The New Press Guide to Multicultural Resources for Young Readers

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With over a thousand reviews of multicultural children’s books organized by theme and reading level, The New Press Guide to Multicultural Resources for Young Readers offers what librarians, educators, and parents have been demanding for years: a comprehensive, definitive resource guide to multicultural reading material for children. The culmination of over five years of work involving hundreds of leading educators and librarians across the country, and funded by major grants from the Hitachi Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Aaron Diamond Foundation, The Guide is the definitive work in its field.

All reviews have been written especially for this volume by teachers, librarians, and others actively involved in using these works with children. The reviews are organized using an innovative thematic approach designed to aid teachers and parents in integrating these works into existing reading lists and at home.

The Guide includes essays on key issues in multicultural education, such as recent immigrant experiences, human rights, and building cross-cultural relationships, as well as classics like the Council on Interracial Books for Children’s “10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism.” Also included are critical pieces such as “Illustrating the Point” and “Ethnic and Gender Stereotyping in Recent Disney Animation,” commissioned especially for this volume.

An essential reference, The Guide will change classrooms, and will introduce a generation of readers to the best of multicultural writing.


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Daphne Muse is the author and editor of numerous children’s books, including Children of Africa and Prejudice: Stories about Hate, Ignorance, Revelation, and Transformation. The former editor and publisher of Children’s Advocate Newspaper, she has served as a consultant to a number of PBS children’s and young adults’ programs including “The Storytellers,” “Beansprouts,” and “Footsteps.” She currently serves as the research coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program at the University of California at Berkeley.

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This new guide to multicultural literature for young people brings together more than 1,000 reviews of picture books, novels, poetry, biographies, and other resources, which cover more than 20 different multicultural communities. The purpose of the book is to provide teachers and librarians with an easy-to-use resource for multicultural materials that includes both print and nonprint titles and identifies the best of these titles. Arrangement is thematic. Each chapter covers a different theme, such as community, family, cultural traditions and ethnic stereotyping, immigration, and justice and human rights. Within each chapter, titles are arranged first by grade level (K^-3, 4^-6, 7^-8) and then alphabetically. In addition to the reviews of resources, the guide includes a number of essays on topics in multicultural education, such as "Ethnic and Gender Stereotyping in Recent Disney Animation," "Illustrating the Point: A Commentary on Multicultural and Stereotypic Picture Books," "Teaching Culturally Diverse Students," and "CD-ROM Technology in the Multicultural Classroom." A number of these essays, such as Beverly Slapin and Jill Lessing's "Handicapism Checklist: What Do We Mean by `Handicapism'?" are reprinted from other sources.

Each chapter begins with a short introduction, signed by the author. Each review was written specifically for this volume and is signed by the author, in most cases a teacher or a librarian, and includes the following information: title, author, illustrator if applicable, publication date and publisher, and the community described in the book, such as Latino, Asian American, or Native American. Information is also provided about special availability, such as braille and foreign-language versions, and related titles. Reviews contain a brief synopsis of the story, the message it intends to convey, critical comments on the way that message is handled, and suggestions for how the title might be used in the classroom. Reviews are generally 300^-500 words long. In many cases, a photograph of the book jacket is included. Publication dates range from the 1960s to 1996, with the majority of the titles published in the 1990s.

Criteria used to assess the titles included the quality of writing and illustration, the accuracy and nuance of treatment of different cultural groups, the extent to which the title provides a new perspective, and the accessibility of text to the target audience. Children's classics and other popular titles that reflect negative stereotypes or outdated thinking may be treated critically in this volume. Most of the titles deal with African American, Native American, Latino, or Asian cultures; however, there are reviews of works that deal with European cultures. The gay/lesbian/bisexual and emotionally and physically disabled cultures are not left out of this work. Titles that reflect these cultures are critiqued as part of the editor's commitment to multicultural education.

The table of contents lists the essays included in each chapter. Theme and grade level are listed on the top of each page, making the volume easy to use. Other useful features include a time line called "Milestones in Children's Literature"; a list of catalogs, media materials, organizations, and books on children's literature; a list of children's book awards; lists of special library collections and notable bookstores; and biographical data about all of the contributors. The guide concludes with an index of titles, authors, and ethnic groups. Under ethnic group, titles are listed by page number only, which makes it cumbersome to locate all those titles dealing with Asian Americans, for example.

A number of other books on multicultural resources have been published in recent years. To name a few, Rebecca Thomas' Connecting Cultures: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children (Bowker, 1996) provides subject access to 1,600 titles. Multicultural Literature: An Annotated Bibliography, Grades K^-8, by Beth Beutler Lind (McFarland, 1996), lists 1,000 titles under four ethnic groups. This Land Is Our Land: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults (Greenwood, 1994) annotates nearly 600 books of poetry and oral tradition. The New Press Guide to Multicultural Resources for Young Readers provides good background and context, as well as longer reviews. The culmination of five years of work, it will be an essential resource for teachers and librarians. It will serve as an easy-to-use source for anyone looking for the best works to teach and learn about diversity and the many cultures that make up American life.

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