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First-Generation Affinity Group: First-Gen Reading Suggestions

First-Gen Reading Suggestions From The BC Library

Hover over the  to read a description of the book!

Hover over the  to read a description of the book!

More Resources For Finding Books, Or Authors By Nationality

Every year the The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) creates an interactive map based on their 2019 Outstanding International Books List! You can navigate the map below, and if you click on one of the flags, more information on the book will appear. You can also find the complete list at this link. 


This Spreadsheet was created by The Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA when they did a "Readers without Borders" reading challenge. The collection is focused on books that written in other countries (rather than by immigrants to the US). You can filter the results based on country, continent or age range. Please note that there are adult titles on the list!

These are all national awards, or lists that recognize authors who identify with different cultural identities. Some of them live in America, but some of them live internationally & have been translated into English. 

"The Arab American Book Awards is a literary program created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. The program generates greater awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing through an annual award competition and educational outreach." (From About the Arab American Book Awards)
NCSS established the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. First presented in 1974, this award is intended to “encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social studies books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately.” (From the Award Winners page)

"CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States" (From the "About the Award" page

Global Literature Reading List: Selected Literature for Children and Teens Set In Other Worlds

"This bibliography was designed with U.S. readers in mind, so “other countries” refers to countries other than the United States. Books on the list are arranged by geographic region of the world." (From the list's home page)

"The Batchelder Award is awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year." (From the About the Award page)


Pura Belpré Award

"The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. . . The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library." (From the list's About the Award page)
"Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University." (From the list's About the Award page)