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[BHE 169] New books from the National Institute of Education (NIE) Library


Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have stalked us, hunted us down, and followed us home, stayed in our doorstep until we simply gave in and found a space for them in our bookshelves.

This week, I am especially excited as I will be teaching a new course elective for higher degree students in our institution: Using Multicultural Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature (MG/YA) and Graphic Novels to Promote Socio-Emotional Learning which is basically our current reading theme for July-August 2015.


I requested quite a number of books for purchase (199 titles) that my own teacher-students would have access to during the semester. And I am happy to see that more than 90 percent of the books I requested were purchased and they just came in. I borrowed a few of them. Our librarians are the best!

Multicultural Titles from the NIE Library


Persepolis 1 and 2 by Marjane Satrapi. See Fats’ review of these graphic novels here.


Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast: A Memoir, One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry.


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero.


HAH! Blankets by Craig Thompson.


And The Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman.


Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai, Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins.


El Deafo by Cece Bell.


Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill, Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Leatherdale.


Cairo: A Graphic Novel by G. Willow Wilson and art by M. K. Perker.

Professional Development Texts


Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy by Dale Jacobs. Wham! Teaching with Graphic Novels across the curriculum by William G. Brozo, Gary Moorman, and Carla Meyer. The Graphic Novel: An Introduction by Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey. Southeast Asian Cartoon Art: History, Trends and Problems by John Lent. Reading Ladders: Leading Students from Where They Are to Where We’d Like Them to Be by Teri Lesesne. Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading, and Writing by Steve Bowkett and Tony Hitchman.


Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers by Teri S. Lesesne.

How about you, fellow readers? What books would you recommend for inclusion in my new course elective?

5 comments on “[BHE 169] New books from the National Institute of Education (NIE) Library

  1. Fats Suela

    Do you have Craig Thompson’s Habibi, too? That would also be perfect for your multiculturalism/graphic novel course. It’s nice to see that Roz Chast’s memoir made it to this list! I saw One Hundred Demons last week while browsing for possible titles for graphic novels. I don’t think we have it in our library, though. Overall, nice selection of books! =)

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  2. Fantastic list!

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