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March 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth
Che Guevara’s Face: How a Cuban Photographer’s Image Became a Cultural Icon. By Danielle Smith-Llera. 2016. Capstone/Compass Point, $8.95 (9780756554422). Gr. 5–8.
Using an iconic photograph to introduce Guevara, this book also looks at Cuban history, the country’s tangled relationship with the U.S., and, finally, the image itself. A handsome, fact-filled offering.
Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony. By Richard Sobol. 2016. Lee & Low, $18.95 (9781600604508). Gr. 4–7.
Sobol’s account of the Peace Kawomera Growers co-op in Uganda is an uplifting story of community and religious harmony, a project all the more inspiring considering it is set against the country’s history of civil unrest.
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives. By Kenneth C. Davis. 2016. Holt, $17.99 (9781627793117). Gr. 7–10.
This invaluable, broad perspective on American slavery is paired with close-up views of individuals who benefited from the system and those who endured it: four American presidents and five of their slaves.
LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality. By Kirstin Cronn-Mills. 2017. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, $34.65 (9781467780124). Gr. 8–11.
In this eye-opening survey of the status of LGBTQ+ athletes, readers learn about the people who have come out, the history of prejudices in sports, and the progress that has been made putting anti-discrimination policies in place.
March: Book Three. By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell. 2016. Top Shelf, $19.99 (9781603094023). Gr. 9–12.
Opening with the infamous bombing of the Birmingham Baptist Church, the concluding volume in this critically acclaimed series highlights growing violence as well as tensions among civil rights activists leading up to Freedom Summer. Essential reading.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. By Kwame Alexander and others. Illus. by Ekua Holmes. 2017. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763680947). Gr. 4–7.
This cornucopia of original poetry inspired by favorite poets, such as Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros, and William Carlos Williams, is a joy to read and is matched by the glorious collage art that bursts from the pages.
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. By Caren Stelson. 2016. Carolrhoda, $19.99 (9781467789035). Gr. 7–10.
The plight of six-year-old Sachiko, her family, and the other hibakusha (“explosion-affected people”) after an atomic bomb is dropped on her city is detailed in this meaningful look back. Equally important is how Sachiko now works for peace.
Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy. By Michael Cottman. 2017. National Geographic, $17.99 (9781426326639). Gr. 6–9.
Cottman, an African American journalist and scuba diver, was moved to join the search for an eighteenth-century slave ship because of curiosity about his ancestry. Discussing slavery, marine archaeology, and contemporary racial discrimination, this culminates with a dive to the wreck itself.
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds. By Jorge Argueta. Illus. by Alfonso Ruano. Tr. by Elisa Amado. 2016. Groundwood, $18.95 (9781554988495). Gr. 5–8.
This powerful collection of bilingual poetry centers on the unaccompanied minors from Central America who have been making the dangerous trek to the U.S. in search of family and a safer life. Poignant and powerful.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. By Steve Sheinkin. 2017. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781596439542). Gr. 6–9.
Besides being a track and field star, Native American Thorpe was also a gifted football player as this absorbing biography shows, both through exemplary writing and a trove of fascinating photos. A perfect mesh of documented research and stylish writing.
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