Children’s Picture Books (categorized)

Find over 20 linked Picture and Chapter Books that can be used within a Critical Literacy Framework, here!  Each Title contains primary topics that you may want to explore with your students.

Understanding Differences that Make a Difference

Bunting, Eve (1996) Going Home. Illus. David Diaz. New York: HarperCollins. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Mexican-American Culture; Farm Labor; Economic Disparity; Holiday Celebrations.

Fox, Paula (1997) Radiance Descending. New York: DK Publishing. 101 pgs. Chapter Book.  Primary Topics: Down’s Syndrome; Exploring Difference; Sibling Relationships; Special Education.

Lorbiecki, Marybeth (1998) Sister Anne’s Hands. Illus. K. Wendy Popp. New York: Dial Books. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: African-American Culture; Civil Rights; Creative Response to Racism & Prejudice; School Life.

Martinez, Victor (1996) Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida. New York: HarperCollins. 216 pgs. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Mexican-American Culture; Coming-of-Age in Difficult Times; Poverty; Marginalization.

Rapp, Adam (1997) The Buffalo Tree. Asheville, NC: Front Street. 188 pgs. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Institutional Dehumanization, Self-Reliance, Children’s Rights, Child Abuse.

Steptoe, John (1997) Creativity. Illus. E.B. Lewis. New York: Clarion Books. 32 pgs.  Picture Book. Primary Topics: Ethnicity; Cultural Identity; Language Differences; Consumerism.

Giving Voice to the Indignant Ones

Bunting, Eve (1998) So Far From the Sea. Illus. Chris K. Soentpiet. New York: Clarion Books. 32 pgs. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Japanese-American Internment; Segregation; Marginalization; Cultural Persecution, Citizenry.

Coleman, Evelyn (1996) White Socks Only. Illus. Tyrone Geter. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Segregation; Marginalization; Racism & Prejudice; Social Action.

Forrester, Sandra (1997) My Home Is Over Jordan. New York: Lodestar Books. 163 pgs. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Civil War; Emancipation; Racism & Prejudice; Social Action.

Hansen, Joyce (1998) Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference. New York: Scholastic Press. 32 pgs. Chapter/Picture Book. Primary Topics: African-American Culture; Women Role Models; Social Action.

Hirschi, R (1996) People of Salmon and Cedar. Illus. Deborah Cooper. New York: Cobblehill. 42 pges.

Parker, David (1998) Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner. 112 pgs. Chapter/Picture Book. Primary Topics: Child Labor; Child Abuse; Global Economy; Human Rights.

Shange, Ntozaki (1997) White Wash. Illus. Michael Sporn. New York: Walker and Company. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: African-American Culture, Racism & Prejudice, Social Action.

Springer, Jane (1997) Listen to Us: The World’s Working Children. Toronto, Ont., Canda: Groundwood Books. 96 pp. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Child Labor; Child Abuse; Human Rights; Global Economy.
Taking Social Action

Breckler, Rosemary (1996) Sweet Dried Apples: A Vietnamese Wartime Childhood. Illus. Deborah Kogan Ray. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Unpaged. Primary Topics: War; Social Responsibility; Child/Adult Relationships; Social Action. Picture Book.

Dash, Joan (1996) We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women’s Factory Strike of 1909. New York: Scholastic Hardcover. 165 pgs. Sophisticated Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Workers’ Rights; Women’s Suffrage; Labor Unions.

Fleischman, Paul (1998) Whirligig. New York: Henry Holt. 133 pgs.  Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Coming-of-Age; Social Responsibility; Human Interconnectedness.

McGuffee, Michael (1996) The Day the Earth Was Silent. Illus. Edward Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: Inquiring Voices Press. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Cooperation; Human Interconnectedness; World Peace; Community Action.

Miller, William (1998) The Bus Ride. Illus. John Ward. New York: Lee & Low. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Racism & Prejudice; Segregation; Marginalization.

Mitchell, Margaree King (1997) Granddaddy’s Gift. Illus. Larry Johnson. BridgeWater Books. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Civil Rights; Segregation; African-American Culture; Literacy as Power; Heroism.

Mochizuki, Ken (1997) Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Illus. Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low. Unpaged. Sophisticated Picture Book. Primary Topics: Historical–Holocaust; Human Rights; Courage; Non-Violent Resistance.

Winslow, Vicki (1997) Follow the Leader. New York: Delacorte Press. 215 pgs. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Racism & Prejudice; Integration; Intergenerational Relationships.

Understanding how systems of meaning in society position us

Bunting, Eve (1998) Your Move. Illus. James Ransome. New York: Harcourt Brace. Unpaged. Picture Book. Primary Topics: Coming-of-Age in Difficult Times; Sibling Relationships; Gangs.

Fletcher, Ralph (1998) Flying Solo. New York: Clarion Books. 144 pgs.  Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Social Responsibility, Multiple Perspectives, Child/Adult Relationships; Peer Pressure; Ethics.

Hesse, Karen (1998) just Juice [sic]. Illus. Robert Andrew Parker. New York: Scholastic Press. 138 pgs.  Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Literacy as Power; Poverty; Marginalization; Intergenerational Relationships.

Jimenez, Francisco (1998) The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press. 134 pgs. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Migrant Farm Workers; Mexican-American Immigrant Experience; Poverty, Institutional Dehumanization.

Loribiecki, Marybeth (1996) Just One Flick of a Finger. Illus. David Diaz. New York: Dial Books. 30 pgs.  Sophisticated Picture Book. Primary Topics: School Violence; Gangs; Teen Relationships.

Nodelman, Perry (1998) Behaving Bradley. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 232 pgs. Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Adolescent-Adult Relationships; Gender & Sexuality; Institutional Dehumanization; Dissent/Speaking Out; Finding Voice through Writing.

Spinelli, Jerry (1997) Wringer. New York: HarperCollins. 229 pgs.  Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Coming-of-Age in Difficult Times; Ethics; Gender.

Examining distance, difference, and “otherness”

Browne, Anthony (1998) Voices in the Park. New York: DK Publishing. 30 pgs.  Picture Book. Primary Topics: Multiple Perspectives; Cultural Stereotypes; Class Prejudice.

Fleischman, Paul (1997) Seedfolks. Illus. Judy Pedersen. NY: HarperCollins. 69 pgs.  Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Social Action; Human Interrelatedness; Stereotypes; Cultural Diversity; Multiple Perspectives.

Walter, Virginia (1998) Making Up Megaboy. Graphics Katrina Roeckelein. New York: DK Publishing. 64 pgs. Sophisticated Chapter/Picture Book. Primary Topics: Multiple Perspectives; Teen Relationships; Violence; Popular Culture; Racism & Prejudice.

Wilson, Nancy Hope (1997) Old People, Frogs, and Albert. Illus. Marcy D. Ramsay.  Primary Topics: Character and Values; Culture and Diversity; Friends and Friendship.

Ramsey. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. 58 pgs.  Chapter Book. Primary Topics: Ageism; Intergenerational Relationships; Stereotypes.

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