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Diversity Resources: Multicultural Literature

All children deserve books in which they can see themselves and the world in which they live reflected. Diverse literature belongs in every classroom and library -- on the shelves and in the hands of children, librarians, and teachers. The challenge for librarians, teachers and others is identifying authentic, reliable books.

Historically, the CCBC has compiled annual statistics on the number of books published annually by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations. Over the years, we've seen those numbers grow, but multicultural literature--which we define as books "by and about people of color" and from First/Native Nations--still represents a small percentage of the overall number of books published for children and teenagers.

Beginining in 2018, we began documenting numbers around other aspects of diversity and respresentation in children's and young adult literature, including LGBTQ, and (Dis)Ability. This page provides resources specific to multicultural literature.

CCBC Resources

CCBC Bibliographies and Booklists: We strive to integrate multicultural literature into all of our work here at the CCBC. Of special note:

Other CCBC-recommended books: check out the Advanced Search feature of our searchable database of CCBC-recommended titles. You can search by broad multicultural categories (i.e.: African/African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific/Asia Pacific American, and Latino). You can combine this with a specific word (e.g., Mexican) to further target your search.

Small Presses of Color Owned/Operated by People of Color and First/Native Nations Publishers: A CCBC listing of small publishers devoted to creating books by and about people of color/

Recommended Links

There are numerous blogs and web sits where important critical discourse around representation is taking place. Check out our "Recommended Links" above to find out about some of them, along with children's and young adult literature awards and lists focusing on diversity through multicultural literature.


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