#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 (POC)
10 11 Overground Railroad
Lesa Cline-Ransome (POC)
11 12 Counting The Stars: The Story Of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician
Raul Colon
12 Angela Johnson (POC) 13 A Girl Like Me
Nina Crews (POC)
13 Natalie Diaz (Mojave, enrolled Member of Gila River Indian Tribe) 14 Postcolonial Love Poem
14 Alice Walker (POC) 15 Possessing The Secret Of Joy
15 Jason Chin (POC) 16 Your Place In The Universe
16 17 Watercress
Andrea Wang (POC)
17 Rosana Sullivan (Malaysian ethnicity, POC) 18 Mommy Sayang
18 Cozbi A. Cabrera (POC) 19 Me and Mama
19 Alicia D. Williams (POC) 20 Jump At The Sun: The True Life Tale Of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
Jacqueline Alcantara (POC)
20 Thrity Umrigar (POC, of Indian ethnicity) 21 Sugar In Milk
21 Meg Medina (POC, Latina) 22 Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away English (with a few Spanish words)
22 Julie Leung (Asian American, born in the US) 23 Paper Son: The Inspiring Story Of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Chris Sasaki (Asian American)
23 Nadia Hashimi (Afghani-American, born in the US) 24 A House Without Windows
24 Terese Marie Mailhot (Native American) 25 Heart Berries
25 Megan Madison (POC) 26 Our Skin
Jessica Ralli
Isabel Pepper Roxas (Filipina based in New York)
26 Phoebe Wahl 27 The Blue House
27 Eloise Greenfield (POC) 28 The Great Migration: Journey To The North
Jan Spivey Gilchrist (POC)
28 Simran Jeet Singh (POC) 29 Fauja Singh Keeps Going
29 Joanna Ho (daughter of immigrants from Taiwan and China) 30 Eyes That Kiss In The Corners
30 Jennifer Bradbury 31 Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand
31 Zetta Elliott 32 A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart
Noa Denmon
32 Leda Schubert 33 Nathan’s Song
33 Karen Lynn Williams 34 A Thousand White Butterflies
34 Katie Yamasaki (Japanese American) 35 Fish for Jimmy
35 Mahogany L. Browne (POC) 36 Woke: A Young Poet’s Call To Justice
Elizabeth Acevedo (POC)
Olivia Gatwood (POC)
Theodore Taylor III
36 Kenard Park (Korean American) 37 Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
38 Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
39 Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
37 Jarrett Pumphrey (POC) 40 The Old Truck
Jerome Pumphrey (POC) 41 The Old Boat
38 Suzanne Slade 42 A Computer Called Katherine
Veronica Miller Jamison (POC)
39 Margot Lee Shetterly (POC) 43 Hidden Figures: The True Story Of Four Black Women And The Space Race
Laura Freeman (POC)
Stasia Burrington Mae Among The Stars
40 Nandini Ahuja (POC) 44 It’s Big Sister Time
45 It’s Big Brother Time
41 Andrea Beaty 46 One Girl
Dow Phumiruk (Thai American) 2 Thailand
42 47 Counting on Katherine
43 Kao Kalia Yang (Hmong American, born in Thailand) 48 A Map Into The World
44 Dalai Lama 49 The Seed of Compassion 3 Tibet Autonomous Region
Bao Luu 4 Vietnam
Khoa Le Sugar In Milk
Dung Ho Eyes That Kiss In The Corners
45 Muon Thi Van (now based in US) 50 Wishes
46 LeUyen Pham (now based in US) 51 Outside, Inside
47 Rita Joe (Whycocomagh First Nation) 52 I Lost My Talk 5 Canada
Pauline Young (Mi’kmaq First Nation)
48 53 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
49 Anna Bron 54 Salma The Syrian Chef
Helaine Becker (Canadian and US citizen) Counting on Katherine
50 Yamile Saied Mendez (born and raised in Argentina; now based in US) 55 Where Are You From? 6 Argentina
Jaime Kim (born and raised in South Korea; now based in US) 7 South Korea
Seo Kim (Korean-American) A Map Into The World
Akira Kusaka A Bowl Full Of Peace 8 Japan
51 Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) 56 The Memory Police 2 Japanese (translated)
52 Shokoofeh Azar (Iranian based in Australia) 57 The Enlightenment Of The Greengage Tree 9 Iran 3 Persian (translated)
53 Judith Ridge (editor) with contributions by POC and indigenous peoples such as Ambelin Kwaymullina and Shaun Tan 58 The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories 10 Australia English (neither translated nor bilingual)
54 Zeno Sworder (POC) 59 This Small Blue Dot
55 Armin Greder (originally from Switzerland) 60 The Mediterranean
61 Diamonds
56 Marguerite Abouet (now based in France) translated by Helge Dascher 62 Aya De Yopougon 11 Abidjan – Côte d’Ivoire  4 French (translated)
Clément Oubrerie 12 France
57 Bolu Babalola (British of Nigerian descent) 63 Love in Colour 13 United Kingdom English (neither translated nor bilingual)
58 Jean Rhys (daughter of White Creole mother and Welsh father) 64 Wide Sargasso Sea
59 Julie Abery (born in UK, now based in Switzerland) 65 The Old Man And The Penguin
Baljinder Kaur (POC) Fauja Singh Keeps Going
Sam Boughton Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand
Sonia Sanchez Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away 14 Spain English (with a few Spanish words)
Maria Elena Valdez (illustrator) Niños: Poems For The Lost Children Of Chile 5 Spanish (translated)
Ana Penyas Mexique: A Refugee Story From The Spanish Civil War
Victo Ngai (illustrator) Wishes 15 Hong Kong (now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
60 Teresa Robeson 66 Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock The Secrets Of The atom Hong Kong (born, now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Rebecca Huang 16 Taiwan (born, now based in US)
61 Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jamie Chang) 67 Kim JiYoung, Born 1982 17 South Korea 6 Korean (translated)
62 Anna Kim (based in US) 68 Danbi Leads The Parade South Korea (born, now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
63 Stephen Acabado (Essayist) – Filipino now based in Los Angeles, USA 69 Bahay Kubo: A Filipino Children’s Song 18 Philippines (now based in US) 7 Tagalog / Filipino (with translations)
Kristian Cordero (concept/ essay) Philippines
Aldrin Camacho (Illustrator)
Mavreen Anne Romero (Book Designer)
64 Mitali Perkins (now based in US) 70 Home is In Between 19 India (born, now based in US) English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Lavanya Naidu (now based in Australia) India (born, now based in Australia
65 Maria Jose Ferrada (translated by Lawrence Schimel) 71 Niños: Poems For The Lost Children Of Chile 20 Chile Spanish (translated)
Maria Jose Ferrada (translated by Elisa Amado) 72 Mexique: A Refugee Story From The Spanish CivilWarr
Pierre Pratt The Old Man And The Penguin 21 Portugal English (neither translated nor bilingual)
66 Maria Eugenie Manrique (born in Venezuela now lives in Spain) – translated by Amy Brill 73 The Caiman 22 Venezuela Spanish (translated)
Ramon Paris (born in Venezuela now lives in Spain)
67 Sandro Bassi 74 Alien Nation
68 Peter van den Ende 75 The Wanderer 23 Belgium 8 Dutch (translated)
69 Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones) 76 The Lost Soul 24 Poland 9 Polish (translated)
Joanna Concejo
70 Aya Kahlil (now based in Ohio, USA) 77 The Arabic Quilt 25 Egypt English with a few Arabic words
Anait Semirdzhyan (born in Kazakhstan, raised in Armenia, now based in Seattle USA) 26 Kazakhstan
Danny Ramadan (Syrian Canadian) Salma The Syrian Chef 27 Syria
71 Alfredo Soderguit (translated by Elisa Amado) 78 The Capybaras (Los Carpinchos) 28 Uruguay Spanish (translated)
72 Peter Sis (now based in US) 79 Nicky & Vera 29 Czech Republic English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Maya Ish-Shalom (now based in US) Nathan’s Song 30 Israel
Jessica Betancourt-Perez (now based in US) A Thousand White Butterflies 31 Colombia English (with a few Spanish words)
Gina Maldonado
Catalina Echeverri (Colombian based in the UK) It’s Big Sister Time English (neither translated nor bilingual)
It’s Big Brother Time
Luisa Uribe Your Name Is A Song
73 Roda Ahmed (Somali-Norwegian) 80 Mae Among The Stars 32 Norway