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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Multicultural Nonfiction for Youth
These multicultural nonfiction titles, reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2015, and January 2016 take readers on a trip through history and around the world to experience diversity.
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Edel Rodriguez. 2015. Atheneum, $17.99 (97814811435222). Gr. 5–8.
Reflecting on her childhood in Los Angeles and her Cuban heritage, Engle’s memoir in verse is nothing less than enchanting, capturing a range of emotions and observations salient to young people.
Freedom in Congo Square. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. 2016. little bee, $17.99 (9781499801033.). Gr. 1–3.
This artistic and poetic homage to the birthplace of jazz also celebrates a group whose legacy is too often ignored: the slaves of New Orleans. Blocks of color stamped with texture bring to life both the landscape and the movement.
Funny Bones: Posada and Day of the Dead Calaveras. By Duncan Tonatiuh. Illus. by the author. 2015. Abrams, $18.95 (9781419716478). Gr. 3–5.
This fascinating picture-book biography profiles Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, who drew the droll skeletons prominent in Day of the Dead celebrations. Playful, informative—a perfect introduction to the artist.
This sprightly biography, written in a colloquial voice, evokes Dunbar’s poems while humanizing the man who wrote them. The story has the loud ring of truth, nicely enhanced by expressionist drawings.
My Seneca Village. By Marilyn Nelson. 2015. Namelos, $21.95 (9781608981960). Gr. 6–9.
Nelson brings Seneca Village—before it made way for New York’s Central Park—to vivid life with masterfully written poems fueled by true-life events, laws, movements, and tragedies.
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip through the Motown Sound. By Andrea Davis Pinkney. illus. 2015. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781596439733). Gr. 5–8.
Readers join the narrative voice, known as “the Groove,” on a trip that captures the excitement of Hitsville, U.S.A., and introduces an all-star cast, from founder Berry Gordy to the Jackson Five.
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People. By S. D. Nelson. Illus. by the author. 2015. Abrams, $19.95 (9781419707315). Gr. 4–7.
Told in a powerful yet subdued first-person narrative, this enthralling biography recounts the life of the great chief and the defeat of his fellow Sioux, allowing readers to comprehend the events within a broad historical context.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Voting Rights March. By Lynda Blackmon Lowery and others. Illus. by PJ Loughran. 2015. Dial, $19.99 (9780803741232). Gr. 7–12.
This personal account of participation by young people in the civil rights movement, including the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, makes for riveting, inspiring, and unusually accessible reading.
Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community. By Cynthia Levinson. illus. 2015. Peachtree, $22.95 (9781451458219). Gr. 5–8.
Social circuses are a safe, positive environment for kids of different backgrounds to come together. This book looks at youth circuses in the U.S. and Israel and tells the story of how a shared passion can change lives.
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees. By Franck Prevot. Illus. by Aurelia Fronty. 2015. Charlesbridge, $17.99 (9781580896269). Gr. 3–5.
Maathai, a Kenyan political activist known for her environmental work, is brought to vivid life in this inspiring book that highlights the personal and political forces that caused Maathai to form the Green Belt Movement.
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