Selected by a committee of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, these are 25 books that enhance student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. The books must have been published in the US the previous year.
Happily, some of my favorite books are on the list.
Ajmera, Maya. Faith. Written by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon
Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical.
Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: stories from the dark side of American immigration.
Bryan, Ashley. Words to my Life’s Song. Photographs by Bill McGuinness.
Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces.
Combres, Élisabeth. Broken Memory: a Novel of Rwanda. Translated by Shelley Tanaka.
Deedy, Carmen Agra. 14 Cows for America. In collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez.
Edwardson, Debby Dahl. Blessing’s Bead.
Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses.
Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Freedom.
Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor.
Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Marshall, James Vance. Stories from the Billabong. Illustrated by Francis Firebrace.
Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day The Soldiers Stopped Fighting.
Naidoo, Beverley. Burn my Heart.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Alligator Bayou.
National Geographic. Every Human Has Rights: a Photographic Declaration for Kids.
Nelson, Marilyn. The Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
O’Brien, Anne Sibley. After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. Written by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien.
Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary.
Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper.
Reynolds, Jan. Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming.
Russell, Ching Yeung. Tofu Quilt.
Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World.
Thanks to Mitali for the link.