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IST 605: Diversity in Children's Literature

This guide provides resources to help parents/guardians/caregivers help build a more diverse collection of books for their child.


American Indians in Children’s Literature. (November, 2023). AICL's year in review for 2023.


American Library Association. (1996-2023). Coretta Scott King book awards - All recipients,

1970-present. Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table (CSKBART). 


American Library Association. (1996-2023). Schneider Family book award. Book, Print, & Media



Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. (2023). Literature awards. Awards. 


Association for Library Service to Children. (1996-2023). Pura Belpré award. Awards, Grants &



Berger, T. (2019, February 15). 22 diverse book choices for all grade levels. Edutopia. 


Colorín Colorado. (2022, January 21). Matt de la Peña reflects on why his books are easier to

find in some schools rather than others. [Video]. YouTube. 


Common Sense Media. (n.d.). Books that promote diversity and inclusion. 


de la Peña, M. and Robinson, C. (2018). Carmela full of wishes. G.P. Putnam's Sons

Books for Young Readers.


EBSCO. (2023). Academic Search Ultimate. EBSCOhost. 


EBSCO. (2023). Education Source. EBSCOhost.


EBSCO. (2023). ERIC. EBSCOhost. 


EBSCO. (20230). LGBTQ+ Source. EBSCOhost. 


Gale. (n.d.). Product Menu. NovelNY.


Gillanders, C. and Procopio, R. (2019). Spotlight on young children: Equity and diversity. The

National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Hubbard, R. L. and Mora, O. (2020). The oldest student: How Mary Walker learned to read.

Anne Schwartz Books.


Krishnaswami, U. and Akib, J. (2006). Bringing Asha home. Lee & Low Books.


Lindstrom, C. and Goade, M. (2020). We are water protectors. Roaring Brook Press.


Little Free Library. (n.d.). Read in color recommended reading. 


Love, J. (2018). Julián is a mermaid. Candlewick.


Mallard, K.N. and Martinez-Neal, J. (2019). Fry bread. Roaring Brook Press.


Martinez-Neal, J. (2018). Alma and how she got her name. Candlewick.


Mid-Hudson Library System. (n.d.). Catalog.


Mora, O. (2019). Saturday. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


Morales, Y. (2018). Dreamers. Neal Porter Books.


Muhammad, I., Ali, S. K., and Aly, H. (2019). The proudest blue: A story of hijab and family.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


National Education Association (2023). Books by theme. Read Across America.


Newhouse, K. (2020, December 3). Diversifying your classroom book collections? Avoid these 7

pitfalls. Mind/Shift. 


OCLC. (2023). WorldCat.


Penn State University Libraries. (September, 2023). Diversity in children’s literature. Children's

Literature and Literacy Education.


Phi, B. and Bui, T. (2017). A different pond. Capstone Young Readers.


Polacco, P. (2009). In our mothers’ house. Philomel Books.


Reading Rockets. (2023). The diverse bookshelf. WETA. 


Reading Rockets. (2015, January 30). Rudine Sims Bishop Playlist. [Video-Playlist]. YouTube.


Sanders, J. and Carrossine, C. (2022). Included. Educate2empower Publishing.


School Library Journal. (2023). Diversity. School Library Journal (SLJ).


Smith-D’Arezzo, W.M. (2003). Diversity in children’s literature: Not just a black and white issue.

Children’s Literature in Education, 34(1), 75–94. 


SLJ Staff. (2019, June 19). An updated look at diversity in children’s books. School Library

Journal News & Features. 


Teaching for Change. (2023). Social justice books. 

American Indian Library Association. (2023). American Indian youth literature award. 


TED. (2009, October 7). Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED.

[Video]. YouTube. 


TED Audio Collective. (2022, August 3). Discovering my love of words | Jacqueline Woodson.

[Audio]. YouTube. 


TEDx Talks. (2016, March 18). The windows and mirrors of your child's bookshelf | Grace Lin |

TEDxNatick. [Video]. YouTube.


Thompkins-Bigelow, J. and Uribe, L. (2020). Your name is a song.  The Innovation Press.


Weatherford, C. B. and Velasquez, E. (2019). Schomburg: The man who built a library.



WNDB. (2023). We Need Diverse Books. WNDB.