Center Library

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Empathy and Critical Thinking Using Books (Social Justice 101), Making Space for Free-Choice Reading Alongside Textbooks in Social Work Generalist Courses, and the Center Library resource page. See also Literature as Exploration and two K-12 books on multiculturalism that can be applied to college education and across cultures, Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature and A Magical Encounter: Latino Children's Literature in the Classroom.

Center Library

Literature serves as a powerful pedagogical tool to motivate critical thinking on interculturality and social justice. Diversity Center Director Dr. Yolanda Padilla curates a collection of contemporary books that engage students in the exploration of a range of social issues. Included in this collection are memoirs and ethnographies; traditional, graphic, and science fiction novels; and books on social analysis/social action. The last section is a collection of children’s books that offer an appreciation of cultural worldviews through folk tales and other stories. Book covers are organized by genre and alphabetized by book title. Click on the book cover for a description of the book. A corresponding book list provides publication information. 


Special Collection of Asian and Asian American Literature

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Narrative Nonfiction

After the Last Border cover The Beast cover
Barefoot Woman cover Black Lotus cover Children of the Land cover
Dear America cover The Making of a Teenage Service Class cover
Dirty River cover Domestica cover
The Girl Who Smiled Beads cover The Girl With Seven Names cover
Good Girls Revolt cover Here We Are cover The Home Place cover Homeward cover
Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers cover The Death and life of Aida Hernandez cover
Luther Standing Bear cover Mukiwa cover Negroland cover
Notes From a Young Black Chef cover One Time One Place cover
Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down cover There Will Be No Miracles Here cover They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields cover
Travels with Lizbeth cover $2 A Day cover The Undying cover The Ungrateful Refugee cover
With the Old Breed cover The Yellow House cover

Nonfiction Graphic Novels

Belonging cover The Best We Could Do cover Good Talk cover


Apeirogon cover
The Gone Dead cover Gringo Champion cover Home Fire cover
House of Stone cover
Midnight's Children cover
My Part of Her cover On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous cover the other americans cover The Poet X cover
Refuge cover Slash and Burn cover
Ta Nehisi Coats the Water Dancer cover
Women Dreaming cover    

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Always North cover
The Deep cover
The Forever War cover The Freedom Artist cover
Parable of the Sower cover
The Wall cover

Fiction Graphic Novels

Social Analysis/Activism

Afrotopia cover As Long as Grass Grows cover Automating Inequality cover
Becoming Ms. Burton cover Becoming Transnational Youth Workers cover Becoming Wise an Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.cover
Biological Exuberance cover Black Wave cover
The Boys Crusade cover Can't Stop Won't Stop cover The Casualty Gap cover
The Class Ceiling cover The Closing of the American Mind cover Dispossession and the Environment cover
El Norte cover Race Question cover
Fight of the Century cover
Forgotten Citizens cover Fragile Families cover Good Economics for Hard Times cover Good Muslim Bad Muslim cover
Ghosts in the Schoolyard cover Guest House for Young Widows cover Home and Exile cover
How to Be An Antiracist cover How to Do Nothing cover Hungry Translations cover Hustle and Gig cover
The Injustice Never Leaves You cover Jay Z cover
Light of the Stars cover
Memes to Movements cover No BS cover
The Ones We've Been Waiting For cover The Poisoned City cover On Being Included cover
Permanent Record cover Reason in a Dark Time cover Refuge Beyond Reach cover
A Sand County Almanac cover Salt Sugar Fat cover Secondhand Time cover The Sixth Extinction cover
We Are the Weather cover Solution Focused Brief Therapy cover
The Social Transformation of American Medicine cover Stamped from the Beginning cover Tethered Fates cover
Trauma Stewardship cover The World May Know cover The Uninhabitable Earth cover Unequal City cover
The Warmth of Other Suns cover
Where Do We Go From Here cover Who's the Bigot cover Wilmington's Lie cover

Children's Literature 

Great Soybean Picnic cover Bowwow Powwow cover A Differnt Pond cover Dreamers cover
Family Pictures cover Firebird  cover Grandpa Cacao cover Islandborn cover
Jack Agyu cover Leila in Saffron cover Black Fish cover My First Book of Haiku Poems cover
My LIfe with the Wave cover The Name Jar cover The Promise cover Sharing Our World cover
Sulwe cover The Three Questions cover Where Are You From cover Windcatcher cover

Featured Book

The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education(Opens in a new window), the most complete compilation of analyses of social work education to date: its key issues, its response to current needs, and its future. 

Genre: Social Analysis