Detailed Reading List

Required Books that will be provided by the Institute:

Conkling, Winifred. (2013). Sylvia and Aki. New York: Yearling.

Gratz, Alan (2018). Refugee. New York: Scholastic.

Jamieson, Victoria & Mohamed, Omar (2020). When Stars are Scattered.  New York: Dial.

Kadahota, Cynthia. (2009). Weedflower. New York: Atheneum.

Lailami, L. (2015). The Moor’s Account. New York: Vintage.

Martin, Patricia Preciado (1992). Songs My Mother Sang to Me. University of Arizona Press.

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia (2018). All the Stars Denied. New York: Lee & Low.

Odell, Scott (1960). Island of the Blue Dolphins.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Silko, Leslie Marmon. (2006). Ceremony. New York: Penguin.

Sheridan, J. (1992.  Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Arizona, 1854-1941. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Sandin, Joan (2012). Celebrate Arizona! Tucson: Rio Chico.

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra (2017). How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child. New York: HarperCollins.


Additional Academic Books and Articles available during the institute

Fuller, W., ed. (1989). From the devil’s playground: Poetry of early Arizona. Arizona Historical Society. 

González, Juan. “Chapter 2: The Spanish Borderlands and the making of Empire (1810-1898).” In Harvest of Empire. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Goodwin, Robert (2008) Crossing the Continent 1527-1540: The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South. New York: Harper.

Huizar-Hernández, A. (2018) "Forging a Borderlands Baroness: Latinx Identity and Racial Uncertainties in the 1895 Peralta Land Grant Trial," English Language Notes 56 (2), 55-66.

Kino, E. F. (1919). Spain in the West: Kino's Historical Memoir of Pimería Alta, A Contemporary Account of the Beginnings of California, Sonora and Arizona, by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., Pioneer Missionary Explorer, Cartographer, and Ranchman, 1683-1711 Cleveland, OH: Arthur H. Clark Company.

Lyons, B. (2008). Zeckendorfs and Steinfelds: Merchant princes of the American Southwest. Arizona Historical Society.

Officer, James. (1989). Hispanic Arizona, 1536–1856. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Officer, James, ed. (1987). Frontier Tucson: Hispanic Contributions. Arizona Historical Society.

Otero, Lydia. (2010). La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Plascencia, Luis and Cuadraz, Gloria (2019). Mexican Workers and the Making of Arizona. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Preciado Martin, P. (1999). Days of Plenty, Days of Want. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. (Short stories)

Preciado Martin, P. (2016). El Milagro and other stories. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Sheridan, T. (2012). Arizona: A History. University of Arizona Press.

Vélez-Ibáñez, C. (2017). Hegemonies of Language in the Southwest and their discontents: The Southwest North American Region Since 1540. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Vélez-Ibáñez, C. & Heyman, J. (2017). The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions.  Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Zepeda, O. (1995).The Continuum of Literacy in American Indian Communities. Bilingual Research Journal, 19:1, 5-15, DOI: 10.1080/15235882.1995.10668588

Articles from special issue of Perspectives on Urban Education, Spring 2009, 6 (1): Immigration Issues in Urban Schools. 


Text Set of children’s and young adult books on Arizona

Informational Books

Bruchac, Joseph (2018). Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story. Illus. Liz Amini-Holmes. Whitman.

Carson, Mary Kay (2015). Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Carson, Mary Kay (2014). Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in American’s Own Backyard. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chin, Jason (2017). Grand Canyon. Roaring Brook Press.

Lowe, Sam (2016). Arizona Myths and Legends: The True Stories Behind History’s Mysteries. Twodot.

Nelson, S. D. (2006). Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story. (Pima Indian). New York: Lee & Low.  

Sandin, Joan (2012). Celebrate Arizona! Tucson, AZ: Rio Rico Press.


Historical Fiction

Bruchac, Joseph (2005). Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. Dial.

Conkling, Winifred (2013). Sylvia & Aki. Yearling.  (Poston Internment Camp)

Fitzmaurice, Kathryn. (2012). A Diamond in the Desert. Penguin. (Gila River Internment Camp)

Harvey, Gwen (2010). Esperanza Means Hope. Arizona Historical Society.

Kadohata, Cynthia (2006). Weedflower. Aladdin. (Poston Internment Camp) 

Lowell, Susan (2005). I am Lavina Cummings. Milkweed. (1905, Arizona Territory).

Moss, Marissa.  (2016). Barbed Wire Baseball.  Illus. Yuko Shimizu. New York: Abrams. (Gila River Internment Camp).

Say, Allen (1990).  El Chino. Houghton Mifflin.

Wallace, Sandra Neil. (2013). Muckers. New York: Knopf.  (1940s Arizona mining town).



Bowling, Dusti (2018). Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Sterling.

Bowling, Dusti (2018). 24 Hours in Nowhere. Sterling.

Flood, Nancy Bo. Soldier Sister, Fly Home. Charlesbridge. (Navajo)

Rivera-Ashford, A. (2007). Hip Hip Hooray, It’s Monsoon Day!/ Ajuá, ya llegó el chubasco. Tucson, AZ: Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum Press.

Rivera-Ashford, A.(2012) Los remedios de mi tata. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.

Say, Allen.(1990).  El Chino. Houghton Mifflin.

Urrea, Luis (2010). Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.


Text Set of children’s books on American Indians of the Southwest

Begay, Shonto. (1992). Ma’ii and Cousin Horned Toad: A Traditional Navajo Story. Scholastic.

Begay, Shonto (1995). Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa. Scholastic.

Bruchac, Joseph (2005). Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two.  Dial.

Browne, Vee (1991). Monster Slayer: A Navajo Folktale. Illus. Baje Whitethorne, Baje. Northland.

Capaldi, Gina (2008). A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero. Carolrhoda Books.

Cowley, Joy (2002). Big Moon Tortilla. Illus. Dyanne Strongbow. Boyds Mills Press.

Flood, Nancy Jo. (2013). Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo. Illus. Jan Sonnenmair. WordSong.

Garcia, Emmett (2006). Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began. Illus.Victoria Pringle. University of New Mexico Press.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. (1995). Apache Rodeo. Illus. Lawrence Migdale. Holiday House

Hucks, Bruce (1996). Rainbow at Night: The World in Words and Pictures by Navajo Children. Chronicle Books.

Hunter, Sara Hoagland (2007).  The Unbreakable Code. Illus. Julia Minor. Rising Moon.

Kavasch, E. Barrie.  (1999). Apache Children and Elders Talk Together. Powerkids.

Lacapa, Kathleen (1999). Less Than Half, More Than Whole.  Illus. Northland Pub.

Lacapa, Michael (1990). The Flute Player: An Apache Folk Tale. Cooper Square.

Lomatuway’Ma, Michael & Malotki, Ekkehart (2003). The Fire Stealers: A Hopi Story. Illus. Ken Gary. Kiva Pub.

Lomatuway’Ma, Michael & Malotki, Ekkehart (1996). The Magic Hummingbird: A Hopi Folktale. Illus. Michael Lacapa. Kiva Publishing.

Kennard, Edward & Beatty, Willard. (1977). Field Mouse Goes to War/Tusan Homichi Tuwvota : A Bilingual Hopi Tale. Illus Fred Kabotie. Filter Press.

Malotki, Ekkehart (1988). The Mouse Couple: A Hopi Folktale. Illus. Michael Lacapa, Northland.

Moreillon, Judi (1997). Sing Down the Rain. Illus. Michael Chiago, Kiva.

Nelson, S.D (2009) Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story. Lee & Low Books.

Parsons-Yazzie, Evangeline (2005). Dzani Yazhi Naazbaa’ / Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home: A Story of the Navajo Long Walk. Illus. Irving Toddy. Salina Bookshelf.

Powell, Patricia Hruby (2009). Zinnia: How the Corn was Saved. Illus. Kendrick Benally. Salina Bookshelf.

Roessel, Monty (1993). Kinaalda: A Navajo Girl Grows Up. First Avenue Editions.

Roessel, Monty (1995). Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave. Lerner.

Secakuku, Susan (2006). Meet Mindy: A Native Girl from the Southwest. Illus. John Harrington, Council Oak.

Seymour, Tryntie Van Ness. (1993). The Gift of Changing Woman. Henry Holt.

Swentzell, Rina (1993). Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters. Illus.  Bill Steen. First Avenue Editions.

Tapahonso, Luci. (1999). Songs of Shiprock Fair. Illus. Anthony Emerson. Kiva.

Trotter, Deborah W. (2007). A Summer’s Trade. Illus. Irving Toddy. Salina Bookshelf.

Weber, EdNah New Rider (2004). Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood. Lee & Low.

Zepeda, Ofelia (1995). Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert.  University of Arizona Press.


Additional Adult books (fiction)

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Capirotada by Alberto Álvaro Rios

The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea

Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton (memoir)

Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day

Titles by Tony Hillerman and J.A. Jance (e.g. The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman)

These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy Turner

Sycamore. Bryn Chancellor. HarperCollins

Some Rise by Sin. By Philip Caputo. Henry Holt

The Trunk Murderess Winnie Ruth Judd by Jana Bommersbach


Museums, Cultural Centers, Missions, and Historical Sites

Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Cultural Center Tucson

Jewish History Museum

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Downtown History Museum

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Arizona State Museum

Arizona History Museum

Dunbar Pavilion Cultural Center

Prison Camp/Gordon Hirabayashi Campground

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum

Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum