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The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick

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An introduction highlighting the significance of multicultural literature on personal identity and development, motivation, and the potential implications of a multicultural education on students' academic achievement and success in school.
Additional Resources for you to Explore
The following resources include multicultural children's books that teachers can use in the classroom to supplement instruction and activate learning.
1. The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is a national organization that arranges conferences and publishes journal articles on topics pertaining to multicultural education.
National Association for Multicultural Education
2. Teaching for Change includes books with topics on social justice and activism. There are over 40 themes ranging from issues on gender identity, immigration, women, LGBTQ, White identity, Black history, and a number of other social, geographic, and linguistic topics. 
Teaching for Change
3. A directory of links widening exposure to different forms of diversity and multiculturalism in children's literature. Students can widen their knowledge on geographic/regional differences and religions. A great tool for both parents and teachers! 
Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents
4. A list of 270+ books pertaining to diversity. Each book includes a summary, ratings from other users, author/title, and an illustrative image of the book cover. Not sure which books to read or share with your students? This is a great place to start!
Best Multicultural Books for Children
5. The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) publishes annual statistics on the types of characters featured in children's books. Do the books in your classroom or in your household mirror these unbalanced statistics?
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC): Multicultural Literature
I conclude with the following quote from Haruki Murakami, a Japanese author of many bestselling novels. Consider how his quote applies to Grace Lin's Ted Talk.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

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