Resources and additional reading

Teaching Tolerance of the Southern Poverty Law Center will ship free resources (even overseas) for schools to use to teach tolerance and civil rights.While there is a definite U.S. slant, the songbook and cd are excellent as is the dvd to help schools introduce the teaching of tolerance as explicit component of the curriculum.

Cynthia Leitich Smith Official website of the author, but includes many, many resources for diversity

Gender in Twentieth Century Children’s Books is a study that was just published in the journal Gender & Society.  It highlights the continued invisibility of women and girls in children’s literature.

Elephant in the Room the Publishers Weekly article which discusses the whiteness of the publishing industry

International Children’s Digital Library On-line books and stories from countries around the world in a variety of languages

Paper Tigers website for multicultural books for young children with a particular focus on Asian and Pacific Rim cultures

POC Picture books wiki useful site with bilibographies by ethnicity

Children’s Book Awards for race, gender and social justice

Coretta Scott King Award for African-American authors and illustrators

Batchelder Award is an American award for books originally published in a language other than English and translated

Marsh Award is a British award given for books originally published in a language other than English and translated

Jane Addams Award given to books that promote social justice and equality

Pura Belpre Award for Latino/Latina authors and illustrators

Moonbeam Awards are given by the independent publishers on-line magazine and there are categories for multiculturalism

Skipping Stones Magazine Awards are given in various categories including multi-cultural and international children’s literature

Africana Awards are given to books that portray a balanced view of African countries and culture as well as promote excellence in children’s literature

Hedwig Anuar Award is given to promote excellence in children’s literature published in Singapore

Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award is given to recognize, encourage and promote the creation of Chinese language picture books for children

Blogroll for ECIS Librarians’ Conference presentation

Recommended blog reading and suggested listservs:

Some of these are defunct, but the archives are worth reading. Others are up to date pop culture and race/gender blogs. The rest are children’s literature blogs by readers and authors:

Listserv recommendations: (U.S.) (send a message to subscribe, U.K. based)