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Speaking of Fourth Grade: What Listening to Kids Tells Us About School in America by Inda Schaenen

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Children are the reason formal education exists, and yet virtually everything children experience throughout their school day, from their classroom teachers to textbooks to the curriculum, is in place as a result of the decisions and values of adults, many of whom have never been in a classroom in a professional capacity.

The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food by Ted Genoways

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In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote his groundbreaking novel The Jungle, in part to expose the egregious health violations and dangerous conditions in the American meatpacking industry in the early 20th century.

Green Vanilla Tea: One Family’s Extraordinary Journey of Love, Hope, and Remembering by Marie Williams

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The summer of 2014 brought, among other things, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon created to raise awareness of and funds for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a debilitating and fatal disease that currently has no cure. While most people who participated in the challenge most likely were not personally affected by this dreadful disease, thousands of Americans do suffer from ALS.

Art 101: From Vincent Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, Key People, Ideas, and Moments in the History of Art by Eric Grzymkowski

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This compact yet comprehensive book, written in an accessible, engaging style, is perfect for readers without a formal or comprehensive art background who are interested in furthering their basic art knowledge.