LIS 7220 YA Materials 2020 Spring

Hello, here is my reading list for LIS 7220 Library Materials for Young Adults, which is cross listed with EDUC 3450 and 7450 Literature for Young Adults.

    1. Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X
    2. Ali, S.K. Saints & Misfits
    3. Anderson, M.T. Feed 
    4. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. They Called Themselves the K.K.K. 
    5. Blume, Judy. Forever OR Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders
    6. Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do
    7. Butler, Octavia. The Parable of the Sower
    8. Charleyboy, Lisa and Mary Beth Leatherdale. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
    9. Chung, Nicole. All You Can Ever Know OR Miller, Chanel. Know My Name
    10. Colbert, Brandy. Little & Lion
    11. Collins, Susan. The Hunger Games (Book 1)
    12. Dimaline, Cherie. The Marrow Thieves
    13. Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here
    14. Gibney, Shannon. Dream Country
    15. Green Card Youth Voices ( – either read a book or look through the website; watch a few videos; consider its relevance to LIS
    16. Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
    17. Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. March (graphic novel trilogy)
    18. Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
    19. Oh, Axie. Rebel Seoul
    20. Oshiro, Mark. Anger is a Gift
    21. Quigley, Dawn. Apple in the Middle
    22. Reynolds, Jason. Look Both Ways
    23. Saedi, Sara. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card A Memoir OR Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
    24. Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies
    25. Yang, Gene Luen. Superman Smashes the Klan OR Ms. Marvel (2014 #1) by G. Willow Wilson
    26. Pick one, read, and be ready to discuss:
      1. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give
      2. Magoon, Kekla. How It Went Down
      3. Reynolds, Jason and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys
      4. Watson, Renee. Piecing Me Together
    27. Crazy Rich Asians (book or movie or both)
    28. Read or watch any version of Black Panther for young adults

LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children

Here’s the reading list for my LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children course for 2019 Fall.

Required Textbooks

  1. Bang, Molly. (2000). Picture This! How Pictures Work. Chronicle Books.
  2. Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. HarperCollins.

Required Youth Literature

  1. Bell, CeCe. El Deafo
  2. Callender, Kacen (published as Kheryn Callander). Hurricane Child
  3. Diaz, Alexandra. The Only Road
  4. Edwards, Sue Bradford and Duchess Harris. Black Lives Matter (Special Reports)
  5. Elliott, Zetta. Dragons in a Bag
  6. Engle, Margarita. Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
  7. Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
  8. Griffin, Molly Beth. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Rhoda’s Rock Hunt
  9. Hiranandani, Veera. The Night Diary
  10. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon
  11. Jung, Mike. Unidentified Suburban Object
  12. Khan, Hena. Illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel. Under My Hijab
  13. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
  14. Lê, Minh. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Drawn Together
  15. Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  16. Lukoff, Kyle. Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. When Aidan Became a Brother
  17. Medina, Meg. Merci Suárez Changes Gears
  18. Mendoza, Jean and Debbie Reese (adapted by). Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People)
  19. Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers
  20. Rowling, J.K. Illustrated by Mary Granpré. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  21. Older, Daniel Jose. Dactyl Hill Squad
  22. Phi, Bao. Illustrated by Thi Bui. A Different Pond
  23. Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
  24. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Jingle Dancer
  25. Soontornvat, Christina. Diary of an Ice Princess: Snow Place Like Home
  26. Stelson, Caren B. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
  27. Steptoe, Javaka. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
  28. Takei, George. They Called Us the Enemy
  29. Tan, Susan. Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte. Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire
  30. Yang, Kao Kalia. A Map Into the World
  31. Yang, Gene Luen and Mike Holmes. Secret Coders book 1

Note: I’m always learning. On July 18, 2019, I removed It’s Perfectly Normal from this required reading list due to concerns mentioned on the Books for Littles page. We will talk about this in terms of critically evaluating information resources for young people.

Picture This: Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 Infographic

In 2016, we published the infographicDiversity in Children’s Books 2015.” It went viral and was discussed on Twitter, in Facebook groups, published in books and journals, and presented at countless conferences.

Today we present to you an updated infographic, “Diversity in Children’s Books 2018.

DiversityInChildrensBooks2018_f_8.5x11Link to JPG & PDF files: Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 – Dropbox Folder
Full citation: Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Retrieved from

Released for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0 license). You are free to use this infographic in any of your work, including presentations and published work, so long as you provide the full citation noted above.

As with the 2015 infographic, we relied on the multicultural publishing statistics compiled by the librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) that were “about” particular populations: American Indian/First Nation, Latinx, African/African American, and Asian Pacific Islander/Asian Pacific American.

One important distinction between the 2015 and 2018 infographics is that we made a deliberate decision to crack a section of the children’s mirrors (Rudine Sims Bishop, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” 1990) to indicate what Debbie Reese calls “funhouse mirrors” and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas calls “distorted funhouse mirrors of the self.” Children’s literature continues to misrepresent underrepresented communities, and we wanted this infographic to show not just the low quantity of existing literature, but also the inaccuracy and uneven quality of some of those books.

Similar to the 2015 infographic, David created this with a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license so that anyone working toward equity in children’s literature publishing may freely use it. We hope that this infographic, along with Lee & Low’s Diversity Gap blog posts, Emily Midkiff’s CCBC data graphs, Debbie Reese’s blog American Indians in Children’s LiteratureEdith Campbell and Zetta Elliott’s blogs, Maya Christina Gonzalez’ “Children’s Books as a Radical Act” blog posts, Malinda Lo’s LGTBQ blog posts, We Need Diverse BooksReading While WhiteResearch on Diversity in Youth Literature, and other diversity initiatives, can help push forward important conversations and lead to real change in children’s literature publishing. We encourage you to study these and other sources to better understand the context in which these numbers exist.

Thank you.

Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor, MLIS Program at St. Catherine University

David Huyck, Illustrator

With special thanks to Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K.T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner.

Note: When I published this blog post in June, I failed to cite Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” which is clearly the basis for the mirror metaphor in both the 2018 and the 2015 infographics. We’ve spoken about Sims Bishop in interviews, etc., and cited her on the infographic postcard, but realized we didn’t cite her here. In keeping with #CiteWomen and #CiteBlackWomen, I have added her name in the blog post above. I also added a link to Emily Midkiff’s very useful graphs in the last paragraph. With apologies for these omissions, Sarah (updated on 2019 Oct 23)

LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Here’s the reading list for my LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature course for 2019 Summer.

  1. Alexander, Kwame. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The Undefeated
  2. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Shout
  3. Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House
  4. Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me
  5. Coulson, Art. Illustrated by Nick Hardcastle. Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
  6. DuBois, W.E.B, and Augustus Granville Dill, and Jessie Redmon Fauset (eds). The Brownies Book
  7. Elliott, Zetta. Benny Doesn’t Like to be Hugged
  8. Engle, Margarita. The Lightning Dreamer
  9. Gibney, Shannon. See No Color
  10. Gino, Alex. You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!
  11. Hudson, Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson (Eds). We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
  12. Jackson, Tiffany. Monday’s Not Coming
  13. Kahn-Cullors, Patrisse and asha bandele. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
  14. Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great is Not Okay
  15. Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Hey Kiddo
  16. Lerner, Sarah (ed). Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories
  17. Levine, Karen. Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story
  18. Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. March trilogy
  19. Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars
  20. Miyazaki, Hayao (director). Spirited Away (film)
  21. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch
  22. Pan, Emily X. R. The Astonishing Color of After
  23. Prager, Sarah (ed). Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
  24. Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising
  25. Seki, Sunny. Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village
  26. Smith, Charles R Jr. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Brick by Brick
  27. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Hearts Unbroken
  28. Sugiura, Misa. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret
  29. Tatum, Dr. Beverly Daniel. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together? (20th anniversary edition)
  30. Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah. Illustrated by Ebony Glenn. Mommy’s Khimar
  31. Vargas, Jose Antonio. Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
  32. Watson, Renee. Piecing Me Together
  33. Yogi, Stan and Laura Atkins. Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up