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

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