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



St. Catherine University’s
Master of Library and Information Science Program presents

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, MacArthur GENE-IUS, and award-winning graphic novelist
Gene Luen Yang

Asian America in Graphic Novels: An Evening With Gene Luen Yang

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105


Yang Gene Luen - American Born ChineseYang-BoxersSaints

Co-hosted by the St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program, Library, Friends of the Libraries, Education Department, Multicultural & International Programs & ServicesAmerican Library Association Student ChapterProgressive Librarians Guild, Student Governance OrganizationEndowed Mission Chairs, and Addendum Books.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free on campus after 5 pm. St. Kate’s campus map.

Contact: Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, MLIS Program (, for updated event information.

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A Gene Luen Yang Reading/Viewing List

  1. Ahlin, Charlotte. (2016 Sept 23). Who Is Gene Luen Yang? 9 Things To Know About The “Genius” Grant-Winning Graphic Novelist. in Bustle.
  2. Benedetti, Angelina and Cindy Dobrez. (2007 Spring). Gene Luen Yang Wins 2007 Printz Award. YALS.
  3. Chaney, Michael A. (2011 Summer). Animal Subjects of Graphic Novels. in College Literature 38(3).
  4. Chen, Irene (Chen Ying-Yu). (2009). Monkey King’s Journey to the West: Transmission of a Chinese Folktale to Anglophone Children. in Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature 47(1).
  5. Gomes, Cheryl, with James Bucky Carter. (2010). Navigating through Social Norms, Negotiating Place: How American Born Chinese Motivates Struggling Learners. in English Journal 100(2).
  6. Schieble, Melissa. (2014). Reading Images in American Born Chinese through Critical Visual Literacy. in English Journal 103(5).
  7. Serrao, Nivea. (2017 May 2). Fresh Off the Boat: Read pages from the Free Comic Book Day comic. in Entertainment Weekly.
  8. Song, Min Hyoung. (2010 March). “How Good It Is to Be a Monkey”: Comics, Racial Formation, and American Born Chinese. in Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 43(1).
  9. Stratman, Jacob. (2016) “How Good It is To Be a Monkey”: Conversion and Spiritual Formation in Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese. in Christianity & Literature 65(4).
  10. Yang, Gene Luen. (2012 July 9). Charlotte Zolotow Lecture 2011 – Gene Luen Yang. UWMadisonEducation.
  11. Yang, Gene Luen, Marek Oziewicz, and Emily Midkiff. (2014 Jan). The “Asian Invasion”: An Interview with Gene Luen Yang. In The Lion and the Unicorn 38(1).
  12. Yang, Gene Luen. (2013 Nov 25). Gene Luen Yang. on Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast.
  13. Yang, Gene Luen. (2014). A Mistake in The Shadow Hero. DiversityinYA tumblr.
    1. Cavna, Michael. (2014 Dec 9). THE SHADOW HERO’: Author Gene Luen Yang admits research error through new comic. The Washington Post.
  14. Yang, Gene Luen. (2016 July 20). Gene Luen Yang Episode #063. on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast.
  15. Yang, Gene Luen. (2016 Sept 13). EPISODE 28: CREATING STORIES WITH GENE LUEN YANG. on The Asian American Voice.
  16. Yang, Gene Luen. (2016 Sept 21). Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang | 2016 MacArthur Fellow. MacArthur Foundation.
  17. Yang, Gene Luen. (2016 Dec 2). Why comics belong in the classroom | Gene Yang | TEDxManhattanBeach. Tedx.
  18. Yang, Gene Luen, Greg Pak, Phil Yu, and Jeff Yang. (2017 May 12). Episode 8: They Call Us Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak. on They Call Us Bruce Podcast.



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Here it is! My LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature reading list for summer 2017!

Almost-Final Reading List (in alphabetical order)

  1. Alko, Selina. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
  2. Austrian, J.J.. Illustrated by Mike Curato. Worm Loves Worm
  3. Budhos, Marina. Watched
  4. Charleyboy, Lisa and Mary Beth Leatherdale (eds.) Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
  5. Cohn, Diana. Illustrated by Francisco Delgado. ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes We Can! Janitor Strike in LA
  6. Elliott, Zetta. A Wish After Midnight
  7. Favilli, Elena. Illustrated by Francesca Cavallo. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  8. Friedman, Darlene. Illustrated by Roger Roth. Star of the Week
  9. Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here
  10. Gonzalez, Maya Christina. Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol
  11. Harris, Duchess and Sue Bradford Edwards. Hidden Human Computers
  12. Herrington, John. Mission to Space
  13. Jensen, Kelly (ed.) Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
  14. Khan, Hena. Amina’s Voice
  15. Lambert, Meghan Dowd. Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Real Sisters Pretend
  16. Lester, Julius. Illustrated by Karen Barbour. Let’s Talk About Race
  17. Levine, Ellen. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
  18. Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
  19. National Geographic. 1001 Inventions & Awesome Facts From Muslim Civilization
  20. Nelson, Marilyn. Illustrated by Philippe Lardy. A Wreath for Emmett Till
  21. Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
  22. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch
  23. Perez, Ashley Hope. Out of Darkness
  24. Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola. Eighth-Grade Superzero
  25. Rivera, Lilliam. The Education of Margot Sanchez
  26. Schatz, Kate. Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl. Rad American Women A-Z
  27. Schatz, Kate. Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl. Rad Women Worldwide
  28. Smith, Mychal Denzel. Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
  29. Starr, Arrigon. Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers #1
  30. Tamaki, Mariko. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Skim
  31. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give
  32. Tingle, Tim. Illustrated by Rorex Bridges. Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom.
  33. Ursu, Anne. Illustrated by Erin McGuire. The Real Boy
  34. Woodson, Jacqueline. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Each Kindness
  35. Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers and Saints
  36. Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese
  37. Yogi, Stan and Laura Atkins. Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
  38. Zoboi, Ibi. American Street

Course Textbook

  1. Naidoo, Campbell Jamie and Sarah Park Dahlen. Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading

Readings and Assignments for the First Week of Class

Week 1 ~ June 5 Monday ~ Occupy Children’s Literature: #WeNeedDiverseBooks


Youth Literature

  • Levine, Ellen. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
  • Yogi, Stan and Laura Atkins. Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Week 1 ~ June 7 Wednesday ~ Power & Liberation Through the Word


  • Nodelman, Perry.  (1992). The Other: Orientalism, Colonialism, and Children’s LiteratureChildren’s Literature Association Quarterly 1(17), 29-35.
  • McIntosh, Peggy. (1988). White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work on Women’s Studies.
  • Taxel, Joel. (2010). The Economics of Children’s Book Publishing in the 21st Century. Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Edited by Shelby Wolf, Karen Coats, Patricia A. Enciso, and Christine Jenkins. Routledge. PDF.

Youth Literature

  • Lester, Julius. Illustrated by Karen Barbour. Let’s Talk About Race
  • Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore


Thank you.

We are blown away by the response to our CCBC infographicMany have long been advocating for diversity in children’s literature; as we’d hoped, this infographic is pushing this work along. Since September 14, the blog post has had over 36,000 views; my initial tweet made over 17,000 impressions; my Facebook post was shared over 10,000 times, including by writers Cynthia Leitich Smith, Zetta Elliott, Mike Jung, Ellen Oh, and Junot Díaz. Professors, teachers, librarians, and students – from K-12 through graduate courses at universities and public libraries across the US and the world – are printing, sharing, displaying, and discussing the infographic.

Of course, with so much visibility came many questions.

Sarah Hannah Gómez pointed out the difference between the white category in the 2012 infographic, and ours, which uses data from 2015. She noted that it may cause folks to think we have made progress. But actually, David included the bunny to show that a significant percentage of children’s literature depicts animals and inanimate objects (trucks, cupcakes, screws, etc.) as protagonists, something CCBC Director KT Horning wrote about in her 2013 blog post “I See White People.” The 2012 infographic, created prior to Horning’s 2013 post, does not reflect this, so the numbers are not exactly aligned.

Many people wondered about categorization. Where are South Asians? Why are Pacific Islanders included with Asians? Where are Jewish people? etc. Categorizing people (and books) into groups is difficult work. After some discussion, we decided to use pretty much the same category titles as the CCBC; you can read more on their website about how they categorize.

The CCBC’s data includes distinct categories for books by, and for books about, each of the demographics they count. The about category may, or may not, include a book in the by category (this happens when an Asian American writer, for example, writes a book that is not about Asian Americans.) For our infographic, we used only the about data. It is vitally important to note that this data does not reflect the quality, accuracy, etc. of the books themselves. It is also vitally important to to note that the number of books about and written and illustrated by #OwnVoices authors is significantly lower.

Our hope is that people will continue to ask questions and do the work that will uncover more information. See Debbie Reese’s post “A Close Look at CCBC’s 2015 Data on Books By/About Americans Indians/First Nations” for one example of how a scholar unpacked the data, and Jerrold Connors’ post “We Need Diverse Books, and How!” for some more graphs. As many have done with our infographic, read everything critically. Who is saying what? What is left unsaid? What more needs to be done?

In short, we still have much work to do.

Note: We made the infographic with a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license, so you may download a JPF and PDF here.

Recommended citation: Huyck, David, Sarah Park Dahlen, Molly Beth Griffin. (2016 September 14). Diversity in Children’s Books 2015 infographic. blog. Retrieved from

At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image communicated inequity in publishing so well that she would use it at every opportunity.

Just before ALA Annual, St. Catherine University MLIS Program assistant professor Sarah Park Dahlen had posted to Facebook asking if anyone knew of an updated illustration, but Kügler’s was the only one anyone knew about. Friends said they would be happy to support an illustrator to create an update. Author/teacher Molly Beth Griffin saw Sarah’s post and queried her Twin Cities Picture Book Salon to see if anyone would be interested; David Huyck (pronounced “hike”) responded, and a project was born.

The Minnesota children’s literature community is a vibrant group. Although it is comprised mainly of white authors, illustrators, and editors, many are working to promote anti-biased and anti-racist children’s literature, support writers and artists from underrepresented communities, and remove barriers to inclusivity. In the spirit of this collaborative ethic and allyship, for the past couple months, David, Sarah, and Molly have been working together to produce an illustration that communicates updated and more detailed CCBC data. Emails have been flying back and forth – Sarah sent David a few links (including Debbie Reese’s storify of K.T. Horning’s SLJ webinar), David dug deeper and sent back questions and sketches, Molly and Sarah offered feedback, and Sarah consulted K.T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Edith Campbell, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and round and round the conversation went, until…


Illustration ©2016 David Huyck, in consultation with Sarah Park Dahlen and Molly Beth Griffin

Link to JPG & PDF files2015 Diversity in Children’s Books – Dropbox Folder

Full citation: Huyck, David, Sarah Park Dahlen, Molly Beth Griffin. (2016 September 14). Diversity in Children’s Books 2015 infographic. blog. Retrieved from
Statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Released for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
* Please email David to inquire about printing this infographic in a book.

David created this with a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license so that Tameka, Sarah, and others 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, Debbie Reese’s blog American Indians in Children’s Literature, Edith Campbell and Zetta Elliott’s blogs, We Need Diverse Books, Reading While White, and other diversity initiatives, can help push forward important conversations and lead to real change in children’s literature publishing.

We thank our many friends who generously donated to compensate David for his work, and we thank David for his thoughtful and creative image.

David Huyck, Illustrator

Sarah Park Dahlen, Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University’s MLIS Program

Molly Beth Griffin, Author and Teacher

NOTE: I published a “Picture This Follow Up”

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