Multicultural Voices in Contemporary Literature: A Resource for Teachers / Edition 1

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With the original publication of Multicultural Voices, Frances Ann Day celebrated the lives of thirty-nine multicultural authors and illustrators, helping educators bring students and authors together in a way that promoted stimulating reading, imaginative writing, and cultural sensitivity. Thousands of readers not only discovered a new body of literature, they also gained new sensitivity to writing styles, language subtleties, and worldviews.

Now, the new edition has been significantly revised to keep it current and make it even more useful. Day has added a number of new authors, updated the biographical profiles, included reviews and activities for more than 120 new books, and expanded the resource list for educators, librarians, and parents. There are five appendixes containing assessment plans, additional activities, lists of birthdays, a calendar of multicultural events, and information on additional resources. Plus, a comprehensive subject index helps readers plan story sessions and units of study. Themes, curricular areas, genres, and topics facilitate the use of literature across the curriculum.

This guide is highly versatile, enabling readers to adapt the material to fit their individual teaching and learning styles, curriculum requirements, and educational goals. Educators, librarians, and parents alike will find the book an inspiring resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Day's updated book provides classroom teachers and librarians with a quick reference for hundreds of multicultural titles as well as some thoughtful prompts.”–Rethinking Schools
Celebrates the lives of multicultural authors and illustrators, helping educators bring students and authors together in a way that promotes stimulating reading, imaginative writing, and cultural sensitivity. This edition adds more authors, updated biographical profiles, 120 new books, and an expanded resource list for educators, librarians, and parents. Day recently retired after 30 years of teaching preschool through grade five. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325001302
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/3/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED & UPDATED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Ann Day recently retired after thirty years of teaching preschool through grade five in Colorado, Nebraska, and California. She has conducted workshops nationwide and written reviews and articles for numerous publications. Her second book, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature for Children and Teenagers (Heinemann, 1997), won the 1998 Denali Press Award, given by the American Library Association for works "outstanding in quality and significance."
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Table of Contents

Why This Guide? 1
Evaluating Children's Books for Bias 3
Rudolfo Alfonso Anaya: Mexican American 9
George Ancona: Mexican American 15
Shonto Begay: Navajo 23
Anilu Bernardo: Cuban American 27
Ignatia Broker: Ojibway/Chippewa 30
Joseph Bruchac: Abenaki, English, and Slovak 32
Jeannette Franklin Caines: Black American 42
Dia Cha: Hmong American 46
Sook Nyul Choi: Korean American 48
Barbara Cohen: Jewish American 53
Pat Cummings: African American 66
Vivian Sheldon Epstein: Humanist 73
Nancy Garden: German Italian American 78
Carmen Lomas Garza: Chicana 83
Nikki Yolanda Giovanni: Black American 86
Eloise Greenfield: African American 89
Virginia Hamilton: African American 99
Joyce Hansen: African American 115
Minfong Ho: Overseas Chinese 121
Johanna Hurwitz: Jewish American 127
Joy Nozomi Kogawa: Japanese Canadian 134
Jeanne M. Lee: Chinese American 137
George Littlechild: Plains Cree Canadian 142
Bette Bao Lord: Chinese American 148
Sharon Bell Mathis: African American 150
Patricia C. McKissack: African American 154
Nicholasa Mohr: Puerto Rican American 168
Min Paek: Korean American 174
Johanna Reiss: Jewish American 176
Faith Ringgold: African American 179
Sandra Scoppettone: Italian American 183
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve: Lakota 187
Yoshiko Uchida: Japanese American 191
Mai Vo-Dinh: Vietnamese American 204
Alice Walker: African AmerIndian 208
Mildred Pitts Walter: African American 212
Yoko Kawashima Watkins: Japanese American 224
Camille Yarbrough: African American 228
Paul Yee: Chinese Canadian 232
Laurence Yep: Chinese American 237
App. 1 Assessment Plan 257
App. 2 Optional Activities 260
App. 3 Author Birthdays 263
App. 4 Multicultural Calendar 264
App. 5 Resources for Educators, Librarians, and Parents 265
Illustrator Index 266
Title Index 268
Subject Index 271
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