Author: Matt de la Peña
Plot Summary: Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share.
Posted In: Differences, Ethics, Generosity, Inequity, Social and Political Philosophy

Discussion Questions

CJ and his nana have a weekly routine. Are routines important? Why?

Why is it important to understand the ways in which people are different from each other?

Why is it important to understand the ways in which people are the same?

Does having more things make people happier? Why?

Why do people help other people?

Read Aloud by Mark de la Peña: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4irkUDbaIA

Before having discussions that might touch on social justice issues, read “Things to Think About.”