#SurvivalStories2021 [Decolonize Your Bookshelf] Reading Progress

We are celebrating Survival Stories this 2021: #SurvivalStories2021.

This includes featuring stories of marginalized and indigenous communities whose existence were/are nearly wiped out by colonizers, tyrants, oppressors. The reading challenge is meant to decolonize our bookshelves, and we hope that you will join us this year. Essentially, 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
  4. Books written or illustrated by people who have been colonized, oppressed, marginalized

Similar to what I have done for our #WomenReadWomen2019, I am devoting an entire page to document my progress throughout the year.

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 overarching theme of survival stories – decolonizing our bookshelves – this 2021.

I will constantly be updating this table throughout the year, as and when new books fall into my hands and featured here for our #SurvivalStories2021 reading theme.

# Author / Illustrator # Book Title # Country # Language
(Bilingual/ Translated from)
1 Tami Charles (POC) 1 All Because You Matter 1 USA 1 English – with some Tagalog words
Bryan Collier (POC)
2 Christian Robinson (POC) 2 You Matter English (neither translated nor bilingual)
3 Miranda Paul (Editor) 3 Thanku: Poems Of Gratitude
Marlena Myles (Native American)
4 Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (POC) 4 Your Name Is A Song
5 Gene Barretta 5 The Secret Garden Of George Washington Carver
Frank Morrison (POC)
6 Grace Byers 6 I Am Enough
Keturah A. Bobo 7 I Believe I Can
7 Jen Corace 8 Small World
8 Caren Stelson 9 A Bowl Full Of Peace
9 Carole Boston Weatherford 10 Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You
James E. Ransome
10 Angela Johnson (POC) 11 A Girl Like Me
Nina Crews (POC)
11 Andrea Beaty 12 One Girl
Dow Phumiruk (Thai American) 2 Thailand
12 Dalai Lama 13 The Seed of Compassion 3 Tibet Autonomous Region
Bao Luu 4 Vietnam
13 Rita Joe (Whycocomagh First Nation) 14 I Lost My Talk 5 Canada
Pauline Young (Mi’kmaq First Nation)
14 15 I’m Finding My Talk
Rebecca Thomas (Mi’kmaq First Nation
Ishta Mercurio (raised by Irish-German-Italian-American father and a Polish-American-Filipino mother) Small World
15 Yamile Saied Mendez (born and raised in Argentina; now based in US) 16 Where Are You From? 6 Argentina
Jaime Kim (born and raised in South Korea; now based in US) 7 South Korea
Luisa Uribe Your Name Is A Song 8 Colombia
Akira Kusaka A Bowl Full Of Peace 9 Japan
16 Shokoofeh Azar (Iranian based in Australia) 17 The Enlightenment Of The Greengage Tree 10 Iran 2 Persian (translated)
17 Judith Ridge (editor) with contributions by POC and indigenous peoples such as Ambelin Kwaymullina and Shaun Tan 18 The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories 11 Australia English (neither translated nor bilingual)
18 Marguerite Abouet (now based in France) translated by Helge Dascher 19 Aya De Yopougon 12 Abidjan – Côte d’Ivoire  French (translated)
Clément Oubrerie 13 France