updated April 27, 2010
Prepared by:
Jane M. Gangi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership Program
Western Connecticut State University
Email: [email protected]
The books below generally recommend culturally respectful books.
Beatty, J. J. (1997). Building bridges with multicultural picture books for children 3-5. Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Merrill.
Bishop, R. S. (2007). Free within ourselves: The development of African American children’s literature.
Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Brooks, W.M. & McNair, J. C. (Eds.). (2008). Embracing, evaluating, and examining African American
children’s and young adult literature. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Cummins, J. (1992/1998). Children’s book illustration and design. (Vols. 1 & 2). New York: PBC
Day, F. (1997). Latina and Latino voices in literature for children and teenagers. Portsmouth, NH:
Day, F. (1999). Multicultural voices in contemporary literature: A resource for teachers, Portsmouth,
NH: Heinemann.
Freeman, E. & Lehman, B. (2001). Global perspectives in children’s literature. Boston: Allyn &
Gangi, J. M. (2004). Encountering children’s literature: An arts approach. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Hadaway, N. L., & McKenna, M. J. (Eds.) (2007). Breaking boundaries with global literature:
Celebrating diversity in K-12 classrooms. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Harris, V. J. (1993). Teaching multicultural literature in grades K-8. Norwood, MA: ChristopherGordon.
Kiefer, B. Z., Hepler, S., Hickman, J., & others. (2007). Charlotte Huck’s children’s literature (9th ed.).
Boston: McGraw-Hill.
Meyer, S. E. (1997). A treasury of the great children’s book illustrators. New York: Harry N. Abrams.
Miller-Lachmann, L. (1992). Our family, our friends, our world: An annotated guide to significant
multicultural books for children. New Providence, NJ: Bowker.
Mitchell, D. (2003). Children’s literature: An invitation to the world. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Norton, D. E. (2005). Multicultural children’s literature: Through the eyes of many children (2nd ed.).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Norton, D. E. (2007). Through the eyes of a child: An introduction to children’s literature (7th ed.).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Odean, K. (2003). Great books for babies and toddlers: More than 500 recommended books for your
child’s first three years. New York: Ballantine.
Odean, K. (2002). Great books for girls: More than 600 recommended books for girls ages 3-14. New
York: Ballantine.
Odean, K. (1998). Great books for boys: More than 600 books for boys 2 to 14. New York: Ballantine.
Rand, D. & Parker, T. (2001). Black books galore! Guide to great African American children’s books
about boys. New York: John Wiley.
Rand, D. & Parker, T. (2001). Black books galore! Guide to great African American children’s books
about girls. New York: John Wiley.
Rand, D. & Parker, T. (2001). Black books galore! Guide to more great African American children’s
books. New York: John Wiley.
Rand, D., Parker, T., & Foster, S. (1998). Black books galore! Guide to great African American
children’s books. New York: Wiley.
Rockman, C. (2000). Eighth book of junior authors and illustrators. New York: H. W. Wilson.
Rockman, C. (2004). Ninth book of junior authors and illustrators. New York: H.W. Wilson.
Thompson, M. C. (1995). Classics in the classroom. Toronto: Royal Fireworks Press.
Tomlinson, C., (Ed.). (1998). Children’s books from other countries: United States Board on Books for
Young People. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Possible help for setting up your classroom library.
ALA Website:
Children For Children Foundations, Teachers’ Aid Program
Classroom Wishlist
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Donors Choose:
Education World
ING Unsung Heroes
ProLiteracy Worldwide’s National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF):
School Grants:
Teachers Network:
Bookbird, the journal of the International Board on Books for Young Readers
Booklist, the American Library Association
Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, the Children’s Literature Association
Children’s Literature in Education, an international publication. Back issues up to a year ago
The Dragon Lode, the International Reading Association Children’s Literature and Reading,
Special Interest Group (SIG). Some issues available at the Dragon Lode website.
The Five Owls professional online journal that helps librarians, teachers and other professionals
select the best new children's books published.
The Horn Book to herald the best in children’s literature.
MELUS Journal of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States:
MultiCultural Review. Recent issues available in the Periodicals Room, Manhattanville College
Library. Back issues on the sixth tier.
Skipping Stones for multicultural and nature books, teaching resources and educational videos
Africa Access Review:
American Indians:
American Indian Children’s Literature:
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Library. The museum and library is about
two hours from Manhattanville and worth the trip. Gabriela Kaye, children’s library, has
compiled authentic bibliographies:
Native Child:
Anti-Defamation League:
Baharona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents:
Gallaudet (hearing impaired):
IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People
International books:
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY):
International Children’s Digital Library:
Children’s Books from around the world:
Japanese Americans Citizens League:
Kids Cultural Books:
Latino bibliography:
Mexican American Young Adult Books:
Story Online: (books read aloud by Screen Actors Guild
Somali Bilingual Book Project:
University of Wisconsin:
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site:
Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database:
Many search features, including subject, author, awards, and level.
The Children’s Literature Web Guide:
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature:
Early Literacy Telecollaborative Project
This Canadian site has links to:
Literature for Literacy (phonemic awareness):
Kindergarten Literacy (a full year project involving 8 kindergarten teachers documenting
their literacy experiences):
Learning to Read:
Learning to Write:
Words for Beginning Readers:
Readers Theatre K-3:
Canadian Author Studies :
International Author Studies:
Online Books:
Canada Goose Rhymes (rewritten Nursery Rhymes for North Americans):
Music Mania (supports for early literacy using music):
Econkids (books on Economics)
Guys Read website:
Ink Think Tank, Nonfiction Authors in Your Classroom:
International Children’s Digital Library:
Kay E. Vandergrift’s Special Interest Page:
International Children’s Digital Library:
Manhattanville College Library homepage: click “databases,” click “education”: Children’s
Literature Comprehensive Database (
Project Gutenberg:
Free ebooks. Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter de la Mare, William Blake, Christina
Rossetti, and many other great, classic writers of literature. All of Andrew Lang’s fairy tale books are
University of Calgary: The Children’s Literature Web Guide:
Has many resources, including classic books now in the public domain:
University of Virginia Electronic Text Center:
Contains free books now in the public domain. You may select “books by and about” African Americans,
Native Americans, and so on. There are also great poets like Walter de la Mare, Christina Rossetti and
William Blake.
University of Virginia Young Children’s Book Center
Bradford, C. (2007). Unsettling narratives: Postcolonial readings of children’s literature. Waterloo,
ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
De Cortés, O. G. (1999). Justice in the Publishing Field: A Look at Multicultural Awards for
Children’s Literature. MultiCultural Review, (June), 42-48.
Dorris, M. (1998). Why I’m not thankful for Thanksgiving. In B. Slapin & D. Seale (Eds.),
Through Indian eyes. American Indian Studies/University of California: Oyate.
Fox, D. L. & Short, K. G. (2003). Stories matter: The complexity of cultural authenticity in children’s
literature. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
Harris, V. J. (1997). Using multiethnic literature in the K-8 classroom. Norwood, MA: ChristopherGordon.
MacCann, D. (1998). White supremacy in children’s literature: Characterizations of African Americans,
1830-1990. New York: Garland.
Martin, M. H. (2004). Brown gold: Milestones of African-American children’s picture books, 1845-2002.
New York: Routledge.
Paterson, K. (2001). The invisible child: On reading and writing books for children. New York:
Reese, D., et al. (2001). Fiction posing as truth: A critical review of Ann Rinaldi’s My heart is on
the ground: The diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux girl. Rethinking our classrooms, vol. 2, 5762.
Rochman, H. (1993). Against borders: Promoting books for a multicultural world. Chicago:
American Library Association.
Seale, D. (1991). 1492-1992 from an American perspective. In M. V. Lindgren (Ed.), The
multicolored mirror: Cultural substance in literature for children and young adults. Fort
Atkinson, WI: Highsmith Press.
Seale, D., & Slapin, B. (2005). A broken flute: The Native experience in books for children. Berkeley,
CA: Oyate.
Singh, Manjari. Gender issues in children’s literature. Retrived June 21, 2008, from
Slapin, B., & Seale, D. (Eds.) (2006). Through Indian eyes: The native experience in books for children
(5th ed.). Berkeley, CA: Oyate.
Smith, Kate Capshaw. (2004) Children’s literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington, IN:
Indiana University Press.
Stott, J. C. (1995). Native Americans in children’s literature. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.
Arte Público:
Piñata Books are particularly for children.
Children’s Book Press--
Has teacher’s guides and lesson plans related to standards. Readers theater scripts available.
Cinco Puntos--
Has teacher resources with lesson plans, and offers discounts for bulk purchases.
Fitzhenry and Whiteside: specializes in history, biography, poetry, sports, photographic books,
reference, photography, and children’s and young adult titles.
Groundwood Books- dedicated to the production of children's books for all ages, including
fiction, picture books and non-fiction. -
Just Us: Publisher of Black Interest Books for Young People:
Often picks up books published outside the U.S. for publication here.
Lee and Low--
Has a teacher resource center, and has leveled books according to several programs.
Lee and Low also has ideas for grants for funding book purchases:
Marshall Cavendish: offers multivolume encyclopedias on a wide range of topics to
support the curriculum and to encourage lifelong learning. Marshall Cavendish Benchmark
specializes in visually appealing and authoritative nonfiction series, meeting the needs of readers
from kindergarten through high school.
North-South Books:
Publishes books in English originally published internationally.
Northland Press/Rising Moon-Luna Rising is a series of biographies about Hispanic people.
Salinas Bookshelf:
Publishes books by and about the Navajo.
Also, consider:
Dawn Publications:
This publisher has an ecological focus.
The book has a “dessert menu” in Appendix C, meaning my favorites; I had to cut the full
bibliography to meet Allyn & Bacon’s expectations of length. The full bibliography is posted on
Over a dozen consultants helped me with the bibliography; you can do pdf searches, i.e.,
“Afghanistan” or “whales” or “Bruchac, Joseph.” A + indicates the book is in English and
another language; a *indicates either the author or illustrator is of color.
The structure is:
Picture Books (corresponds to Chapter 4) includes classic picture books (Make Way for Ducklings,
Caps for Sale, and so on), biographies, contemporary realism, fantasy, historical fiction, wordless,
and concept books. Consultants: Connie Rockman and Julie Cummins.
Poetry (corresponds to Chapter 5) includes collections, single editions, and poetry by children.
Consultant: Connie Rockman.
Drama (corresponds to Chapter 6) includes contemporary, historical, and fantasy plays.
Consultants: Laurie Brooks and Gayle Sergel.
Folklore (corresponds to Chapter 7) is structured by continent and country. For example,
AFRICA (Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, and so on); ASIA (China, India, Japan, and so on). Unless
otherwise noted, every entry cites its source, and many are by “cultural insiders.” Consultants:
Joseph Bruchac and Barbara Reed.
Informational (corresponds to Chapter 8) is structured by discipline: Architecture, Crafts,
Culinary Arts, and so on. Two sections are categorized by NCATE 1 guidelines: Science—earth,
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
ecology, life, physical, and space; and, Social Studies—cultures, geography and travel, and
history. Consultants: Karen Romano Young, Terry Neu, Jackie Norcel, and Toby Elberger.
Historical Literature (corresponds to Chapter 9, novels and chapter books): Different genres are
grouped around historical topics. For example, the Civil War has autobiographies, biographies,
historical fiction, historical realism (books published at the time of the Civil War), and
informational books. These texts sets provide multiple reading choices; not to perpetuate
stereotypes but gender studies show boys prefer nonfiction (bio, autobio, and info for them) and
girls often prefer fiction. I'm hoping this arrangement will keep those boys reading whom we
often lose. Consultants: Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Susanna Reich, and Mary Jackson Scroggins.
Biography and Autobiography (corresponds to Chapter 10, and in addition to those found in
Chapter 9) are grouped around careers: Actors and Entertainers, Animators, Anthropologists,
and so on. Consultant: Susanna Reich.
Contemporary Realism (corresponds to Chapter 11, novels) are grouped around themes: Abuse,
Animal Realism, Coming of Age, and so on. Consultants: Lyn Miller-Lachmann and Karen
Romano Young.
Fantasy (corresponds to Chapter 12, novels) are grouped around types: animal fantasy, high
fantasy, remarkable characters, and so on. Consultant: Connie Rockman.
Celebrations and Commemorations (corresponds to Chapter 13, all genres) are grouped around
the Lunar and Gregorian calendars: Chinese New Year, Ramadan, then, January (Three Kings’
Day, for example), February (Groundhog Day, for example), and so on. Consultants: Toby
Elberger, Madhavi Doshi, and Kim Macomber.
Gabriella Kaye, who is a children’s librarian at the Mashantucket-Pequot Museum, made
suggestions for many genres, and several former students and friends also helped.