The Cooperative Children’s Book Center is a resource for children’s books and features several book lists. Below is one I will use over and over again.

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know

Compiled by Ginny Moore Kruse and Kathleen T. Horning
Updated by Kathleen T. Horning and Megan Schliesman
© 2006, 2001 Cooperative Children’s Book Center


    Ada, Alma Flor and F. Isabel Campoy, selectors. English adapations by Alice Schertle . ¡Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes.. Illustrated by Viví Escrivá. HarperCollins, 2003. 64 pages. Ages birth – 6 years

    Heo, Yumi. One Afternoon. Orchard, 1994. Ages 2 – 4

    Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Chronicle, 2003. Ages 4 – 7

    Reiser, Lynn. Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret. Greenwillow, 1993. Ages 3 – 6

    Steptoe, John. Baby Says. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1988. Ages 1 – 3

    Tarpley, Natasha. I Love My Hair!. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Little, Brown, 1998. Ages 4 – 8

    Te, Ata. Baby Rattlesnake. Illustrated by Mira Reisberg. Children’s Book Press, 1989.

    Thong, Rosanne. Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes. Illustrated by Grace Lin. Chronicle, 2000.

    Weiss, George David and Bob Thiele . What a Wonderful World. Illustrated by Bryan Ashley. Atheneum, 1995. Ages 2 – 8

    Wheeler, Bernelda. Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? . Illustrated by Herman Bekkering. Peguis, 1986.

    Williams, Vera B.. More, More, More, Said the Baby: Three Love Stories. Greenwillow, 1990.

Ages 5-7

    Cheng, Andrea. Grandfather Counts. Illustrated by Ange Zhang. Lee & Low, 2000. Ages 4 – 8

    Cisneros, Sandra. Hairs/Pelitos. Illustrated by Terry Ybånez. Knopf, 1994. Ages 3 – 7

    Dorros, Arthur. Abuela. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. Dutton, 1991. Ages 4 – 7

    Greenfield, Eloise. Honey, I Love, and Other Poems. Illustrated by Leo & Dianne Dillon. Harper, 1978.

    Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat. Illustrated by Paul Lee. Harcourt, 2000. Ages 4 – 7

    Hausherr, Rosemary. Celebrating Families. Scholastic, 1997. Ages 4 – 9

    Look, Lenore. Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Anne Schwartz / Atheneum, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    McKissack, Patricia C.. Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Knopf, 1988. Ages 4 – 8

    Pinkney, Sandra L.. Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children. Illustrated by Myles Pinkney. Scholastic, 2000. Ages 3 – 11

    Swamp, Jake. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. Illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr. Lee & Low, 1995.

    Vyner, Tim. World Team. U.S. edition: Roaring Brook Press, 2002. Ages 4 – 9

    Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. Morning on the Lake. Illustrated by Karen Reczuch. Kids Can Press, 1998. Ages 5 – 8

Ages 7-9

    Ada, Alma Flor. My Name Is Maria Isabel. Atheneum, 1993. Ages 8 – 10

    Alarcon, Francisco X. From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna, y otros poemas de verano. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children’s Book Press, 1998. Ages 7 – 10

    Cha, Dia and Chue and Nhia Thao Cha . Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey to Freedom. Denver Museum of Natural History/Lee & Low, 1996. Ages 8 – 11

    Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Knopf, 1985.

    Krull, Kathleen. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Harcourt, 2003. Ages 5 – 9

    Lester, Julius. John Henry. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Dial, 1994. Ages 4 – 12

    Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Atheneum, 2004. 105 pages. Ages 5 – 9

    Ortiz, Simon. The People Shall Continue. Illustrated by Sharol Graves. Children’s Book Press, 1988.

    Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. Crown, 1991. Ages 5 – 11

    Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Indian Shoes. HarperCollins, 2002. Ages 6 – 9

    Walter, Mildred Pitts. Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World. Lothrop, 1988.

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way. Illustrated by Hudson Talbott. Putnam, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 5-9

Ages 9-12

    Bridges, Ruby. Through My Eyes. Scholastic, 1999. Ages 9 and older

    Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. Delacorte, 1999. Ages 8 – 13

    Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House. Hyperion, 1999. Ages 8 – 12

    Grace, Catherine O’Neill and Margaret M. Bruchac, with Plimoth Plantation . 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Photographed by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson. National Geographic, 2001. 48 pages. Ages 8-14

    Hamanaka, Sheila. The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism and Renewal. Orchard, 1990. Ages 9 and older

    King, Casey and Linda Barrett Osborne . Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen. Knopf, 1997. Ages 8 – 14

    Nye, Naomi Shihab, editor. The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from Mexico with Paintings from Mexican Artists. Simon & Schuster, 1995. Age 8 and older

    Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard. Clarion, 2001. Ages 9 – 12

    Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. Scholastic, 2000. Ages 10 – 14

    Shange, Ntozake. ellington was not a street. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Simon & Schuster, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 8 and older

    Skarmeta, Antonio. The Composition. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. U.S. edition: A Groundwood Book/Douglas & McIntyre, 2000. Ages 9 – 16

    Taylor, Mildred D.. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.. Dial, 1976.

    Yep, Laurence. The Rainbow People. HarperCollins, 1989.

    This list may be reproduced and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2 thoughts to “Children's Lit

  • Donna

    Wow, great book list. I can’t wait to dive into it. You have two of my favorite books listed – The People Could Fly and Hair. I love Sandra Cisneros. Great poetry and short stories.
    I fixed my blog setings so you do not need to sign up for anything to leave a response. Thanks for telling me about the lame settings. Also, we are a natural family here- I liked reading about your successful trip to the health food store. We have managed to be very low intervention for our kids, allowing their own imune systems to do all the hard work with the help of a few homeopathics. Our late night trip to the ER was a bit overwhelming and highly out of the ordinary.

  • Victoria

    I love it! You always have the best book suggestions.

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