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Notable Books for a Global Society - 2004 List
(Outstanding K-12 Multicultural Literature)


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Interest Level Code:
P - Primary (PreK-1st grade)
ME = Middle Elementary (2nd - 3rd grade)
UE = Upper Elementary (4th - 5th grade)
MS = Middle School (6th - 8th grades)
YA = Young Adult (9th grade and above)
All = Broad general interest

Genre Code:
PB = Picture Book
HF = Historical Fiction
F = Fantasy/Science Fiction
NF = Nonfiction
BIO = Biography
RF = Realistic Fiction
FL = Folk Literature

All these books were copyright in 2003:

Barking Mouse, The by Antonio Sacre; Il. by Alfredo Aguirre (Albert Whitman); P, PB

Beast, The by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic); YA, RF

Blues Journey by Walter Dean Myers; Il. by Christopher Myers (Holiday House); All, PB (Poetry)

Boxes for Katje by Candace Flemming; Il. by Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux); ME, PB

Children of Native America Today by Y. W. Dennis & Arlene Hirschfelder (Charlesbridge); MS, UE , NF

Colibri by Ann Cameron (Farrar, Straus, & Girous); MS/YA, RF

Dreaming in Black and White by Reinhardt Jung; Translated by Anthea Bell (Phyllis Fogelman Books); UE/MS, RF

Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine (Albert Whitman); UE, NF

Hard-Times Jar, The by Ethel Footman Smothers (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux); P/ME, PB

Harvesting Hope:  The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, Il. by Yuyi Morales (Harcourt); UE, RF

Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet:  Mexican Folktales Selected by Neil Philip; Il. by Jacqueline Mair (Clarion Books); All, FL

Iqbal by Francesco D'adamo (Atheneum Books); YA, RF

Just a Minute by Yuyi Morales (Chronicle Books LLG); All, FL

Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt (Henry Holt); MS/YA, RF

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (Henry Holt); MS, RF

Luba:  Angel of Bergen-Belsen Told to Michell R. McCann by Luba Trysznska-Frederick, Il. by Ann Marshall (Tricycle Press); ME/UE, HF

Malka by Mirjam Pressler (Philomen Books of Penguin Putnam); MS/YA, HF

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits (Ferrar, Straus, & Girroux); P/ME, PB

One Child, One Seed:  A South African Counting Book by Kathryn Cave (Henry Holt); P/ME, PB

Out of Bounds by Beverly Naidoo (HarperCollins); YA, RF

Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell (Annick Press); YA, RF

Tangled Threads:  A Hmong Girl's Story by Pegi Deitz Shea (Clarion Books); MS/YA, RF

Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea & Cynthia Weill, Il. by To Ngoc Trang; Embr Pham Viet Dinh (Chronicle Books); P, PB (Counting book)

Walking the Choctaw Road by Tim Tingle (Cinco Puntos Press); All, FL

Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson, Il. by Annie Patterson (Charlesbridge/Talewinds); P, PB


Selection Committee

Marian J. McKenna, ChairUniversity of Montana at Missoula, MT
Carolyn Angus,
Co-Chair Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Sue Corbin, Shaker Middle School, OH
Shirley B. Ernst,
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
Linda Leonard Lamme
, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Linda McDowell
, Lake George Central School, Lake George, NY
Jeanne McGlinn, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
Stan Steiner, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Karla Wendelin, Elliott Elementary, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln NE
Glenna Sloan, Ex-officio Queens College - CUNY, Queens, NY



This list (along with annotations, teaching ideas, and related books for each title) is available in The Dragon Lode (23/1), Fall 2004, In press.

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