Multicultural Literature Resources

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RESOURCE ALERT!
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:

  • Mitali’s Fire Escape
  • Exploring Diversity: from Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Notable Books for a Global Society (awarded by the International Reading Association)
  • Africa Access, for children’s literature relating to Africa
  • The Brown Bookshelf
  • Color Online
  • Paper Tigers
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature
  • Summer Edward’s Caribbean Children’s Literature Site
  • Mosaic Magazine
  • Selling Color To Customers
  • Multiculturalism Rocks
  • Pooja Makhijani’s annotated bibliography of literature of the South Asian diaspora
  • and the International Board of Books for Young People
  • YES magazine resources for teachers
  • Asia in the Heart, World on My Mind
  • The Happy Nappy Bookseller blog
  • GAL Novelty
  • Writers Against Racism/Amy Bowllan’s Blog at School Library Journal
  • Multicultural Review
  • Readers Against Whitewashing
  • Children’s Books About Microfinance
  • Just Us Books
  • Tamarind Books
  • Reading In Color
  • 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!). Read her accompanying article too. Another wonderful article from Elizabeth on diversity paradigms in children’s publishing that references the amazing efforts of people like Cheryl Hudson, Mitali Perkins, Nathalie Mvondo, Neesha Meminger, LaTonya (Susan) Baldwin and ColorOnline, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and a host of others, along with beautiful and throught-provoking art from Jerry Craft, Grace Lin, Katie Davis, and more. A must-read, with a fabulous resource list.

    Some ongoing compilations to help you along the way can be found at

  • The African Diaspora Reading Challenge
  • Social Justice Challenge
  • Teaching for Change
  • Crazy Quilts
  • Friends of African Village Libraries
  • Persons of Color Reading Challenge
  • and more resources listed at The Tenners.

    This list is by no means comprehensive. Let’s challenge ourselves and each other to seek out and share a truly diverse array of children’s literature!