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Book Lists and Bibliographies
- We Publish Diverse Children’s and YA Books, More than 40 Publishers Share Their 2016 Titles: A handout which details the diverse books presented by publishers during this ALA Annual session
- African-American Culture Reading List: Discover titles by August House’s African-American authors and illustrators.
- Diversity & Multicultural Titles Reading List: Explore folktales from around the world, curated by August House.
- Hispanic and Latino Culture Reading List: A roundup of books by and about Latinos and Hispanics, published by August House.
- Women’s History Month Reading List: Books for and about strong women, written and illustrated by strong women – from August House.
- 101 Ways to Combat Prejudice (PDF): Barnes & Noble and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) first launched the Close the Book on Hate campaign in September 2000. They compiled this free informational pamphlet (PDF) to “break the cycle of hate through reading.”
- “Close the Book on Hate,” Reading List (PDF): These works of fiction, non-fiction, photography, and poetry help to spark discussion surrounding diversity.
- I’m Your Neighbor: A recommended reading list, sorted by country and culture of origin, of titles featuring recent refugees and immigrants.
- Multicultural Books for Adults: A comprehensive list for educators about the how race, education, and multiculturalism come together. Compiled by the Bankstreet College of Education.
- Multicultural Books for Younger Children: A list of picture books that promote diversity and multiculturalism compiled by the Bankstreet College of Education.
- Multicultural Books for Older Children: A list of middle-grade books that promote diversity and multiculturalism compiled by the Bankstreet College of Education.
- Top Black History Books for Youth: Every year the editors of Booklist highlight the top books of the year that “offer unique ways of presenting the African American experience, then and now.”
- Library Book List: An amazing array of titles for children and young adults, organized by such topics as Ethnicity & Race, Religion, Gender, Sexuality and Disability.
- Multicultural Children’s Literature: An annotated bibliography of children’s multicultural books maintained by Dr. Robert F. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Towson University, Towson, MD.
- Great Gay Teen Books: Young adult author Alex Sanchez has compiled a book list of LGBTQ books.
Lesson Plans and Discussion Guides
- Asian American Curriculum Projects, Inc: This website offers quality books related to the following communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Hmong, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Samoan, Thai, and Vietnamese.
- Lesson Plan: Multiculturalism and Diversity: Resources to help educators bring discussions about diversity and multiculturalism to the classroom that speak to the background of each student.
- Teaching “Diversity”: A Place to Begin: A guide to teaching diversity to Pre–K, Early Childhood, Grades 1–2 students and their families.
- Lesson Plans for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: This website provides resources for grades Pre-K through 8 wishing to study Latino and Spanish-Speaking artists and writers.
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards Discussion Guide 2011: Each year the ALA, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table ( EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee compile a discussion guide including activities and teaching topics for the previous year’s Coretta Scott King Book Award winners.
- Exploring Diversity: Cynthia Leitich Smith’s online resources for exploring diversity in children’s and young adult books.
Nonprofit Organizations with Book Resources
- ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT): Perhaps the number one resource for librarians seeking information about LGBT books and authors.
- The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table: ALA’s EMIERT has been an active force in the American Library Association (ALA) for more than 30 years. EMIERT serves as a source of information on ethnic collections, services, and programs.
- Asian American Writers Workshop: The preeminent literary arts organization dedicated to exceptional Asian American writing.
- PacificRim Voices: PRV aims to encourage and promote greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
- Paper Tigers: PaperTigers.org, part of Pacific Rim Voices, celebrates literary voices from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
- We Need Diverse Books: A grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.
- Lambda Literary Foundation: The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.
Great Articles about Multicultural Book Topics
- Race On YA Covers: Survey Reports A Continued Lack Of Diversity at the Huffington Post: YA novelist Kate Hart surveys 624 books.
- The Ongoing Problem of Race in Y.A. at the Atlantic Wire: In 1965, an article was published disparaging the lack of diversity in children’s literature. We continue to struggle with this issue today.
- Cover Matters: On Whitewashing at the Book Smugglers: Examples of whitewashing and the dangers of this practice.
- More Nonwhite Characters Are Needed at the New York Times: YA novelist Sharon G. Flake on the importance of diversity in books for young people.
- Straight Talk on Race: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books at School Library Journal: Mitali Perkins gives a comprehensive look at race in contemporary children’s literature.
- The Importance of Multicultural Children’s Books at Partners at the Gate
- Multicultural Children’s Literature in the Elementary Classroom at Kid Source: The value of multicultural literature and guidelines for selecting classroom materials.
- 10 Outstanding LGBT Teen Reads at the Lambda Literary Review
Publications and Blogs
- AALBC: The African American Literature Book Club is the largest and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books and film by and about people of African descent.
- American Indians in Children’s Literature: Established in 2006, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.
- Reading in Color: A book blog that reviews YA and middle-grade books about people of color.
- The Brown Bookshelf: An online community devoted to promoting young adult fiction by African-American authors and illustrators.
- Color Online Blog: Founded in 2005, the Color Online blog focuses on female writers of color.
- Diversity in YA: Founded by YA authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon, this blog celebrates diverse stories.
- The Happy Nappy Bookseller: The blog includes book reviews for middle grade, young adult, and picture books.
- The Latina Book Club: Spearheaded by Maria Ferrer, The Latina Book Club’s goal is to promote Latino authors and literacy by reading at least one Latino book a month. The blog features interviews, guest blogs, reviews, and other useful links.
- Paper Tigers Blog: News and views on multicultural children’s and YA books, and literacy issues from around the world.
- La Bloga: A blog dedicated to Latino and Hispanic literature for both grown-ups and not so grown-ups.
- I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I Read: Lee Wind’s blog is a forum for teens to discuss their favorite LGBT YA titles.
Awards and Prizes
- Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
- American Indian Youth Literature Award: Established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. The award is sponsored by the American Indian Library Association.
- Asian/Pacific American Literature Award (APALA): The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
- Christopher Awards (Religious Affiliation): First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively.
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.
- ALA - EMIERT Multicultural Awards: EMIERT offers two awards to encourage and recognize multiculturalism in libraries and the library profession.
- Lambda Literary Award: Given every year (since 1992) to the best Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Previous winners include Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Garden, and Kevin Jennings and David Levithan.
- New Voices Award: Publisher Lee & Low Books sponsors this award for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color.
- Pura Belpré Medal: Named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, the Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
- Stonewall Book Awards: The first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.