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How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books. How do you know if a children's book you're about to share with your students accurately portrays the culture of its characters?

How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books

Are there warning signs to look for? Are there telltale things that mark an outstanding multicultural book? To answer these questions, Scholastic Teacher magazine invited five children's literature specialists to give us their candid advice on selecting books about or related to Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Jews, and Asian Americans. Within each section of this article, you'll find: Reviews of ten great children's books suitable for grades K–8Essential advice from a children's author or illustrator: Joseph Bruchac, Gary Soto, Floyd Cooper, Patricia Polacco, Yumi HeoKey criteria to use when selecting booksA list of notable authorsAnd more!

Our experts also helped us compile an extensive list of other multicultural resources for teachers and their classrooms. Native Americans: Let Our Words Be Heard By Peggy K. Teacher Vision - TeacherVision. Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) The resources on this page are offered to provide guidelines, assistance, examples and materials related to multicultural and diversity resources and collections.

Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)

Awards Bibliographies Dictionaries Guidelines/Standards Library Instruction Literacy Notable Collections Organizations Reports Reviews The Multicultural Library Affiliate Organizations/Committees Related to Diversity. Multicultural Literature Resources – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. RESOURCE ALERT!

Multicultural Literature Resources – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Looking for book lists? Want to make your own list of top-quality literature for children and teens? Readers, educators, advocates, everyone…To find more children’s literature that reflects our colorful world: for a start. Please check out the books and authors on this wonderful list compiled by Elizabeth Bluemle, A World Full of Color (and add to it!).

Some ongoing compilations to help you along the way can be found at The African Diaspora Reading ChallengeSocial Justice ChallengeTeaching for ChangeCrazy QuiltsFriends of African Village LibrariesPersons of Color Reading Challenge. Multicultural Literature Resources - Juvenile Literature: Selected Resources - Research Guides at California State University Sacramento. Black authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults : a biographical dictionary2 SOUTH REFERENCE Juvenile 920 .M9787b Black books galore!

Multicultural Literature Resources - Juvenile Literature: Selected Resources - Research Guides at California State University Sacramento

: guide to great African American children's books2 SOUTH REFERENCE Juvenile016.973 .R1863bg. Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents. Diversity in YA. By Tara Sim I write my books in halves.

Diversity in YA

It’s easy to see now, looking back, how I’ve always lived my life in halves. Like night side versus day side, there’s a clear distinction between these two parts of me that sometimes don’t line up, but are ever shifting, fluid, as routine and certain as sunset and moonrise. I still check in with my first main character once in a while. I wrote him when I was 15, when I had absolutely no idea how to relate to the world. It was this: he was torn into halves. Now, sitting in front of my computer several years later, I’m laughing and saying “Of course.” Writing about yourself takes courage. But I continued to read, and I continued to write books.

A clock mechanic who lives between overwhelming anxiety and devastating hope. They weren’t me. Reading & Reviewing Diverse YA Books. American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets. Lee & Low. Center for Children's Books. Past and Present NBGS Books (Notable Books for a Global Society) - CL/R SIG (Children's Literature and Reading - Special Interest Group)

Boyne, John.

Past and Present NBGS Books (Notable Books for a Global Society) - CL/R SIG (Children's Literature and Reading - Special Interest Group)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. New York: David Fickling, 2006. Campoy, F. Isabel. & Ada, Alma F. Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection. Diakite, Penda. Draper, Sharon. Freedman, Russell. Greenfield, Eloise. Hobb, Will. Holm, Jennifer L. Hopkinson, Deborah. Kessler, Cristina. Kroll, Virginia. Lee-Tai, Amy. Diversity Books for Children: 60+ Book Lists. I was dismayed to discover that the number of multicultural books published hasn’t increased during the last 18 years despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color.

Diversity Books for Children: 60+ Book Lists

This graphic is from Lee and Low publishers. I have posted a large number of book lists for kids focusing on multicultural books (some my own creations but others that I’ve happily discovered) but I know that my search capability in my blog is not that great. I am organizing them all here in hopes that more people will read multicultural children’s books. Hopefully this will spark an interest that will lead to more books depicting people of color being published. Official site of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign. Have you heard about #DVPIT?

Official site of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

#DVPIT is a twitter pitching event hosted and moderated by Beth Phelan. #DVpit is for marginalized writers (and illustrators) to pitch their work to agents and editors using the hashtag #DVpit. Some of the rules have been changed/clarified and are all represented on the website: #DVpit will run on April 25th and April 26th. April 25th, 8AM-8PM ET: Children’s & Teen Projects April 26th, 8AM-8PM ET: Adult Projects Some Pre-event opportunities from their website: #PreDV April 6, 2017 9AM - 5PM ET “Need a warm-up? Post your pitch using “#PreDV” in place of “#DVpit” and volunteers will provide critiques. This is a great opportunity to practice before the big day, get feedback to improve your pitches, and make some friends!” Hosted by Kat Cho (@KatCho)