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Children's Literature

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Start here to gain an understanding about using multicultural literature in the classroom to promote diversity, cooperation, and respect.

Useful Online Resources

Where are the books?

Holy Family's libraries hold a large number of books representing a diversity of cultures, ethnic groups, languages, and religious traditions, but neither library has a "multicultural book section." Here are some search tips to help you locate appropriate books:

  • "Juvenile fiction" refers to stories and "juvenile literature" refers to informational books, as well as folk and fairy tales, and poetry.
  • Subject searches including a culture and the word "juvenile" will retrieve both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. For example: try searching Mexican Americans and juvenile.
  • To find informational books about a country or culture, search the country or culture name and the phrase "juvenile literature."
  • Both libraries include many bilingual Spanish/English books for children. To locate books search the topic and the phrase "spanish language materials." For example: Christmas and "spanish language materials."

Useful Guides and Bibliographies

These items are located in the reference collection at the Philadelphia Campus' library and the juvenile reference collection at the Newtown LRC.

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