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Teaching Materials Center

This guide is starting point for anyone seeking to learn about the resources available in the Teaching Materials Center. This includes: what general resources are available, how to find specific resources, and how to access materials.

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

A Different Pond

A Different Pond

 TMC Easy PHI

This Day in June

This Day in June

TMC Easy PIT

Dumpling Soup

Dumpling Soup

TMC Easy RAT

Jing's Family

Jing's Family

TMC Easy RIL

Under the Same Sun

Under the Same Sun

TMC Easy ROB

All My Stripes

All My Stripes

TMC Easy RUD

Jack (Not Jackie)

Jack (Not Jackie)

 TMC Easy SIL

Just Ask!

Just Ask!

TMC Easy SOT

Still a Family

Still a Family

TMC Easy STU

All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome

TMC Easy PEN

Zak's Safari

Zak's Safari

 TMC Easy TYN

Visiting Day

Visiting Day

TMC Easy WOO

Dreamers

Dreamers

TMC 921 MOR

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

TMC Easy WOO

Juana and Lucas

Juana and Lucas

TMC Fiction MED

Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu!

TMC Easy MOR

Rescue and Jessica

Rescue and Jessica

TMC Easy KEN

Different Abilities

Different Abilities

TMC 362.4 PET

Prince and Knight

Prince and Knight

TMC 398.2 HAA

A Friend for Henry

A Friend for Henry

TMC Easy BAI

Crown

Crown

TMC Easy BAR

Not Every Princess

Not Every Princess

TMC Easy BON

I Am Enough

I Am Enough

TMC Easy BYE

Honeysmoke

Honeysmoke

TMC Easy FIE

Wild Berries

Wild Berries

TMC Easy FLE

Hello Goodbye Dog

Hello Goodbye Dog

TMC Easy GIA

Yo Soy Muslim

Yo Soy Muslim

TMC Easy GON

Not So Different

Not So Different

TMC 921 BUR

Peekaboo Morning

Peekaboo Morning

TMC Easy ISA

Do You Sing Twinkle?

Do You Sing Twinkle?

 TMC Easy LEV

B Is for Baby

B Is for Baby

TMC Easy ATI

Nita's First Signs

Nita's First Signs

TMC Easy MAC

Fry Bread

Fry Bread

TMC Easy MAI

Sparkle Boy

Sparkle Boy

TMC Easy NEW

One

One

TMC Easy OTO

Pink Is for Boys

Pink Is for Boys

TMC Easy PEA

My Brother Charlie

My Brother Charlie

TMC Easy PEE

El Deafo

TMC 741.5 BEL

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."