Mostly, I am reading books that are already on my student shelves, and that they have approved, but I have not yet read.
Next is a graphic novel I bought a few days ago (yes, I couldn't resist). I have been wanting an independent book that tells the story of desegregation that is appropriate for my fourth and fifth graders. The Story of Ruby Bridges is a good introduction, but I wanted something meatier, with more historical facts. Lions of Little Rock is also good, but I haven't gotten many boys to read it, with its female protagonist.
This graphic novel is exactly what I need. It is short, but packed with accurate historical information that is sure to inspire further research. There is use of the "n" word, and another expletive, but I feel it lends to its authenticity.