Celebrating Cultural Diversity
Through Children's Literature
Dr. Robert F. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Towson University, Towson, MD
African American
Chinese American
Japanese American
Jewish American
Korean  American
Latino/Hispanic American
Native American
Middle Eastern
Vietnamese Americans
Welcome to the wonderfully diverse world of children's multicultural literature, "literature that represents any distinct cultural group through accurate portrayal and rich detail" (Yokota, 1993, p. 157). Such literature appears in different genre which together present a multitude of perspectives about the lives, culture, and contributions of each cultural group to American society.

This web site contains links to
annotated bibliographies of children's multicultural books appropriate for the elementary grades (kindergarten through grade six). Cultural groups currently listed include: African Americans, Chinese Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Japanese Americans, Jewish Americans,  Native Americans, and Korean Americans.

Books are categorized by genre: realistic fiction, information (non-fiction), traditional literature, biography, historical fiction, poetry, and fantasy.

Each annotation includes an approximate
grade level designation, e.g., K-3, 4-6.

Each link above contains related links for elementary school teachers.

No attempt has been made to evaluate the literary quality of each work nor its appropriateness in terms of cultural content. It is left to teachers to determine each book's appropriateness/relevance to his/her children and curriculum.

Yokota, J. (1993). Issues in selecting multicultural children's literature.
Language Arts, 70, 156-167.
Update in progress:  Note entries in  BLUE.
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