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. Email nominations to nirmvdetroit@gmail.com.

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

2018 NIRMV Recommended Reading List Adults Edition (PDF)
  • Barracon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo ~~ Zora Neale Hurston
  • Helen Steiner Rice: Ambassador of Sunshine ~~ Ronald Pollitt & Virginia Wiltse
  • Life is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, And Lead Like a Star ~~ Tim Federle
  • My New Identity in Christ ~~ Crystal Tatum, Sheila Hoerauf, Celeste Natambu
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ~~ Stephen King
  • Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar ~~ Colleen J. McElroy
  • Powering Up! How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders ~~ Anne Doyle
  • Rita Moreno: A Memoir ~~ Rita Moreno
  • The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life ~~ Jazz Smollett-Warwell, Jurnee Smollett-       Bell, Jake Smollett and Jussie Smollett
  • The Game of Life and How to Play It ~~ Florence Scovel Shinn
  • The Written Word: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization ~~ Marilyn Puchner
  • Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together ~~ James Blake
*The NIRMV 2018 Recommended Reading Lists are official signature products of National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries (NIRMV).  The list originated in 2008 and is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018. There are Kids and Adult editions of the lists. 

    2018 NIRMV Recommended Reading List Kids Edition (PDF)

    • A Bird’s Best Friend ~~ Tish Sommers
    • Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909 ~~ Michele Markel
    • Curious George Goes to the Hospital ~~ Margaret & H.A. Rey
    • George Washington Carver: A Life of Devotion ~~ Robin Nelson
    • Mae Among the Stars ~~ Rada Ahmed
    • Melvia for Mayor ~~ David Watkins
    • My Life Story ~~ Sonia Sotomayor
    • Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story ~~ Lindsey McDivitt
    • She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World ~~ Chelsea Clinton
    • Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille ~~ Jen Bryant
    • The Colored Car ~~ Jean Alicia Elster
    • The Stars Beneath Our Feet ~~ David Barclay Moore
    • Those Building Men ~~ Angela Johnson
    • Twelve Days in May: Freedom 1961 ~~ Larry Dane Brimmer
    • Uncle Jed’s Barbershop ~~ Margaree King Mitchell
      *The NIRMV 2018 Recommended Reading Lists are official signature products of National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries (NIRMV).  The list originated in 2008 and is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018. There are Kids and Adult editions of the lists.