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04 February 2017

Kidlit Resists! Resources for teachers, librarians, and concerned parents

I recently joined a great Facebook group trying to come up with a kidlit perspective on countering some of the negative influences floating around these days, Kidlit Resists. One of the members collated the links and supportive comments we've been sharing into one place and it's an incredibly valuable resource for librarians and teachers, so with permission to share, here you go!

KidLit Resource List – books for trying times
Jane Addams Peace Award books (1953 – present) “The Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.” http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/docs/JACBAawards.pdf
Picture books for social justice, activists: http://www.allthewonders.com/books/thirty-five-picture-books-for-young-activists/
Picture books about Muslim or Middle Eastern characters http://blog.leeandlow.com/2014/05/15/book-list-picture-books-about-muslim-or-middle-eastern-characters/
Middle grade social justice novels: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/8-empowering-middle-grade-novels-kids-interested-social-justice.html
South Asian and diverse children’s books https://kitaabworld.com
The Brown Bookshelf: united in story https://thebrownbookshelf.com/about/
Feminist literature for young readers: https://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/2017-amelia-bloomer-list/#more-7314
Refugee picture books https://www.pinterest.com/readingtocare/refugee-picture-books/
Refugees and immigrants http://www.allthewonders.com/books/books-for-better-stories-of-immigrants-and-refugees/
Empathy, kindness: http://www.allthewonders.com/books/empathy-steads-common-thread/
YA refugee books http://stackedbooks.org/2015/10/stories-about-refugees-a-ya-reading-list.html
Activist biographies YA https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Teen-Young-Adult-Social-Activist-Biographies/zgbs/books/10367684011
YA books about immigration https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/ten-young-adult-books-that-reflect-the-us-immigration-experience-by-natalie-dias-lorenzi/
Disability in KidLit: http://www.allthewonders.com/books/books-for-better-november-archive/
Girl-empowering books http://www.amightygirl.com/books?cat=55
Muslim American superhero Kamala Khan has become a real-world protest icon
http://weneeddiversebooks.org
Penny Candy Books (publisher) http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/72163-penny-candy-books-a-mission-becomes-a-moral-directive.html
Teaching Tolerance – a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center http://www.tolerance.org

From the St Paul Public Library:
“All residents of Saint Paul may obtain a library card by presenting proof of address and a photo ID. We never have, and never will, inquire about citizenship or immigration/refugee status. Within our buildings, our resources and information are available to all, whether they have a library card or not.”

Books inspiring activism and tolerance:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, photos by Wing Young Huie
March (trilogy) by John Lewis (Author), Andrew Aydin (Author), Nate Powell (Artist)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I dissent by Debbie Levy
The Seeds of America Trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio
The Hunt (coming in 2/17) by Margaux Othats
A Gift From Greensboro by Quraysh Ali Lansana, illustrated by Skip Hill
Ambassador by William Alexander
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, illustrations by Yutaka Houlette
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Recommendations for preschool storytime:
A Chair For My Mother and sequels by Vera B. Williams
More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
A is for Activist and Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub
Jacqueline Woodson’s picture books http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/category/books-ive-written/picture-books/
Kadir Nelson’s picture books https://www.amazon.com/Kadir-Nelson/e/B001JS2PV4
http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/docs/JACBAawards.pdf

Please feel free to add to the list in my comments!

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