En la Clase: Notable Books for a Global Society

2015 NBGS flyer_Page_1If you saw our post yesterday, then you know Tuesday was Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  So many great resources were created around the event, and many started using the hashtag #ReadYourWorld–I love this!  Not only does it speak to the need for diverse literature for all students in all classrooms (#weneeddiversebooks), but it’s also a reference to Paulo Freire’s idea that one must be able to read the world in order to read the word.  Freire’s work was the reason I became a teacher, and his ideas are still highly influential in how I approach the concepts of teaching and learning.  In the spirit of #ReadYourWorld, today’s En la Clase highlights a resource I just learned about: Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS).  For those of you who may also be unfamiliar with the organization, here’s a little bit about them from their website:

The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association formed the Notable Books for a Global Society Committee in 1995. Under the guidance of Yvonne Siu-Runyan, who originated and spearheaded the project, the committee undertook to identify outstanding trade books that it felt would help promote understanding across lines of culture, race, sexual orientation, values, and ethnicity.

The Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) list was developed to help students, teachers, and families identify books that promote understanding of and appreciation for the world’s full range of diverse cultures and ethnic and racial groups. Although advances in technology allow us to communicate quickly with people around the world and the growth of world trade brings us increasingly into contact with far-flung members of the “global village,” today’s society is rife with tension, conflict and ignorance of others different from us. If we hope to meet the many challenges that face us in the 21st century, we must recognize the similarities and celebrate the differences among all races, cultures, religions, and sexual orientations, and appreciate that people can hold a wide range of equally legitimate values.

Each year, the Committee selects twenty-five outstanding books for grades K-12 that reflect a pluralistic view of world society. These twenty-five titles represent the year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Yesterday the NBGS announced their 2015 winners.  They’ve created a great document with photos and descriptions of all the winners. There are so many amazing books on their list! We’re really excited to see that some great Latin American literature was recognized.  Many of these titles are under review for the Américas 2015 Award which will be announced in April.  We were especially happy to see Caminar on the list.  As we mentioned last month, our book group loved it!   They also have links to all of their winners from previous years, so I hope you’ll check those out too.  We’ve featured many of the past Latin American literature winners in our book group, so be sure to check out our Educator’s Guides to see if we’ve already created materials for using the book in the classroom.

With all of the great books I’ve been reading about lately, my To Be Read list just keeps getting longer and longer.  Here’s to a great year of #ReadYourWorld!

4 thoughts on “En la Clase: Notable Books for a Global Society

  1. Very nice that the book SILVER PEOPLE by Margarita Engle is one of the winners for 2015. Pretty book cover. Got to know her a little and she wrote and still writing many books, two will published this year. I recall talking about CAMINAR from chile on your blog last year, so it’s nice to see it among the winners as well.

    • Hi Giora! We were really excited to see Silver People on the list as well! We’re huge fans of Margaria Engle’s work. Our book group has read a number of her books, and they’re always favorites. It was also great to see Caminar on there as well. We’re hoping with all this great recognition that novels-in-verse will find their way into more classrooms!

  2. I’m grateful to see Silver People included! I’ve been shocked by the lack of news about the centennial of the Panama Canal, as well as the recent groundbreaking for a second canal in Nicaragua. It’s comforting to know that history is not being ignored in the world of children’s literature!

    • Hi Margarita! We were very happy to see Silver People on the list as well. We’ve been equally shocked by the lack of news coverage, but like you said, that’s why it’s so important to have children’s literature that can fill in these historical knowledge gaps or give voice to the experiences that are often ignored or silenced. Thanks so much for stopping by Vamos a Leer. Our book group loves your work! We read “The Surrender Tree” three years ago and our teachers still talk about what a great book it was. It’s one of our all time favorites!

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