaks to a variety of audiences from early emergent readers to adults. I appreciate the collection of rich and authentic literature as well as the free author events. – Mischa Dorr-Ames, Reading Specialist, PGCPS

Nowhere in Washington can you find such a dedicated collection of great (and diverse) world literature and important and timely books on government, social justice, education and international issues. –Eugenia Kim, author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter

Living in a diverse city, I know that I can easily find children’s books at Teaching for Change’s Bookstore that reflect and honor the diversity of my children and their friends. The Teaching for Change staff are incredibly helpful. Being surrounded by progressive books that offer insight into the challenging issues of our time and realizing that there are creative resources to help us begin conversations with our children about creating change is a rare and inspiring experience that everyone needs to have! - Susan Burton, Director, United Methodist Seminar Program

 

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Teaching for Change Catalog

CatalogA compilation and mail order distribution of progressive teaching resources from 1994 to 2009, the Teaching for Change catalog was published twice a year and according to Rethinking Schools was by “far and away the best and most comprehensive resource focusing exclusively on critical, multicultural teaching materials.” Seattle high school teacher Sarah McFarlane said, “You are my #1 go-to source, in my own teaching, and to share with folks in the profession–especially new teachers. Thanks for helping to promote peace, justice and equality in the educational system.”