Links for Multicultural Literature:
Children’s and YA books that address ethnic and/or cultural diversity in a positive and meaningful way.

ALA Awards

Pura Belpre Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented 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.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

Abington Public School:
Booklist of Multicultural Literature

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Children's Literature - created by
Dr. Robert F. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Towson University, Towson, MD

Children’s Book Press has a set of books featuring artists from a range of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
On My Block: Stories and Paintings by 15 artists from Children’s Book Press

Just Like Me: Stories and Self-Portraits by 15 Artists (from same)

Honoring Our Ancestors: Stories and Pictures by 14 Artists (from same)

Children's Digital Library

Michigan State University Multicultural Children's Literature

Multicultural Library

Multicultural Lessons and Resources

Suburban Mosaic Book Program-
The suburbs of Cook and Lake County, home for many of us, continue to grow in diversity - with many people from many races and ethnic backgrounds. Our communities are reflecting a "mosaic" - a work of art patterned from distinct pieces - but together making something beautiful. We realize, however, that racism, religious bigotry and ethnic hostilities are still present in our communities. The Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year is a program that wants to confront issues - issues of racial and social justice. We believe that education and communication can break down barriers between people. There is a link to our past selections.

Recommended Books by Grade Levels:

A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulkner
Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortensen
The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan
Say Hello by Rachel Isadora

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Parks

Middle School:
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Parks
Ten Things I Hate about Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

High School:
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok