Across Cultures: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 342 pages
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Compiled by two experienced librarians, Across Cultures introduces you to more than 400 recent fiction and nonfiction multicultural resources for preschool through grade 6 and encourages you to make literature about diversity an integral part of your program of instruction.

Arranged in thematic groupings (Identity and Self-Image, Family and Friends, Traditions, Exploring the Past in Diverse Communities, for example), this lively volume links diverse peoples, themes, and issues. It presents both annotations and practical advice on programming strategies. Connections are made to projects, graphic organizers, and activities.


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1 Identity SelfImage and Learning
2 Families Friends and Neighborhoods
3 TraditionsFood Art Poetry Music and Celebrations
4 TraditionsFolktales
5 Exploring the Past in Diverse Communities
6 Knowing Todays World
7 ParentChild Book Discussion Groups
8 Literature Circles

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About the author (2007)

Kathy East, Assistant Director and Head of Youth Services, Wood County District Public Library, Bowling Green, Ohio, is active in professional organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally. A former president of ALSC and former chair of the Caldecott Committee, East has represented ALA at IFLA in the Section on Children and Young Adults.

Rebecca L. Thomas is an elementary school librarian, Shaker Heights City Schools, Ohio. She has served on the Caldecott Committee and Penguin Putnam Award Committee for ALA. She is also an adjunct professor at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where she teaches a graduate-level course in children's and YA literature, and a recipient of the Mary Karrer Award from Ohio State University's College of Education. She is the author of numerous reference books, including the Popular Series Fiction set for Libraries Unlimited (2004) and Connecting Cultures (Bowker, 1996).