Online Resources for the Study of Multicultural Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Institutions and Organizations

ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents)

American Library Association

Children’s Literature Association

Cooperative Children’s Book Center

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL)

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

Oyate (Devoted to Accurate Native American Representation)

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Academic Journals

ALAN Review

Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature in Education

International Research in Children’s Literature


The Lion and the Unicorn


Coretta Scott King Book Awards: to recognize African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Schneider Family Book Awards: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Pura Belpré Awards: to honor Latino writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award: to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature: to recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards: to honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

Tomás Rivera Book Award:  to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.

Sydney Taylor Book Awards: given to outstanding books for children and teens that portray the Jewish experience.

South Asia Book Awards: recognizes the year’s best among children’s and young adult literature that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad.

Américas Book Awards: honoring books that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards: to honor children’s books that promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.

Research Collections

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection (U of Southern Mississippi)

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents (Cal State San Marcos)

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (Fresno State)

Northeast Children’s Literature Collection (U of Connecticut)

The Kerlan Collection (U of Minnesota)

List of international collections (IRSCL)

Children’s Literature Research Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Baldwin Library of Historical Literature (U of Florida)


The  Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s List of Small Presses Owned/Operated by People of Color and First/Native Nations

Arte Publico Press

Candlewick Press

Cinco Punto Press

Lee and Low Books

Public Advocacy Initiatives and Booklists

All Our Worlds: Diverse Fantastic Fiction

American Indians in Children’s Literature

We Need Diverse Books

Personal Webpages

Ebony Thomas’s The Dark Fantastic

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Zetta Elliott

Sarah Waites’s The Illustrated Page: Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction

The Brown Bookshelf

The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature