The Birthday Party Pledge

Building a New Generation of Readers

Resources

Sometimes the best way to find the perfect book for the child in your life is to walk into a bookstore and ask for help. Unfortunately, books that feature diverse children can be hard to find since they’re often not displayed or even stocked in many bookstores. The links below should help you locate books that are multicultural, fun, inspirational, and educational.

From Teaching for Change:

Recommended Teaching Resources & Book Lists By Theme

From the Hennepin County Library:

Multicultural Picture Books

Multicultural Novels

African American Fiction Books

African American Non-fiction Books

From Pooja Makhijani:

South Asian Children’s Literature

From Rukhsana Khan:

Children’s Books with Muslim & Related Cultural Themes

From American Indians in Children’s Literature:

Top Board Books for Babes

Top Ten Books Recommended for Elementary School

Top Ten Books Recommended for Middle School

Top Ten Books Recommended for High School

From Fledgling:

African American Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels 2011

African American Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels 2010

African American Speculative Fiction for Teens

From Charlotte’s Library:

Multicultural Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books for Kids/Teens

From The Happy Nappy Bookseller:

Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels by Authors of Color 2011

From The Brown Bookshelf:

African American Wedding Picture Books

There are some literary awards that are reserved for books that celebrate diversity. The Coretta Scott King Award recognizes African American authors and illustrators, the Américas Book Award goes to the best book in English or Spanish that shows Latinos in the U.S., and the Pura Belpré Award recognizes the best books by authors and illustrators of Latino culture. The Schneider Family Book Award honors books that emphasize artistic expression of a disability experience; the Jane Addams Peace Award celebrates books that promote peace, social justice, world community and equality of races and sexes.

From the Hennepin County Library:

Américas Book Award Winners

Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Jane Addams Peace Award Winners

Pura Belpré Award Winners

Schneider Family Book Award Winners

There are some great small presses that are dedicated to publishing multicultural books for children:

Children’s Book Press

Just Us Books

Lee & Low Books

Oyate

Piñata Books

Saffron Press

Shen’s Books


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