Multicultural, Multilingual, and Linguistically Diverse Children’s Literature Dr. Jeanne G. Fain/2004



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Multicultural, Multilingual, and Linguistically Diverse Children’s Literature


Dr. Jeanne G. Fain/2004

Title

Author

Lang.

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La Maríposa

Francisco

(1998)


English and Spanish Editions

Francisco enters school and experiences language discrimination.

Sense of Place

Language Differences



Grandfather Counts

Cheng (2000)

English and Chinese in parts of the text

Helen tries to communicate with her grandfather, who knows Chinese.



Sense of Place

Language Differences



Me llamo Maria Isabel; My Name is Maria Isabel

Ada

(1996; 1999)



Spanish and English editions

A teacher tries to alter the identity of a young girl.

Sense of Place

Language Differences



Upside Down Boy; El niño de Cabeza

Herrerra

(2000)


Bilingual

Book: Spanish and English



A boy tries to find a way to fit in within schooling as he learns English.

Sense of Place

Language Differences



Creativity

Steptoe

(1997)


English

Charles helps Hector fit into a new school as he learns more about his Puerto Rican heritage.

Sense of Place

Language Differences



Saving Sweetness

Stanley

(1996)


English

Southern Dialect



Sweetness tries to get the Sheriff to adopt her.

Sense of Place

Language Differences



Raising Sweetness

Stanley

(1999)


English

Southern Dialect



Sweetness convinces her dad’s fiance to get married.



Sense of Place

Language Differences



Airmail to the Moon

Birdseye

(1988)


English

Southern Dialect



Ora Maes loses her tooth.

Sense of Place

Language Differences





Too Young for Yiddish

Michelson (2002)

English and Yiddish


A boy finally learns his grandfather’s language – Yiddish.


Sense of Place

Language Differences


I Hate English

Levine (1989)

English and some Chinese

Mei Mei does not want to lose her identity as she learns English.

Sense of Place

Language


Differences

Guillermo Jorge Manuel José; Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge


Fox

(1998; 1985)



Spanish and English editions

A young boy’s relationship with Ms. Nancy demonstrates for him the power of memory.

Sense of Place

Memories


Painted Words/Spoken Memories


Aliki

(1998)


English


A young girl enters school not knowing the mainstream language.

Sense of Place

Memories


Chave’s Memories; Los Recuerdos de Chave

Delgado (1996)

Bilingual book: English and Spanish

A woman’s childhood memory in Mexico.

Sense of Place Memories

Coming Home, Coming Home

Truyen Truong Tran (2003)


Bilingual book:

Vietnamese and English



A young girl learns the

significance of having a home in America and Vietnam.



Sense of Place

Memories-Home




Elena’s Serenade

Geeslin (2004)

English and codeswitching

A young girl tricks her dad into seeing the strengths of allowing her to become a glass blower.

Sense of Place

Gender


The Composition

Skármeta

(2000)


English

A young boy uses writing to fight back within a dictatorship.

Adversity/

Social Action



Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Taylor

(1991)


English

Black English



A family experiences racial discrimination in the South as they fight to keep their land.

Adversity and Social Action



La Señora de la Caja de Cartón; The Lady in the Box

McGovern (1999)

Spanish

and English editions


Two children defend and assist a homeless woman.



Adversity and Social Action

Cosechando Esperanza: La historia de Cesar Chavez; Harvesting Hope

Krull

(2003)


Spanish and English Editions

Cesar Chavez fights for equity for farm workers.

Adversity and Social Action

El Beisbol Nos Salvó; Baseball Saved Us

Mochizuki

(1995; 1993)



Spanish and English

A young boy uses baseball to survive Japanese internment camps.

Adversity and Social Action

Powerful Words: More than 200 years of extraordinary writing by African Americans

Hudson

(2004)


English

& Black English



Quotes and responses to adversity from 200 African Americans.

(rejects the tourist perspective)




Adversity and Social Action

(Biography)



Una Silla Para Mi Mamá; A Chair For My Mother

Williams

(1994)


Spanish

and English editions



A young girl saves money to buy a new chair for her mom following a disastrous fire to her home.

Adversity and Social Action

(Family/


Changes)

Pedro and Donkeeta


Ramos

(2001)


English (code

switching)



A community comes together after Pedro saves the day.

Adversity and Social Action

The Butterfly

Polacco (2000)

English and some French

A French family learns about the reality of the Holocaust firsthand.

Adversity and Social Action

Calling the Doves

Herrera (1995)

Bilingual book: English and Spanish

The author’s person story as part of a migrant family.

Adversity


El Camino de Amelia; Amelia’s Road

Altman (1993)

Spanish and English Editions

Amelia’s struggle for her identity in a migrant family.

Adversity

Too Many Tamales; ¡Qué Montón de Tamales!

Soto

(1996)


Spanish and English editions

A young girl learns the tradition of making tamales while looking for her mom’s ring.

Cultural Traditions

The Farolitos of Christmas; Farolitos de Abuelo


Gonzales

(1995)


Bilingual book: English and Spanish

A family lights farolitos so that their dad will find his way home.

Cultural Traditions

Magda’s Tortillas;

Las Tortillas de Magda


Chavarría-Cháirez, et al

(2000)


Bilingual book: Spanish and English

Magda learns how to create original tortillas with help from her grandmother.

Cultural Traditions

Benito’s Bizcochitos; Los bizcochitos de Benito

Baca

(1999)


Bilingual book: Spanish and English

Christina’s grandmother tells a traditional story behind the making of bizcochitos.

Cultural Traditions



The Way We Do It in Japan

Iijima (2002)

English

Gregory’s living experience in Japan.

Cultural Traditions

A Gift for Abuelita

Celebrating Day of the Dead; Un regalo para Abuelita En Celebración del Día de los muertos

Luenn

(1998)


Bilingual Book: Spanish and English

Remembering a grandmother’s life.


Cultural Traditions

Niño’s Mask

Winter

(2003)


English (code

switching)



A little boy searches for his identity as he discovers mask-making.

Cultural Traditions

My Nana’s Remedies; Los remedios de mi nana

Capin Rivera-Ashford

(2002)


Bilingual book: Spanish and English

A young girl’s nana makes traditional remedies.

Cultural Traditions

Feliz Cumpleaños, Martin Luther King; Happy Birthday Martin

Luther King

Marzollo (1994; 1995)



Spanish and English editions

A story about Martin Luther King and how he assisted others overcome discrimination.

Empowerment

The Cactus Wren and the Cholla; El Reyezuelo y La Cholla

García

(1997)



Bilingual book: Spanish and English

A tale about moving to a new place and starting over.

Immigration and Discrimination

Friends from the Other Side; Amigos Del Otro Lado

Anzaldúa

(1993)

Bilingual book:

Spanish and English



A story of two friends as they learn firsthand about discrimination connected to immigration within the United States.

Immigration and Discrimination

Esperanza Renace; Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan (2002, 2000)

Spanish and English editions

Esperanza loses privilege as she immigrated to California.

Immigration and Discrimination

El Pollo de los Domingos; Chicken Sunday

Polacco

(1998)


(1997)

Spanish and English editions

Three children sell eggs in an effort to thank a neighbor.

Immigration and Discrimination

Pablo & the Pimienta; Pablo y Pimienta

Covault

(1993)


Bilingual book: Spanish and English

A migrant family crosses the border and loses contact with each other.

Immigration and Discrimination


Los Ojos del Tejedor; The Eyes of the Weaver

Ortega

(1998)


Bilingual book: Spanish and English

A grandfather teaches Christina how to weave while learning Spanish.

Bilingualism and family relationships


Speak English For Us, Marisol

English

(2000)


English

(Code


switching in text)

Marisol uses her bilingualism to assist others in her community.


Bilingualism and family relationships

Manuela’s Gift

Rehling Estes

(1999)



English

A young girl celebrates her birthday and her ties with family become more valuable to her.

Bilingualism and family relationships

A Gift from Papá Diego; Un regalo de Papá Diego

Sáenz

1998


Bilingual book: Spanish and English

Little Diego celebrates his birthday and misses his grandpa

Bilingualism and Family Relationships

I love Saturdays y domingos

Ada

(2002)


English and codeswitching in Spanish

A girl celebrates her family with two sets of grandparents.

Bilingualism and Family Relationships

If the Shoe Fits

Soto

(2002)



English and codeswitching in Spanish


A young boy learns the importance of gifts and family.

Bilingualism and Family Relationships

Any Small Goodness: a novel of the barrio

Johnston

(2001)


English

Arturo gains a sense of identity as he learns the importance of family

Bilingualism and Family Relationships

El Tapiz de Abuela, Abuela’s Weave

Castaneda (1993)

Spanish and English editions

Esperanza learns to weave.



Family Relationships

Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom



Cha (1996)

English

One family’s journey to be free.

Family Life Stories

La Colcha de los recuerdos; The Keeping Quilt

(1999, 1998)

Bilingual editions: Spanish and English

Traditions and family members are highlighted in this author’s personal story.

Family Life Stories

The Talking Cloth

Mitchell (1997)

English

The Ashanti people of Ghana tell a family history using a special cloth.


Family Life Stories


Cuadros de Familia; Family Pictures

Lomas Garza

(1993)


Bilingual:

Spanish and English



Traditions and family members are highlighted in this author’s personal story.

Family Life Stories

Hairs; Pelitos

Cisneros

(1997)


Bilingual: Spanish and English

A poetic story about a family’s diversity and identity.

Family Life Stories

Pascual’s Magic Pictures

Glaser Gage

(1993)


English

Pascual takes photos in his native Guatemala and shares them with his family.


Family Life Stories



Mama Does the Mambo

Leiner

(2001)


English

A young girl’s mom dances with her daughter as she mourns the loss of her husband.



Family Life Stories

Salsa Stories

Delacre (2000)

English (some codeswitching in Spanish)

Food is the common link within each family story.

Family Life Stories


Invisible Princess

Ringold

(1998)


English

A slaveowner oppresses a princess and she teaches him a lesson.

Telling Folk Stories


the secret footprints

Alvarez

(2000)


English (some codeswitching)

Guapa challenges the notion that humans are all bad in this Dominican Republic tale.

Telling Folk Stories

Maya’s Children: The Story of La Llorona

Anaya

(1997)


English

(some codeswitching in Spanish)



Maya is immortal and loses her children.

Telling Folk Stories


The Lizard and the Sun; La Lagartija y el sol

Ada

(1997)


Bilingual book: English and Spanish

A lizard sets out to find the sun.

Telling Folk Stories

Flossie and the Fox

McKissack

(1986)


English & Black English variation

A variation of Red Riding Hood based upon an oral story.


Telling Folk Stories


The Girl Who Spun Gold

Hamilton

(2000)


English and West Indian variant dialect

A young woman struggles with creating gold for the king.

Telling Folk Stories

Day and Night: Ji doo Tléé

Emery (1996)

English and Navajo

Navajo tale uses animals for a varied format.


Telling Folk Stories

The Lazy Man

Vorhees & Mueller (1990)

Bilingual book: English and Korean

Collection of bilingual folk stories.

Telling Folk Stories

The Woodcutter and the Heavenly Maiden

Vorhees & Mueller (1990)

Bilingual book: English and Korean

Collection of bilingual folk stories.

Telling Folk Stories

Mr. Moon and Miss Sun

Vorhees & Mueller (1990)

Bilingual book: English and Korean

Collection of bilingual folk stories.

Telling Folk Stories

Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet Mexican Folktales


Philip (2003)

English

A collection of Mexican folktales.

Telling Folk Stories

Sam and the Tigers

Lester (1996)

English and Black English

A new telling of Black Sambo.

Telling Folk Stories

Estrellita de Oro; Little Gold Star

Hayes

(2000)


Bilingual: Spanish and English

A young girl discovers her true identity and meets her prince.

Telling Folk

Stories


Coyote: Un Cuento folklorico del sudoeste de Estados Unidos

McDermott

(1999)


Spanish

A humorous tale about a coyote and how earned his name as a trickster.

Telling Folk Stories

The Harvest Birds; Los Pajaros de Cosecha

Lopez de Mariscal

(1995)


Bilingual:

Spanish and English



Juan grows squash and corn together.

Telling Folk Stories

Gullywasher; El chapparón torrencial

Rossi

(1996)

Bilingual book: Spanish and English


Leticia and her grandfather share a tale about a cowboy.

Telling Folk Stories

In My Family; En Mi Familia

Garza (1996)

Bilingual book: Spanish and English

An insightful look into a Mexican American family.

Linguistic Diversity

Baloney, Henry P.

Scieszka and Smith (2001)

English (some codeswitching)

Henry has to complete a creative excuse for his teacher.

Linguistic Diversity

Pepita Talks Twice; Pepita habla dos veces

Lachtman (1995)

Bilingual book:

Spanish and English



Pepita learns the value of speaking two languages.


Linguistic Diversity

Subway Sparrow

Torres (1993)

English, Spanish and Polish

A group of bus passengers try to save a sparrow.

Linguistic Diversity

Home at Last


Elya

(2002)

English

(some codeswitching)


A family adjusts to moving to the United States experiences linguicism.


Linguistic Diversity

New Barker in the House

De Paola

(2002)


English

(some codeswitching)



A family welcomes a new member to the family who is learning English.

Linguistic Diversity

Angel’s Kite; La Estrella De Angel



Blanco

(1994)


Spanish and English

A young kite maker finds the missing church bell.

Linguistic Diversity


Abuela


Dorros

(1999)


Spanish

A grandmother connects to her granddaughter as they spend time together.

Linguistic Diversity

Tomás and the Library Lady,

Tomas y la Senora de la

Biblioteca

(Rounds 1,2)



Pat Mora
(1997)

Bilingual editions: Spanish and English

Tomas explores books from a local library.

Linguistic Diversity

Poetry Confetti Poems for Children


Mora (1996)


English and some codeswitching in Spanish

Poetry with vivid images and bright illustrations.



Linguistic Diversity

Come with me Poems for a Journey



Nye (2000)

English

Poetry that related to journeys and reflections on life.

Linguistic Diversity, Journeys

Cool Salsa



Carlson (1994)

Bilingual book: English and Spanish

Poems linked to language and identiy.

Linguistic Diversity

Nappy Hair

Herron (1997)

English and Black English (call and response)

Brenda’s story about the special features of her hair.

Linguistic Diversity; family relationships



Professional Books:


  • A Magical Encounter: Latino Children’s literature in the Classroom (Ada; 2003)




  • Latina & Latino voices in Literature (Day; 1997)









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