Classroom and library resources from Reading Rockets
- Diverse Classroom Libraries for K–6 Students
- All Kinds of Readers: A Guide to Creating Inclusive Literacy Celebrations for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues
- Reading Without Walls: A Nationwide Program Celebrating Reading and Diversity
- Gene Yang’s Reading Without Walls video podcast
- Reading Rockets blogs focusing on multicultural books
Resources from Colorín Colorado
- Using Diverse Books with ELLs: A Guide for Educators : practical resources and tips for finding books for your students, as well as ideas on how to expand access to diverse books for all students.
- How to Increase Access to Diverse Books in the Classroom and Community
- 12 Strategies for Creating Inclusive Literacy Celebrations for ELLs
- Using Diverse Books to Support Writing Instruction
- Literacy Strategies for Librarians in Diverse Communities
- Meet the Authors: Video Interviews
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 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
- Multicultural Children’s Literature in the Elementary Classroom from Lee & Low Books
- Tool for Representational Balance in Books from The Education Trust
- The Impact of a Diverse Classroom Library from First Book
- Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Straight Talk on Race: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books by Mitali Perkins, from School Library Journal
- Educator Resources (lessons, articles, recommended books and media by topic), from Teaching for Change
- The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Expanding the Canon: How Diverse Literature Can Transform Literacy Learning from the International Literacy Association
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.