Adult female paraeducator with open book in literacy lab
(January 14, 2016) Literacy Lab Paraeducator, Deena Jones at Greenwood Elementary School in Tahlequah, OK ~ Photo © 2016 NEA / Moses Mitchell Photography
African American Authors
Expand your knowledge of these authors and illustrators and the stories they write.
African American Booklist
Celebrate African American heritage, tradition, and achievement when you share the stories of African Americans throughout history and inspire young readers to learn more about their relevance today.
American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations titles
Titles to share to help readers of all ages get to know Native people and their nations.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Recommended Titles
Share stories that celebrate major figures and telling titles about the lives of everyday men, women, and children who made and are making history.
Diverse Books with Trailblazing Women
In these selected titles you’ll find authors, artists and architects, rulers and rebels, athletes and astronauts, musicians, mothers of invention and many, many more famous and influential women.
Great Poetry to Read Aloud
The list includes poems and collections of poetry from different cultures, introductions to a variety of poetic forms, and playful language for lots of read aloud fun.
Hispanic Heritage Booklists
Colorín Colorado’s children’s Hispanic Heritage booklists feature biography, history, cultural traditions, family stories, fun stories, and titles about growing up Latino.
LGBTQ Recommended Reading
Find books in this list that reflect on the LGBTQ experience along with titles about pride, tolerance, and diversity.
Read Across America: State by State
Travel across a map of the U.S. by reading books that take place in each of the states! In this list, you’ll find fiction and nonfiction titles to engage readers of all ages—from preschool through high school. There are many classics and favorites, but also new and diverse reading choices.
Spanish/English Bilingual Booklist
Celebrate reading in two languages with titles featured in this Bilingual Booklist from Colorín Colorado.
For more recommended book lists, see NEA’s full catalog on WorldCat.
Turn to these trusted organizations for more recommendations and advice on choosing the best in children’s literature.
OurStory, We Need Diverse Books
Books by Theme for Elementary-Age Children, Reading Rockets
Award-Winning and Notable Children’s Books, American Library Association
50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read, Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Great Reads Recommended by Authors and Illustrators, The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
In addition to taking advantage of these booklists, NEA recommends that you seek out your school librarian or the children’s librarian at your local public library. Librarians work incredibly hard to keep up with what’s new and awesome in children’s literature. Ask them for recommendations, especially for great books to read aloud.
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