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BTC Display Highlights: We Need Diverse Books

This display is inspired by the We Need Diverse Books™ movement.

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

Now more than ever, children need to be engaged in thoughtful discourse about differences and similarities they have with the people around them. Picture books and other literature are often a perfect springboard for such discourse. I hope you’ll come check out the selection of titles I have pulled for you, and find additional new titles on your own!

If you are interested in finding book titles for PK-12 students highlight diverse families, check out this wonderful database created by the University of Central Florida called DIverse Families: http://stars.library.ucf.edu/diversefamilies

  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak out
  • Kuklin, Susan,
  • 306.76 K958be
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  • Circle Of Thanks
  • Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
  • 811.54 B83cir
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  • Civil Rights Movement in America: 1954-1968
  • Landau, Elaine.
  • 323.0973 L23ci
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  • Coming to America: The Story Of Immigration
  • Maestro, Betsy,
  • 304.8 M2687co
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  • Enrique’s Journey: The True Story Of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
  • Nazario, Sonia.
  • 973 N236en
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  • Families: A Celebration Of Diversity, Commitment, and Love
  • Jenness, Aylette.
  • 306.85 J435fam
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  • Families, Families, Families!
  • Lang, Suzanne.
  • 800 L256fa
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  • First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
  • Goodman, Susan E., 1952-
  • 344.744 R5441go
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  • Gay America: Struggle for Equality
  • Alsenas, Linas.
  • 306.76 AL783ga
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  • Great Big Book Of Families
  • Hoffman, Mary, 1945-
  • 306.85 H6755gr
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  • Heart and Soul: The Story Of America and African Americans
  • Nelson, Kadir.
  • King 2012a
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  • Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices
  • Swain, Gwenyth, 1961-
  • 304.8 Sw14ho
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  • I Have the Right to Be a Child
  • Serres, Alain, 1956-
  • 323.3 Se687i
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  • I Like Being American: Treasured Traditions, Symbols, and Stories
  • 973 I1
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  • I, Too, Am America
  • Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
  • 811.52 H874i
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  • Koreans in America
  • Patterson, Wayne, 1946-
  • 973 P277k
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  • Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma
  • Simermeyer, Genevieve.
  • 978.004 Si452m
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  • Milk and Honey: A Year Of Jewish Holidays
  • Yolen, Jane.
  • 296.4 Y78mi
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  • Muslim Next Door: The Qurʼan, the Media, and That Veil Thing
  • Ali-Karamali, Sumbul, 1964-
  • 297 AL415m
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  • My Grandfather’s Coat
  • Aylesworth, Jim,
  • 800 Ay44my
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  • My Name Is Sangoel
  • Williams, Karen Lynn.
  • 800 W6737my
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  • New York Public Library Amazing Hispanic American History: A Book Of Answers for Kids
  • Ochoa, George.
  • 973 Oc3ne
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  • Odetta, the Queen Of Folk
  • Alcorn, Stephen.
  • 782.42 Od28a
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  • One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads
  • Valentine, Johnny.
  • 800 V234one
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  • Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation
  • 811.608 P71
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  • Preaching to the Chickens: The Story Of Young John Lewis
  • Asim, Jabari, 1962-
  • 323.092 L5873as
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  • Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community
  • Stevenson, Robin, 1968-
  • 306.76 St487pr
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  • Salaam: A Muslim American Boy’s Story
  • Brown, Tricia.
  • 297.083 B815sa
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  • Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power Of a Protest Song
  • Golio, Gary,
  • 782.42165 H717go
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  • Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos Of Being Young and Black in America
  • Bolden, Tonya.
  • 973.0496 B637t
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  • We Are Americans: Voices Of the Immigrant Experience
  • Hoobler, Dorothy.
  • 304.8 H76we
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  • Youngest Marcher: The Story Of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
  • Levinson, Cynthia,
  • 323.092 H3842Le
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Million Man March 20th Anniversary

Million Man March, Washington, D.C.

Friday, October 16, 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Million Man March. On that date in 1995, nearly as many African-American men from across the United States convened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., drawing attention to and demonstrating unity against the economic and social injustices faced by the African-American community.

Signs at Million Man March

Proposed by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, the historic event was intended in part to counter media stereotypes by promoting a more positive image of African-American men. Attendees pledged personal responsibility for their roles within their families and society.

MC Hammer and Eugene B. Redmond at Million Man March

These images come from a collection of more than 900 photographs taken by Eugene B. Redmond, a poet, scholar, and professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (pictured above at the march with MC Hammer). The photos can be viewed online in the EBR Million Man March digital collection, which visually documents Redmond’s experience before, during, and after the event. The digital exhibition “Path to Visible Glory” features additional materials from the Redmond Collection (now housed at SIUE’s Lovejoy Library), including manuscripts, audio files, and ephemera.

In commemoration of the march, SIUE Library and Information Services has invited the public to contribute information about the event and those in attendance by adding tags to the digital collection. To participate, visit http://www.siue.edu/lovejoylibrary/tas/MMM_20th.htm. Tagging will be open through the end of November.

To learn more about the Million Man March, listed below are highlights from the Booth Library collection. Additional resources can be found via I-Share, our consortial partners providing EIU library users with access to more than 85 academic libraries across Illinois.

Best, Felton O., editor. Black Religious Leadership from the Slave Community to the Million Man March. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998.
BR563.N4 B574 1998 (3000 Level)

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Cottman, Michael H. Million Man March. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1995.
E185.86 .C68x 1995 (3000 Level)

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Madhubuti, Haki R., and Maulana Karenga, editors. Million Man March/Day of Absence: A Commemorative Anthology. Chicago: Third World Press, 1996.
E185.86 .M54 1996x (3000 Level)


Newton, Judith. From Panthers to Promise Keepers: Rethinking the Men’s Movement. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
HQ1090.3 .N493 2005 (3000 Level)

dvd cover imageWGBH Educational Foundation. The Two Nations of Black America. Alexandria, VA: PBS Home Video, 2008.
E185.8 .T96x 2008 .DVD (4000 Level)

Maya Angelou’s Life and Works

Maya Angelou: April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

In the spring of this year we lost one of our most beloved writers…

5 ways she will be remembered:

♦ Poet laureate

She was the first African-American woman to read poetry at a presidential inauguration (President Clinton’s, 1993).

Prose writer
She was best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Civil rights leader
She worked with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

She was a talented dancer, actress, film director, and producer.

She earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Medal of Arts, three Grammy Awards, and more than 30 honorary degrees.  She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.

These notable facts about Angelou are from a post “Maya Angelou: 5 Ways She Will be Remembered” by Husna Haq on the “Chapter & Verse” blog, a literary blog of the Christian Science Monitor.

In celebration of the life of poet laureate Maya Angelou, the following resources from the library’s collection have been put on display in the 3000 S corridor of Booth Library. Visit the library to check out the books, or follow the links to the catalog record, or right into the electronic book.

Poems and essays

MA1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
PS3551 .N464 Z466 2009x (Book stacks)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
PS3551 .N464 Z466 2009x (Read and Relax)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
E185.97 .A56 A3 1969 (Book stacks)





The Heart of a Woman
Maya Angelou
PS3551 .N464 Z465  2009







Letters to My Daughter
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 Z468 2008






A Song Flung Up to Heaven
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 Z476 2002







Still I Rise
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 A8 2001






Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 P48 2000






Maya Angelou:  Poems
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 A6 1993x







Even the Stars Look Lonesome
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 E94 1997b






All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 Z463 1997x







 A Brave and Startling Truth
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 B7 1995







On the Pulse of Morning
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 O53 1993








Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 W68 1993






I Shall Not Be Moved
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 I17 1990



Juvenile works


Maya Angelou
By Maya Angelou
811 An43ma





Maya Angelou
Miles Shapiro
818 SH22M







Kofi and His Magic
Maya Angelou
966.7 An43kof






My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me
Maya Angelou
704.042 An438my






Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Maya Angelou
811 An43li





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