I blogged earlier this month about preschool teachers’ inability to name books with ethnic characters in them, and I’ve just stumbled upon a website that helps locate such resources.
The A World of Difference Institute--an outreach of the nonprofit Anti-Defamation League based in New York City-- offers a portal into the genre for the public right here.
If you need a book about a specific group of minorities like African-Americans, Hindus, migrant workers, the disabled, or social justice activists, they’re here.
Simply place your cursor over one of several categories such as “Prejudice and Discrimination” or “Folktales, Legends and Poems” and suggested reading will pop up. The website includes content descriptions and the age groups for which it is useful.
As a collector of kiddie lit, I was amazed to see titles like “Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah: Advocate for Ghana’s Disabled Population,” “Antelope Woman: An Apache Folktale,” and “Mr. Pak Buys a Story,” a morality tale from Korea.
Good thing my twins have a birthday coming up and love to read.
Want to read my blog post about preschool teachers? It’s right here.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Early Years blog.