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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Older and Middle Readers
The topics here are wide-ranging, from gender to sex trafficking, dance to basketball. All of these titles were reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2017, and January 2018.
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and off the Court. By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obsfreld. 2017. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316555388). Gr. 9–12.
As the near-70-year-old looks back, he offers more than a sports story. This is an honest, powerful exposition of what it means to be black in America, a de facto history of civil rights, and a celebration of education.
Coping with Gender Dysphoria. By Ellen McGrody. 2017. Rosen, $37.50 (9781508173915). Gr. 7–10.
The author, a transgender woman, expertly addresses the issue, defined as “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.”
Danza! Amalia Hernández and Ballet Folklórico de México. By Duncan Tonatiuh. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams, $18.95 (9781419725326). Gr. 2–4.
The life and work of dancer and choreographer Hernández and her impact on the world of Mexican dance—and beyond—is showcased in this handsomely designed and illustrated book.
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time. By Tonya Lee Stone. 2017. Random/Wendy Lamb, $22.99 (9780553511468). Gr. 9–12.
This vibrant book tells the stories of nine girls living around the world who must fight for education and safety. The final chapter is a rousing call to activism.
Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad. By Emma Otheguy. Illus. by Beatriz Vidal. 2017. Lee & Low, $17.95 (9780892393756). Gr. 2–5.
Cuban poet and activist Otheguy introduces a new generation of readers to a champion of human rights. The power of the bilingual verses is matched by artwork that showcases Cuba as a vibrant land.
Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands. By Susan Goldman Rubin. 2017. Chronicle, $17.99 (9781452108377). Gr. 4–7.
A finely designed, endlessly compelling examination of the life and work of one of America’s most notable architects.
Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender. By S. D. Nelson. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams, $19.95 (9781419723131). Gr. 4–7.
Told in the imagined voice of the nineteenth-century warrior and chief, this presents a dramatic history. The story, both inspiring and sad, is enriched by Nelson’s artwork.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. 2017. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763680466). Gr. 4–7.
Weatherford’s prose-poem biography introduces the Puerto Rico–born book lover. His personal story is seamlessly interwoven with his passion for collecting written materials related to black heritage.
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. By Mary Beth Leatherdale. Illus. by Eleanor Shakespeare. 2017. Annick, $24.95 (9781554518968). Gr. 4–7.
Five teenagers, each forced to leave home, offer personal accounts of the despair that comes with being a refugee. Dynamic spreads with newspaper clippings, maps, and photos add further meaning.
Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride, 1961. By Larry Dane Brimner. 2017. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $17.95 (9781629795867). Gr. 5–9.
The story of 13 1961 Freedom Riders is presented in a tightly focused, present-tense account. Black-and-white photos transport readers back in time.
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