Multicultural Materials
for Children and Young Adults

Welcome! This page is a hub for all of the web links provided in Dr. Linda Alexander's online Multicultural Materials for Children course at the University of South Florida. Use the links below to browse the site by category or find the categories listed alphabetically.
The left-hand column provides links to more general information about multicultural literature and children's literature, as well as links to instructional and professional tools.

African American ~ Amish ~ Asian American ~ Disabilities ~ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered ~ Jewish ~ Mexican, Puerto Rican & Other Latino Cultures ~ Middle-Eastern-American/Muslim ~ Native American ~ Women

General Multiculturalism

Rod Library: Diversity and Multiculturalism information by subject
Site maintained by the University of Iowa, offers various multicultural web sites.

Scholastic: How to choose the best multicultural books
Scholastic offers tips on how to select good quality multicultural books. Also included are suggested titles and author information.

Multicultural Children's Literature in the Elementary Classroom: ERIC Digest
Article from ERIC that discusses multicultural children's literature.

Criteria for Selecting and Evaluating Multicultural Literature for Today's Classroom and Library
Librarians from Woodring College of Education put together this resourceful web site that includes information such as: articles,books, web sites,and "10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism."
Developed by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, circa 1980.

Examining Multicultural Picture Books for the Early Childhood Classroom: Possibilities and pitfalls
A link to an article on examining multicultural picture books byJean Mendoza & Debbie Reese of
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Multicultural Literature - Delaware City Schools
resource prepared by Karen Hildebrand of Dempsey Middle School LMC in Delaware, Ohio.

Links to Multicultural Resources
Cindy Goodman-Leib of the School of Education, Duquesne University put together a resource of information on multicultural resources

Professional Development Topics- Multicultural Resources
This web site provides information on various professional development resources

Central Michigan University Libraries'- Diversity Resource Project
List of multicultural resources provided by the Central Michigan University Libraries'.

Beyond Good Intentions: Selecting Multicultural Literature
Article in the September-October 1997 Children's Advocate newsmagazine, published by Action Alliance for Children.

Multicultural Web Sites
Collection of multicultural web sites.

Multicultural Resources for Children
Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) Multicultural Page.

Multicultural Book Review Homepage
Site contains book reviews on multicultural books.

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know

American Library Association. Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA). Discussion group for Diversity

Carter G. Woodson Award (from the national Council for the Social Studies)
for the most distinguished social studies book depicting ethnicity in the US

ALA Diversity Page

ALA Diversity Brochure

Cultural Authenticity or "Fakelore": "Fakelore, Multiculturalism, and the Ethics of Children's Literature," by Eliot A. Singer

10 Multicultural Sites You Should Explore, by Kay Bishop

Multicultural Children's and Young Adult Books: Race, Culture, Religion, Gender and Sexual Orientation

World religions on the Web: A guide to some of the most helpful sites. C&RL News June 2002.Vol. 63 No. 6
by John Jaeger

25 resources to teach about peace and tolerance for cultural diversity

Diversity in the United States

Teaching site on the war

Teachers' & Librarians' Links

Children's Book Council Online
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books, and is the official sponsor of Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week each year.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

This link is a great information link. It also lists books owned in Florida school media centers with MARC information and grade AR levels.

International Reading Association

Internet School Library Media Center
James Madison University Page--
Click on various links to see many resources, esp. Lang. Arts & Middle/Secondary

Teacher Link to Materials from USU

Parent's Choice

Lists activities and resources teachers and others can use

Another resource of web sites to use

Various activities and crafts for students

Active Parenting Publishers

Children's Literature

ALA Great Web sites for Kids
ALA provides a list of web sites that are great for kids.

This site is still under construction but, once completed it will offer links to multi-cultural literature and many other genres of literature.

Historical fiction for Young Adults

Kay Vandergift's Special Interest Page

African American

Powerful African-American Images Revealed In Picture: Part One

Powerful African-American Images Revealed In Picture: Part Two

Pioneering Cartoonists of Color

Children's literature (includes themed reviews concerning
African American History and Famous African- Americans and Famous Men)

Coretta Scott King

John Steptoe Award for new talent

Black History Month Resources

African Americans in the Sciences

African American Culture: Some Sites You Should Bookmark

Black History Month

Black Facts Online

African American Web Connection

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Web site lists videos that inform students about the Amish culture

History of the Amish

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Asian American

Asian American, Asian & Pacific Islands Children's Literature
Web site provides information on Asian American Literature. Also given is a bibliography of web sites and resources.

Asian-Pacific Island Resources

National Japanese American Historical Society

Books by Korean-Americans
Click on "In English" and use the search engine to find "Books by Korean Americans."

Sharing Cultures: Asian American Cultures: A Selected Bibliography

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LD Online


The Instant Access Treasure Chest

Adaptive Technology for the Internet: Making Electronic Resources Accessible to All The Online Version. by Barbara T. Mates

Road to Learning

ALA: Library Outreach to Underserved Populations Services to People with Disabilities

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered

Gay & Lesbian characters & Themes in Children's Books

American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table web site


Reading Rants

Gus Fiction

GLSEN- website geared to help everyone with this subject

Out on the Shelf: Temporarily Unavailable as of April 2005. I will leave the link up in case the site is re-posted.

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Association of Jewish Libraries

Jewish Valuesfinder

Anne Frank Online

The purpose of this database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children's literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.

Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust

Florida Holocaust Museum

The National Foundation of Jewish Culture

A lesson plan for teaching about the Jewish Culture

Jewish Book Council Online

Jewish Book fair information

Using the World Wide Web for Professional Growth, An In-Service Web Quest on The Prince of Egypt for Jewish Educators

Resources for teaching about the Holocaust

Sydney Taylor Body of Work Awards

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Mexican, Puerto Rican & Other Latino Cultures

Pura Belpre

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award

Consortium of Latin American Studies Program (CLASP)

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents

Growing Up Latino in the U.S.
Bibliography from ALSC

All about Mexico for kids (English/Spanish)

Hispanic Parental Involvement in Home Literacy. ERIC Digest D158

Cultural Resources for Mexican American Education. ERIC Digest

Interview with Children's Book Author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

El Museo Del Barrio

Welcome to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Maps

The Puerto Rican Vejigante

Vejigante Masks, Indian and Caribbean Masks and more on mask-making

ACCS - Kids' Stuff - Helen-Masks (Vejigante Masks)

Article about celebration of Dia de los ninos

El Dia De los Libros

Guidelines for Library Services to Hispanics

The Alma Project
A cultural curriculum infusion model using Denver's Public School Standards. Excellent site.

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Middle-Eastern American/Muslim

Building understanding and tolerance toward American Muslims

Teaching about Islam

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Native American

Oyate Native American themes

Hopi Network

This web site offers information for kids and educators on Native Americans

Lessons to consider teaching on Native Americans

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Beyond Female Protagonists--Female Voices In Picture Books

Voices From the Gap
Women writers of color

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