Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature: BEST MULTICULTURAL BOOKS OF 2015

Compiled by Dr. Claudette Shackelford McLinn, Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, Dr. Sujin B.E. Huggins, and Patricia Miranda

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  1. BAYOU MAGIC, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, 239 pages, published by Little Brown and Company, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction)
  2. BLACKBIRD FLY, by Erin Entrada Kelly, 296 pages, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction)
  3. CASE FOR LOVING: THE: THE FIGHT FOR INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE, by Selina Alko, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, 34 pages, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, nonfiction, picture book)
  4. DRAW WHAT YOU SEE: THE LIFE AND ART OF BENNY ANDREWS, by Kathleen Bensons, 32 pages, illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews, published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2015 (Elementary school/Middle school, nonfiction/biography, picture book)
  5. DROWNED CITY: HURRICANE KATRINA & NEW ORLEANS, written and illustrated by Don Brown, 96 pages, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school/High school, graphic novel, nonfiction)
  6. DRUM DREAM GIRL: HOW ONE GIRL’S COURAGE CHANGED MUSIC, by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López, 40 pages, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2015 (Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  7. ECHO: A NOVEL, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova, 585 pages, published by Scholastic Press, ©2015 (Upper elementary/Middle school, fiction)
  8. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, by Nicola Yoon, illustrations by David Yoon, 310 pages, published by Delacorte Press, ©2015 (Middle school/High school, fiction)
  9. FULL CICADA MOON, by Marilyn Hilton, 389 pages, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction/novel in verse)
  10. FUNNY BONES: POSADA AND HIS DAY OF THE DEAD CALAVERAS, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, 40 pages, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, ©2015 (Elementary school, nonfiction, picture book)
  11. GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA, by Rita Williams-Garcia, 293 pages, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers., ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction)
  12. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CRAZY HORSE, by Joseph Marshall III, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk, 165 pages, published by Amulet Books, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction)
  13. INKER’S SHADOW, THE, written and illustrated by Allen Say, 79 pages, published by Scholastic Press, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school/High school, nonfiction/autobiography, graphic novel-memoir)
  14. JUNA’S JAR, by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino, 32 pages, published by Lee & Low Books, Inc., ©2015 (Preschool/Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  15. LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson, 34 pages, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), ©2015 (Preschool/Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  16. LILLIAN’S RIGHT TO VOTE: A CELEBRATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF  1968, by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, 34 pages, published by Schwartz & Wade Books, ©2015 (Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  17. LISTEN, SLOWLY, by Thanhhà Lại, 260 pages, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction)
  18. MAMA’S NIGHTINGALE: A STORY OF IMMIGRATION AND SEPARATION, by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Straub, 32 pages each, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, ©2015 (Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  19. MARCH: BOOK TWO, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, 187 pages, published by Top Shelf Productions, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school/High school, graphic novel-memoir)
  20. MIRACLE ON 133RD STREET, by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, 32 pages, published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers, ©2015 (Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  21. MY SENECA VILLAGE, by Marilyn Nelson, 87 pages, published by Namelos, ©2015 (Middle school/High school, historical fiction, poetry)
  22. NEW SHOES, by Susan Lynn Meyer illustrated by Eric Velasquez, 32 pages, published by Holiday House, ©2015 (Elementary school, fiction, picture book)
  23. POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON, written and illustrated by Don Tate, 36 pages, published by Peachtree Publishers, ©2015 (Elementary school, nonfiction/biography)
  24. POOL, by JiHyeon Lee, 56 pages, published by Chronicle Books, ©2015 (All ages, fiction, wordless picture book)
  25. RHYTHM RIDE: A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE MOTOWN SOUND, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, 166 pages, published by Roaring Brook Press, ©2015 (Middle school/High school, nonfiction)
  26. SHADOWSHAPER, THE, by Daniel José Older, 297 pages, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., ©2015 (Middle school, fiction)
  27. SITTING BULL: LAKOTA WARRIOR AND DEFENDER OF HIS PEOPLE, by S.D. Nelson, 55 pages, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, ©2015 (Elementary school/Middle school, nonfiction)
  28. STELLA BY STARLIGHT, by Sharon M. Draper, 320 pages, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, fiction)
  29. UNDER A PAINTED SKY, by Stacey Lee, 307 pages, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), ©2015 (Middle school/High school, fiction)
  30. VOICE OF FREEDOM, FANNIE LOU HAMER: SPIRIT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, 34 pages, published by Candlewick Press, ©2015 (Upper elementary school/Middle school, nonfiction/biography, free-verse poetry, picture book)
  31. WANGARI MAATHAI: THE WOMAN WHO PLANTED MILLIONS OF TREES, by Franck Prévot, illustrations by Aurélia Fronty, 45 pages, published by Charlesbridge, ©2015 (Elementary school, nonfiction/biography, picture book)
  32. X: A NOVEL, by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon, 348 pages, published by Candlewick Press, ©2015 (Middle school/High school, fiction/biography,)