Arne Nixon Center

Highlights from the Arne Nixon Center (California State University) include original paintings by Ashley Bryan, the African-American children’s book illustrator. Many books depicting Chicano/a or Mexican-American culture and Asian/Pacific Islanders are included in the collection as well. The center is proud of its large number of LGBTQ books, and its enormous trove of books about cats.

I identified a sample of 40 books from the Arne Nixon Center, which are searchable in the bibliography. Among that set, I chose three books to represent a much larger selection of books available at the Center which tell counter-narratives and which inform about Indigenous peoples: Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 (by Charles C. Mann), Who Was First: Discovering the Americas (by Russell Freedman), and The World in 1492 (by Jean Fritz and others).

If you are a local or are visiting Fresno to access the Center, one tip for navigating the vast collection is to search for writers and illustrators from California, of which there are many, to help you get started.

Learn more:

Arne Nixon Center
Henry Madden Library
California State University, Fresno
5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML34
Fresno, CA 93740-8014