“We’re the People” releases 2016 Summer Reading List

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We’re the People, a collaboration of authors, bloggers, academics, and librarians who share a passion for children, literacy, and diversity, has released their 2016 Summer Reading List! The focus of the list are books that are written or illustrated by Native Americans or writers/illustrators of color that have withstood a critical review. You can find the full annotated 2016 list here. 

Thank you, Edith Campbell, Sarah Park Dahlen, Sujei Lugo, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Nathalie Mvondo, Debbie Reese, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.

6 Responses to “We’re the People” releases 2016 Summer Reading List

  1. Edi says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this and get the list out there.

  2. Edi says:

    I have to add that while Ebony is no longer working with us< Thaddeus Andracki and Ed Spicer have been extremely valuable additions to the committee this year.

  3. Cai says:

    Yo. I just released a childrens book yesterday. What counts as a criical review?

  4. Cai says:

    Yo. I recently wrote and illustrated a book that falls under this catagory. What is defined as a critical review? I would likek to submit my title.

  5. Carl Angel says:


    My name is Carl Angel and I’m an illustrator and designer of multicultural books (I was the art director/designer on “Quinito: Day and Night) and I think my latest illustrated book, The Girl Who Saved Yesterday, from Creston Books, would be a fine addition to the summer 2016 reading list. It was just released on amazon.com and is available everywhere else on May 10th. Here are some images from the book:


    The story is written by Julius Lester, a well-respected African-American writer who’s written over 30 books for children. I’m very proud of our collaboration and I’m trying to spread awareness for Mr. Lester’s words as I am for the images I created for them. Here’s a link to a wonderful interview with Mr. Lester:


    As well as a few reviews:



    It’s a wonderful story about remembering and cherishing one’s ancestors, something that we’re constantly aware of as we lose loved ones and only afterward realize how important their presence was and still affects us long after they are gone.

  6. Love these suggestions. I’m adding a bunch to our library request queue!

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