Multicultural Resources


American Indian Youth Literature Award
A new award from the American Indian Library Association, “created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.”

Americas Award
Winners and commended titles for this award given in recognition of books for children and young adults “that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.”

Asian Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL)
Awarded since 2001 to books for adults, young adults, and children that “promote Asian/Pacific Americans culture and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.”

Carter G. Woodson Book Award
National Council for the Social Studies presents the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards “for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the U.S.”

CCBC’s 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know
An excellent core list of titles, grouped by age level.

Coretta Scott King Award
A list of winners and honor books for the award “given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions” by the American Library Association.

Notable Books for a Global Society
25 notable books are selected annually by the International Reading Association as “a guide to multicultural literature for all of those seeking excellent selections for readers ranging from kindergarten through high school.”

Pura Belpre Award

Awarded by the American Library Association every two years “to 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.”

Skipping Stones Honor Award

Skipping Stones, a multicultural magazine for kids, recognizes exceptional multicultural books each year.

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Literature Award

The Texas State University College of Education presents this award “to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.”

Ten Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism


**August House Books**
Publisher of storytelling guides and multicultural folktale anthologies. Site not compatible with Netscape browser.
**Barefoot Books**
An independent children's publisher with an emphasis on original, high-quality picture books from traditional cultures all over the world.
**Barker Creek Publishing, Inc.**
Drawing and handwriting books for kids, as well as activity kids and educational aids.
**Barnaby Books**
Publishers of Hawaiian children's literature.
**Bright Ring Publishing**
Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. has been publishing award-winning art activity books for children since 1985.
**Bungalo Books**
Fun books for kids. A visually appealing site as well.
**Candlewick Press**
Employee-owned publisher of illustrated children's books.
**Chronicle Books**
Chronicle Children's Books publishes quality children's books in all formats, including hardcover, paperback, and board books.
**DK Publishing**
Dorling Kindersley publishes educational books, videos and CD ROM titles.
**Dorp Express**
Children's books, music, audiobooks for sale and free online activities for kids like coloring, streaming music, holidays, history and more.
**DreamDog Press**
A small children's book publisher with a fantastic web site.
Italian publisher of children's books.
**Free Spirit Publishing**
Award winning publisher of nonfiction materials for kids, teens, parents, educators and counselors. Pioneers of Self-Help For Kids╝ and Self-Help for Teens as well as materials for Gifted and Talented and Learning Differences. Publish 18-22 new titles a year.
**Gingerbread House**
Small publisher of illustrated children's books.
**HarperCollins Children's Books**
The Big Busy House has lots of information on kids books, games, awards, features, and a great section that explains how a book is made
**Kids Can Press**
Kids Can Press publishes award-winning children's books for kids ages 1 to 14: non-fiction, novels, picture books, early readers, and educational workbooks and craft books. Home of Franklin the Turtle and Elliot Moose. Site features a searchable online catalog and downloadable PDF catalogs, interactive author/illustrator biographies, downloadable activity sheets and teacher materials.
**Lee & Low**
Publishing children's books with a multicultural theme. This site not only has information on their titles, but a fantastic section helping writers hone their skills and their manuscripts.
**Lerner Publishing Group**
America's largest independent school and library children's book publisher, producing over 200 books each year for grades K-12 on a variety of subjects.
**Listening Library**
Listening Library publishes contemporary, unabridged audiobooks for all ages with a primary focus on fiction for children and young adults.
**Lobster Press**
Lobster Press is an award winning publisher of quality fiction and non-fiction for children, teens, tweens, and their families.
**Margaret Hamilton Books**
One of Australia's few publishers specializing in children's books.
**Mentor Books**
Publishes a wide range of titles including adult fiction and nonfiction, children's books and educational books for post primary schools.
**North South Books**
English language imprint of the Swiss children's book publisher Nord-Verlag. The site includes a guide for teachers and parents, news and reviews, as well as profiles of the authors and illustrators of their books.
**Otter Creek Press**
Otter Creek Press is an independent publisher of fine imaginative fiction, which includes mysteries, intrigue, supernatural thrillers, and fantasy novels for both young adults and mature readers.
**Paintbox Press**
Paintbox Press is an independent publisher of imaginatively designed picture books for children and adults.
**Parenting Press, Inc**
Books for children and those who care for them.
**Patria Press, Inc.**
Publisher of the Young Patriots series of fictional biographies for children.
**Peel Productions**
A fun site with activities and contests for this publisher of books for beginning readers and how to draw books.
**Penguin Putnam Young Readers**
Activities, games and information for kids, and for teachers, from Penguin's Children's book division.
**Portunus Publishing**
A very nice site from this children's book publisher.
**Raincoast Books**
Publisher, distributor, and wholesaler (Book Express) with many illustrated children's fiction and nonfiction titles.
**Random House - Kids@Random**
Features favorite Random House children's books and authors, as well as fun-filled games, activities, and contests. Seussville is the highlight of this site.
**Reader's Digest Children's Publishing**
The children's book publishing arm of The Reader's Digest Association.
**Scholastic Inc.**
A major publisher of children's books, core curriculum and supplementary learning materials
Children's book and story publisher, writer and illustrator resources, agency, and school.
**Silver Moon Press**
A new and growing children's book publisher with nearly 50 titles in such areas as science, multicultural, biographies, and historical fiction.
**Simon Says**
The children's book site of Simon & Schuster publishing
**Somerville House Books**
Canadian publisher of educational children's trade books.
Environmentally themed storybooks, read-along audio tapes, and stuffed toys for kids.
**Stone Arch Books**
Stone Arch Books was established in answer to the need for high interest fiction for the more than 67% of current U.S. Students who are reading at below-grade levels. Stone Arch Books believes that struggling and reluctant readers deserve quality stories, innovative artwork, and most of all, a sense of fun when they are confronted with opening up a new book. Our traditional chapter-format novels and our cool, safe graphic novels have been approved by reading consultants and librarians from around the country. Our passion is to reach the previously unreachable readers, especially boy readers, and to turn them, one by one, story by story, into book lovers.
**Three Bears Publishing**
Canadian publisher of picture books and educational picture books for ages 5 and up.
**Upstart Books**
Specializes in resources that offer creative ideas and practical instructional aids for children's librarians, school library media specialists, teachers, and parents.
**Wild Heart Ranch**
Wild Heart Ranch, Inc., a children's toy and publishing company, is pleased to feature a line of children's books written to empower children and ease their fears, whether confronting a childhood fear of the dark or something more serious, such as an illness.
**Winslow Press**
The publishing arm of The Foundation for Concepts in Education, Inc., which was established in 1996, its mission is to foster the development of the creative thought process while integrating the latest technology into our lives.
**Zipper Press**
A cute site featuring innovative children's titles.

Magazines and Journals



Current Events

National Geographic Kids

Skipping Stones


Multicultural Review

Author Websites and Blogs
Debbie Reese—Native American

Cynthia Leitich Smith

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read

  • What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Atheneum, 1995.(Multi-ethnic)
  • One Afternoon by Yumi Heo. Orchard, 1994. (Asian Pacific American)
  • Grandmother's Nursery Rhymes/Las Nanas de Abuelita by Nelly Palacio Jaramillo, illustrated by Elivia. Holt, 1994. (Latino)
  • Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser. Greenwillow, 1993. (Latino)
  • Baby Says by John Steptoe. Lothrop, 1988 (African American)
  • I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Little Brown, 1998. (African American)
  • Baby Rattlesnake by Te Ata, illustrated by Mira Reisberg. Children's Book Press, 1989. (American Indian)
  • You Are My Perfect Baby by Johce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Nneka Bennett. HarperCollins, 1999. (African American)
  • Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Rosanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin. Chronicle, 2000. (Asian Pacific American)
  • Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? by Bernelda Wheeler, illustrated by Herman Bekkering. Peguis, 1986. (American Indian)
  • More, More, More, Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow, 1990. (Multi-ethnic)
  • Do You Know What I'll Do? by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. HarperCollins, 2000. (African American)
Ages 5-7
  • Drumbeat... Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow by Susan Braine. Lerner, 1995. (American Indian)
  • Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Ange Zhang. Lee & Low, 2000. (Asian Pacific American)
  • Halmoni and the Picnic by Sook Nyul Choi, illustrated by Karen M. Dugan. Houghton Mifflin, 1993. (Asian Pacific American)
  • Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros, illustrated by Terry Ybáñez. Knopf, 1994. (Latino)
  • Abuela by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven. Dutton, 1991.(Latino)
  • Honey, I Love, and Other Poems by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Harper, 1978. (African American)
  • The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo, illustrated by Paul Lee. Harcourt, 2000. (American Indian)
  • Celebrating Families by Rosemarie Hausherr. Scholastic, 1997. (Multi-ethnic) Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Knopf, 1988. (African American)
  • Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney, photographs by Myles C. Pinkney. Scholastic, 2000. (African American)
  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr. Lee & Low, 1995. (American Indian)
  • Morning on the Lake by Jean Bourdeau Waboose, illustrated by Karen Reczuch. Kids Can Press, 1998. (American Indian)

Ages 7-9
  • My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada. Atheneum, 1993. (Latino)
  • From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Other Summer Poems/Del Ombligo de la Luna, y Otros Poemas de Verano by Francisco X. Alarcon, illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children's Book Press, 1998. (Latino)
  • Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America by Lulu Delacre. Scholastic, 1996. (Latino)
  • The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Knopf, 1985. (African American)
  • Maples in the Mist: Poems for Children from the Tang Dynasty by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng. Lothrop, 1996. (Asian Pacific)
  • John Henry by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Dial, 1994. (African American)
  • Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee. Lee & Low, 1993. (Asian Pacific American)
  • Wings by Christopher Myers. Scholastic, 2000. (African American)
  • The People Shall Continue by Simon Ortiz, illustrated by Sharol Graves. Children's Book Press, 1988. (American Indian)
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Crown, 1991. (African American)
  • What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know about Horses? by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by George Littlechild. Children's Book Press, 1998. (American Indian)
  • Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter. Lothrop, 1998. (African American)
Ages 9-12
  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges. Scholastic, 1999. (African American)
  • American Indian Animal Stories by Joseph Bruchac. Fulcrum, 1992. (American Indian)
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Delacorte, 1999. (African American)
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 1999. (American Indian)
  • The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism and Renewal by Sheila Hamanaka. Orchard, 1990. (Asian Pacific American)
  • Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen by Casey King and Linda Barrett Osborne. Knopf, 1997 (Multi-ethnic)
  • Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza. Children's Book Press, 1990. (Latino)
  • Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers. HarperCollins, 1992. (African American)
  • The Tree Is Older Than You Are by Naomi Shihab Nye. Simon & Schuster, 1995. (Latino)
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. Scholastic, 2000. (Latino)
  • Quilted Landscape: Conversations with Young Immigrants by Yale Strom. Simon & Schuster, 1996. (Multi-ethnic)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Dial, 1976. (African American)
  • The Rainbow People by Lawrence Yep. HarperCollins, 1989. (Asian Pacific American)
  • The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1996. (Asian Pacific)

Notable Books for a Global Society - 2006 List
(Outstanding K-12 Multicultural Literature)

Ahmadi, Farah. The story of my life: An Afghan girl on the other side of the sky. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler youth: Growing up in Hitler's shadow. New York: Scholastic.

Carling, Amelia Lau. Sawdust carpets. Toronto: Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre.

Carvell, Marlene. Sweetgrass basket. New York: Dutton.

Chamberlin, Mary and Chamberlin, Rich. Mama Panya's pancakes: A village talefrom Kenya. Illus. by Julia Cairns. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.
Cheng, Andrea. Shanghai messenger. Illus. by Ed Young. New York: Lee and LowBooks

*Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa. Illus. by Bryan Collier. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Hillman, Laura. I will plant you a lilac tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's list survivor. New York: Atheneum.

Johnson-Davis, Denys. Goha the wise fool. Illus. by Hag Handy and Hany. New York: Philomel.
Jurmain, Suzanne. The forbidden schoolhouse: The true and dramatic story ofPrudence Crandall and her students. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Krinitz, Esther Nisenthal, and Steinhardt, Bernice. Memories of survival. New York:Hyperion.

Lester, Julius. The Old African. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial Books.

Millman, Isaac. Hidden child. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
Nelson, Marilyn. A wreath for Emmett Till. Illus. by Philippe Lardy. Boston: HoughtonMifflin.

Park, Linda Sue. Project mulberry. New york: Clarion.

Rappaport, Doreen. The school is not white! A true story of the Civil RightsMovement. Illus. by Curtis James. New York: Hyperion.
Reich, Susanna. José!: Born to dance: The story of José Limon. Illus. by RaulColon: New York: Simon & Schuster.

Ruurs, Martriet. My librarian is a camel: How books are brought to children around the world. New York: Boyds Mills Press.

Say, Allen. Kamishibai man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the persimmon tree. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Tal, Eve. Double crossing. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. A Negro league scrapbook. Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press.

Williams, Mary. Brothers in hope: The story of the lost boys of Sudan. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. New York: Lee & Low books.
Woodson, Jacqueline. Show way. Illus. by Hudson Talbott. New York: G. P. Putnam'sSons.

Yoo, Paula. Sixteen years in sixteen seconds. Illus. by Don Lee. New York: Lee & Low.

Notable Books for a Global Society - 2007 List
(Outstanding K-12 Multicultural Literature)
*indicates a picture book

Historical Fiction

Boyne, J. (2006). The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. New York: David Fickling.
Draper, S. (2006). Copper Sun. New York: Atheneum
Holm, J. L. (2006). Penny From Heaven. New York: Random House.
*Lee-Tai, A. (2006). A Place where Sunflowers Grow. Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino.
San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
*McCutcheon, J. (2006). Christmas in the Trenches. Illustrated by Henri Sorensen.
Atlanta, GA: Peachtree. (pb)
*Raven, M. T. (2006). Night Boat to Freedom. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. New York:
Melanie Kroupa.
*Tingle, T. (2006). Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and
Freedom. Illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Winthrop, E. (2006). Counting on Grace. New York: Wendy Lamb.
*Weatherford, C. (2006). Dear Mr. Rosenwald. Illustrated by Gregory R. Christie. New
York: Scholastic.
*Weatherford, C. B. (2006). Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to
Freedom. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. New York: Jump at the Sun.
Zusak, M. (2006). The Book Thief. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.


Freedman, R. (2006). Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus
Boycott. New York: Holiday House.
Goldman, S. R. with Ela Weissberger. (2006). Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of
Age in Terezin. New York: Holiday House.
Hopkinson, D. (2006). Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America. New
York: Scholastic.
*Shoveller, H. (2006). Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought Them
Together. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
*Zalben, J. B. (2006). Paths to Peace. New York: Dutton.


*Greenfield, E. (2006). When the Horses Ride By. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.
New York: Lee & Low
*Myers, W. D. (2006). Jazz. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. New York: Holiday

Realistic Fiction

*Diakite, P. (2006). I Lost My Tooth in Africa. Illustrated by Bab Wague Diakite. New
York: Scholastic.
Hobb, W. (2006). Crossing the Wire. New York: HarperCollins.
*Kessler, C. (2006). Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa. Illustrated by
Leonard Jenkins. New York: Holiday House.
*Kroll, V. (2006). Selvakumar Knew Better. Illustrated by Xiaojun. Fremont, CA:
McCormick, P. (2006). Sold. New York: Hyperion.

Traditional Literature __

Campoy, F. I., & Ada, A. F. (2006). Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale
Collection. Illustrated by Felipe Davalos, Viva Escriva, Susan Guevara, Leyla
Torres. New York: Atheneum.
McKissack, P. (2006). Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily
Characters. Illustrated by Andre Carrilho. New York: Schwartz & Wade