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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

Catalogues/Publishers
MIDDLE EAST BOOKS. COM - AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL TRUST list of children's books
http://www.middleeastbooks.com/aetbookclub/childauthorindex.html

ASIA FOR KIDS http://www.afk.com/

AFRICAN  BOOKS COLLECTIVE  http://www.africanbookscollective.com/
The Jam Factory
27 Park End Street
Oxford  OX1 1HU
United Kingdom
abc@dial.pipex.com
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.
CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS http://www.childrensbookpress.org/

MANTRA PUBLICATIONS  http://www.mantrapublishing.com/system/index.html (email: mantrapub@aol.com)
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.

SCARECROW PRESS INC. http://www.scarecrowpress.com/

SHEN'S http://www.shens.com/
A good catalogue for Asia books.
 

Reviews/Journals/:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/literature/index.html

MAKING MULTICULTURAL CONNECTIONS Through Trade Books.
"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" http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/MBD/Books_Begin.html

LION AND THE UNICORN http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/lion_and_the_unicorn/
Journal

AFRICA ACCESS REVIEWS: http://filemaker.mcps.k12.md.us/aad/

"NOTABLE Social Studies Books for Young People," annual lists
National Council for the Social Studies
http://www.ncss.org/resources/notable/home.html

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.
http://www.mcreview.com/

  • Their list of multicultural PUBLISHERS at  http://www.mcreview.com/mcrpubdi.htm
  • Their BOOK REVIEWS for primary school books at http://www.mcreview.com/revbok13.htm#primary

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    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. http://members.aol.com/surlalune/frytales/index.htm

    TLC - CINDERELLA: The K-12 Teaching and Learning Center Guide to Cinderella resources
    http://www.k12tlc.net/cinderel.htm
    http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/Childrens_Services/cinderella.html Twice Upon a Time: Multi-Cultural Cinderella Asia Society elementary school lesson
    http://asiasociety.org/education/resources-schools/elementary-lesson-plans/twice-upon-time-multi-cultural-cinderella

    Cinderella links on Children's Literature Web Guide
    http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/cinderella.html

    Little Red Riding Hood project
    http://www-dept.usm.edu/~engdept/lrrh/lrrhhome.htm

    Complete tales of Brothers Grimm
    gopher://ftp.std.com:70/11/obi/book/Fairy.Tales/Grimm

    Awards

    The book awards sites sometimes change their URL's - for a good updated list visit the Primary Source's Global Literature page at:

    http://resources.primarysource.org/globalliterature

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    General On-line Guides and Resources

    The CHILDREN'S LITERATURE WEB GUIDE David K. Brown Doucette Library of Teaching Resources University of Calgary
    http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/

    CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
    http://www.childlitassn.org/

    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.
    http://www.icdlbooks.org/

    "A Teacher's Guide to FOLKLIFE RESOURCES for K-12 Classrooms"
    American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington 1994
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/teachers.html

    The Loose Leaf Book Company is a weekly hour-long radio series for adults that celebrates children's literature. http://www.looseleafbookcompany.com/thisweek/live/main.html

    INTERNATIONAL BOARD ON BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (IBBY)
    http://www.ibby.org/
    USBBY
    http://www.usbby.org/
    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.
    http://www.soe.usfca.edu/institutes/childlit/rtw6.html

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    Area Specific Sites:
    Africa
    CHILDREN'S AFRICANA BOOK AWARDS, established in 1991 by the Outreach Council of the African Studies.
    http://www.africaaccessreview.org/aar/awards.html

    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. http://filemaker.mcps.k12.md.us/aad/

    Baobab Prize An African Literary Award.

    H-Net Book Reviews for H-Afrteach
    http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showlist.cgi?lists=H-Afrteach

    Turkey
    On-line archive of Turkish stories and more http://aton.ttu.edu/
    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.

    India
    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. http://www.csusm.edu/csb/english/

    Russia
    "K-12 Annotated Bibliography: Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe"
    Russian and East European Center, University of Illinois
    http://www.reec.uiuc.edu/outreach/bibliography.htm

    "Growing Up in Russia, Past and Present: Selected Internet Directories and Websites"
    Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan
    http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/crees/outreach/growingupwebsites.html

    Literature page of the Russian Culture Library web site. This page has children's books, reference books, and literature, all from/about Russia.
    http://www.ltdlimited.com/russia/lit.htm

    Outreach to Teachers page
    Center for Slavic and East European Studies, UC Berkeley
    http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~csees/outreach.html
    "Teachers' Links," regional links and current events for Eastern Europe and Eurasia
    http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~csees/outreach3.html

    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)

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    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.
    http://www.4children.org/news/9-97mlit.htm

    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.
    http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/childhood/pictur.htm

    Human Resources

    Phyllis B. Bischof, African & African American Collections
    390 Doe Library
    University of California
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    pbischof@library.berkeley.edu
    Tel:510-643-3143    FAX: 510-643-6650
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Collections/Africana/

    Rebecca Darby-Williams, Reference Specialist, South/Southeast Asia Library
    120 Doe Library
    University of California
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/SSEAL/

    Education/Psychology Library - Children's Collection
    2600 Tolman Hall
    University of California
    Berkeley, California 94720
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EDP/intro.html

    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.
    http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1993/2/93.02.06.x.html

    "Looking at Ourselves and Others," includes lesson plans by grade for introducing global awareness.
    World Wise Schools, Peace Corps
    http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/guides/looking

    "Comparing Cultures" by Mychael Willon. A lesson using Shirley Climo's Egyptian Cinderella.
    http://www.youth.net/cec/cecsst/cecsst.58.txt

    "Cinderella in Africa" by Elizabeth Eilers
    http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/TLresources/longterm/LessonPlans/africa/elieil/

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