Resources for Parents

This page is dedicated solely for Parents or those in spaces where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion literacy in child development is needed. The resources below should hopefully help children and parents alike explore conversations relating to the community around them. Vulnerability is important to scaffold when teaching children and letting them know they may have questions that are uncomfortable at first but important to talk through as they are constantly shaping their own worldview. This work is intersectional and being able to talk about a wealth of different lenses helps handle our own biases and will ultimately help us all become more empathetic.

I want give a huge thanks to Kate Eicher and Dr. Julie King for compiling this ongoing list.

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Children’s Literature Awards
Diverse Combined Book Lists
African American and Black Literature
American Indian/Native American, Alaska Native Literature
Asian/Pacific American Literature
Differently Abled/Learning Differences
Female Empowerment Literature
Hindu Literature
Immigration Literature
Jewish Literature
LatinX/Hispanic Literature
LGBTQIA+ Literature
Muslim Literature
Religious Literature
Activism/Digital Citizenship

Professional Development and Parenting Resources

Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit

Updated Lee & Low Diversity in Publishing research

AASL Underserved Populations Toolkit

-research, teacher/parent info, book lists, etc. regarding Non-Traditional Families (including death and divorce), Children of Incarcerated Parents, Homeless Youth, Migrant Worker Families, and Foster Children

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Anti-racism Resources for White People

Talking with Children about Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests

Evaluating Children’s Books about Police

Article: Picture Book Police Officers

Talking About Race: National Museum of African American History & Culture

Kirwan Institute – Implicit Bias Modules

Center for Racial Justice In Education resources

10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Should I use the adjective “diverse”

ALA Great Stories Club: 

Booklists around Empathy, Bravery, Race, etc. Video about the results of use of the book lists/programs (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation)

Teaching Tolerance 

Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It has professional development as well as lesson plans.

Teaching Hard History From the Beginning

Stamped (Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi)  Educator Guide

5 Minute Film Festival: Talking about Race and Stereotypes

Diversity in Publishing Survey Results

Lee & Low Grade Level Resources

Children’s Book Council Diversity Resources

Diverse Book Finder 

Booklist and teacher resources for talking about race

Children’s Literature Awards:

ALA Guide to Awards

Bank Street Lib Guide of Awards

2019 Youth Media Awards

ALA Inclusive Booklists

Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Books of the Year

Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Social & Emotional Learning List

Children’s Book Committee Awards

Children’s Book Council 

We Need Diverse Books; Walter Awards

Diverse books by diverse authors

Here Wee Read

Diverse combined book lists 

Diverse Book Finder

A searchable database for books published since 2002. Site also has data regarding diverse books. 


Horn Book 2019 booklists

Scholastic Diverse Books

Social Justice Books

60 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators.

SLJ Antiracist Reading Lists for Children and Teens

Anti-Defamation League – Books Matter

Search by topic or keyword

Multicultural Children’s Book Publisher:

Lee & Low Books

Search by levels, theme, language, age range, etc.

International Children’s Digital Library

A searchable database of digital children’s books from around the world in 59 languages (some books are in multiple languages). Child-friendly searchability.

Goodreads Lists (remember that these are not necessarily authenticated/award-winning, but it is a list that could be helpful)

Beginning Chapter Books Whose Lead Characters are People of Color

We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books article and booklist

African-American and Black Literature

Stamped (Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi)  Educator Guide

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

“Outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”

John Steptoe New Talent Award

“Affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force.”

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature

“African American Grandparents and Grand-family themed books.” Download document. 

ALA – Booklinks Article

Linking picture books and poetry

Honoring African American Women and Girls, Past and Present

The Brown Bookshelf

“The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.”

Picture books that celebrate black boys

Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2016)

Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2018)

“30 books to inspire black boys to be creative and build their dreams.”

NY Times: Picture Books that Bring Black Heroes to Life

American Indian/Native American, and Alaska Native Literature

American Indians in Children’s Literature

“American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more.”

American Indian Library Association – American Indian Youth Literature Award

“The American Indian Library Association (AILA) is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.”

12 Picture Books that Showcase Native Voices

National Museum of the American Indian

Essential Understandings about American Indians

Native Knowledge 360 – digital resources, lesson plans

Asian/Pacific American Literature

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Awards

Freeman Book Awards

Horn Book Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Differently Abled or Learning Differences

List of books with characters with differences

Disability in Kidlit

Schneider Award

Female Empowerment Literature

A Mighty Girl Website

Search by age, category, awards, etc

Hindu Literature

Lee & Low book list

Reading for Diwali

Immigration Literature

ALA & REFORMA 

Pura Belpre award and honor books specifically about the immigration experience.

School Library Journal – Refugee Experience

I’m Your Neighbor Booklists 

“Welcoming immigrants, refugees, and migrants as neighbors through the sharing of children’s literature and other stories.”

Search by setting, community, theme, and age.

Horn Book – Refugees Welcome Here

Book list and articles

Horn Book – Refugee Children

Horn Book – Refugees and Immigrants

Horn Book – American Immigration

Horn Book – Immigration

Seeking Refuge

Friends Seminary recommended resources

Jewish Literature

Association of Jewish Libraries 

Love Your Neighbor Series

Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award

2019 awards

2018 awards

Association of Jewish Libraries Literary Awards

Jewish Book Council Children’s Book List

Anti-Defamation League Book Lists

Anti-Semitism and Jewish Culture

Horn Book Jewish American Heritage Month Resources

The Book of Life blog/podcast

By director of Feldman Children’s Library; past President of AJL, Past Chair of Sydney Taylor Book Award, SLJ Reviewer

Kar-Ben Publishing

Kar-Ben is the largest publisher of exclusively Jewish-themed children’s books in the world, publishing 18-20 new, high quality children’s titles each year. Subjects include fiction and nonfiction for preschool through middle school, including Jewish holiday books, life-cycle stories, Bible tales, folktales, stories about Israel, and Jewish history, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of today’s Jewish family.

Tablet Magazine

Book reviews; many book lists

The Whole Megillah 

blog/reviews

Latinx and Hispanic Literature

Pura Belpre Award

“Presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.”

REFORMA book reviews

http://imaginenselibros.blogspot.com/

Hispanic Heritage Month 

Resources from Tolerance.org

School Library Journal Booklist 

National Education Association Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month (K-5)

LGBTQIA+

ALA LGBTQ+ Resource Guide

ALA Rainbow Project Book List

“Recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18.”

ALA Serving LGBTQ Families Book List

ALA GLBT Round Table Book Reviews

Reviews on youth literature. Can be searched under review categories such as fiction/non-fiction picture books, etc.

Welcoming Schools

Professional development resource for elementary schools.

Muslim Literature

Kitaab World – Counter Islamophobia Through Stories 

Further down the page are other book lists including: folktales from Islamic traditions, celebrating Islam, and more.

Salaam Reads 

Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. Articles at the bottom of homepage.

Muslim American Leadership Alliance

Muslim Americans individual journeys

Ramadan 2020 Horn Book list

Religious Literature

Booklist Top 10 Religion and Spirituality for Youth 2018

Fiction and non-fiction titles

Activism/Digital Citizenship

School Library Journal – Honoring Activism

Obama.org: Anguish and Action
Antiracism information, social justice organizations, and action steps.

Policing Campaign Toolkit – Rethinking Public Safety

Intended to help activists, organizations, and communities identify and act on solutions to change policing for the better in their own communities.

Philly Children’s Movement Toolkit
More under Activism and Resources in the Menu Bar

NAACP Junior Youth Council (under 13)
Mission, Vision Statement, and Resources

Digital Citizenship:

https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=digital-citizenship-teaching-strategies-evolve

“Digital citizenship is using tech to solve problems, engage respectfully with people of different viewpoints, make your voice heard, and understand how to recognize fact from fiction,” Culatta said at the ISTE conference.

Digital Citizenship Curriculum by Common Sense Media

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