Children’s Book Awards

American Indian Youth Literature Book Awards

American Library Association Mildred L. Batchelder Award

American Library Association Pura Belpre Award

American Library Association Randolph Caldecott Medal

American Library Association John Newbery Medal

Americas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Hans Christian Andersen Awards 

Middle East Outreach Council Book Awards

South Asia National Outreach Council Book Award

Jewish Book Council National Jewish Book Award

USBBY Outstanding International Books Map 2016 

Other Award Links via Primary Source


Children’s Book Publishers

Gecko Press (Wellington, New Zealand). Distributed in the US by Lerner Books.

Groundwood Books (Toronto, Canada). Distributed in the US by Publishers Group West.

Inhabit Media

Lee & Low Publishers

Little Hare Books (Melbourne, Australia). Distributed in the US by Independent Publishers Group.

Native Voices

Pemmican Publications

Salina Bookshelf

Tara Books (Chennai, India). Distributed in the US by Publishers Group West. 


Children’s Digital Books

International Children's Digital Library

Children’s Literature Websites, Blogs, and Listservs

All Brown All Around: A Blog about Latinos in Children’s and Young Adult Books

American Indians in Children’s Literature: This blog provides critical perspectives and analyses of Indigenous peoples in children’s books, school curriculum, popular culture, and society.

Best Children's Books of 2018:  Huffington Post blog highlights features of several books on the Doors website.

The Brown Bookshelf: African American Voices in Children’s Literature

CCBlogC: Observations about Books for Children and Teens from the Cooperative Children's Book Center
Cynsations: A Source for Conversations about Children’s Literature Publishing & Teaching by author Cynthia Leitich Smith

De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

Latin@s in Kid Lit: Latino Children’s and YA Literature

The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times

The Open Book: A Blog on Race, Diversity, Education and Children’s Books

Reading While White: Allies for Racial Diversity & Inclusion for Books for Children & Teens

We Need Diverse Books

WOW Currents: The Blog of Worlds of Words (WOW) - International Collection of Children’s Literature


Curriculum Resources

African Studies Center Outreach Program, Boston University: Resources and curricula for teaching about Africa

Alliance for Childhood: The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.

Asia for Educators: An Initiative of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC): The CCBC is a noncirculating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children's and young adult literature at the University of Wisconsin.

East Asia Gateway for Linking Educators (EAGLE): This site is an online resource of materials for teaching about Asia, and a portal where teachers can share teaching materials and their own ratings and reviews of materials hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.

Edutopia: What Works in Education

First Book Stories for All Project: List of diverse books at discounted prices

Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS): FCCEAS is committed to promoting East Asian Studies at the Five Colleges and supports, encourages, and improves the teaching of East Asian cultures in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, and two- and four-year colleges in the Northeast. 

Oyate: Books and Resources about Native Americans

Program for Teaching East Asia: TEA at the University of Colorado Boulder conducts national, regional, and state projects for teachers and students.

ReadThinkWrite:  Offers free materials and resources for high quality literacy practices.

Teaching for Change: Resources for reading and teaching social change 

Teaching Tolerance: A blog where teachers who care about diversity, equity and social justice can find news, conversation, resources and support

Visual Thinking Strategies: Resources for using Visual Thinking Strategies

Worlds of Words: Resources for building bridges across cultures through children's and adolescent literature

Zinn Education Project: Resources at all grade levels for teaching from the perspective of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History


Membership Organizations/Associations

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association)

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association for Multicultural Education

National Council of Teachers of English

National Network for Folk Arts in Education

Rethinking Schools

United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)



Bearne, E. (2009). Assessing Multimodal Texts. In Burke, A. & Hammett, R. Assessing new literacies: Perspectives from the classroom, pp. 15-33. New York: Peter Lang.


Booklist (digital version, journal). (January 2016). Spotlight on Multicultural Literature, 12:11. Available at


Botelho, M.J., Kerekes, J., Jang, E. & Stagg Peterson, S. (2014). Assessing multiliteracies: Mismatches and opportunities. Language and Literacy, 16:1, pp. 1-20.


Botelho, M.J. (2009). Canadian children’s literature. Multicultural perspectives, 11:2, pp. 116-122.


Botelho, M.J. & Rudman, M. (2009). Critical multicultural analysis of children’s literature: Mirrors, windows and doors. New York: Routledge.


Cai, M. (2008). Transactional theory and the study of multicultural literature. Language Arts, 85:3, Challenges to children’s literature, pp. 212-220.


Cope, B., & Kalantzis, M. (2013). "Multiliteracies": New literacies, new learning. In M. R. Hawkin (Ed.), Framing languages and literacies: Socially situated views and perspectives (pp. 105-135). New York, NY: Routledge.


Franco, M. & Unrath, K. (2014). Carpe Diem: Seizing the Common Core with Visual Thinking Strategies. Art Education, 67:1, pp. 28-32.


Journal of Folklore and Education. Available at


Kelley, J.E., Rosenberger, C. & Botelho, M.J. (2005).  Recurring themes about poverty in realistic fiction picture books. The Dragon Lode: The Journal of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, 24:1, pp. 25-30.


Lambert, M. (2010). Gutter talk and more: Picturebook paratexts, illustration, and design at storytime. Children and Libraries, Winter 2010, pp. 36-46.


Lambert, M. (2015). Reading Picture Books with Children. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.  


Low, Jason T. (2016). Where is the diversity in publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results. Downloaded from


Robinson, Jasmine A. (2013). Critical Approaches to Multicultural Children's Literature in the Elementary Classroom: Challenging Pedagogies of Silence. New England Reading Association Journal, 48:2, pp. 43-51, 88.


Rudman, M. & Botelho, M.J. (2005). Shock of Hair: Hair as a Cultural Theme in Children’s Literature. The Dragon Lode: The Journal of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, 24:1, pp. 11-19.


Sims, R.  (1990). Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom, 6(3). 


Stan, Susan. (2014). Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World. Chicago: ALA Editions.  A carefully selected list of picture books first published outside the US and republished in the US, all still in print or readily available in libraries. It contains three chapters that would be especially useful for Doors users: Why Read Books from Other Countries?, Children’s Book Illustration and Culture, and Reading across Cultures. The bibliography will be useful to teachers looking for picture books with specific cultural connections.


You-Lee, E., Fowler, L., Adkins, D., Kim, Kyung-Sun, and Davis, H.  (2014). Evaluating Cultural Authenticity in Multicultural Picture Books: A Collaborative Analysis for Diversity Education. Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 84:3, pp. 324-346.



Change in the “All White World of Children’s Literature”: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop does a status update

Critical Literacy: Using Picture Books to Read The World: Alexis Birner (M.Ed) and Lindsay Bromley (M.Ed) present their Masters of Education graduate thesis at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

Visual Thinking Strategies Vimeo Site

Whole Book Approach: Megan Lambert reading with children