Boogie Down Books Educator Guides

Ghost Boys


We were honored when Jewell Parker Rhodes asked us to help develop the educator guide for her bestselling, award-winning middle-grade novel Ghost Boys. Our educator guide, developed in collaboration with Jewell and researcher Steve Jozef, provides educators with a wide range of resources to support students as they dive into this powerful novel addressing implicit bias, police brutality, and the Movement for Black Lives.

The Doughnut Fix


We're huge fans of Jessie Janowitz's middle-grade novel The Doughnut Fix and its sequel The Doughnut King about a city kid whose family moves to upstate New York. How will Tris survive in this sleepy rural town? By starting his own doughnut business! Our discussion guides, developed in collaboration with Jessie, provide teachers, book clubs, and families with rich, thought-provoking questions to get kids talking about the novels.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley


Grant Overstake's young adult novel The Real Education of TJ Crowley dramatizes the social and emotional growth of a white boy during school integration in 1960s Wichita. Through his friendships with black classmates and neighbors, TJ learns to confront the racism he was raised to espouse. Our educator guide provides educators with a wide range of classroom resources.