Multicultural Perspectives


Children’s Books

 Multicultural Book Lists

The Top 50 Books for Kids, Early Children Education Degrees, 7/1/2015

17 Great Books for Kids and Teens on the Arab World, by Mia Wenjen, Pragmatic Mom (blog), 2/23/2015

23 Children’s Books You Need to Read Again as an Adult, by Melissa Stanger, Business Insider, 3/6/2014

The 50 Best Books for Kids, by Elizabeth Bird, Time Out New York Kids, 3/1/2012

SLJ’s Top 100 Picture Books, by Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal/A Fuse #8 Production (blog)

Children’s Choices Reading Lists, International Literacy Association (ILA)

Multicultural Books for Younger Children, Bank Street Library

How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books, Instructor magazine (Scholastic)

Teachers’ Picks: Top 25 Picture Books, Instructor magazine (Scholastic)

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know, Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)

Multicultural Picture Books, Amazon (reader’s list)

Growing Up Around the World: Books as Passports to Global Understanding for Children in the United States, Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards (All Recipients, 1970-Present), American Library Association (ALA)

USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) List, United States Board on Books for Young People

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know, New York Public Library

Selected Articles

Falling Through the Screen, by Anna Lena Phillip, American Scientist, vol. 101, Nov.-Dec. 2013

Books Built from the Ground Up, by Roger Sutton, The Horn Book, Sept.-Oct. 2013

Caldecott Medal: Celebrating 75 Years of distinguished picture books, by Dara L. Cain, Salisbury Post (N.C.), 2/24/2013

Slow Down and Look at the Pictures, by Deborah Pope, New York Times, 12/27/2012

From Sambo to Stevie: African-Americans in Picture Books, by Emily Casden, from The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, Yale University Press, 2011

Letters, Twigs, Hats, and Peter’s Chair: Object Play in the Picture Books of Ezra Jack Keats, by W. Nikola-Lisa. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009

Celebrate Ezra Jack Keats, by Carolyn S. Brodie. School Library Media Activities Monthly, Vol. 19, Issue 7, 2003

The Man Who Became Keats, by Pat Cummings. School Library Journal, Vol. 47, Issue 5, 2001

John Henry: Then and Now, by W. Nikola-Lisa. African American Review, Vol. 32, Issue 1, 1998

The Enduring Charm of Children’s Books, by Barbara Elleman. American Libraries, Vol. 26, Issue 7, 1995


Broadcasts & Webcasts

A Closer Look: Atlanta Author [Aisha Saeed] Advocates Diversity in Children’s Literature, WABE/NPR, 6/25/2015

A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon, by Lynn Neary, NPR, 5/29/2015

Parenting: Books Can Help Children Understand Impact of MLK Jr.’s Time, by Shelley Goldberg, NY 1, 1/15/2015

The Art of Fun – video animations, by Christian Robinson, Vimeo

To Achieve Diversity in Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence, by Lynn Neary, NPR, 8/20/2014

Call for More Ethnic Diversity in Kids Books, by Richard Suchet, Sky News (U.K.), 8/24/2014

Code Switch: How to Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner’s Advice, NPR, 8/21/2014

New Initiative Aims To Encourage Diversity In Kids’ Publishing, NPR, 5/18/2014

Parenting: Recommended Reading 1/31/13, by Shelley Goldberg, NY1, 1/31/2013

Book Recommendations For the Holiday Season, by Shelley Goldberg, NY1, 11/29/2012


Selected Articles

Why Diversity in Children’s Literature Really Matters, by Jacob Hood, Huffington Post, 7/6/2015

How We Can Build the Multiracial, Multicultural Teaching Force Our Children Need Now, by Marian Wright Edelman, Alternet, 6/24/2015

Diversity in Children’s Books Is Hard to Find—But Important, by Whet Moser, Chicago magazine, 6/25/2015

Diverse Kids’ and YA Lit, Children’s Book Council

The Unconventional Librarian’s 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge 6/18/15, by Pam Margolis, Unconventional Librarian blog, 6/18/2015

The Open Book: Why Do We Need Diverse Books in Non-Diverse Schools? Taun M. Wright, Lee and Low Books blog, 3/25/2015

Black Authors and Self-Publishing, by Zetta Elliott, School Library Journal, 3/16/2015

The Open Book: The Diversity Gap in Children’s Publishing, by Hanna Erlich, Lee and Low Books blog, 3/5/2015

Kid Lit Still Mostly White, but Diversity Gaining Ground, by Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal, 2/19/2015

Be-bop-a-skoodley! by Katie Bircher, The Horn Book, 2/9/2015

We Need Diverse Books: Can Children’s Authors End Publishing Industry Prejudice—and Change,” by Sarah Saltzer, Flavorwire, 2/2/2015

The Answer to Implicit Racism Might Be in Children’s Literature, by Noah Berlatsky, Pacific Standard magazine, 12/2/2014

Rethinking Children’s Literature Magazine (app required), Ball State University

PW Panel Warns Industry, Lack of Diversity Threatens Publishing, by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly, 10/21/2014

Inclusive Minds to Host Diversity Event: A Place at the Table, Children’s Book Council, 10/2/2014

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges, by Richard Perez Pena, New York Times, 8/25/2014

Malorie Blackman: ‘Children’s books still have a long way to go before they are truly diverse,’ by Sian Cain, The Guardian (U.K.), 8/23/2014

Room for Debate: Should Books for Children Be Political, New York Times, 7/9/2014

Children’s Books: Still an All-White World? by Kathleen T. Horning, School Library Journal, 5/15/2014

We Need Diverse Books…But Are We Willing to Discuss Them with Our Kids? by Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal, A Fuse#8 Production blog, 5/12/2014

The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, by Christopher Myers, New York Times, 3/15/2014

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books, by Walter Dean Myers, New York Times, 3/15/2014

“Casual Diversity” and the Children’s Book, by Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal, A Fuse#8 Production blog, 2/4/2014

Books & Authors: Talking with Mitali Perkins, by Amina Chaudry, Booklist Online, 1/14/2014

Ezra Jack Keats Resources, by Chioma Bennett, Sydney Plummer and Nicholas Pelafas, Hunter College blog, Summer 2012

White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in Hunger Games, by Anna Holmes, The New Yorker, Page-Turner blog, 3/30/2012

This day in Jewish history: An artist who saw minority children is born, by David B. Green, Haaretz (Israel), 3/13/2011