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A Difficult Boy by M. P. Barker2009
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy2010
After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O'Brien2010
All The Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg2010
Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli2010
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin2010
Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song by Ashley Bryan2010
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson2010
Blessing's Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson2010
Broken Memory: A Novel of Rwanda by Elisabeth Combres2010
Burn My Heart by Beverley Naidoo2010
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose2010
Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming by Jan Reynolds2010
Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum2010
Every Human Has Rights: What You Need to Know About Your Human Rights by National Geographic2010
Faith (Global Fund for Children Books) by Maya Ajmera2010
Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco Stork2010
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge2010
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin2010
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins2010
Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall2010
Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson2010
Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell2010
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy2010
Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin2010
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins2011
Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner2011
Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith2011
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh2011
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan2011
Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich2011
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle2011
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John2011
Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong2011
Goal! by Mina Javaherbin2011
The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway2011
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus2011
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park2011
Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan by John Bul Dau2011
A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata2011
Mirror by Jeannie Baker2011
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes2011
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle2011
Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson2011
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science by Marc Aronson2011
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti2011
Thunder Over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay2011
Warriors in the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood2011
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri2011
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond2011
Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen Bernier-Grand2012
Better Than Weird by Anna Kerz2012
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys2012
Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afganistan by Rafal Gerszak2012
Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor by Larry Dane Brimner2012
Drawing From Memory by Allen Say2012
Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann2012
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson2012
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai2012
Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2012
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth2012
Migrant by Maxine Trottier2012
My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson2012
Never Forgotten by Patricia C. Mckissack2012
A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story by Li Qiong Yu2012
The No 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke2012
Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams2012
Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace by Anna Grossnickle Hines2012
Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl2012
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko2012
Roots and Blues: A Celebration by Arnold Adoff2012
These Hands by Margaret H. Mason2012
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia Mccall2012
Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon2012
While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World by Durga Bernhard2012
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein2013
Dare to Dream (Poetry) by Jill Corcoran2013
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver2013
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson2013
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer2013
A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached2013
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes2013
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Pinkney2013
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books by Karen Leggett Abouraya2013
I Have the Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres2013
Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices by Gwenyth Swain2013
Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis2013
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery2013
The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart2013
Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words by Leda Schubert2013
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt2013
No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson2013
Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock2013
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano2013
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus2013
The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier2013
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin2013
That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe by J.L. Powers2013
Waterloo & Trafalgar by Olivier Tallec2013
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson2013
Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look2014
The Chickens Build a Wall by Jean-FranCois Dumont2014
Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone2014
Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood2014
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane2014
Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin2014
The Extra by Kathryn Lasky2014
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth2014
The Language Inside by Holly Thompson2014
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World by Robbie Robertson2014
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle2014
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis2014
The Man With the Violin by Kathy Stinson2014
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman2014
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman2014
My Name Is Blessing by Eric Walters2014
My Neighbor Is a Dog by Isabel Minhos Martins2014
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg2014
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh2014
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost2014
The Servant by Fatima Sharafeddine2014
The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley2014
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) by Laban Carrick Hill2014
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis2014
Why Do We Fight?: Conflict, War, and Peace by Niki Walker2014
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman2015
Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin2015
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin2015
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson2015
Caminar by Skila Brown2015
El Deafo by Cece Bell2015
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi2015
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki2015
Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis2015
House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle2015
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon2015
Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath2015
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown2015
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín2015
Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker by José Manuel Mateo2015
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney2015
I Remember Beirut by Zeinia Abirached2015
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh2015
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle2015
Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner2015
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman2015
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman2015
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye2015
Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paula Yoo2015
Voices from the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis2015
Audacity by Melanie Crowder2016
Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy2016
Drowned city: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown2016
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle2016
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan2016
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (Awards)) by Duncan Tonatiuh2016
Game Changer: John Mclendon and the Secret Game (Carolrhoda Picture Books) by John Coy2016
George by Alex Gino2016
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall2016
Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk2016
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña2016
Maya's Blanket/La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown2016
My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome2016
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt2016
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish by Sylvia Vardell2016
Red by Jan De Kinder2016
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin2016
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S.D. Nelson2016
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper2016
Stone Angel by Jane Yolen2016
Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins2016
Tucky Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco2016
Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago2016
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) by Carole Boston Weatherford2016
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot2016
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood2017
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat2017
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon2017
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy2017
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood2017
Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee2017
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford2017
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) by Ashley Bryan2017
Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes2017
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse2017
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina2017
A long pitch home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi2017
Look Up! by Jung Jin-ho2017
Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence2017
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney2017
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson2017
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys2017
Sound of All Things, The by Myron Uhlberg2017
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (Arabic and English Edition) by Margriet Ruurs2017
Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac2017
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barret Osborne2017
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes2017
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window by Jeff Gottesfeld2017
Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman2017
Watched by Marina Budhos2017

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Annually, a committee of the CL/R SIG (Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group) of the International Reading Association selects 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. The committee reviews books representing all genres intended for students K-12.

To be eligible for NBGS annual list, a book must have been published in the United States the previous year. For example, the books on the 2012 list were published in 2011.

A Brief History of the NBGS
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.

Criteria for selection of NBGS titles:
Selection and Criteria

Accuracy and authenticity of the people depicted in terms of physical characteristics, social and economic status, intellectual and problem-solving abilities, and displays of leadership and cooperation
Richness of detail concerning the group or groups depicted
An approach that honors and celebrates diversity as well as the common bonds of humanity
In-depth treatment of issues
Depiction of substantive and authentic interaction among characters within and across groups
Inclusion of members of a "minority" group for purposes other than tokenism or fulfillment of any type of "quota"
Thought-provoking content that invites reflection, critical analysis, and response
Uniqueness of language or style
High quality as determined by evaluation in terms of generally accepted criteria for the genre
Appealing format
Enduring quality

Each year’s final list is presented at the CL/R-SIG’s session at the annual convention of the International Reading Association (IRA).

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