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SVR for Young Readers

Companion Books for Youth

Read and discuss the themes of Silicon Valley Reads together with your family.
 

Bear and Bee
by Sergio Ruzzier

Recommended book for Pre-K and up
After a nice long hibernation, Bear wakes up and craves some honey. When he spots a beehive in the distance, he heads right for it! Sitting on top of the beehive is Bee who graciously offers Bear some honey, but Bear is worried. He believes that bees are big, scary creatures who do not share their honey. But Bear's new friend just happens to be a bee! And Bee is small and most certainly is not scary. But do bees share honey? Turns out they do!
Through the story of Bear and Bee, we learn that once we overcome our fears and correct our misconceptions about others, we can become great friends.
 


Bear and Bee

Rikers High
by Paul Volponi

Recommended book for Grade 8+
Martin was sitting on the front stoop of his apartment building minding his own business when he was arrested for something he didn’t even mean to do. Five months later, he’s still locked up on Rikers Island, in a New York City jail. Just when it seems things couldn’t get much worse, Martin is caught between two warring prisoners, and his face is slashed. Now he’ll be forever marked with a prison scar. One good thing comes from the attack: Martin is transferred to a different part of Rikers where inmates are required to attend high school. If Martin opens up to a teacher who really seems to care, perhaps he’ll learn a lesson more valuable than any taught in class. Rikers High reveals the inequities in the criminal justice system, and shows how a young man can learn to make constructive choices, and use his experiences to find redemption.


Rikers High

Black and White
by Paul Volponi

Recommended book for Grade 9 - 12
Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other's backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night—and one wrong decision—will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future?
Black and White explores how racial bias can affect the fate of each of us, as well as the pursuit of justice.



Black and White



Silicon Valley Reads is presented by the Santa Clara County Library District, the San Jose Public Library Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Each year, the program collaborates with community organizations to promote reading and literacy and to engage the community in dialogue about themes in a selected book or books that are relevant to Silicon Valley.   An extensive schedule of events is offered throughout Santa Clara County with activities for all age groups.  For more information on Silicon Valley Reads, visit the website SiliconValleyReads.org