#DecolonizeReading2023 Reading Progress


It appears like two years is not enough to decolonize our bookshelves. Fully committed to this reading endeavor, we are extending this theme all the way through 2023 inspired by the book below.

In 2022, I managed to read 17 books from my targeted 25 listed in This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository). This 2023, I resolve to read 20 books from This Is The Canon (I have learned my lesson last year that 25 may be too ambitious), along with other stories I will discover along the way that feature marginalized and indigenous communities whose existence were/are nearly wiped out by colonizers, tyrants, oppressors. Similar to last year, we hope to feature books that fit any of the following criteria:

  1. Postcolonial literature and/or [pre/post] revolutionary stories
  2. Stories by indigenous / first-nation peoples / people of colour
  3. Narratives of survival and healing, exile and migration, displacement and dispossession
  4. Books written or illustrated by people who have been colonized, oppressed, marginalized
  5. Translated or international literature

Please do take note that this list does not consist of all the books I read this year. To see that, please visit my Goodreads page. This table is meant to keep track of the books I featured here in GatheringBooks that fit our #DecolonizeReading2023 reading theme.

I will constantly be updating this table throughout the year, as and when new books fall into my hands and featured here at GatheringBooks.

# Author / Illustrator # Book Title # Country # Language
1 Sheetal Sheth (Gujarati Indian
background, based in US
1 Making Happy 1 US 1 English
2 Cory McCathy (of Lebanese Ethnicity) 2 Hope Is An Arrow: The Story Of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran
Ekua Holmes (POC)
3 Kevin Young (POC) 3 Emile And The Field
4 Rebecca Green 4 Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers
5 Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (POC, of Ghanaian ethnicity) 5 Blue: A History Of The Color As Deep As The Sea And As Wide As The Sky
Daniel Minter (POC)
6 Michaela Goade (member of Tlingit Nation) 6 Berry Song 2 English with Tlingit words
7 Sally Deng (parents are Chinese immigrants) 7 Yusra Swims English
Larry C. Fields (POC) Little Black Girl, Oh The Things You Can Do!
Little Black Boy, Oh The Things You Will Do
Paul Davey (POC)
8 David Elliott 8 Color The Sky
Evan Turk (POC)
9 Bryan Collier (POC) 9 Music Is A Rainbow
10 10 By And By: Charles Albert Tindlay The Father Of Gospel Music
Carole Boston Weatherford (POC)
11 11 Standing In The Need Of Prayer: A Modern Retelling Of The Classic Spiritual
Frank Morrison (POC)
12 Carole Boston Weatherford (POC) 12 All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson
Ashley Evans (POC)
13 Tonya Engel (POC) 13 My Hands Tell A Story
Kelly Starling Lyons (POC)
14 14 Sing A Song: How “Lift Every Voice And Sing” Inspired Generations
Keith Mallett (POC)
15 Matt De La Peña (POC) 15 Milo Imagines The World
Christian Robinson (POC)
Sara Greenwood My Brother Is Away
16 Nikole Hannah-Jones (POC) 16 The 1619 Project: Born On The Water
Renée Watson (POC)
Nikkolas Smith (POC)
17 Kwame Alexander (POC) 17 An American Story
Dare Coulter (POC)
18 Ibram X. Kendi (POC) 18 Goodnight Racism
Cbabi Bayoc (POC)
19 Alicia D. Williams (POC) 19 The Talk
Briana Mukodiri Uchendu (POC)
Ani Di Franco 20 The Knowing
20 Rafael Lopez 21 The Little Book Of Joy 2 Mexico
His Holiness The Dalai Lama 3 Tibet
Archbishop Desmond Tutu 4 South Africa
Khoa Le Making Happy 5 Vietnam
21 Aravind Adiga 22 The White Tiger 6 India
22 Julia Mathew (of Indian ethnicity, based in the US) The Knowing
23 Achintyarup Ray (story and translation) 23 Jhupli’s Honey Bee Box 3 Bengali (translated)
Shivam Choudhary
24 International Centre for the
Picture Book In Society (editor)
24 Migrations: Open Hearts,
Open Borders
7 United Kingdom mostly English – a few
translated postcards from
various languages
Julie Abery (based in Switzerland) Yusra Swims English
25 Kirby Howell-Baptiste 25 Little Black Girl, Oh The Things You Can Do!
26 Little Black Boy, Oh The Things You Will Do!
26 Sam Selvon (Trinidadian who lived in the UK and moved to Canada) 27 The Lonely Londoners
Lina AlHathloul (based in Belgium) Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers 8 Saudi Arabia
Uma Mishra-Newbery 9 Switzerland
Chioma Ebinama (based in Greece) Emile And The Field 10 Nigeria
27 Oliver Jeffers (based in New York) 28 Meanwhile Back On Earth 11 Ireland
29 The Fate Of Fausto
28 Buffy Sainte-Marie (of Cree origins) 30 Still This Love Goes On 12 Canada 4 English with some Cree words
Julie Flett (Cree-Metis)
29 Shaun Tan (of Malaysian Chinese / Anglo Irish parentage) 31 Creature 13 Australia English
30 Meg McKinlay 32 How To Make A Bird
Matt Ottley
31 Beatrice Alemagna 33 Forever 14 Italy 5 French (translated)
32 Maria Ressa 34 How To Stand Up To A Dictator 15 Philippines English
33 Maryse Condé (translated from the French by Barbara Bray) 35 Segu 16 Guadeloupe – France French (translated)
34 Luisa Uribe 36 My Brother Is Away 17 Colombia English
35 R. F. Kuang 37 Babel 18 China
36 Funda Özlem Seran (translated by Amy Marie Spangler) 38 Memo And The Unexpected Gift 19 Turkey 6 Turkish (translated)
Ezgi Keles