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Cultural Representations in Children's Literature:
Exploring Resources and Themes in Global Education
July 30 - August 3, 2001

On-line Resources

Catalogues/Publishers Reviews/Journals
Awards Area Specific Sites(Africa, India, Latin America, Russia, SE Asia, Turkey)
Fairy Tales and Folklore |
On-line Lesson resources
History of Children's Literature/ Evaluation Process
General On-line Guides/ Events Human Resources



The Jam Factory
27 Park End Street
Oxford  OX1 1HU
United Kingdom
tel: 011-44-1865-726686
fax: 011-44-1865-793298

They have separate catalogs devoted to children's books. Also, they make sure that the publishers in Africa get a large portion of the sales proceeds.

This catalogue of multicultural and dual language resources includes a list of myths and folk tales, informational books, novels, songs, picture books, and videos and CDRoms. In the U.S., write to Multicultural Books and Videos Inc., 28880 Southfield Road, Suite 183, Lathrup Village, Michigan 48076; tel: 800-567-2220.


A good catalogue for Asia books.


CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

"A tradebook is included here if the developers can identify a specific instructional connection between the book and the Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum in reading/language arts, math, social studies, or science. In some instances a specific lesson is also provided to illustrate this model of using a tradebook as a link to an extended learning experience in a specific content area"



"NOTABLE Social Studies Books for Young People," annual lists
National Council for the Social Studies

MULTICULTURAL REVIEW: a quarterly journal for teachers at all grade levels, college professors, librarians, administrators, and anyone else who is interested in learning about new developments and trends in the field of cultural diversity.

  • Their list of multicultural PUBLISHERS at
  • Their BOOK REVIEWS for primary school books at


    Fairy Tales/ Folklore
    Comparative Legends and Mythology links from the ORIAS History Through Literature institute.

    SUR LA LUNE: Heidi Anne Heiner's personal annotated versions of European fairy tales -- including photos of representative books. One page showing international Cinderella books.

    TLC - CINDERELLA: The K-12 Teaching and Learning Center Guide to Cinderella resources Twice Upon a Time: Multi-Cultural Cinderella Asia Society elementary school lesson

    Cinderella links on Children's Literature Web Guide

    Little Red Riding Hood project

    Complete tales of Brothers Grimm


    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD  Award made to an author and an illustrator, living at the time of the nomination, whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. Nominations made by the National Sections of IBBY and the recipients are selected by a distinguished international jury of children's literature specialists.

    AMERICAS AWARD for Children's and Young Adult Literature The Américas Award is given in recognition of  U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.  By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere.  The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).

    THE BAOBAB PRIZE: An African Literary Award.
    The Baobab Prize is an annual international literary award established to encourage the writing of African literature for a youth audience.  Its mission is to identify the African literary giants of the next generation and produce classic African stories that will be appreciated for years to come. WHY THE BAOBAB PRIZE? Many young people grow up with little knowledge about the African continent and its diverse peoples and cultures. The Baobab Prize  hopes to bridge this gap of knowledge by making excellent and enrapturing stories from Africa accessible to young people everywhere. The goal is to use these stories, told by African voices, to properly introduce Africa to future generations.  And specifically for young Africans, the Baobab Prize seeks to give them more than enough reason to feel a deep pride for their continent and a desire to pursue its betterment.

    The PURA BELPRE AWARD, established in 1996, is presented 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.

    The TOMAS RIVERA Mexican American Children's Book Award

    CHILDREN'S AFRICANA BOOK AWARDS, established in 1991 by the Outreach Council of the African Studies.


    MILDRED D. BATCHELDER AWARD is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.


    General On-line Guides and Resources

    The CHILDREN'S LITERATURE WEB GUIDE David K. Brown Doucette Library of Teaching Resources University of Calgary


    INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DIGITAL LIBRARY is an on-line collection of children's books from around the world. Well catalogued and searchable by country, age, and themes. Hosted by the University of Maryland.

    "A Teacher's Guide to FOLKLIFE RESOURCES for K-12 Classrooms"
    American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington 1994

    The Loose Leaf Book Company is a weekly hour-long radio series for adults that celebrates children's literature.

    Watch for Reading the World V conference in San Francisco 2003

    Bay Area teachers: Watch for the annual Reading The World conference at University of San Francisco.


    Area Specific Sites:
    CHILDREN'S AFRICANA BOOK AWARDS, established in 1991 by the Outreach Council of the African Studies.

    AFRICA ACCESS REVIEWS: Annotations and Critiques of Children's Materials on Africa This online database contains reviews and annotations of over 900 materials on Africa. These critiques and descriptions were written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies. Africa Access Review is a collective response to the critical need for authoritative information about children's materials on Africa. Studies have repeatedly shown that U.S. libraries that serve children contain biased and stereotypical materials on Africa. We hope educators will use the information provided here to build accurate, balanced collections on Africa.

    Baobab Prize An African Literary Award.

    H-Net Book Reviews for H-Afrteach

    On-line archive of Turkish stories and more
    Attention classroom storytellers -- Check out the on-line collection of Turkish tales collected in the field by Ahmet E. Uysal, Warren S. Walker and Barbara K. Walker over many years at the Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative (U-W ATON). The manuscripts translated by native Turkish speakers of short tales like "How the Three Itching Peasants Won the Gold Pieces" and "Nasreddin, Tamerlane and the Five Eggs" can be found in the "narratives" section. There is also music, images, a English book of a Turkish shadow puppet show for students, and a audio file of Barbara Walker giving a lecture on Turkey to a K-5 class and telling some of the stories. Plenty of stuff in Turkish too of course. A great resource for teaching about Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, Muslim life, or using primary sources.

    Khorana, Meena. The Indian Subcontinent in Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography of English Language Books. Greenwood press, 1991.

    Latin America
    Recommended Books in English About Latinos from the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University San Marcos.

    "K-12 Annotated Bibliography: Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe"
    Russian and East European Center, University of Illinois

    "Growing Up in Russia, Past and Present: Selected Internet Directories and Websites"
    Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan

    Literature page of the Russian Culture Library web site. This page has children's books, reference books, and literature, all from/about Russia.

    Outreach to Teachers page
    Center for Slavic and East European Studies, UC Berkeley
    "Teachers' Links," regional links and current events for Eastern Europe and Eurasia

    Southeast Asia
    Michael M. Levy. Bibliography of Southeast Asian Children's Books
    On-line picture books from Laos. (Part of SEAsite at University of N. Illinois)

    Evaluating multicultural books

    Beyond Good Intentions: Selecting Multicultural Literature, by Joy Shioshita
    This article originally appeared in the September-October 1997 Children's Advocate newsmagazine, published by Action
    Alliance for Children.

    History of Children's Literature

    The Evolution of the Illustrated Children's Book: an online version of the catalog produced to accompany an exhibition held at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 16 through June 29, 1997.

    Human Resources

    Phyllis B. Bischof, African & African American Collections
    390 Doe Library
    University of California
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Tel:510-643-3143    FAX: 510-643-6650

    Rebecca Darby-Williams, Reference Specialist, South/Southeast Asia Library
    120 Doe Library
    University of California
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000

    Education/Psychology Library - Children's Collection
    2600 Tolman Hall
    University of California
    Berkeley, California 94720

    Sue Gartley, Project Director
    Folk Art International for Education (FAIRE)
    Frank Lloyd Wright Building
    140 Maiden Lane
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone: (415) 984-5854           Fax: (415) 984-5856
    Folk Art International Resources for Education (FAIRE) promotes international and cross-country education through the hands-on use of folk and ethnic art. FAIRE is a non-profit branch of the Folk Art International Galleries in San Francisco and Menlo Park.
    "Teaching kits on masks, puppets, folk toys, and quilting traditions, as well as celebration kits for Mexican days of the Dead and Chinese Lunar New Year are available for loan.Cultural discovery kits focus on Africa, China, Indonesia, and Mexico.FAIRE's staff will work with teachers to develop customized resource materials. All resources, kits, and materials are available to Northern California schools and educational facilities only, and require advance reservations."

    On-Line Lesson Resources

    STUDENT PASSPORT: Glen Worthey began his focus on Russia with an excellent example of a lesson plan for teaching young students about world cultures. After showing his own passport to the class, Glen had given each student a passport-like booklet in which to record their sessions "visiting" countries around the world. The end result is a writing exercise, an outlet for creative expression, and a record about the countries that could later be reviewed. The passport project, which is simple and inexpensive to create, can be downloaded here and photocopied: STUDENT PASSPORT

    "Choose Your Path" a  fifth to sixth grade teaching unit based upon European, African-American and African folktales. One of many useful units that can be found on the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute site.

    "Looking at Ourselves and Others," includes lesson plans by grade for introducing global awareness.
    World Wise Schools, Peace Corps

    "Comparing Cultures" by Mychael Willon. A lesson using Shirley Climo's Egyptian Cinderella.

    "Cinderella in Africa" by Elizabeth Eilers