2021 Notable Books for a Global Society

The latest list of Notable Books for a Global Society has been announced. Selected by the International Literacy Association, these 25 books are chosen for “enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world.” Books range from K-12. Here is the 2021 List:

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil, illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

The Cat Man of Aleppo by Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latham, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Beyond Expectations by Aisholpan Nurgiav with Liz Welch

Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur

Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers and the staff of The New York Times

Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by Oge Mora

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Alexandra Bye

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra

​Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello by Monica Brown, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

The Teachers March!: How Selma’s Teachers Changed History by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illustrated by Charly Palmer

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Olivia Gatwood, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

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