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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

IESE 3331: Children's Literature in the Elementary School Research Guide

This guide provides resources for children's literature.

Recommendations for Using and Building a Children's Literature Collection

When building and using a children's book collection, it is critical to:

  • Seek out diversity and intersectional representation in the characters, storylines, setting, etc.
  • Purposefully look for books that center people of color and their authentic stories. Purchase books written or illustrated by people of color.
  • Analyze books from implicit or explicit racist imagery, language, or whitewashed narratives.
  • Provide necessary context to the story being told. Be prepared to host conversations about the storyline, conflicts, characteristics , etc., with students.
  • Refer to book lists from the following resources:

Recommendations by Education student Meghan Hesterman

Search the Library Catalog to find Children's Books at UMD

Resources for Finding Books