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Beyond Global Awareness – Decolonizing Your Classroom Bookshelves

A presentation for the National Association for Gifted Children conference 2021.

SaturdayReads

Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

Tomorrow, I will be doing another presentation at the National Association for Gifted Children annual convention with wonderful colleagues. To complement that presentation, I will be sharing the book list here. I do feel that these books fit our themes perfectly as we decolonize our bookshelves via #SurvivalStories2021 throughout the year.


The idea is to “decolonize bookshelves” by decentering library collection from Eurocentric, hetero-normative, White male focus, and include more works by under-represented groups.

This curation is based on some of the themes that will be mentioned in our presentation.

Using Literacy for Self-Empowerment

Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson and Ron Husband – 2017: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (2016)
ISBN: 9781423121961 (ISBN10: 1423121961)

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Gregory Christie – 2016: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by CarolRhoda Books (2015)
ISBN: 9780761339434 (ISBN10: 0761339434)

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned To Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books (2020)
ISBN: 9781524768287 (ISBN10: 1524768286)

Waiting for The Biblioburro by Monica Brown and John Parra
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Tricycle Press (2011)
ISBN: 9781582463988 (ISBN10: 1582463980)

Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library by Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published by Candlewick Press (2017)
ISBN: 9780763680466 (ISBN10: 076368046X)

Diverse Picturebooks that surface complexity, power relations, state and race-inspired violence

Something Happened In Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard and Jennifer Zivoin
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Magination Press (2018)
ISBN: 9781433828546 (ISBN10: 1433828545)

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published by Dottir Press (2018)
ISBN: 9781948340007 (ISBN10: 1948340003)

I’m Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas and Pauline Young
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Nimbus Pulishing (2019)
ISBN: 9781771088114 (ISBN10: 1771088117)

I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe and Pauline Young
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Nimbus Publishing (2019)
ISBN: 9781771088107 (ISBN10: 1771088109)

Chester Nez And The Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story by Joseph Bruchac and Liz Amini-Holmes
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Albert Whitman Company (2018)
ISBN: 9780807500071 (ISBN10: 0807500070)

Can I Touch Your Hair? A Conversation by Irene Latham and Charles Waters and Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Carolrhoda Books (2018)
ISBN: 9781512404425 (ISBN10: 151240442X)

Hector: A Boy, A Protest, And The Photograph That Changed Apartheid by Adrienne Wright – 2020: Children’s Africana Book Award
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Page Street Kids (2019)
ISBN: 9781624146916 (ISBN10: 1624146910)

Si Kian by Weng D. Cahiles and Aldy C. Aguirre and Kimberly B. Dela Cruz
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Story Project (2017)
ISBN: 9789718686485

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by CarolRhoda Books (2021)
ISBN: 9781541581203 (ISBN10: 1541581202)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson – 2020: Caldecott Medal, 2020: Coretta Scott King Book Award
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Versify (2019)
ISBN: 9781328780966 (ISBN10: 1328780961)

Diverse Picturebooks challenging stereotypes / assumptions on marginalized groups: people in poverty

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T. Rudd – 2019: Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Hachette Australia (2016)
ISBN: 9780734416681 (ISBN10: 0734416687)

Carmela Full Of Wishes by Matt De La Peña and Christian Robinson – 2019: Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers(2018)
ISBN: 9780399549045 (ISBN10: 0399549048)

Brick By Brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books (2020)
ISBN: 9780525517306 (ISBN10: 0525517308)

The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee and Pascal Campion
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (2020)
ISBN: 9780525644613 (ISBN10: 052564461X)

Kitten And The Night Watchman by John Sullivan and Taeeun Yoo
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (2018)
ISBN: 9781481461917 (ISBN10: 1481461915)

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have A Horse by Marcy Campbell and Corinna Luyken
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published by Dial Books (2018)
ISBN: 9780735230378 (ISBN10: 0735230374)

A Different Pond by Bao Phi and Thi Bui – 2018: Caldecott Medal Nominee
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Picture Window Books (2017)
ISBN: 9781479597468 (ISBN10: 1479597465)

Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Neal Porter Books (2021)
ISBN: 9780823446247 (ISBN10: 0823446247)

Diverse Picturebooks challenging stereotypes / assumptions on marginalized groups: refugees / (im)migrants

Wherever I Go by Mary Wagley Copp and Munir Mohammed
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2020)
ISBN: 9781534419193 (ISBN10: 1534419195)

Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and Rashin Kheiriyeh
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Tundra Books (2020)
ISBN: 9780735263598 (ISBN10: 0735263590)

The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story by Thao Lam
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Owl Kids (2020)
ISBN: 9781771473637

Wishes by Muon Thi Van and Victo Ngai
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Orchard Books (2021)
ISBN: 9781338305890 (ISBN10: 1338305891)

Escape: One Day We Had To Run by Ming and Wah and Carmen Vela
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Lantana Publishing (2021)
ISBN: 9781911373810 (ISBN10: 1911373811)

Nour’s Escape by Abir Ali and Gulnar Hajo
Paperback
Published by Darf Children’s Books (2015)
ISBN: 9781850773283

A Sky Without Lines by Krystia Basil and Laura Borras
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Minedition (2019)
ISBN: 9789888341894 (ISBN10: 9888341898)

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez and Jaime Kim
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published by HarperCollins (2019)
ISBN: 9780062839930 (ISBN10: 0062839934)

Areli Is A Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales and Luisa Uribe
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Random House Studio (2021)
ISBN: 9781984894007 (ISBN10: 1984894005)

Migrants by Issa Watanabe
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Gecko Press (2020)
ISBN: 9781776573134 (ISBN10: 1776573137)

The Suitcase by Chris Naylor Ballesteros
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Nosy Crow (2019)
ISBN: 9781788004473 (ISBN10: 1788004477)

The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Greystone Kids (2021)
ISBN: 9781771647823 (ISBN10: 1771647825)

Please see here for even more titles of books featuring xenophobia, displacement, (im)migrants, refugees.


Diverse Picturebooks Demonstrating a range of Multiculturalism and Historic Inequities through Food

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal – 2020: Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published by Roaring Brook Press (2019)
ISBN: 9781626727465 (ISBN10: 1626727465)

Freedom Soup by Tami Charles and Jacqueline Alcantara
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Candlewick Press (2019)
ISBN: 9780763689773 (ISBN10: 0763689777)

Salma The Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan and Anna Bron
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Annick Press (2020)
ISBN: 9781773213750 (ISBN10: 177321375X)

Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Harry N. Abrams (2020)
ISBN: 9781419746550 (ISBN10: 1419746553)

Amy Wu And The Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (2019)
ISBN: 9781534411333 (ISBN10: 153441133X)

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed and Anoosha Syed
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (2019)
ISBN: 9781534418103 (ISBN10: 1534418105)

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora – 2019: Caldecott Medal Nominee
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published by Little Brown & Co. (2018)
ISBN: 9780316431248 (ISBN10: 0316431249)

Diverse Picturebooks Using Art and Music for Social Justice

Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine and Charly Palmer
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (2017)
ISBN: 9780374303013 (ISBN10: 0374303010)

When I Get Older: The Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag” by K’Naan and Rudy Gutierrez
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Tundra Books (2012)
ISBN: 9781770493025 (ISBN10: 1770493026)

Nina: A Story Of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (2021)
ISBN: 9781524737283 (ISBN10: 1524737283)

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday And The Power Of A Protest Song by Gary Golio and
Charlotte Riley-Webb
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Millbrook Press (2017)
ISBN: 9781467751230 (ISBN10: 1467751235)

Flying Paintings: The Zhou Brothers – A Story Of Revolution And Art by Amy Alznauer and ShanZuo Zhou and DaHuang Zhou
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Candlewick Press (2020)
ISBN: 9781536204285 (ISBN10: 1536204285)

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Harry N. Abrams (2021)
ISBN: 9781419741302 (ISBN10: 1419741306)

Revolutionary Power of Joyful, Hopeful, Uplifting Stories

Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Roaring Brook Press (2020)
ISBN: 9781626726314 (ISBN10: 1626726310)

The Me I Choose To Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and Regis and Kahran Bethencourt
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2021)
ISBN: 9780316461542 (ISBN10: 0316461547)

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books (2020)
ISBN: 9780525518778 (ISBN10: 0525518770)

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration by Samara Cole Doyon and Kaylani Juanita – 2021: Coretta Scott King Award Nominee
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2020)
ISBN: 9780884487975 (ISBN10: 0884487970)

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Kokila (2019)
ISBN: 9780525553366 (ISBN10: 0525553363)

Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut by Derrick C. Barnes and Gordon C. James – 2018: Caldecott Medal Nominee
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Agate Bolden (2017)
ISBN: 9781572842243 (ISBN10: 1572842245)

Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland and Christopher Myers and Kaa Illustration
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2019)
ISBN: 9781442412088 (ISBN10: 1442412089)

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams and Tonya Engel
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Harry N. Abrams (2021)
ISBN: 9781419748752 (ISBN10: 1419748750)

One Girl by Andrea Beaty and Dow Phumiruk
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Harry N. Abrams (2020)
ISBN: 9781419719059 (ISBN10: 141971905X)

Diverse picturebooks depicting marginalized communities and intersectionalities

Intersectionallies: We Make Room For All by Chelsea Johnson and LaToya Council and Carolyn Choi and Ashley Seil Smith and Foreword by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published by Dottir Press (2019)
ISBN: 9781948340083 (ISBN10: 1948340089)

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli and Isabel Roxas
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published by Rise X Penguin Workshop (2021)
ISBN: 9780593382639 (ISBN10: 0593382633)

Queen Of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson and Rebecca Huang
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Sterling Children’s Books (2019)
ISBN: 9781454932208 (ISBN10: 1454932201)

It Began With A Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Tundra Books (2019)
ISBN: 9781101918593 (ISBN10: 1101918594)

The Harvey Milk Story by Kari Krakow and David Gardner
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Two Lives Publishing (2002)
ISBN: 9780967446837 (ISBN10: 096744683X)

Pride: The Story Of Harvey Milk And The Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders and Steven Salerno
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (2018)
ISBN: 9780399555312 (ISBN10: 0399555315)

Mayor Pete: The Story Of Pete Buttigieg by Rob Sanders and Levi Hastings
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Henry Holt & Company (2020)
ISBN: 9781250267573 (ISBN10: 1250267579)

Julian At The Wedding by Jessica Love
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published by Candlewick Press (2020)
ISBN: 9781536212389 (ISBN10: 1536212385)

Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman and Mike Dutton
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Tricycle Press (2011)
ISBN: 9781582463322 (ISBN10: 1582463328)

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Lee & Low Books (2019)
ISBN: 9781620148372 (ISBN10: 1620148374)

What Do You Do With A Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton and Ekua Holmes – 2019: NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Nominee
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Beach Lane Books (2018)
ISBN: 9781481465618 (ISBN10: 1481465619)

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids and Nancy K. Mays and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Harper Collins (2021)
ISBN: 9780062979667 (ISBN10: 0062979663)

Please see here for even more titles of books featuring race and identity.

Do you have other titles you would like to recommend? We’d love to hear them.

1 comment on “Beyond Global Awareness – Decolonizing Your Classroom Bookshelves

  1. Alzira Duncan

    Amazing book compilation . Thank you

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