10 Best Teen & Young Adult Basketball Fiction

List Updated August 2020

Bestselling Teen & Young Adult Basketball Fiction in 2020


Where the Road Takes Me

Where the Road Takes Me
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Boy21

Boy21
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Little Brown Books for Young Readers

The Final Four

The Final Four
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Speak

Night Hoops

Night Hoops
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Little Brown Young Readers

Ryan's Bed

Ryan's Bed
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

All American Boys

All American Boys
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Square Fish

Forged by Fire

Forged by Fire
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four (The Sports Beat, 1)

Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four (The Sports Beat, 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Yearling Books

Teaching Children to Be Tolerant and Unbiased

Children start noticing differences in skin color, gender and physical ability at a very early age. They connect certain attitudes and feelings with those differences by seeing how adults react to them.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Universal human rights begin in small places, close to home."

Talk about tolerance. Teaching tolerance is an everyday process. You cannot teach it in one single lesson. Be open and willing to talk about difference and understanding all the time. Make your children feel comfortable discussing tolerance and let them know that no subject is forbidden.

Support your children when they become victims of intolerance. Kids can be teased and bullied about their differences at school and even on the playground. Respect their problems and don't make their experience less than it was. Come up with constructive responses together.

Identify intolerance. Be sure to point out stereotypes on TV, movies, games or other media. Challenge it when it comes from family members or friends. Talk to your children about how they feel about these intolerance's.

Challenge intolerance from your children. If your child does or says something that is bias or stereotypical, confront your child. Ask them why they said this and show them how they would feel if they were in the other persons shoes.

Encourage your children to get involved. Be active and get your children interested in helping out local charities. Work together at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. This will get your children interacting with the community and show them different kinds of diversity and to be empathetic to it.

Create ways for your child to interact with people from a different diversity or culture. Expand the definition of what your child thinks is "normal." Visit playgrounds where there is a variety of children, and encourage your children to spend time with elders.

Be honest about differences. If you tell your children that everyone is the same, this does not help your child, it hinders them. Everyone experiences the world differently and your child needs to know about these differences.

Most of all, model the behavior you would like to see! Everyone knows that our children look up to us and learn from us. They copy how we act and what we say. For our children to grow to be empathetic and tolerant, we need to show them how. If they do not see us modeling this behavior they will not do it either.
Always remember that actions speak louder than words.

In the world we live in, tolerance is not just a nice personality trait, it is an essential quality that we must all have.

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