I am starting this blog as a way to share the work I am doing during my sabbatical year. I am building a large list of books for children and youth that I believe will help them see themselves and the world more critically. During this upcoming year, I hope to refine the list and develop a thesaurus of descriptive terms. I will share the list in progress on Zotero and highlight some of the standout titles on this blog. My long-term goal is to develop an online resource for teachers, librarians, parents, and young readers, but this is probably years away. The books are all in English (many in translation) or bilingual, are multicultural and chosen from around the world. They deal with issues of social justice, power, and prejudice. Some common topics are race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, age, culture, religion, activism, animal rights, the environment, war and peace, consumerism, and human rights. The rationale for selection of the books is grounded in the theory of critical literacy – I will try to go into this in more detail here throughout the year.
I have cobbled this current list together from a variety of sources and I have not had the opportunity to examine all of these titles yet, so many of them may be inappropriate and not make it on the final list. I invite feedback, comments, reviews, and recommendations.
Here is a link to my working bibliography and book list: https://www.zotero.org/groups/critical_multicultural_childrens_literature