Reading Lists

NIRMV Recommended Reading Lists for Adults and Kids

Copies of the reading lists are distributed throughout the country via libraries, schools, churches, community centers and other public sites – including online connections on the NIRMM website and Facebook page. Special thanks to book clubs, community organizations and non-profits for providing assistance with both nomination and distribution efforts. In addition, a related dedicated display rack and showcases have been set up. Redford Township District Library has been a valued annual showcase partner.

Readers are encouraged to nominate books that inspired them for inclusion on the lists. Authors are not allowed to self nominate their books. Email nominations to nirmvdetroit@gmail.com. 

2018 marked the 10th anniversary for Recommended Reading List! Keep the celebration going  by downloading this list of 10 NIRMV Recommended Reading List Books to Read Again & Again & Again (PDF).

2019 NIRMV Recommended Reading List Adults Edition (PDF)
  • Becoming ~ Michelle Obama
  • Between the World and Me ~ Ta-Neshi Coates
  • Haben ~ Haben Girma
  • Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective ~ Gordon Parks
  • Hello Color: 25 Bright Ideas for DIY D├ęcor ~ Rachel Mae Smith
  • Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss ~ Margaret Renkl
  • More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who We Are (No Matter What They Say) ~ Elaine Welteroth
  • The Art ofMindful Reading: Embracing the Meaning of Words ~ Ella Berthoud
  • The Giver of Stars ~ Jo Jo Moyes
  • The Unqualified Hostess ~ Whoopi Goldberg
  • Where the Crawdads Sing ~ Delia Owens
*The NIRMV 2019 Recommended Reading Lists are official signature products of National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries (NIRMV).  The list originated in 2008. There are Kids and Adult editions of the lists.

    2019 NIRMV Recommended Reading List Kids Edition (PDF)
    • Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents Through Creativity ~ Judy Press
    • Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings ~ Francie Latour
    • Best Friends Forever: A World War II. Scrapbook ~ Beverly Patt
    • Charlotte's Web ~ E. B. Lewis
    • Franklin and His Friend ~ Paulette Bourgeois
    • Goin' Someplace Special ~ Patricia C. McKissack
    • Marvelous Me: Inside and Out ~ Lisa Bullard
    • Read for Me, Mama ~ Vashanti Rahaman
    • The Poet X ~ Elizabeth Acevedo
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar ~ Eric Carle
    • The Word Collector ~ Peter Reynolds
    • Who Will I Be? ~ Abby Huntsman
      *The NIRMV 2019 Recommended Reading Lists are official signature products of National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries (NIRMV).  The list originated in 2008. There are Kids and Adult editions of the lists.