Bias in America Reviews

Black in America: ISBN 978-1-68282-891-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-892-2
Booklist, October 1, 2020

This timely offering presents the inequities against Black people as clear and well-organized facts. Discussing topics such as being victimized by police, and racism in retail and on school campuses, this book speaks to the ways that racism pervades every aspect of Black American life. Drawing heavily on the experiences of everyday people, statistics, and widely recognized incidents, the text emphasizes the humanity of Black people above all else. There are, however, moments in this book where the nuance of an #OwnVoices author would have made a drastic difference in how this book is received and interpreted by young audiences: namely, its failure at times to name white people as aggressors in historical events of racial bias. These items aside, this is a good nonfiction book to catalyze students’ research into social justice. Part of the Bias in America series (5 titles).
— Melanie Kirkwood

Black in America: ISBN 978-1-68282-891-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-892-2
Hispanic in America: ISBN 978-1-68282-893-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-894-6
Jewish in America: ISBN 978-1-68282-895-3 / eBook: 978-1-68282-896-0
LGBTQ in America: ISBN 978-1-68282-897-7/ eBook: 978-1-68282-898-4
Muslim in America: ISBN 978-1-68282-899-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-900-4
School Library Journal, November 1, 2020

"Bias in America" (ReferencePoint) is a fantastic series that would stand out in the middle grade social sciences section of any library.
Gr 6 Up–This informative series details the experiences and histories of five marginalized groups in America. Each title provides a historical overview, an analysis of current issues, and suggestions for future solutions. The prose reads well; personal stories and specific examples connect readers to the situations discussed. While images and colorful graphics are included to increase appeal, the titles are text heavy. But don’t let this be a turnoff; the writing style is captivating. A table of contents, an index, source notes, prominent organizations to follow, and further resources are included. VERDICT An outstanding series that delivers a thoughtful discussion of past and present challenges that impact marginalized communities.