Diverse Representation in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

  • Diverse Representation in Children's, Middle Grades and Young Adult Literature
    List of websites, blogs and organizations that will help you identify and evaluate diverse representation in children's literature. Also included are some read aloud collections.

    Diverse Literature/Social Studies Read Alouds, Grades 2-5

    These books and related resources align to the Unit 4 social studies benchmarks in grades 2-5. They are intended to supplement social studies instruction by engaging students with literature related to social studies topics. You tube read alouds included for all books listed.

    Lee and Low Books:  Social Activism Diverse Book List for Grades PreK-8

    "Social activism is work that students can do to enact change in their communities, whether it’s for an issue relating to gender, the economy, race, the environment, or politics. Students can collaborate and motivate each other to make a difference! Considering today’s political climate, Social activism is a way that students can incite change in their immediate school, larger community, or the entire country." Books are highlighted in this blog post, organized by grade level, and can be searched by theme.

    MN Dept of Education:  A Youth and Young Adult Core Book Collection: Connecting to Minnesota English Language Arts Standards

    "Created by the Minnesota American Indian Task Force and St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program's LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children/YA Literature course, this resource list provides titles and annotated bibliographies for American Indian-authored books connected to the Minnesota English Language Arts standards. This document will be revised on a yearly basis to reflect new books, out-of-print titles, or back-in-print titles. Visit Birchbark Books to view a list of books and prices." 

    26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & Resistance
    "Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. These books showcase the diverse ways people of all ages and races have engaged in anti-racist activism, and highlight how race intersects with other issues, such as capitalism, class and colonization. The majority of books center activists of color, whose lives and bodies have been on the front lines of racial justice work, yet whose stories often go untold. The essential work of white activists is also included — to underscore that anti-racist work is not the responsibility of people of color; and exemplify the ways white allies have stood up against racial injustice. This list was curated by The Conscious Kid Library and American Indians in Children’s Literature, in partnership with Raising Race Conscious Children.