An Expanded Cultural Diversity Booklist: SLJ Readers Respond | School Library Journal: The response to our recent list of Culturally Diverse books has been passionate and engaging. Many SLJ readers pointed out the lack of titles focusing on Native American culture—particularly titles by Native authors and illustrators. Others implored the editors to take a closer look at wonderful new books being published by small and independent presses. Some educators and librarians questioned the organization of the list and mused about the problematic nature of dividing multicultural literature into categories such as “specific,” or “neutral.” Many librarians responded on Twitter and other social media by offering specific title suggestions.
Below is an expanded list based on those suggestions as well as favorite new titles selected by Betsy Bird, K.T. Horning, the editors at the Horn Book, and other experts in the field. (Annotations are excerpted from SLJ reviews, except where noted.)
We encourage our readers to continue to post great title recommendations in the comments section.