The 2019 Summer Reading List from the We Are Kid Lit Collective is here! Please share widely with your school and local librarians as they prepare for summer reading programs!
This year’s collective includes Tad Andracki, Edith Campbell, Sujei Lugo, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez.
Here’s the Kidlit Collective mission statement:
The We Are Kidlit Collective works to create materials and opportunities to recognize the humanity of Indigenous and People of Color (IPOC) in youth literature. Our work is premised upon the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion and centers IPOC voices in children’s literature in order to identify, challenge and dismantle white supremacy and both internalized and systematic racism. Our intended audience includes educators, librarians, caregivers and young people. We look for ways to improve the literacies of IPOC children, promote books written by and about IPOC, and to encourage gatekeepers to bring a lens of critical literacy to their work.
We reach back in time to create the list (not limited to books from 2018). Additionally, we look beyond the big 5 publishers! We have a wide and long embrace of books that affirm children.
Books by Native writers on the list include ppl from the following tribal nations: Nłe7kepmx, Syilx and Métis; Ojibwe; Onondaga; Cherokee; Muscogee (Creek); and Tsilhqot’in.
Read on for more resources on American Indians in Children’s Literature.
#DiversityJedi who put this list together this year on Twitter: