#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 Natalie Diaz (Mojave, enrolled Member of Gila River Indian Tribe) 12 Postcolonial Love Poem
12 Alice Walker (POC) 13 Possessing The Secret Of Joy
13 Jason Chin (POC) 14 Your Place In The Universe
14 Rosana Sullivan (Malaysian ethnicity, POC) 15 Mommy Sayang
15 Cozbi A. Cabrera (POC) 16 Me and Mama
16 Alicia D. Williams (POC) 17 Jump At The Sun: The True Life Tale Of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
Jacqueline Alcantara (POC)
17 Thrity Umrigar (POC, of Indian ethnicity) 18 Sugar In Milk
18 Meg Medina (POC, Latina) 19 Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away English (with a few Spanish words)
19 Julie Leung (Asian American, born in the US) 20 Paper Son: The Inspiring Story Of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Chris Sasaki (Asian American)
20 Nadia Hashimi (Afghani-American, born in the US) 21 A House Without Windows
21 Terese Marie Mailhot (Native American) 22 Heart Berries
22 Megan Madison (POC) 23 Our Skin
Jessica Ralli
Isabel Pepper Roxas (Filipina based in New York)
23 Phoebe Wahl 24 The Blue House
24 Eloise Greenfield (POC) 25 The Great Migration: Journey To The North
Jan Spivey Gilchrist (POC)
25 Simran Jeet Singh (POC) 26 Fauja Singh Keeps Going
26 Andrea Beaty 27 One Girl
Dow Phumiruk (Thai American) 2 Thailand
27 Dalai Lama 28 The Seed of Compassion 3 Tibet Autonomous Region
Bao Luu 4 Vietnam
Khoa Le Sugar In Milk
28 Rita Joe (Whycocomagh First Nation) 29 I Lost My Talk 5 Canada
Pauline Young (Mi’kmaq First Nation)
29 30 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
30 Yamile Saied Mendez (born and raised in Argentina; now based in US) 31 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
31 Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) 32 The Memory Police 2 Japanese (translated)
32 Shokoofeh Azar (Iranian based in Australia)  33 The Enlightenment Of The Greengage Tree 10 Iran 3 Persian (translated)
33 Judith Ridge (editor) with contributions by POC and indigenous peoples such as Ambelin Kwaymullina and Shaun Tan 34 The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories 11 Australia English (neither translated nor bilingual)
34 Zeno Sworder (POC) 35 This Small Blue Dot
35 Armin Greder (originally from Switzerland) 36 The Mediterranean
37 Diamonds
36 Marguerite Abouet (now based in France) translated by Helge Dascher 38 Aya De Yopougon 12 Abidjan – Côte d’Ivoire  4 French (translated)
Clément Oubrerie 13 France
37 Bolu Babalola (British of Nigerian descent) 39 Love in Colour 14 United Kingdom English (neither translated nor bilingual)
38 Jean Rhys (daughter of White Creole mother and Welsh father) 40 Wide Sargasso Sea
39 Julie Abery (born in UK, now based in Switzerland) 41 The Old Man And The Penguin
Baljinder Kaur (POC) Fauja Singh Keeps Going
Sonia Sanchez Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away 15 Spain English (with a few Spanish words)
Maria Elena Valdez (illustrator) Niños: Poems For The Lost Children Of Chile 5 Spanish (translated)
40 Teresa Robeson 42 Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock The Secrets Of The atom  16 Hong Kong (born, now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Rebecca Huang 17 Taiwan (born, now based in US)
41 Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jamie Chang) 43 Kim JiYoung, Born 1982 18 South Korea 6 Korean (translated)
42 Anna Kim (based in US) 44 Danbi Leads The Parade South Korea (born, now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
43 Stephen Acabado (Essayist) – Filipino now based in Los Angeles, USA 45 Bahay Kubo: A Filipino Children’s Song 19 Philippines (now based in US) 7 Tagalog / Filipino (with translations)
Kristian Cordero (concept/ essay) Philippines
Aldrin Camacho (Illustrator)
Mavreen Anne Romero (Book Designer)
44 Mitali Perkins (now based in US) 46 Home is In Between 20 India (born, now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Lavanya Naidu (now based in Australia) India (born, now based in Australia
45 Maria Jose Ferrada (translated by Lawrence Schimel) 47 Niños: Poems For The Lost Children Of Chile 21 Chile Spanish (translated)
Pierre Pratt  The Old Man And The Penguin 22 Portugal English (neither translated nor bilingual)
46 Maria Eugenie Manrique (born in Venezuela now lives in Spain) – translated by Amy Brill 48 The Caiman 23 Venezuela Spanish (translated)
Ramon Paris (born in Venezuela now lives in Spain)
47 Peter van den Ende 49 The Wanderer 24 Belgium 8 Dutch (translated)