I first created this board shortly before the election of our current president. I felt that it was important to create a board about this with the frantic fear that was rising in the U.S. population (no matter who you supported during the presidential campaign). Identity is really important to us–who are we? What do we stand for? Who do we associate with? Why do we do what we do? It drives a lot of our personal choices and lives, but what goes into it? What is identity made of? This board seeks to embrace this paradox.
Below is a list of books that I slapped together so that I could get this board up. It is in no way exhaustive because you could take just about any book in the curriculum collection and argue that it speaks to the identity of a specific group or person.
A384t 2016 – Thunder Boy Jr. / by Sherman Alexie ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
B154l – The little rabbit who wanted red wings. / Pictures pictures by Dorothy Grider.
B175m 2014 – Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress / Christine Baldacchino ; pictures by Isabelle Malenfant.
B216go – Goose / Molly Bang.
B385i 2012 – I am mixed / written by Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian A. Jones ; illustrated by James C. Webster.
C683r 2009 – Rene Has Two Last Names.
D419ar – The art lesson / written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
E947t 2008 – 10,000 dresses / story by Marcus Ewert ; illustrations by Rex Ray.
F529p – Pitschi, the kitten who always wanted to be something else : a sad story that ends well / by Hans Fischer [author and illustrator] ; translated by Marianne Martens.
G298e – Elena’s serenade / written by Campbell Geeslin ; illustrated by Ana Juan.
H7113a – Amazing Grace / by Mary Hoffman ; pictures by Caroline Binch.
H785h – Happy to be nappy / written by bell hooks ; illustrated by Chris Raschka
H785s – Skin again / written by bell hooks ; illustrated by Chris Raschka
I am Jazz / by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings ; pictures by Shelagh McNicholas.
K199c The colors of us / written and illustrated by Karen Katz
L434s 1938 – The story of Ferdinand / illustrated by Robert Lawson.
L6678n – Nice little girls / by Elizabeth Levy ; illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
M – Looking like me / by Walter Dean Myers ; illustrated by Christopher Myers. ***This book was checked out at the time of compiling this list)
N4317w – Who will I be, Lord? / by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson ; illustrated by Sean Qualls.
N971wh – Why a disguise? / by Laura Numeroff ; illustrated by David McPhail.
R8125e – Elijah’s angel : a story for Chanukah and Christmas / by Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.
S818c – Caleb & Kate / William Steig.
S9722f – The first thing my mama told me / Susan Marie Swanson ; illustrated by Christine Davenier.
T192l – I love my hair! / by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
W7272a – Amber was brave, Essie was smart : the story of Amber and Essie told here in poems and pictures / by Vera B. Williams.
W898v 2002 – Visiting day / by Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by James E. Ransome.
A5466s 2013 – Sidekicked / John David Anderson.
C9511d – Derby girl / Shauna Cross.
C957s – Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes / Chris Crutcher.
F8485o 2010 – The other half of my heart / Sundee T. Frazier.
G492g 2015 – George / Alex Gino.
G862b – Bronx masquerade / by Nikki Grimes.
H221pl – Plain City / Virginia Hamilton.
H666 2003 – The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton.
L6655fa – Fairest / Gail Carson Levine.
O776c – Call me Maria : a novel / Judith Ortiz Cofer.
O811c – Cuba 15 / a novel by Nancy Osa.
P2964j 1990 – Jacob have I loved / Katherine Paterson.
P482l – Luna / a novel by Julie Anne Peters.
P853k – King Dork / Frank Portman.
Q784g 2014 – Gabi, a girl in pieces / by Isabel Quintero.
R8456d 2012 – Divergent / Veronica Roth.
R9892b – Becoming Naomi León / Pam Muñoz Ryan.
S6422g 2014 – Grasshopper jungle : a history / by Andrew Smith.
S7573t – There’s a girl in my hammerlock / Jerry Spinelli.
S8493b – Beyond the Deepwoods / Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell.
V129p – Please, please, please / Rachel Vail.
V243r 2011 – The Running Dream / Wendelin Van Draanen
V889 2008 – Voices in first person : reflections on Latino identity / edited by Lori Marie Carlson ; photographs by Manuel Rivera-Ortiz ; illustrations by Flavio Morais.
V891h 2012 – Homecoming / Cynthia Voigt.
W4239c – Converting Kate / Beckie Weinheimer.
W8324h – Hard love / Ellen Wittlinger.
Y221a – American born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien.
200.9 B786w – World religions : the great faiths explored & explained / John Bowker.
294.6 D533a – Amritsar / Beryl Dhanjal.
297.62 G411r – Ramadan / Suhaib Hamid Ghazi ; illustrated by Omar Rayyan.
301.41 K488m – My princess boy : a mom’s story about a young boy who loves to dress up / by Cheryl Kilodavis ; illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone.
306.76 F965 – The full spectrum : a new generation of writing about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other identities / edited by David Levithan & Billy Merrell.
306.76 L6511 2012 – The letter Q : queer writers’ notes to their younger selves / edited by Sarah Moon ; with contributing editor James Lecesne.
306.76 M423s – The shared heart : portraits and stories celebrating lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people / photographs by Adam Mastoon.
306.84 A415c 2015 – The case for loving : the fight for interracial marriage / by Selina Alko ; illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko.
307.209 C6781c 2010 – Changing cultural landscapes : how are people and their communities affected by migration and settlement? / by Marina Cohen.
460 M158m – Los Mayas / por Patricia C. McKissack ; traductor, Roberto Franco ; consultante, Orlando Martinez-Miller.
808.83 H293 – HarperCollins treasury of picture book classics : a child’s first collection–William’s doll / by Charlotte Zolotow ; illustrated by William Pene du Bois
811 I114 1997 – I Am of Two Places: Children’s Poetry / Carden, Mary
811.008 R3125 2005 – Red hot salsa : bilingual poems on being young and Latino in the United States / edited by Lori Marie Carlson ; introduction by Oscar Hijuelos.
811.54 M996h – Harlem : a poem / by Walte r Dean Myers ; pictures by Christopher Myers.
811.54 T458g – Gingerbread days / poems by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
920 G615 – Going where I’m coming from : memoirs of American youth / edited by Anne Mazer.
959.3 M169t – Thailand / by Sylvia McNair.
959.7 W734v – Vietnam / by Terri Willis.
961.2 W734l – Libya / by Terri Willis.
970.3 P356g – The good path : Ojibwe learning and activity book fopr kids / Thomas Peacock, Marlene Wisuri.
972 S819m – Mexico / by R. Conrad Stein.
982 H666a – Argentina / by Martin Hintz.
986.1 M878c – Colombia / by Marion Morrison.
Any other religions or countries not listed
Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out / Susan Kuklin.