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Children Literature Annotated Bibliography

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Alexie, S., & Forney, E. (2007). The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian. New York: Little Brown.
Alvarez, J. (2004). Before we were free. New York: Random House/Listening Library.
Diakité, P., & Diakité, B. W. (2006). I lost my tooth in Africa. New York: Scholastic Press.
Kadohata, C., & Davis, E. E. (2005). Kira-Kira. New York: Random House/Listening Library.
Lin, G. (2009). Where the mountain meets the moon. New York: Little, Brown and Co.
Look, L., & Heo, Y. (2006). Uncle Peter’s amazing Chinese wedding. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Nelson, M., & Lardy, P. (2005). A wreath for Emmett Till. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Perkins, M. (2007). Rickshaw girl. Watertown, Mass: Charlesbridge.
Woodson, J., & Talbott, H. (2005). Show way. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Yang, G. L., & Pien, L. (2006). American born Chinese. New York: First Second.

 
 
 
 
 
Alexie, S., & Forney, E. (2007). The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian. New York: Little Brown.
The book is best suited for children of 12 to 16 years of age, or grade level 9-12. It features comedy and humor genre, as well as realistic fiction. It covers topics relating to prejudice and tolerance based on a Native American boy of Indian origin. The book won the National Book Honor Award in 2007. The book explains how the Native American boy faces prejudice after deciding to join a high school meant for whites only. He faces prejudice from both his own people and the whites at large.
I used the Flesch-Kincaid reading scale to determine the grade level of this book. First I selected a few paragraphs from a chosen passage in the book. Second, calculated the overall mean of the total words per sentence and multiplied the outcome by 0.39. Third, repeated the second step using syllables in the words and multiplied the outcome by 11.8. Fourth, summed up the two results and finally subtracted 15.59 to get the number equivalent to the grade level.
For this book the determined grade level was 9th grade.
Alvarez, J. (2004). Before we were free. New York: Random House/Listening Library.
This book is suitable for grade 6-8 children. It falls under the realistic fiction genre and cover topics relating to social issues and conditions based on Latin American and Hispanic culture. It examines the struggles faced by a Hispanic girl while growing up. This is attributed to the torture their family go through for opposing the country’s leadership.
Diakité, P., & Diakité, B. W. (2006). I lost my tooth in Africa. New York: Scholastic Press.
This book is appropriate for children between the age of 4 and 7 years. It falls in the genre of fables, folk tales, and myths. The book is based on African and African American culture. The book elaborates about the African fairy tales related to tooth removal. An African American girl visiting her family relatives in Africa aspires to lose her tooth in Africa due to this fairy tale.
Similarly, Flesch-Kincaid reading scale was used to detetrmine the grade level of this book. The determined grade level was found to be 2nd grade.
Kadohata, C., & Davis, E. E. (2005). Kira-Kira. New York: Random House/Listening Library.
This book is best suited for grade 6-8 children. It is categorized in the genre of realistic fiction and young adult. It covers topics of immigration, prejudice and tolerance, death, loss and grief. It emphasizes on the cultural set up of Asian American. The book has won several awards including Newbery Medal in 2005, Best Seller in New York, and a Notable Book ward from ALA. The book examines immigration of Japanese community in America. The book has teachings on how individuals can overcome prejudice after shifting from one cultural set up to another.
Lin, G. (2009). Where the mountain meets the moon. New York: Little, Brown and Co.
This book is appropriate for children of age 8 to 11 years, as well as those in grade 3-5. It falls under the genre of adventure, science fiction, and fantasy. It emphasizes on topics about determination, perseverance, and magic according to Chinese culture. This book won the Newbery Book award in 2010. The book elaborates a story of a Chinese girl who embarks on an adventurous journey in search of divine intervention.
Look, L., & Heo, Y. (2006). Uncle Peter’s amazing Chinese wedding. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
This book is appropriate for children of grade K-2 or age 3-7. Relative to the genre, it falls in the genre of general fiction. It features cultural categories of Asian American and represents a topic about wedding. The book won the Charlotte Zolotow award in 2007. A Chinese American girl gets upset by her uncle who is getting married. This is attributed to the fact that her uncle’s marriage and especially his fiancé steal much of her uncles affection and time for her.
Nelson, M., & Lardy, P. (2005). A wreath for Emmett Till. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
This book is appropriate for grade 9-12 children. It elaborates the facts about the rise of civil rights. It falls in the general nonfiction, poetry, and rhyme genre. It is based on an African American culture. The book elaborates how an African American was lynched due to misconduct on a White American leading to the rise of human rights activism.
Perkins, M. (2007). Rickshaw girl. Watertown, Mass: Charlesbridge.
This book is appropriate for grade 3-5 children. It falls in the genre of realistic fiction. The book covers subjects regarding women’s experiences and rights with regard to the family and social structure. The book is based on Bangladeshi Asian culture. The book examines the life of a Bangladeshi girl who has the urge to help her family, but their culture prohibits her to work outside their homesteads. However, she is forced to search for a job after destroying her father’s rickshaw.
Woodson, J., & Talbott, H. (2005). Show way. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
This book is meant for children of age 5 to 9, and grade 3-5. It covers a topic about slavery based on the African American perspective. It is categorized in the genre of general fiction. The book tracks the trend of slavery beginning in the early times to recent times through generations. It shows how skills passed from generation to another can be beneficial despite the hardships.
Yang, G. L., & Pien, L. (2006). American born Chinese. New York: First Second.
The book is suited for grade 9-12 children and falls in the genre of comic books, graphic novels, legends, and myths. It won the Printz award in 2007. The book examines the lifestyle of three unrelated characters and the conflicts they face as a result of cultural intersection.


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