ALSC/Día Resources

I created this resource list for my ALSC Día webinar participants. Happy reading ^^

Journals/Reference Sources

  • ALAN Review
  • Booklist
  • Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
  • English Journal
  • The Horn Book Magazine
  • Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
  • Journal of Youth Services in Libraries
  • Lion & the Unicorn
  • Young Adult Library Services
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • School Library Journal
  • Voices from the Middle
  • Children’s Literature in Education
  • Something about the Author
  • Children’s Literature Association Quarterly
  • Multicultural Review

Short List of Recommended Readings

  • Aronson, Marc. Consider the Source: Selective Memory. In School Library Journal. March 1, 2008.
  • Aronson, Marc.  “Selective Memory:  Biographies for Young Readers Aren’t Telling the Whole Story.”  School Library Journal 54.3, 2008.
  • Atkins, Laurie.  “What’s the Story? :  Reflections on White Privilege in the Publication of Children’s Books.”  Paper presented at the International Research Society for Children’s Literature in Frankfurt, 2009.
  • Cart, Michael and Christine A. Jenkins.  The Heart Has Its Reasons:  Young Adult Literature with Gay/ Lesbian/ Queer Content, 1969-2004
  • Crisp, Thomas.  “The Trouble with Rainbow Boys.”  Children’s Literature in Education 39.4, 2008.
  • Davis, Rocio G. “Asian American Autobiography for Children: Critical Paradigms and Creative Practice.” The Lion and the Unicorn 30, no. 2 (2006 April): 185-201.
  • de Manuel, Dolores and Rocío G. Davis. “Editor’s Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Asian American Children’s Literature.” The Lion and the Unicorn 30, no. 2 (2006 April): v-xv.
  • Elliott, Zetta.  “Something Like an Open Letter to the Children’s Publishing Industry.”  Fledgling:  The Sky’s the Limit (blog), Sep.5, 2009.
  • Gangi, Jane M. “Inclusive Aesthetics and Social Justice: The Vanguard of Small, Multicultural Presses.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 30, no. 3 (2005 Fall): 243-264.
  • Grimes, Nikki. Speaking Out. In The Horn Book Magazine.
  • Hade, Daniel. “Reading Children’s Literature Multiculturally.” In Reflections of Change: Children’s Literature since 1945, edited by Sandra L. Beckett, 115-122. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Hearne, Betsy. 1993 July. Cite the Source: Reducing Cultural Chaos in Picture Books, part one. In School Library Journal 39, (7): 22-7. (StKate online)
  • Hearne, Betsy. 1993 Aug. Respect the source: Reducing Cultural Chaos in Picture Books, part two. In School Library Journal 39, (8): 33-7. (StKate online)
  • Hearne, Betsy.  “Swapping Tales and Stealing Stories:  The Ethics and Aesthetics of Folklore in Children’s Literature.”  Library Trends 47.3, 1999.
  • Henderson, Darwin L. and Jill P. May.  Exploring Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents:  Learning to Listen in New Ways
  • Howe, Neil and William Strauss.  Millenials Rising:  The Next Great Generation
  • Krishnaswami, Uma. “On the Seashore of Worlds: Selected South Asian Voices from North America and the United Kingdom.” Bookbird 42, no. 2 (April, 2004): 23.
  • Larrick, Nancy.  “The All-White World of Children’s Books.”  Saturday Review, Sep. 11, 1965.
  • Leslea, Newman. Heather and Her Critics. In The Horn Book Magazine.
  • Levine, Arthur A. It Takes a Multilingual Village. The Horn Book Magazine,Sept/Oct 2006. 519.
  • Lunning, Frenchy (editor).  Mechademia, Vol. 1:  Emerging Wolrds of Anime and Manga
  • Matthew, Nicole and Susan Clow.  “Putting Disabled Children in the Picture:  Promoting Inclusive Children’s Books and Media.”  International Journal of Early Childhood 39.2, 2007.
  • MacLeod, Anne Scott. 1998 Jan/Feb. Writing Backward: Modern Models in Historical Fiction. In The Horn Book Magazine 74, (1): 26-33.
  • McIntosh, Peggy.  “White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”  From White Privilege and Male Privilege:  A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work on Women’s Studies, 1988.
  • Moore, Adaeze Enekwechi and Opal. “Children’s Literature and the Politics of Hair in Books for African American Children.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (2000): 195-200.
  • Naidoo, Jamie Campbell. “Forgotten Faces: Examining the Representations of Latino Subcultures in Americas and Pura Belpre Picturebooks.” New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship 13, no. 2 (2007): 117-138.
  • Nodelman, Perry.  “The Other:  Orientalism, Colonialism, and Children’s Literature.”  Childre’s Literature Association Quarterly 17.1, 1992.
  • Perkins, Mitali.  “Straight Talk on Race:  Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books.”  School Library Journal 55.4, April 2009.
  • Reynolds, Nancy Thalia.  Mixed Heritage in Young Adult Literature
  • Ross, Catherine Sheldrick, Lynne (E.F.) McKenchnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. Reading Matters:  What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community
  • Schwartz, Albert V. “the Five Chinese Brothers: Time to Retire.” Interracial Books for Children Bulletin 8, no. 3 (1977): 3-7.
  • Sims Bishop, Rudine, ed. Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8. Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English, 1994.
  • Smith, Cynthia L. “Segregation and Shelf Space.”
  • Stephens, John. “Advocating Multiculturalism: Migrants in Australian Children’s Literature After 1972.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 15, no. 4 (1990 Winter): 180-185.
  • Taxel, Joel. “Multicultural Literature and the Politics of Reaction.” Teachers College Record 98, (1997): 417-448.
  • Taxel, Joel. “Children’s Literature as an Ideological Text: Chapter 11.” In Critical Pedagogy, the State, and Cultural Struggle, edited by Henry A. Giroux and Peter L. McLaren, 205: State University of New York Press, 1989.
  • Whelan, Debra Lau.  “Little Secret:  Self-Censorship is Rampant and Lethal.”  School Library Journal 55.2, 2009.
  • Wong, Shawn. “What Exactly is Multiculturalism?” Emergency Librarian 20, no. 5 (May/Jun 1993).
  • Yamazaki, Akiko.  “Why Change Names?  On the Translation of Children’s Books.”  Children’s Literature in Education 33.1, 2002.
  • Yokota, Junko. Feb 2009. Asian Americans in Literature for Children and Young Adults. In Teacher Librarian 36 (3).

Short List of Websites

Young Adult Library Services Association

American Library Association Booklist Editors Choice

International Reading Association Young Adult Choices

New York Public Library Teenlink

Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!

Kay Vandergrift’s YA Literature Page

American Indians in Children’s Literature

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Laura Atkins



  • LM_NET (School Library Media Specialists)
  • PUBYAC (Public Librarians Serving Young Adults and Children)
  • CHILD_LIT (Children’s Literature)
  • CCBC-Net (based on the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at U Wisconsin-Madison)
  • GNLIB (Graphic Novels in Libraries)

Calendar of Events

Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Awards announced mid-winter and presented summer

Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards announced in April and presented in October

Publishers, ALA Associations, Caucus, and Related Organizations etc.

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association

American Indian Library Association


The Black Caucus of the ALA

Lambda Literary Foundation

Lee & Low

Children’s Book Press

Cinco Puntos Press

ALA Family Literacy Focus APALA & AILA Talk Story Together

HOPI Cultural Preservation Homepage

Recommended Children’s Books

(in the order they appear during the webinar )

  • A Gift from Papa Diego by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
  • The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Storyteller’s Candle by Luciz Gonzalez
  • Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola I. Campbell
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  • A Place to Grow by Soyung Pak
  • Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
  • A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Dia’s Story Cloth by Dia Cha
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to School, Girls, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
  • Cooper’s Lesson by Sun Yung Shin
  • Uptown by Bryan Collier
  • Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Racial Fatigue

I’m a strong believer that discriminatory, hurtful, racialized acts of violence (whether physical or psychological) demand a justifiably angry response. What I don’t believe, however, is that we have the right to act out our angry response to violence with violence. That is debasing and excessive, not restitutive, and leads to our legitimate voices being delegitimized.

Today I woke up to a Daily Bruin article stating that Ms. Wallace is receiving death threats in response to her anti-Asian tirade. While what she did was incredibly stupid, our responses should not match her level of idiocy. We should respond out of justified anger, but not out of hysteria.

I think the police should protect her and the school should let her reschedule her finals. There are likely people out there who are stupid enough to do stupid things if she shows her face on campus.

HOWEVER. I wonder if her video, as it elicited a strong response from Asian Americans, elicited a response from fellow, like-minded non-Asian students? Is it unsafe for Asian Americans to study at Powell Library? Personally, I would feel unsafe entering a space where white students can condemn Asian students, whatever their actions. I was overwhelmed by the burden of racial fatigue I suffered yesterday. I’m sure others, especially UCLA Asian American students, felt it too. Will the students who are negatively affected by this video and the ensuing discussions also get to reschedule their finals? Will I get to reschedule all the work hours I lost yesterday?

You might argue that we had a choice whether to study or work or be involved; however, this kind of racist behavior demands a response. Our silence would have condoned her behavior, perpetuated the passive Asian stereotype, and then it would have happened again. I’m actually very proud of my fellow Asian Americans – alumni, students, other concerned community members, even USC alum – for standing up in droves. We choose to speak. We choose social justice. We choose to stand up for the right for Asian Americans to study in a safe campus. And we demand that the administration listen and respond.

My Email to UCLA Chancellors

Please do not repost without my permission.

  • Chancellor Gene Block (
  • Vice Chancellor Robert Naples (

I emailed the following to Chancellor Block and Vice Chancellor Naples at 3P on Monday, March 14:

Dear Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Chancellor Robert Naples,

I am a two-time graduate of UCLA. I graduated with my BA in History and Asian American Studies in 2002 and earned my MA in Asian American Studies in 2004. I went on to earn my PhD and MS in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois in 2009, and am now an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, where I teach future librarians and advise the undergraduate Asian Women’s Association. The education I earned at UCLA was meaningful and served me well for my future endeavors. I am proud to be a UCLA alum.

However, I am incredibly upset at the recent video posted by current UCLA student Alexandra Wallace. Her hateful speech against Asian American students indicates that her education is failing her; if UCLA was providing Ms. Wallace with an education that “[fosters] open-mindedness, understanding, compassion and inclusiveness among individuals and groups,” then she would not have thought these thoughts and posted them so publicly on FB and YouTube. The way she states “our university” implies that she believes UCLA is a white institution and that Asians are perpetual foreigners undeserving of such an education. She also makes Asian Americans sound weak when she says that our parents have not taught us to “fend for [ourselves],” which perpetuates stereotypes that Asian Americans do not have any agency. Having survived not one but two graduate programs and snagged a job in a down economy, I’d say my parents taught me well how to fend for myself. Additionally, in light of anti-immigration legislation, the crusade against ethnic studies across the country, and ongoing hate-crimes against Asian Americans, it is imperative that educational institutions such as UCLA, home to one of the largest and highest ranked Asian American Studies programs in the nation, take a stand against such behaviors.

Again, I quote to you UCLA’s campus values: “We do not tolerate acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other harm to individuals on the basis of expression of race, color, ethnicity…”

Ms. Wallace’s video is an act of discrimination and harassment, an instance of profiling, and is harmful not only to Asian Americans but also to other students. If UCLA does not respond to this, your silence implies that you condone her behavior. As I’m sure you know, this tirade has sparked an enormous uproar from not only the UCLA APA community, but beyond. We implore you to take action.

With all due respect,

Sarah Park
UCLA BA History & Asian American Studies class of 2002
UCLA MA Asian American Studies class of 2004

Sarah Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of LIS
St. Catherine University

“Asians in the Library”

UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition students respond to the incredibly racist and offensive video (now taken down) posted by UCLA student Alexandra Wallace. The APC  response is well articulated, thoughtful, and assertive – well worth reading. Here’s an excerpt:

On Sunday, March 13th, an alarming video was re-posted on You Tube from the Facebook account of a UCLA student. The video, titled “Asians in the Library”, chronicled the student’s racist tirade against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities at UCLA. Within hours, the video re-posted on various forms of social media, where members of the community viewed and responded to the video. The resulting reaction reveals an alarmingly dangerous campus climate and an underlying current of racism and prejudice still vibrantly alive in America. The Asian Pacific Coalition and API communities at UCLA would like to issue the following response:

In her public comment to the UCLA community, Alexandra Wallace expressed her concern about the “hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every year.”  On a campus that boasts a student population of 40% Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities (API), Wallace’s comments are both insensitive and revelatory of the flawed mainstream perception of the API community.  Many view API’s as a uniform aggregate, thereby failing to acknowledge the diversity within the API community and perpetuating the view of API’s as the model minority and the foreign “they” who unfairly get accepted into “our” school.  Wallace perpetuates the “us” versus “them” rhetoric in her comments, thereby expressing distaste in API’s and an even greater anxiety that “foreigners” are taking over UCLA.


Hence, as a community, we demand the following:

1) We call for a public apology from Alexandra Wallace. Her words and actions are not in line with the UCLA Student Code of Conduct, which states:

“The University strives to create an environment that fosters the values of mutual respect and tolerance and is free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, and other personal characteristics.”[2]

2) We call for UCLA to take the appropriate disciplinary measures befitting of Wallace’s violation against the UCLA Student Code of Conduct  and UCLA’s Principle of Community, which states:

“We do not tolerate acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other harm to individuals on the basis of expression of race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, or national origin among other personal characteristics. Such acts are in violation of UCLA’s Principles of Community and subject to sanctions according to campus policies governing the conduct of students, staff and faculty.” [3]

3) We call for UCLA to issue a statement addressing this incident.  UCLA must demonstrate its commitment to a culture of diversity, respect, tolerance, and acceptance for all communities by standing against such acts.

4) We call for the UCLA Academic Senate to pass a requirement in the general education curriculum grounded in the UCLA Principles of Community.

Some Asian Americans created a remix video overlaying Ms. Wallace’s tirade with orientalist sound effects and lyrics. I’m not going to lie; it’s pretty funny.

Shifting gears: as someone who 1) graduated from UCLA with both a BA and MA in Asian American Studies 2) was involved in UCLA Asian American student life 3) worked at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and 4) am now a professor of Library and Information Science, I have the following to say:

  1. This tirade is race-based hate speech. There’s no rationalizing or explaining it away. It’s hateful.
  2. Students who exhibit such race-based hate speech are an embarrassment to UCLA and should be duly punished for their irresponsible actions.
  3. UCLA must respond. The situation – and we – demand it.
  4. Racialized hate speech perpetuates hateful behaviors. White lynchers spoke about hating black people before lynching. Hitler and his soldiers spoke about concentration camps before they built them. I’m not suggesting that Ms. Wallace is going to go physically hurt Asian Americans, but her hateful speech condones hatred towards a particular group of students, and people act out their hate in different ways.
  5. That Ms. Wallace even thought about this, recorded and then posted her YouTube video indicates a major fail on the part of our education system. Without inclusive, social justice curriculum in Pre-K through 12th grade, and mandatory ethnic and cultural studies courses in high school and college, these kinds of behaviors will persist. We’re not a post-race society just because we have a half black president. We’re obviously not there yet. Make ethnic studies mandatory.
  6. There’s nothing “American” about good manners. See The Ugly American.
  7. It really grieves me that Ms. Wallace located her tirade in the space of the library. I see it as my moral responsibility to make sure that libraries are safe spaces for everyone – white, black, Asian, differently abled, sexually whatever.  Librarians have the right to remove patrons whose words and behaviors pose a threat or are a nuisance to other patrons, whether because they’re talking too loudly on their phones or spewing hateful speech.