Culturally diverse modern fantasy books

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Multicultural Book Lists

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Diversity in Literature Matters

Diverse voices: the 50 best culturally diverse children's books

Fantasy recommendation lists are characterized by their safety. Curious newcomers to the genre, having enjoyed their sample of escapist literature, request more stories, more worlds to lose themselves in. More often than not, though, the recommendations that they receive are the same few critically acclaimed authors whose work is all too often presented as representative of the genre. My belief is that Fantasy literature is the perfect lens for readers to challenge our ideas of humanity, violence, society, and power. My recommendations in this list yes, another list! Buckle up.

Librarians often talk about stocking the shelves with books that offer both mirrors and windows for children. The goal is for all children to read books that provide both mirrors and windows so they subconsciously build an image of who and what they could be, while building empathy and understanding for the lives of others. Unfortunately in the children's book world, there are far too few stories featuring diverse characters. Perez says many children won't notice the ethnicity of a character, until they do. When books feature children of color and diverse families, "it's subconsciously broadening their horizons of what they can do and be," Perez said. Public librarians understand that many schools have small budgets to buy new titles, so they try to make their public offerings as rich with diverse titles as possible. Some books focus on diversity and culture as central themes, but others merely feature characters of color doing the same exploring, playing and adventuring as any other children's book character.

Fantasy is my jam so of course now that I have a child, I want her to have all the fantasy things. Thankfully, there are plenty of fantasy books for kids out there. But that can also be overwhelming. My time as the young adult and middle grade shelver at work and as a middle school reading tutor showed me how hard it is for parents to find age-appropriate material for their kids. And publishers are rarely helpful with their age delineations: 6—10 years, 1st grade—7th, etc. Those are pretty big age ranges for kids.

What better way to help children learn at an early age that the world is filled with many different kinds of people than through the magic of books?
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Fantasy Books For Preschoolers And Kindergartners

This list of culturally diverse books to read, savour and recommend is a joyous celebration of the 50 most fabulous books for children of all ages living in multiracial, multicultural UK today. Tomorrow we'll be launching a discussion blog where you can share your favourite and most inspirational diverse books of all kinds — and there'll be features, blogs, galleries and other stuff on diversity on the site all this week so stay tuned! Amazing Grace By Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch Frances Lincoln Children's Books The classic picture book about the little girl who loves stories and shows us that we can be anything we want to be. Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem By Valerie Bloom, illustrated by David Axtell Macmillan Children's Books A rhythmic counting poem that describes all manner of delicious Caribbean fruits as a little girl tries to eat as many of these as she can in a single day. Handa's Surprise By Eileen Browne Walker Books A mouth-watering story about Handa who puts seven fruits into her basket to take to her friend Akeyo, but one by one these disappear as all manner of creatures snack upon them.

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