Multicultural Resources for the Classroom

Pura Belpré Award

This award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Museum of the American Indian

This museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the American Indian. Many readings, online events, and museum resources are available to educators on this site.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Art Adventures

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Art Adventure program is an example of a collaborative effort between the museum and the public schools. The program's volunteers visit classrooms with art posters related to a specific theme, such as animals or celebrations. The site offers samples of some of the posters used.

America Reads Spanish

America Reads Spanish is an organization whose main goal is to ensure the availability of Spanish language reading materials in schools and libraries nationwide.

Américas Award

The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).

Cinco Puntos Press

Cinco Puntos Press publishes a variety of titles for children, teens, and adults, many of which originate in the Southwestern United States. Their titles include many bilingual books, CDs, early readers, and folktales.

Arte Público Press: Piñata Books

Piñata Books is an imprint of Arte Público Press dedicated to the publication of children's and young adult literature that authentically and realistically portrays themes, characters, and customs unique to U.S. Hispanic culture. Books published under this imprint include bilingual picture books for children and entertaining novels and short-story collections for young adults by authors such as Pat Mora, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Victor Villaseñor, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, and many others.

Star Bright Books

Star Bright Books is an independent publishing company dedicated to producing the highest quality books for children. Star Bright Books produces books that embrace children of all colors, nationalities, and abilities, and they currently publish books in 16 languages.

Children's Book Press: Educational Resources

Children's Book Press offers resources for educators, teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers that can be used with their multicultural books, including teacher's guides, classroom units, and heritage celebration ideas.


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