2010 Notable Books For A Global Society

Each year the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association selects 25 outstanding trade books enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. Winning titles include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written for students in grades K-12. I'm thrilled that Secret Keeper is on this list in such good company!
Ajmera, Maya. Faith. Written by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. (2009). Anything But Typical. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: stories from the dark side of American immigration. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.

Bryan, Ashley. Words to my Life’s Song. Photographs by Bill McGuinness. New York: Atheneum.

Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces. New York: Scholastic.

Combres, √Člisabeth. Broken Memory: a Novel of Rwanda. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. Toronto, ON: Groundwood.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. 14 Cows for America. In collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Edwardson, Debby Dahl. Blessing’s Bead. New York: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus and Giroux.

Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses. New York: Dial.

Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Freedom. New York: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus Giroux.

Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor. Toronto, ON: Groundwood.

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. New York: Little, Brown.

Marshall, James Vance. Stories from the Billabong. Illustrated by Francis Firebrace. London: Frances Lincoln.

Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day The Soldiers Stopped Fighting. New York: Scholastic.

Naidoo, Beverley. Burn my Heart. New York: Amistad/HarperCollins.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Alligator Bayou. New York: Wendy Lamb/Random House.

National Geographic. Every Human Has Rights: a Photographic Declaration for Kids. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.

Nelson, Marilyn.  The Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial.

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves. Deputy U.S. Marshal. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda.

O’Brien, Anne Sibley. After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. Written by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. New York: Viking.

Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte.

Reynolds, Jan. Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming. New York: Lee & Low.

Russell, Ching Yeung.  Tofu Quilt. New York: Lee & Low.

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World. New York: Arthur Levine/Scholastic.


Jeannine said…
Wow some great books. Thanks for posting the list. Have to find more room on my to be read shelf!!
MissAttitude said…
I've added more books to my tbr pile! It's interesting, I've read that some readers are really unhappy with Orange Houses because of how it treats Africa but it's been getting lots of praise. I haven't read any of the nofiction or younger grade books, but I do intend on reading them. The Inernational Reading Association is a great idea and i'm glad they publish this list.

I really liked Blessing's Bead and Claudette Colvin! I'm so glad to see Claudette receive her long over due praise, she was so brave. To think she was only my age when she helped start such an important movement! hooray for Marcelo In the real World, I will forever love that book. Last Summer of the Death Warriors is fantastic as well :) And of course, congrats on yet another honor of secret Keeper! From all that I've heard, Secret Keeper deserves all the praise it gets and more.
Elaine Magliaro said…
Congratulations, Mitali! It's great to see both your book and Grace Lin's book on this list.
campbele said…
Congratulations! I'm surprised Secret Keeper didn't show up on more lists. Nonetheless, I hope it gets into libraries and homes.