Published in 2007, Dreams Are for Others was the first student anthology we put together. East Palo Alto Academy High School students who had been disengaged from learning suddenly found a new love for reading and writing. The idea that their stories, full of pain as well as hope could be told and validated, lit a fire of excitement and motivation which kept them writing after class, during lunch, after school, just to finish the project. The publication of this book allowed the students to see that Dreams are not just for others, and that they could dare to dream as well.
Published in 2010, Against the Odds was the result of working with a group of students at Sequoia Continuation High School in Visalia, California. These juniors and seniors had given up hope and lost interest in their education. Weary of being labeled failures, they responded to the Literate Voices project with a fiery enthusaism for being heard and telling their stories. Their dreams flowed out onto the page and encouraged them to make those goals a reality.
Also published in 2010, Beyond the Fields was written by middle school students in Sanger, Caifornia. The title they chose symbolized their need to represent their lives in writing for all those who are ignorant of the hopes, dreams, and trials of the children who live in rural California.
Among the Groves was published in 2011, chronicling the tumultous and challenging lives of students who grow up among the orange groves of Lindsay, California. These high school students wrote with fervor about the hardships they face and the ambitions they hold on to in the face of enormous obstacles.
The first Literate Voices anthology to be published with a Spanish translation in the same volume, Ninos De Oro was published in 2012, describing the lives of middle school students in the tiny towns of Cutler-Orosi. Their stories bring to life the stark poverty and the simple joys of growing up in a small Central Valley town that is marred by rampant gang violence.
The Flood, the Bear, and the Dog, published in 2013, is an amalgamation of stories told by the impoverished and orphaned children of Balashram, a residential school in Odisha, India. Illustrated by the children themselves, this beautiful hardcover volume presents the lives of some of the students who live and learn at the Balashram.