Here’s the reading list for my LIS 7220/EDUC 3450/EDUC 7450 Library Materials for Young Adults course for 2018 Spring.

  1. Anderson, M.T. Feed
  2. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
  3. Brockenbrough, Martha. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary
  4. Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do
  5. Chanani, Nidhi. Pashmina
  6. Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me
  7. Engle, Margarita. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
  8. Gibney, Shannon. See No Color
  9. Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down
  10. Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  11. Ireland, Justina. Dread Nation (publication date: 2018 April 3)
  12. Kiely, Brendan. The Gospel of Winter
  13. Larbalestier, Justine. My Sister Rosa
  14. Lewis, John; Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell. March (all 3)
  15. Magoon, Kekla. How It Went Down
  16. Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue
  17. O’Neill, Louise. Asking For It
  18. Oh, Axie. Rebel Seoul
  19. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch
  20. Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper
  21. Patel, Sonia. Jaya and Rasa Fall in Love
  22. Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
  23. Storm, Jennifer. Fire Starters
  24. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give
  25. Woodson, Jacqueline. Another Brooklyn
  26. Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban (Young Reader’s Edition)
  27. Zinn, Howard. A Young People’s History of the United States
  28. Green Card Youth Voices: Immigrant Stories from a Minneapolis High School
  29. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

The full syllabus will be available shortly. To get you started, here are readings and assignments for the first two weeks of class:

Week 1 February 2 (on campus)

Unit: Introduction to Young Adult Materials


  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention > Child Development > Basics > Positive Parenting Tips > Read everything between “Middle Childhood (9-11 years)” and “Teenagers (15-17 years).”
  2. YALSA Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. (2017 October 30).
    ⁃ Consider participating in a free competency webinar & twitter chat (#yalsace):
  3. Braun, Linda, Maureen Hartman, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, and Kafi Kumasi with contributions from Beth Yoke. (2014). The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action. YALSA.
  4. MN Education Standards English Language Arts K-12 (read “Introduction” pp. 1-11 and glance through “Standards for English Language Arts 6–12” pp. 48-90)
  5. Cart, Michael.  (2016). “Young Adult Literature: The State of a Restless Art.” Youth Services 5(1).


  1. Blume, Judy. Forever


  1. Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders


  1. By Monday, January 29, 2018, log into D2L and complete the Advanced Google Certification course. You will be approved after approximately 24 hours, at which point you may join our Google Classroom using the code from the email. We will use Google Classroom for most our communication (syllabus, online discussion, etc.). Assignments will be submitted through D2L and the Google Classroom. The Google Doc syllabus is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the instructor. Changes will be applied directly onto the Google Doc, so do not “copy” it into your personal drive, as you will no longer be able to see changes on the original document.
  2. Google Classroom Week 1.
    ⁃ 1. Briefly introduce yourself – name, what you prefer to be called, preferred pronouns, current job (full/part time student? full/part time employee?), why you’re taking this class, and what you hope to get out of it.
    ⁃ 2. Briefly share about one of your favorite YA books, movies, magazine, or other media – something you encountered as a YA. What is “YA” about it? What was its appeal?

Week 2 February 9 (online)

Unit: Popular


  1. Haines, Claudia. Kidmap – The DIG Checklist For Inclusive, High-Quality Children’s Media
  2. Middaugh, Ellen, Lynn Schofield Clark, and Parissa J. Ballard. (2017 November). “Digital Media, Participatory Politics, and Positive Youth Development. Pediatrics 140 (supplement 2). [Read online or download PDF]


  1. Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  2. Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down

Assignments Due

  1. Google Classroom Week 2. Digital Media Analysis. Find, explore and analyze 3 apps, 3 websites, 3 video games, or 3 other digital media for young adults. Choose media that are similar (for example, 3 apps that teach coding; 3 websites that teach American history; 3 video games where the intended users are female; etc.). More instructions will be on full the syllabus.

Here’s the reading list for my Global Search for Justice 3990 Social Justice and Children’s Literature course, which I am teaching for the third time for St. Catherine University’s undergraduate CORE Curriculum.

  1. Bryan, Ashley.  Freedom Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
  2. Budhos, Marina. Watched
  3. Butler, Octavia E. Kindred (graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings)
  4. Campbell Bartoletti, Susan. They Called Themselves the KKK
  5. Cohn, Diana. Illustrated by Francisco Delgado. ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes We Can! Janitor Strike in LA
  6. Dauviller, Loïc. Art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo. Hidden
  7. Diaz, Alexandra. The Only Road
  8. Diggs, Taye. Illustrated by Shane Evans. Mixed Me!
  9. Harris, Duchess and Sue Bradford Edwards. Black Lives Matter: Special Reports
  10. Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
  11. Howell, Patricia Hruby. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland. Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
  12. Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. When I was Eight
  13. José Older, Daniel. Shadowshaper
  14. Jung, Mike. Unidentified Suburban Object
  15. Khan, Hena. Amina’s Voice
  16. Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out and Back Again
  17. Lewis, John. March trilogy (3 graphic novels)
  18. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch
  19. Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko
  20. Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola. Eighth-Grade Superzero
  21. Saenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
  22. Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis
  23. Tate, Don. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
  24. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give
  25. Weatherford, Carole Boston. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
  26. Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer
  27. Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese
  28. Yogi, Stan and Laura Atkins. Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
  29. Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education & Changed the World Young Readers Edition

Here it is! My (tentative-almost-final-subject-to-minor-tweaks) LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children reading list and Week 1 and Week 2 context reads for 2017 fall!

Week 1 ~ September 6 ~ Introduction & Publishing


  1. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon
    1. Nel, Phil. (2016 October 20). “How to read Harold.” Phil Nel: Nine Kinds of Pie blog.
  3. Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway
    1. UMN CLRC online exhibit:
    2. The Making of Picture Book Illustrations:


  1. ALSC Education Committee. (2015). Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries.
  2. From Cover to Cover. Introduction and Chapter 1 “A Critical Approach to Children’s Books” and chapter 5 “Picture Books”
  3. Bang, Molly. Picture This! How Pictures Work (all)
  4. Bishop, Rudine. (1990 Summer). Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors. Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom 6 (3).


  1. Online – Introduce yourself to the class by Tuesday, September 5. Share 1) what your interest is in taking the class; 2) What you hope to get out of it. Refer to the ALSC competencies, when necessary; 3) your twitter handle, if you have one.


Week 2 ~ Sept 13 ~ Popular Part I


  1. Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
  2. Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl


  1. From Cover to Cover. Chapter 3 “Traditional Literature”
  2. Low, Jason. (2016 January 26). Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results. The Open Book.


  1. TBD


NOTE: On Wednesday, September 27 poet and novelist Jacqueline Woodson will speak at Talking Volumes. We will not hold class that evening so students may attend this event (optional, as it requires a ticket). If you wish to attend, I highly encourage you to purchase a ticket ASAP. In place of class, we will have some sort of online class activity (TBD).

A-Z List of Texts

1. Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
2. Barton, Chris. Illustrated by Don Tate. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
3. Bell, CeCe. El Deafo
4. Brown, Monica. Illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Lola Levine is Not Mean!
5. Bryan, Ashley. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
6. Diaz, Alexandra. The Only Road
7. Duetsch, Stacia. Girls Who Code Book #1 The Friendship Code
8. Edwards, Sue Bradford and Duchess Harris. Black Lives Matter (Special Reports)
9. Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
10. Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
11. Freedman, Russell. We Will Not be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler
12. Gino, Alex. George
13. Griffin, Molly Beth. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Rhoda’s Rock Hunt
14. Harris, Robie. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
15. Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl
16. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon
17. Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. When I was Eight
18. Jung, Mike. Unidentified Suburban Object
19. Khan, Hena. Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
20. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
21. Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out and Back Again
22. Milton, Stephanie. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
23. Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
24. Palacio, R.J. Wonder
25. Phi, Bao. Illustrated by Thi Bui. A Different Pond
26. Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
27. Rowling, J.K. Illustrated by Mary Granpré. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
28. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Jingle Dancer 
29. Steptoe, Javaka. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
30. Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway
31. Tan, Susan. Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte. Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire
32. Tingle, Tim. How I Became a Ghost
33. Ursu, Anne. Breadcrumbs
34. Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer
35. Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming
36. Yang, Gene Luen and Mike Holmes. Secret Coders Book 1

1. Moana
2. Frozen
3. Wonder (optional)


I’ve been attending the American Library Association (ALA) Annual and Midwinter conferences and Children’s Literature Association‘s (ChLA) annual conferences for more than 10 years. This year, the two conferences overlapped, and I had already committed to presenting at ALA (and seriously, who can afford both conferences every year?), so I was unable to go to ChLA. But there are some interesting things happening in both spaces that are worth talking about. The demographics of both organizations and related professions have shifted over the years, but they still remain very white (librarianship [88% white], K-12 education [82% white], and publishing [79% white].) For many years we’ve been having conversations and taking action in both associations to “diversify,” to dismantle and re-make and make space for those who aren’t typically there. This has been and continues to be exhausting. Edi is exhausted. April is exhausted. I’m exhausted. But there we were, and here we are, doing the work.

The week before the ALA and ChLA conferences, The Lion and the Unicorn published the essays that my colleagues and I wrote about being Women of Color (WOC) scholars in the majority white #KidLit field (huge thanks to Kate Slater and Karin Westman). Our essays are gathered together under the title #WeNeedDiverseScholars, a nod to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. We submitted these essays last fall; since then, we have been working hard to launch a new peer-reviewed, online, open access journal, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL). Our journal makes space for voices and topics that are traditionally underrepresented, rejected, and delegitimized in the academy. Folks’ enthusiastic support of our #WeNeedDiverseScholars essays and new journal has been rewarding, but the whole thing has also been emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually exhausting. But we’re doing the work.

I know folks at the ChLA conference talked about our essays, our journal, the lack of diversity, and the macro and microaggressions toward POC/Native folks and scholarship. Phil Nel blogged about our essays, and ChLA president Kenneth Kidd talked about them in his presidential address. I heard the “Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Changing the Culture and Practices of ChLA” roundtable, facilitated by some of the most woke members of the association, was legit. It was a packed room. Folks showed up to do the work.

Meanwhile, on Saturday at ALA, Edith Campbell, Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Irania Patterson, and I gave a presentation to a full room of (mostly white and mostly female) children’s librarians about how to more radically interpret the 2015 ALSC competencies. It was thrilling to see so many folks wanting to learn and do the work, but the work isn’t easy or comfortable. In addressing Competency VII, I asked participants to reflect not only on “the effects of racism, ethnocentrism, classism, heterosexism, genderism, ableism, and other systems of discrimination and exclusion within the profession” (Competency VII.5) and in our lives, but also to think about the effects of homogeneity and whiteness. I asked them to think about whether or not they are recruiting and mentoring (Competency VII.8) people who look like me, like Trayvon, like Philando, to LIS, or if they’re recruiting and mentoring more people who look like them. It’s uncomfortable, but let’s ask the questions. Let’s do the work.

I also heard, in different spaces, some white women use[d] the words “inclusive” and “welcoming” to describe our association. The first time, my head whipped up and I did a double take. Remember when novelist Chimananda Adichie told a white man he didn’t get to define racism? It’s not up to the majority to determine whether or not the space is/has become welcoming and inclusive. Those sentiments are aspirational, not reflective. Do we have to remind folks that we’re not there yet, that we haven’t been for a long time? (Thanks, Dr. Nicole Cooke, for addressing this at the Saturday ALSC membership meeting.) But yes, let’s get there. Let’s do the work.

Speaking of not there yet – many folks, especially WOC, who have come up before in both ALA and ChLA have worked hard to make these spaces safe. We thank you for your work and your sacrifices, for smashing ceilings and paving the way. But the way is still long. We’re not there yet, and we won’t be for a long while. Those of us coming up now are still fighting to be seen as human. This is the ongoing work.

So, like Edi and April, I am exhausted. But there remains work to be done, and there are others coming up after us. We see you. We’re here for you. We do the work for you, and for the young people we all serve.

Caldecott and CSK Award winner Javaka Steptoe said in his Caldecott speech, “I ask that we all keep fighting, and that we take this attitude with us in our day-to-day business. Please don’t feel overwhelmed — we can all pick an individual focus, and in this way everything will get accomplished. You will become better. We will become better.” (Here’s his CSK speech).

“We will become better.” I believe this too. And so, exhausted or not, overwhelmed or not, the work continues. We’re doing the work. Let’s get to work.

Please find here a document where our panelists have compiled resources to help with putting the 2015 ALSC Competencies into action: 2017ALSCHandout (PDF)

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