Culturally Relevant Literature for K-5 Students
Keywords:culturally relevant, diversity in children’s literature
This article discusses the use and importance of culturally relevant literature in the elementary classroom. An overview of what has typically been occurring in schools with regard to use of literature is addressed, followed by a review of the need for culturally relevant literature that provides students with windows and mirrors into lived experiences. An explanation of how to identify and use culturally relevant literature is provided, including a list of book awards, tips for selecting titles, and best practices for using them with students. A list and brief description of social media and grassroots movements that pertain to diversity in children’s literature is included. This article offers information to K-5 teachers, librarians, and professors in teacher preparation programs in using appropriate, relevant children’s books that align with diverse cultural experiences.
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