Each year the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association selects 25 outstanding trade books enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. Winning titles include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written for students in grades K-12. I'm thrilled that Secret Keeper is on this list in such good company!
Ajmera, Maya. Faith. Written by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Baskin, Nora Raleigh. (2009). Anything But Typical. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: stories from the dark side of American immigration. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
Bryan, Ashley. Words to my Life’s Song. Photographs by Bill McGuinness. New York: Atheneum.
Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces. New York: Scholastic.
Combres, Élisabeth. Broken Memory: a Novel of Rwanda. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. Toronto, ON: Groundwood.
Deedy, Carmen Agra. 14 Cows for America. In collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.
Edwardson, Debby Dahl. Blessing’s Bead. New York: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus and Giroux.
Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses. New York: Dial.
Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Freedom. New York: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar Straus Giroux.
Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor. Toronto, ON: Groundwood.
Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. New York: Little, Brown.
Marshall, James Vance. Stories from the Billabong. Illustrated by Francis Firebrace. London: Frances Lincoln.
Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day The Soldiers Stopped Fighting. New York: Scholastic.
Naidoo, Beverley. Burn my Heart. New York: Amistad/HarperCollins.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Alligator Bayou. New York: Wendy Lamb/Random House.
National Geographic. Every Human Has Rights: a Photographic Declaration for Kids. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
Nelson, Marilyn. The Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial.
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves. Deputy U.S. Marshal. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda.
O’Brien, Anne Sibley. After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. Written by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. New York: Viking.
Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte.
Reynolds, Jan. Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming. New York: Lee & Low.
Russell, Ching Yeung. Tofu Quilt. New York: Lee & Low.
Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World. New York: Arthur Levine/Scholastic.