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.
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
Professional Development and Parenting Resources
-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
Booklists around Empathy, Bravery, Race, etc. Video about the results of use of the book lists/programs (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation)
Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It has professional development as well as lesson plans.
Children’s Literature Awards:
Diverse books by diverse authors
Here Wee Read
Diverse combined book lists
A searchable database for books published since 2002. Site also has data regarding diverse 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
Search by topic or keyword
Multicultural Children’s Book Publisher:
Search by levels, theme, language, age range, etc.
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)
African-American and Black Literature
“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.”
“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.”
“African American Grandparents and Grand-family themed books.” Download document.
Linking picture books and poetry
Honoring African American Women and Girls, Past and Present
“The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.”
“30 books to inspire black boys to be creative and build their dreams.”
American Indian/Native American, and Alaska Native 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.”
“The American Indian Library Association (AILA) is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.”
Essential Understandings about American Indians
Native Knowledge 360 – digital resources, lesson plans
Asian/Pacific American Literature
Differently Abled or Learning Differences
Female Empowerment Literature
Search by age, category, awards, etc
Pura Belpre award and honor books specifically about the immigration experience.
“Welcoming immigrants, refugees, and migrants as neighbors through the sharing of children’s literature and other stories.”
Search by setting, community, theme, and age.
Book list and articles
Friends Seminary recommended resources
Anti-Semitism and Jewish Culture
Horn Book Jewish American Heritage Month Resources
By director of Feldman Children’s Library; past President of AJL, Past Chair of Sydney Taylor Book Award, SLJ Reviewer
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.
Book reviews; many book lists
Latinx and Hispanic Literature
“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
Resources from Tolerance.org
“Recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18.”
Reviews on youth literature. Can be searched under review categories such as fiction/non-fiction picture books, etc.
Professional development resource for elementary schools.
Further down the page are other book lists including: folktales from Islamic traditions, celebrating Islam, and more.
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 Americans individual journeys
Ramadan 2020 Horn Book list
Fiction and non-fiction titles
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 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.