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Books on Multicultural Children's Literature

Multicultural Children's Literature: a Critical Issues Approach

Prepares K-12 teachers to address a wide range of contemporary social issues-such as violence, gender, war, terrorism, child labor, censorship, and disabilities-through multicultural children's literature. Each chapter includes sample lessons plans designed to encourage critical and creative thinking at the elementary and secondary levels and an annotated bibliography that makes it easy for teachers and librarians to choose multicultural children books that address specific critical issues.

Multicultural Literature and Response: affirming diverse voices

Emphasizes the critical role of quality multicultural literature and reader response in today's schools and libraries. * Contributions from 29 experts on topics related to multicultural literature * Response activities A list of multicultural authors and illustrators * A list of publishers that feature multicultural literature

Multicultural and Ethnic Children's Literature in the United States

Addresses both quantitative and more qualitative changes in this field over the last decade. Focuses on the history of the development of this literature, from the nineteenth century to the present day. Provides a cultural and political context for the early development of this literature. Describes organizations, events, activities, and other contributions of diverse writers, illustrators, publishers, researchers, scholars, librarians, educators, and parents. Shows the impact of multiculturalism on education, libraries, and the mainstream culture, in general.

Cultural Journeys: multicultural literature for elementary and middle school students

Cultural Journeys introduces pre-service and experienced teachers to the use of literature to promote active discussions that lead students to think about racial diversity. The authors provide systematic guidelines that teachers can use throughout their careers to evaluate multicultural literature for students in grades K-8.

Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom

This book features an array of approaches, strategies, and tools for teaching multiculturally in the early years.This book is sprinkled with questions for reflection and implementation that encourage educators to start planning ways of enhancing their own teaching, making their early childhood setting a more equitable learning space.

Beyond Tolerance: real world literacy teaching and learning for preK-6

Beyond Tolerance is a hopeful, optimistic book focused on creating positive and sustained social change through engagement with beautiful, sometimes complex, and consistently interesting multiethnic children's literature. It presents a fresh perspective on race and ethnicity. Additionally, it features an innovative approach to literacy teaching and learning through the use of multiethnic children's literature in our preschools and throughout the elementary school grades.

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Online Picture Books

Free online picture books do exist.  You can find sources of historic pictures books on the Children's Literature InfoGuide .  A Google search for free online picture books will lead you to sites such as:  Oxford Owl (free registration is required) and Free Kids Books

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Course Description

Pepperdine students have an opportunity to spread the love of reading picture books to children. Students will shake up storytime by learning how to transform it into a robust reading experience educators call Interactive Read-Alouds. This seminar aims to analyze the joy in reading aloud to children in K-5 and apply research-based strategies to enhance read-alouds. Students in this course will develop expertise in the Interactive Read-Aloud, become change agents in a local school district by training others on how to plan a robust reading experience, and will perform interactive read-alouds to children in our community. The course will dispel the preconceptions of storytime, demonstrating how to utilize reading aloud to children as a vehicle for vocabulary development and an opportunity for building background knowledge about the world