Multiethnic Books for the Middle-School Curriculum

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Focusing on titles dealing with ethnic and religious groups both in the U.S. and around the world, this useful resource makes it easy for teachers and librarians working with middle-school children to infuse their curricular area with multicultural literature. Carefully vetted and annotated, it encompasses fiction and non-fiction published in the last decade, making it an ideal reference and collection development tool for schools and public libraries as well as for classroom teachers. Sharing their extensive knowledge of the subject, Jones and Petty
  • Match selections to curricular areas such as health, language arts, performing arts, physical education, science and math, social studies, U.S. history, and visual arts
  • Provide detailed annotations complete with summaries, evaluations and suggested age levels, perfect for quickly choosing a title for a book talk
  • Include quick reference citations noting the specific group or cultural connection which is addressed, making it easy to find just the right title
  • Offer a list of organizations, resources for educational standards, and helpful websites for additional research
Chosen for their attention to cultural issues and portrayals of multiethnic characters, the books highlighted in this resource are directly aligned to the curricular needs of children in grades 5-8.
Chapter 1
Decision Making
Diseases and Disease Prevention
Gangs and Bullying
Sexuality and Sex Roles
Chapter 2
Language Arts
Realistic Fiction
Chapter 3
Performing Arts: Dance, Music, and Theater
Music and Theater
Chapter 4
Physical Education
Board Sports
Martial Arts
Other Sports
Chapter 5
Science and Mathematics
Astronomy and Earth Systems
Life Sciences and Chemistry
Scientific Inquiry
Chapter 6
Social Studies
World History
U.S. History
World Religions
Chapter 7
Visual Arts
Appendix A National Curriculum Standards
Appendix B Cultures
Appendix C Sources for Further Information on Multiethnic Literature

Cherri Jones

Cherri Jones is head of the Curriculum Resource Center at Meyer Library and a professor of library science at Missouri State University. Her research, publications, and presentations focus on multiethnic children's and young adult literature, early childhood literacy and storytelling. She founded and directs the Children's and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri. She served as president of the board of trustees of the Springfield–Greene County Public Library District and cofounded the Club de Cuentos Early Literacy program in Springfield, Missouri.

J. B. Petty

J. B. Petty is professor emeritus of Missouri State University. Her career in librarianship spanned 35 years. She worked in school and academic libraries, serving children in a variety of grades, and coordinated a library science program, teaching library science courses on the graduate level. Her research has focused on multicultural literature for elementary and middle-school students. She is the author of numerous journal articles and reviews, as well as a chapter in the second edition of Venture into Cultures. Since 2000 she has made annual presentations on multicultural literature for middle-schoolers and for public and school librarians. She served as president of the Arkansas Library Association (1997) and received their Special Service Award the following year. In 2010 she received the Special Service Award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

"The individual reviews include comments on the authority of the author for the subject. The diligence of Jones and Petty in vetting this authority increases the value of the recommendations in this reviewer's opinion … of particular value to the librarian and teacher, is coding that ties the material to particular curriculum standards. Identifying the standard that the work can supplement is an excellent way to justify funding for collection development or to guide in collection development where funds are in short supply. National standards for particular subjects are used in this assignment process. An appendix provides further information about the standards used."
— Catholic Library World

"This is an excellent resource for any educator or school librarian who wants to incorporate more books into the curriculum. Even though the book focuses on middle grades, some books are appropriate for elementary and high school. For a librarian, this book could be used as a collection development tool, a starting point for collaboration, and a list for professional enrichment. This well conceived and timely book should be an essential purchase for librarians and educators who wish to enhance their curriculum."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly