Literacy Resources

Award Winning Books

American Library Association
Lists developed by the units of ALA to highlight publications that emulate the "best of" a particular genre, targeted population group, or type of media.

Arab American Museum Book Award
Established in 2006 by the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Book Award honors significant literature by and about Arab Americans. It is the only literary competition of its type in the U.S.

Coretta Scott King Book Award
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to 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.

Pura Belpre Award
The Pura Belpre Award 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.

Selecting the Right Book 

Celebrating Diverse Children's Books

 Ideas for finding books in multiple languages

Common Core State Standards Tools for Selecting Diverse Texts   

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know  

30 Multicultural Books Every Teen Should Know  

Partnering with the Community

10 Things Any School Can Do to Build Parent Involvement

How Do Families Matter?

Michigan Department of Education African American Male Promise Initiative 

100 Questions and Answers about Arab Americans   

Six Types of Parent Involvement  

Instructional Resources teaching for Equity

Annenberg Foundation
Provides free educational resources for teachers. Annenberg Learners is a division on the Annenberg Foundation that funds and distributes educational video programs along with coordinated web and print materials to improve teachign methods and subject-matter expertise of K-12 teachers.

The Arab World and Arab American
The Arab world spans 21 countries and many ethnic groups, this link will provide a bibliography that includes picture books, folktales, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in trade which represent the diversity of the arab world.  

Books By and About Arab Americans - This bibliography includes children and young adult fiction and nonfiction titles.

Asian-Pacific American Primary Resources for Teachers
Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Museum tours, classroom talks, and workshops are linked with the Michigan Department of Education's K-12 Curriculum and Standards in Social Studies, English and Language Arts, Art History, World Languages, and other subjects

Cooperative Children's Book Center
The identity of the Cooperative Children's Book Center is grounded in literature for children and young adults. This is reflected in its collections, its role as a book examination center and research library, and its staff expertise in book arts, book evaluation, multicultural literature, alternative press publishing, and intellectual freedom.

Culturally Responsive Teaching
Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994). 

Creating Culturally Responsive, Inclusive Classrooms  

Sharon G. Flake on Diversity and Young Adult Literature Video Document

EdChange   Multicultural education calls for a critical examination of all aspects of schooling. This site provides resources to futher that examination.

Education for Liberation An online “laboratory” for finding, discussing and developing social justice teaching materials. 

Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  Resources for inclusive LGBT curriculum alignment.

Holocaust Memorial Museum for Educators
Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have developed ten guidelines to assist you in presenting this history ( and others) in a thought-provoking and responsible way. Content and methodology suggestions and cautions will help you make decisions about approach and emphasis.

International Digital Children's Library
The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.

Oyate is a Native American/American Indian advocacy and education organization that reviews children’s literature and advocate for Native Americans/American Indians to be portrayed with historical accuracy, cultural appropriateness and without anti-Indian bias and stereotypes.  

Teaching Economics As If People Mattered  Find lessons on teaching economic equity and economic literacy.

Teaching Tolerance
A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for difference in schools.

Teaching about the Underground Railroad  

Zinn Education Project Promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.