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Using Diverse Books in the Classroom

Classroom and library resources from Reading Rockets

Resources from Colorín Colorado

Author Jaqueline Woodson talks about the benefits of reading “beyond ourselves.” Multicultural books are a powerful way to introduce kids to different kinds of people, even if their own community is not diverse.

Diverse books toolkit

As you bring diverse, inclusive, and culturally relevant materials into children’s reading experiences, this diverse books toolkit from Teaching Books (opens in a new window) can help analyze collections, identify and bring to life diverse texts, and encourage reflection on cultural representation. Registration required. 

More resources on teaching with diverse books

Author Carole Boston Weatherford meets teachers who use her books in the classroom to introduce historical figures or historical events to their students. For example, Birmingham, 1963 might be the jumping off point for a discussion of the Civil Rights Movement. “My poems have such a powerful punch that they automatically make kids want to know more,” she says.

Education professor and author Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop talks about the importance of using diverse books in the classroom throughout the school year.