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Teaching and Learning

This guide is starting point for all students majoring in or taking classes within the School of Teaching & Learning. This guide will help you with all aspects of your projects and research.

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Finding Diverse Children's Books

One of the best tools to use to browse for and discover diverse children and young adult literature is NoveList Plus.

Among many other features, NoveList Plus allows you to filter for books with characters who are:

  • Culturally diverse
  • Religiously diverse
  • LGBTQIA diverse
  • Ability diverse 

For detailed instructions on how to use NoveList Plus to find diverse literature, visit the NoveList Plus page!

There are also amazing web resources to browse and discover diverse books. Some of those resources are:

Examples of Diverse Children's Books

Far Apart, Close in Heart
Different Abilities
Prince and Knight
A Friend for Henry
Not Every Princess
I Am Enough
All the Way to Havana
Wild Berries
Hello Goodbye Dog
Yo Soy Muslim
Not So Different
Peekaboo Morning
Rescue and Jessica
Do You Sing Twinkle?
B Is for Baby
Julián is a Mermaid
Nita's First Signs
Fry Bread
Mango, Abuela, and Me
Mommy, Mama, and Me
Sparkle Boy
A Tale of Two Daddies
Pink Is for Boys
My Brother Charlie
All Are Welcome
Between Us and Abuela
A Different Pond
This Day in June
My Papi Has a Motorcycle
Dumpling Soup
Jing's Family
Under the Same Sun
All My Stripes
Stella Brings the Family
Jack (Not Jackie)
All Families Are Special
Just Ask!
Still a Family
First Laugh--Welcome, Baby!
The Skin You Live In
Zak's Safari
When Charley Met Emma
Visiting Day
A Moon for Moe and Mo
The Day You Begin
Ada Twist, Scientist
Juana and Lucas
Thank You, Omu!
The New Small Person

Teaching and Learning Librarian

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Working Definition of Diversity

The example books on this page align with the definition of diversity provided by We Need Diverse Books:

"We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization."