Items from the Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Collection may be checked out by American University-affiliated community members. Others are welcome to use materials on site.
Children's and Young Adult Literature: This 6,000+ collection of multicultural juvenile literature supports the School of Education's mission to introduce its undergraduate and graduate students (and their eventual PreK-12 students) to issues of social justice, racial and gender inequality, and global understanding through the framework of critical literacy.
PZ 7: Fiction and nonfiction works are shelved in the CMC by their assigned Library of Congress call number. Children's and young adult fiction mostly are shelved at the PZ 7 call number. Nonfiction call numbers will differ depending on subject matter.
Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family's Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family. Welcome to the Golden Palace! Maizy has never been to Last Chance, Minnesota . . . until now. Her mom's plan is just to stay for a couple weeks, until her grandfather gets better. But plans change, and as Maizy spends more time in Last Chance and at the Golden Palace-the restaurant that's been in her family for generations-she makes some discoveries. For instance- you can tell a LOT about someone by the way they order food. People can surprise you. Sometimes in good ways, sometimes in disappointing ways. And the Golden Palace has secrets... but the more Maizy discovers, the more questions she has. Like, why are her mom and her grandmother always fighting? Who are the people in the photographs on the office wall? And when she discovers that a beloved family treasure has gone missing-and someone has left a racist note-Maizy decides it's time to find the answers.
Award-winning author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children's escape from a plantation and the many ways they find freedom. Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, unwillingly leaving their beloved mother behind. Much as he adores her and fears for her life, Homer knows there's no turning back, not with the overseer on their trail. Through tangled vines, secret doorways, and over a sky bridge, the two find a secret community called Freewater deep in the swamp. In this society created by formerly enslaved people and some freeborn children, Homer finds new friends, almost forgetting where he came from. But when he learns of a threat that could destroy Freewater, he crafts a plan to find his mother and help his new home. Deeply inspiring and loosely based on the history of maroon communities in the South, this is a striking tale of survival, adventure, friendship, and courage.
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango; Alyssa Bermudez (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2022-09-13
In this timely and moving novel in verse, a preteen girl navigates seventh grade while facing mental health challenges. A hopeful, poetic story about learning to advocate for the help and understanding you deserve. How do you speak up when it feels like no one is listening? The end of elementary school? Worst time of my life. And the start of middle school? I just wasn't quite right. But this year? YO VOY A MI. Seventh grade is going to be Iveliz's year. She's going to make a new friend, help her abuela Mimi get settled after moving from Puerto Rico, and she is not going to get into any more trouble at school. . . . Except is that what happens? Of course not. Because no matter how hard Iveliz tries, sometimes people say things that just make her so mad. And worse, Mimi keeps saying Iveliz's medicine is unnecessary--even though it helps Iveliz feel less sad. But how do you explain your feelings to others when you're not even sure what's going on yourself? Powerful and compassionate, Andrea Beatriz Arango's debut navigates mental health, finding your voice, and discovering that those who really love you will stay by your side no matter what.
The ICDL is a free online library of web-based, multilingual children's literature e-books. Children can expand upon the stories to create games; parents can extract themes to help explain important lessons; teachers can use the multicultural nature of the collection to teach languages; and librarians can enrich community outreach programs with tales from around the world.
CLCD contains more than 150,000 full-text reviews of children's books, multimedia and other publication formats. Reviews are from 27 major sources such as Booklist, Horn Book Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, the interface links to authoritative web resources and offers access to curriculum guides and lesson plans.
TeachingBooks.net adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. It includes thousands of resources about fiction and non-fiction books used in the K-12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.
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GDLcontent is currently being provided by the following initiatives and organizations: Bookdash, Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read, Storyweaver, African Storybook Project, USAID missions, All Children Reading: a Grand Challenge for Development, URC and the Global Reading Network.