While the following texts represent several rings of culture authentically, they illuminate the themes, issues, situations and identities related to authentic national culture particularly  well.


The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hicks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.
Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.
Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. Amazon


Lost and Found Cat - The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz & Amy Shrodes

Sura and her family, like many in Iraq and other war torn countries, had to flee in hopes of  finding a safer life.   Sura and her children  leave most of their possessions behind when they left Mosul, but they were not leaving their beloved cat, Kunkush. They packed him away secretly for the long and frightening journey with them to Greece. When they finally landed on the island of Lesbos, a terrified Kunkush ran off into the forest. Will Sura and her heartbroken family ever find Kunkush?


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Rashad is absent again today.

That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…

Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.

And that’s how it started.