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Books for Students on the Mercy Critical Concerns

Mercy Education schools are firmly rooted in the Gospel and in the charism of the Sisters of Mercy. What does this look like within the life of our schools? To name a few examples: service experiences, celebrations, prayer and sacramental practices, and cross-curricular inclusion of the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns.

One expression of cross-curricular inclusion is the development of reading lists for students that include books on one or more of the Critical Concerns, which are anti-racism, Earth, immigration, nonviolence and women. As a resource for our schools, we are building a collection of book lists focused on Critical Concerns from our Mercy schools. We are eager for schools to help us grow this resource by submitting your book lists that connect to the Critical Concerns. Please send your book lists in any format to so we can include yours on the list and help inspire educators at Mercy schools around the globe.

View bookshelf of suggested books for high school students on Goodreads

Please note: Book recommendations have been submitted by teachers in our schools and have not been vetted by Mercy Education. Given the sensitive nature of the topics discussed in some books, please research and review books before use with your students.

An additional shelf for elementary school selections will be added once we receive your suggestions!

Additional Resources from Mercy High School – Burlingame

English I Summer Reading  |  Co-Reading Options for The House on Mango Street Co-Reading Options for Romeo and Juliet  |  English III Co-Reading Books

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