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Tackling Tough Topics in Today's World

“Nomad Press is committed to bringing the world into sharper focus for kids,” says Alex Kahan, publisher of Nomad Press. “Sometimes, this means producing books that deal with subjects that can be uncomfortable.

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"And while nobody wants to be uncomfortable, it’s essential that teens have access to books that treat hard social issues with candor and rigor.”

Books in Nomad Press’s Inquire and Investigate Social Issues of the Twenty-First Century set aim to do exactly that. Titles in this set include Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms; Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women; Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in America; and Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twenty-First Century.

One only has to listen to the news to find examples of the pervasiveness of these issues. Today’s teens hear daily news stories about the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, the building of a wall between the United States and Mexico, and the headway toward acceptance made by some transgender people—Caitlyn Jenner and Chaz Bono are names that come to mind. These four books provide readers with a foundation of deep knowledge from which to form their own opinions and develop a sense of agency. 

Why are these books critical in today’s world? “Not only do these books speak to individuals who might need help dealing with personal experiences, but they also help combat the general tide of misinformation and negative connotations,” says Kahan.

One crucial thing these books do is provide a historical context for immigration, race relations, feminism, and gender identity. While these might seem like purely modern challenges, in fact people have been dealing with them for decades, even centuries. Understanding this history is an essential requirement for tomorrow’s leaders.

These books inspire young people to explore the social challenges that have faced our world in the past and that continue to drive us to do better in the future. Kahan says, “Today’s teens are dealing with a whole host of hard issues, whether the adults in the room know it or not. These books are our way of bridging the gap between personal reality and global history.”

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