Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Presenting Multicultural Children's Books

El día de los niños/el día de los Libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community
by Jeanette Larson

    •    Pub. Date: May 2011
    •    Publisher: ALA Editions
    •    Format: Paperback , 138pp
    •    ISBN-13: 9780838935996
    •    ISBN: 0838935990

A celebration of children, families, and reading held annually since 1996, Children's Day/Book Day, known as Día, emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In anticipation of Día's fifteenth anniversary, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) presents a collection of the best of its Día programming ideas, offering
• A wealth of ready-to-use programs, easily adaptable for a variety of cultures
• Cultural competency training tips to encourage outreach to minority populations
• Interviews with library directors about the best ways to heighten awareness of cultural and literacy issues Complemented by numerous bilingual book suggestions, this resource is perfect for collection development, early literacy storytimes, and year-round program planning.

Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries
by Jamie Campbell Naidoo (Editor)

    •    Pub. Date: November 2010
    •    Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
    •    Format: Hardcover , 381pp
    •    Series: Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference
    •    ISBN-13: 9781591589044
    •    ISBN: 1591589045

Latinos are the fastest growing and largest ethnic minority in the United States. The number of Latino children is at a historic high. As a result, librarians and teachers in the United States must know how to meet the informational, cultural, and traditional literacy needs of this student demographicgroup. An ideal way to overcome this challenge is by providing culturally accurate and authentic children's literature that represents the diversity of the Latino cultures.
Much more than simply a topical bibliography, this book details both historical and current practices in educating Latino children; explains why having quality Latino children's literature in classrooms and libraries is necessary for the ethnic identity development of Latino children; and offers a historical overview of Latino children's literature in America. Web resources of interest to educators working with Latino children are also included.

Multicultural Literature and Response: Affirming Diverse Voices
by Lynn Atkinson Smolen, Ruth A. Oswald Ph.D.

    •    Pub. Date: December 2010
    •    Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
    •    Format: Paperback , 453pp
    •    ISBN-13: 9781598844740
    •    ISBN: 1598844741

All students need access to books in which they can see themselves—not just their physical appearance, but their culture and language, as well. Multicultural Literature and Response: Affirming Diverse Voices was written to help teachers and librarians find and use the best multicultural books in the service of reading comprehension and more.
Underscoring the necessity of selecting quality literature that authentically, sensitively, and accurately portrays different groups, the book defines multicultural literature and provides a strong argument for its importance in schools and libraries. Expert contributors guide users to multicultural authors and illustrators who portrays U.S. ethnic and cultural groups, and they suggest ways to integrate this literature with writing, fluency development, storytelling, and audiovisuals. Extensive lists of books and websites that feature multicultural literature, as well as of authors, illustrators, and publishers of multicultural literature, make it easy to include such works in programs across the curriculum.

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