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Multicultural/Culturally-Responsive Books - Curriculum Collection at Lewis Library - Research Guides at Loyola University Chicago. 22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels. In a vibrant, multicultural society, representing the richness of students’ lives in a class or school library takes a conscious effort. Including writers and fictional characters with a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and life circumstances is a way to increase the chances that students will find both windows and mirrors in the library—books that reflect their lives, and ones that give them insight into the lives and experiences of people who aren’t like them.

No book shelf is going to represent the fullness of this nation. From the descendants of people who arrived here more than 15,000 years ago to the newest immigrants, we’re simply too much. Navigating Asian and American Identities. Books are like mirrors, providing readers with opportunities to see themselves in their pages, slaying dragons, braiding hair, searching for buried treasure.

Navigating Asian and American Identities

When children read books that are relevant to their lived experiences, they become more motivated to read and to use their background knowledge to better comprehend texts. It is therefore important for educators to incorporate culturally relevant books in their classrooms, so that all children can see positive representations of themselves in books. Books are also like windows, putting readers into the shoes of people whose lives are different from their own. Through culturally relevant literature, children are given access to the customs and norms of other cultures, which helps cultivate principles of tolerance and acceptance. In today’s diverse classrooms, this is critically important. Kindergarten to Second Grade. A Better Way to Teach the Civil Rights Movement.

A native of the Magnolia State, Jessica Dickens grew up just a short drive away from one of the most infamous events of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 disappearance and murder of three civil rights workers on their way to investigate a church burning. She’s also a graduate of one of Mississippi’s segregated high schools—part of a group of all-white private schools established in the 1950s to thwart school integration. Yet even with her personal ties to civil rights history, the central figures in Dickens’s history lessons in her early teaching years in Mississippi were Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks—two of the most memorable leaders from her own schooling, and staples of U.S. history textbooks.

It was only with exposure to fresh thinking through a teaching fellowship on civil rights history—and after uncovering her state’s untold stories—that the 11-year veteran began to shift her teaching approach. 22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels. Mamie On the Mound: A Woman In Baseball's Negro Leagues. TITLE: Mamie on the Mound: A Woman In Baseball's Negro Leagues AUTHOR: Leah Henderson ILLUSTRATOR: George Doutsiopoulos CAPSTONE EDITIONS: A Capstone Imprint Mamie Johnson stepped on the mount to pitch in one of her first Negro League games.

Mamie On the Mound: A Woman In Baseball's Negro Leagues

She knew she was ready. She was the first female pitcher in professional baseball. Even if others doubted a woman could pitch to the fellas, she didn't. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Tales of a Third Grade Teacher: Jingle Dancer. Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. El Deafo by Cece Bell. Brown Girl Dreaming. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Hardcover. Ghost CHECK THIS OUT.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Hardcover

This dude named Andrew Dahl holds the world record for blowing up the most balloons . . . with his nose. Yeah. That’s true. Not sure how he found out that was some kinda special talent, and I can’t even imagine how much snot be in those balloons, but hey, it’s a thing and Andrew’s the best at it. “Let me guess, sunflower seeds,” Mr.

“Lemme guess, one dollar.” After that, I continue on my slow-motion journey, pausing again only when I get to the bus stop. About the sunflower seeds. My dad used to eat sunflower seeds too. But let me tell you, my dad was lying. It was three years ago when my dad lost it.

Inside Out and Back Again

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Hello Universe Unit and Resources. KIds and Teen Books by Indigenous Authors and Illustrators. Native American Children's Literature Recommended Reading List. 21 Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading. Summer is around the corner!

21 Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading

Well, at least in the northern hemisphere…. Time to stock up on summer reads for your middle graders! 2020 Arab Muslim Children Books {Resource} by A Crafty Arab. Welcome 2020 and all these stunning children books by Arab and/or Muslim authors, or about Arab and/or Muslim kids, to enjoy!

2020 Arab Muslim Children Books {Resource} by A Crafty Arab

Now that January has arrived, it means that Multicultural Children’s Book Day is right around the corner. I am so excited to be co-Hosting another year and will be sharing a review of a book about a Palestinian little girl on January 31st, 2020. To recap, I was sent a Persian book in 2017, and a Sudanese book in 2018, both great additions to diverse kidlit book shelves around the world.

I was fortune enough to receive three books for my 2019 Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviews, which can be found here, here and here. As I await by my mailbox for this year’s special delivery, I thought I’d compile a list of 20+ upcoming PB (picture books), MG (middle grade) and YA (young adult) books coming out of the Arab & Muslim diaspora in 2020.

30+ Muslimah Protagonist MG/YA & Comics {Resource} by A Crafty Arab. March is Women’s History Month, and we are honoring this month by compiling this book list of Muslimah protagonist that are featured in MG, YA and comics.

30+ Muslimah Protagonist MG/YA & Comics {Resource} by A Crafty Arab

It is important to take the time to recognize the great contributions that women have made to our society. In the Muslim world, women have held 13 positions as heads of state and government. Having previously compiled a list of books for teens to teach about the Arab world, I wanted to put together a list of books about Muslim women (often called Muslimah) and girls that showcase that strong leadership that is encouraged in the Quran, the Islamic holy book. This educational resource book list is part of Women’s History Month series on Multicultural Kid Blogs. Be sure to check out other posts in the series at the bottom of this page! Multicultural Fiction for Teenagers. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. 2007Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Multicultural Fiction for Teenagers

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. 2006Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Vol. I, The Pox Party by M.T. Best Multicultural Books for Children (451 books) Diversity Book Lists. 100 Must-Read YA Books Written in Verse. One of my favorite formats, and one that’s abundant in the young adult designation in particular, is the verse format.

100 Must-Read YA Books Written in Verse

I love novels, as well as non-fiction, that is thoughtfully and skillfully crafted in verse. It’s a skill few writers possess well, since it’s so much more than simply breaking up prose into lines and calling it done. There needs to be clear thought and purpose behind the format, since it reflects the voice and perspective of the character. But damn, when a verse book is done well, it is done well. The craft behind it, the voice that drives it, and the way it builds a story and character and time period and setting can make verse books spectacular. Want to get started? 20 empowering children's books that celebrate diversity and social justice. For many of us, stories shape our world — starting from a young age.

20 empowering children's books that celebrate diversity and social justice.

Books can take us to places we've never been. They teach us how other people think, live, dream, and thrive. Make believe hits overdrive with "Alice in Wonderland. " Image by iStock. And stories that highlight diversity, fairness, and empathy can even change people's minds about tough issues. Multicultural Literature: Diversity Resources. All children deserve books in which they can see themselves and the world in which they live reflected.

Multicultural Literature: Diversity Resources

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. 30 Books Every Teen Should Know: CCBC Booklists. Compiled by Megan Schliesman, Kathleen T. Horning and Merri V. Books About Racism and Social Justice. Crafty Moms Share: Dictionary for a Better World. Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Super Platinum Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings, Platinum Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls, Gold Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,

Crafty Moms Share: Native American Resource Books. Book- Culturally Responisive Teaching and the Brain. Schneider Family Book Award. 50+ Years of Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Books (and Why Your Kid Should Read Them) For more than fifty years, books by African American writers and artists have been honored by receiving the Coretta Scott King Book Award. This award promotes understanding and appreciation of Black culture. The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Book Award Winners : Tomás Rivera Book Award : Texas State University. The Amelia Bloomer Book List. Awards for Multicultural Youth Literature.

American Indian Youth Literature Award – American Indian Library Association. The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. Arab American Book Awards. We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2019 Arab American Book Awards, honoring books published in 2018, in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly/Academic, Non-Fiction - Memoir/Creative, Poetry and Children/Young Adult.

The deadline to submit a book for consideration is March 1, 2019. Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) BLM Instructional Library - Google Slides. Multicultural literature - Bing video. A Field Guide to Jewish Kidlit. On The Book of Life, we talk a lot about Jewish kidlit. Cynthia Leitich Smith.

EJ737971 - Multicultural Literature and Young Adolescents: A Kaleidoscope of Opportunity, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2006-May. Deepening Teacher Knowledge of Multiculural Literature through a University-Schools Partnership. Race and Equity Resources. We Need Diverse Books – Educators - Social Justice Resources - Race. Diverse children's books need more visibility - USA TODAY. Multicultural Children's Book Day - #ReadYourWorld. The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf. Missing Adventures: Diversity and Children's Literature. Wanted, dead or alive. 6 Misconceptions About Native American People.

Changing the way we see Native Americans. The First Americans Video - Native American Cultures - Why Teach with Multicultural Books? (Teacher Read) Seven Ways to Evaluation Multicultural Literature. Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books. Opening Up New Perspectives With Literature.

Diversity/Multi Cultural with Language-Literacy.

Diversity in the Classroom

Native American Literature Resources. Creating a Diverse Library. Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades. Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice.