Wednesday, June 11, 2008

2008 Notable Books for a Global Society: K-12

The spring 2008 issue of The Dragon Lode, the journal of the Children's Literature and Reading Special Insterst Group of the International Reading Association, includes their annual booklist of 2008 Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS).


"The NBGS committee considers works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for students in grades K-12 that encourage readers to understand, accept, and celebrate cultural differences as well as recognize shared aspects of the human experience across time and space. Selected titles must be outstanding representatives of their genres and must promote an understanding of diversity both within an outside the United States, in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, language, religion, social and economic status, sexual orientation, and/or physical and intellectual ability. To be eligible for selection , a trade book must have been published in the United States for the first time during the year of copyright under consideration (2007)" (p. 45).

The 2008 NBGS book list:

Picture Books

1. Bae, Hyun-Joo. New Clothes for New Year's Day. La Jolla, CA: Kane-Miller

2. Bryan, Ashley. Let It Shine . NY: Atheneum

3. Fleischman, Paul. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. NY: Henry Holt

4. Judge, Lita. One Thousand Tracings. NY: Hyperion

5. Levine, Ellen . Henry's Freedom Box. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. NY: Scholastic

6. Sis, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux

7. Stanton, Karen. Papi's Gift. Illustrated by Rene King Moreno. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press

8. Strauss, Rochelle. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Illustrated by Rosemary Woods. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press

9. Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. NY: Scholastic

10. Thompson, Lauren. Ballerina Dreams: A True Story. Photographs by James Estrin. NY: Holtzbrink

11. Williams, Karen Lynn & Mohammed, Khadra. Four Feet, Two Sandals. Illustrated by Doug Chayka. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company

12. Wise, Bill. Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer. Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. NY: Lee & Low

Historical Fiction

13. Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party. NY: Henry Holt

14. Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton . NY: Scholastic

15. Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem Summer. NY: Scholastic

16. Sheth, Kashmira. Keeping Corner. NY: Hyperion

17. Toksvis, Sandi. Hitler's Canary. NY: Roaring Brook Press

18. Wells, Rosemary. Red Moon at Sharpsburg. NY: Penguin


19. Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

20. Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier . NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

21. Greenwood, Barbara. Factory Girl. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press

Realistic Fiction

22. Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian . Art by Ellen Forney. Boston: Little, Brown Young Readers

23. Marsden, Carolyn. When Heaven Fell . Cambridge, MA: Candlewick

24. O'Connor, Barbara. How to Steal a Dog. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

25. Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl. Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge

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