The Other Side

The Other Side

This is an all time favorite!!! Two young girls live side-by-side with a fence in between. One girl is white; the other is black. Each girl has been told by her family NOT to go to the other side of the fence, but, as the girls get to know each other, they make a decision to go beyond the rules they've been given. SIMPLY THE BEST!

32 pages 978-0399231162 Ages 5-8

Keywords: friendship, friends, prejudice, racism, African American author, African American, segregation, discrimination, accepting others, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, diversity, diverse books, Black Lives Matter

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.

With the addition of a brand-new author's note, this special edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of this classic book. As always, Woodson moves readers with her lyrical narrative, and E. B. Lewis's amazing talent shines in his gorgeous watercolor illustrations.---from the publisher

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