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There is a lot of interest in @GeorgeTakei's memoir in graphic novel format, THEY CALLED US THE ENEMY (mine included/book pre-ordered). In the interest of @ncte's #BuildYourStack initiative, I am sharing Larry Dane Brimner's VOICES FROM THE CAMPS (Franklin Watts 1994). #bookaday
Larry Dane Brimner's work here situated the reader six years after President Reagan's signature upon a national apology to those affected by the relocation of Japanese Americans in the early '40s. The voices invited and included in this book are still important to readers.
And this is not to spark debate around circulation/weeding (I recognize both necessity and the charge), but I bought this discarded book. From Berkeley. It's last checkout only four years after it's publish date. Who knows this book?
Larry Dane Brimner has been celebrated numerous times for his responsible and accessible approach to historical subjects and events, but I sense this book released before a reconsideration of nonfiction and the young adult reader.
Released today, the voices and images selected within VOICES FROM THE CAMPS would appear together on the page. I'm trying to make two comments this morning in regard to this book and nonfiction for elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers.
One: As we #BuildYourStack, look to back titles. LBD's book is a quarter of a century old now, but outs the reader in close proximity to reparation and reflection. Looking back to look in. Important "Ladder" (@ProfessorNana) opportunity here for librarians/classroom teachers.
Two: Nonfiction has come along way in presentation to the younger reader. Last year, we read BLACKLISTED in #Room407. The two LBD titles, side-by-side, demonstrate the shift and movement in this genre. It's an important time for both nonfiction and young readers.
When considering, reviewing, and ordering classroom sets of books, are nonfiction titles in the mix? What subjects? Which authors? Whose voices? How will the book be situated among other texts of both genre and type?
In a #BuildYourStack around @GeorgeTakei's THEY CALLED US THE ENEMY are a number of titles that can be read independently and as a whole class that we could list: FAREWELL TO MANZANAR, DUST OF EDEN, TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU CAN CARRY, BASEBALL SAVED US, THE BRACELET. And many more.
I hope that my share of Larry Dane Brimner's book has not taken anything away from the interest in @GeorgeTakei's book (set for July release) but rather illuminated possibilities to look back to the books published over time that invite us to look back to this time. And others.
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