Both A Queer History of the United States for Young People AND An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People are on School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction of 2019 list!
by Michael Bronski. adapt. by Richie Chavet. Beacon. ISBN 9780807056127.
Gr 7 Up –This young readers adaptation of the author’s 2012 title illuminates contributions to American history by a wide variety of queer individuals and groups, from Indigenous tribes who have long embraced two-spirit people to poets, musicians, politicians, and activists. Bronski’s writing displays a considerable level of sensitivity. This content-rich work fills a clear curriculum need for a history that has long been ignored.
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. adapt. by Debbie Reese & Jean Mendoza. Beacon. ISBN 9780807049396.
Gr 9 Up –Dunbar-Ortiz offers a much-needed perspective on U.S. history. Her revelatory work shatters misconceptions and false mythologies surrounding Indigenous people without succumbing to the flattening gaze of colonization. Reese and Mendoza’s thoughtful adaptation is packed with well-researched material, including primary and secondary sources, source notes, maps, captioned photos, paintings, and actionable sidebars with thought-provoking discussion questions and further reading suggestions.
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