If 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!