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Multicultural Literature Resources

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)

Critic and educator Laura Jiménez reviews graphic novels with a keen eye on representation.

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."

Blogging "to make IPOC authors and their works more accessible."

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."

Interracial Books for Children Bulletin (Digitzed)
Published from the mid 1960s to the last 1980s, this publication offered critical reviews and discussions of diversity in children's literature.

Interracial Books for Children Bulletin Reviews Index
This project of Dr. Nicole A. Cooke at the University of Champagne-Urbana is a searchable index of reviews that appeared in the IBCB publication.

Latinxs in Kid Lit
Exploring and celebrating Latino children's literature.

Middle East Outreach Council Book Awards
Recognizing "quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures." (Middle East Outreach Council)

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)

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)

Readers Inspired
A blog devoted to children's books about Africa and the African diaspora includes spotlights on creators, recommended books and more.

Reading While White
White librarians "organizing to confront racism in children's and young adult literature."

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature
A "peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal."

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.

See What We See: Social Justice Books
See What We See (SWWS) is "a coalition of writers, scholars, educators, librarians, and activists who believe that books reflect what is valued in society and can therefore shape people’s attitudes and actions towards one another." A Teaching for Change project.

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 for Change
"...provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world."

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 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 Are Kidlit Collective
This annual summer reading list is developed by a group devoted to recognizing "the humanity of Indigenous and People of Color (IPOC) in youth literature. Our work is premised upon the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion and centers IPOC voices in children’s literature in order to identify, challenge and dismantle white supremacy and both internalized and systematic racism."

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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