Early in 2015, Edith Campbell invited a handful of colleagues who share a passion for children, literacy and diversity to work with her on a Summer Reading list. She invited us to suggest titles we had read and wanted to recommend. As conversations took place, the focus of the list became clear. We realized we needed to read closely to identify microaggressions, cultural misappropriation or examples that negated our struggle for social justice and inclusion. We wanted to create a list of books that we would be comfortable to put in any child’s hands. Each book has had no fewer than two readers. While we are willing to accept books from publishers, at this point we are recommending books from our personal collections or public libraries. We receive no compensation for books that appear on this list.
Books we recommend are ones written or illustrated by Native Americans or writers/illustrators of color that have withstood our critical review process. We want readers to become familiar with the names on the list and their creative work and to enjoy the stories they tell and the people they represent. We are proud to share our list.
We are authors, bloggers, academics and librarians.
Thaddeus Andracki is a middle school librarian at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He is a former chair of the American Library Association’s Rainbow List Committee, which creates annual annotated bibliographies of recommended books with significant LGBTQ content. His scholarly interests include criticism and analysis of literature for young people; comparative ethnic studies and queer studies; and digital cultures. His website is tandracki.net.
Edith Campbell promotes literacy in its many forms to teens and she does this through her blog, CrazyQuiltEdi [campbele.wordpress.com] and in her work as an Education Librarian at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Edith currently serves as the Indiana State Ambassador for the United States Board on Books for Young People, and on the WNDB Walter Award Committee. She is a past member of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults selection committee and the CYBILS Nonfiction Awards committee. Her research interests include geography in young adult literature, critical information literacy and critical literacy and young adult literature. Follow her on Twitter @.
Dr. Laura M. Jiménez is a lecturer at Boston University School of Education, Literacy program. She teaches children’s literature courses that focus on both the reader and the text by using an explicit social justice lens. Her work spans both literature and literacy, with a special interest in graphic novels and issues of representation in young adult literature. Her scholarship appears in The Reading Teacher,Journal of Lesbian Studies, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Journal of Literacy Research. Her graphic novel reviews can be found on her blog https://booktoss.blog/. On Twitter, she’s @booktoss.
Alia Jones currently works as a Sr. Library Services Assistant with The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She is a former children’s bookseller and ESL teacher in South Korea through the Fulbright Program. Alia currently reviews for Kirkus. She’s a member of the American Library Association, Association of Library Service to Children, ALA-Black Caucus, American Indian Library Association and is a member of the ALSC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. You can find her online at readitrealgood.com, where she blogs about children’s literature & diverse books. Follow her on Twitter @readitrealgood.
Sujei Lugo is a former elementary school librarian at the University of Puerto Rico Elementary School and currently works as a children’s librarian at the Boston Public Library, Connolly Branch. She is a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, focusing her research on anti-racist children’s librarianship. She is a member of REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking), American Library Association, and Association of Library Service to Children. Sujei is also a book reviewer and blogs on and collaborates with Latinos In Kid Lit. Follow her on Twitter @.
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the former editor-in-chief of MultiCultural Review, the editor of the short story anthology of Latin@ authors for youth Once Upon a Cuento, and the author of the young adult novels Rogue, Gringolandia, and Surviving Santiago. She translates children’s books and other materials from Portuguese to English, including the acclaimed picture book The World in a Second, and reviews books on social justice for The Pirate Tree. Visit Lyn’s website http://www.lynmillerlachmann.com/ and her blog at Lyn Miller-Lachmann http://www.lynmillerlachmann.com/category/blog/.
Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at a community college in New York City. Her academic research and creative writing stem from her personal experiences and her desire for liberation. She blogs at https://soniaarodriguez.com/ and she can be found on Twitter @mariposachula8