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Multicultural Literature Resources

A Critical Bibliography on North American Indians (K-12)
This bibliography includes a forward by Lisa Mitten on the importance of books that portray Native cultures accurately and authentically; an introduction that serves as a primer on evaluating books with Native content; and the books themselves, arranged by geographic region of North America. The books are concisely annotated and include general grade level recommendations.

Africa Access Review
This searchable database offers critical reviews of over 900 titles on Africa. The reviewers are content specialists who offer opinions on the strengths and/or weankess of each book, which are also given a rating of "Highly Recommended," "Recommended," "Advisory," "Marginal" or "Not Reommended."

American Indian Youth Literature Award
For the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. (American Indian Library Association) (September, 2006: This award does not yet have it's own web site. This links to the AILA site, which features information and criteria for this newly established award. Read the press release about the first winners, announced September 5.)

American Indians in Children's Literature Blog
Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo) provides a critical thoughts on children's and young adult literature by and about American Indians through this blog, which is an outstanding resource for librarians, teachers, and others to expand their own critical thinking, analaysis, and evaluation skills.

Americas Children's and Young Adult Literature Award/Commended List
For outstanding books about Latin America or Latinos in the United States (Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs Committee on Teaching and Outreach)

An Updated Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books
Anti-bias educator Louise Derman-Sparks's expansion of "10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism," which was originally created by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, continues the emphasis on thoughtful evaluation of books for stereotypes and bias and can raise awareness on critical issues in evaluating children's and young adult literature.

Arab American Book Award
Acknowledging books that "preserve and advance the understanding, knowledge, and resources of the Arab American community by celebrating the thoughts and lives of Arab Americans." One of the award categories is for "Children's or Young Adult" book. (Arab American National Museum)

Asian Pacific American Award for Literature
For books by and about Asian Pacific Americans (Asian Pacific American Librarians Association)

Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
For most distinguished social science books depicting ethnicity in the United States (National Council for the Social Studies)

CBC Diversity
The Children's Book Council is the non-profit trade association for children's book publishers. "CBC Diversity" is a CBC committee "dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to children’s and young adult literature."

Children's Africana Book Awards
For the best children's books about Africa (Outreach Council of the African Studies Association)

Coretta Scott King Award
For the distinguished book by a Black author, and the distinguished by a black illustrator, that promote "understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Curriculum Resource Center
This unique and invaluable searchable database of Coretta Scott King award-winning books and honor books allows searching by subject area and/or grade level, and includes original interviews with the book creators about the books, and links to additional resources about the books.

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Resource Pages
There is a wealth of information about children's and young adult literature on author Cynthia Leitich Smith's site, including a commentary on multicultural literature and links to resources.

Diversity in YA
Diversity in YA is a celebration of young adult books "about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. Our goal is to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream, and to bring the margin to the center. We encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and we welcome questions and discussion."

Latina/os in Kid Lit
Exploring and celebrating Latino children's literature.

Latinas for Latino Lit
This education and literacy organization works to advance literacy among Latinos through efforts such as the Latino Summer Reading Program.

Native American Books
Part of Native American Indian Resources, an outstanding site created by Paula Giese for Native teachers and students, includes content reviews of books by and about American Indians, reviewed by Native critics such as Lisa Mitten and Naomi Caldwell Wood. The reviews are organized by subject, author, title, tribe, and age level.

Outstanding International Books
Annual list of outstanding books originally published in countries other than the United States and published here in the U.S. in the preceding year (United States Board on Books for Young People)

Paper Tigers
Sponsored by Pacific Rim Voices, this site provides excellent information on books from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia. Check out the book reviews, essential reading list, interviews with book creators and more.

Pura Belpre Award
For outstanding book by a Latino/a author and a Latino/a artist (American Library Association/Association for Library Services to Children and REFORMA)

Resource Bibliography for the Study of African-American Children's Literature
Part of the web site for the deGrummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi, this page is a terrific resource for getting started or continuing research into children's literature by and about African Americans. It features citations for publications that provide background in the subject, early and current history and criticism, evaluation tools, bibliographies of children's and young adult literature, and resources on using books in the classroom.

Rethinking Schools
This non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, blends progressive vision, theory, and practice in its work. Rethinking Schools produces publications to promote "equity and . . .the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy." Check out the "Archives" to get full-text access to selected articles in the quarterly Rethinking Schools journal, as well as the complete tables of contents.

Small Presses Owned and Operated By People of Color
The CCBC's own list of names and addresses of publishers of multicultural literature for children. Includes direct links to individual publishers' home pages, when available.

South Asia Book Award
For books that "accurately and skillfully" depict South Asia/South Asian experience, including the South Asian diaspora (South Asia National Outreach Consortium)

Teaching Tolerance
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans, bibliographies and other curriculum materials for teaching respect for and appreciation of diversity. It also offers resources for parents, teens, and children. Use the site's "search" feature to locate specific types of materials.

The Black Experience in Children's Literature
This online exhibit showcases resources in the deGrummond Collection of Children's Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. It provides an invaluable historical perspective on the depictions of African Americans in books for youth.

The Brown Bookshelf
A site dedicated to promoting "awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers" highlights books both new and old. Their "28 Days Later" initiative is an annual event during Black History Month in February to profile established and up-and-coming Black authors and artists.

Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award
For most distinguished book for children and young adults about Mexican-Americans(Texas State University - San Marcos)

We Need Diverse Books
This organization "advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people." In addition to promoting creation, publishing and use of diverse books WNDB sponsors a short story contest, award, grant, and mentoring for up-and-coming book creators.

Worlds of Words
This web site from the University of Arizona College of Education promotes using multicultural and international literature as cultural bridges for understanding. The site includes original articles about international, translated, and multicultural books and publishing, booklists and book reviews, a searchable database and links to additional resources.

 


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