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Multicultural Children's Authors

NOTE: This page is not being updated as of August 2010. We hope to resume updates once the Education Librarian position is filled.   

African-American    
Native-American      
Latino or Hispanic-American
Arab-American       
Jewish-American      
Asian Pacific - American



The following children's authors are identified by ethnic origin to assist students searching for the "authentic voice" in multicultural children's literature, i.e. authors raised within the community they describe. Links lead to catalog holdings. 
 

African-American Authors

Jaime Adoff Tina McElroy Ansa Gwendolyn Brooks
Ashley Bryan Jeannette Franklin Caines Alice Childress
Debbi Chocolate Lucille Clifton Bryan Collier
Floyd Cooper Bill Cosby Donald Crews
Pat Cummings Christopher Paul Curtis Ossie Davis
Leo Dillon Sharon Draper Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sharon Flake Valerie Flournoy Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Nikki Giovanni Eloise Greenfield Nikki Grimes
Virginia Hamilton Joyce Hansen Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Langston Hughes Angela Johnson Dolores Johnson
June Jordan Kristin Hunter Lattany Julius Lester
Lessie Jones Little Sharon Bell Mathis Dindga McCannon
Janet McDonald Patricia McKissack Angela Shelf Medearis
Phil Mendez Jess Mowry Walter Dean Myers
Kadir Nelson    
Andrea Davis Pinkney Brian Pinkney Gloria Jean Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney Connie Porter Ray Prather
James E. Ransome Faith Ringgold Harriette Robinet
Dori Sanders Ntozake Shange John Shearer
John Steptoe Mildred Taylor Ianthe Thomas
Joyce Carol Thomas Mildred Pitts Walter Valerie Wesley
Brenda Wilkinson Sherley Williams Rita Williams-Garcia
Jacqueline Woodson Sharon Wyeth  
Javaka Steptoe    

Arab-American Authors

Naomi Shibab Nye Daniella Carmi Suhaib Ghazi
     

 Asian Pacific-American Authors

Haemi Balgassi Cynthia Chin-Lee Karen Chinn
Shirin Yim Bridges    
Sook Myul Choi Yangsook Choi Anita Ganeri
Sheila Hamanaka Keiko Kasza Marie G. Lee
Paul Lee Grace Lin Bette Bao Lord
Lenore Look Milly Lee  
Ai-Ling Louie Toshi Maruki Ken Mochizuki
Kyoko Mori Dhan Gopal Mukerji An Na
Lensey Namioka Jean Davies Okimoto Frances Park
Linda Sue Park Lowry Pei Jama Kim Rattigan
Allen Say Amy Tan Yoshiko Uchida
Taro Yashima Laurence Yep Janet Wong
Ed Young Belle Yang Paul Yee

 Jewish-American Authors

Chris Van Allsburg Judy Blume H. and Margaret Rey
Louis Sachar Maurice Sendak Shel Silverstein
Isaac Bashevis Singer Arnold Adoff  
     

 Latino or Hispanic-American Authors

Alma Flor Ada Francisco Alarcon Julia Alvarez
Gloria Anzaldua Rudolfo Anaya George Ancona
Pura Belpre T. Ernesto Bethancourt Alberto Blanco
Eve Bunting Fran Leeper Buss Sandra Cisneros
Lulu Delacre Richard Garcia Carmen Lomas Garza
Lucia Gonzalez Juan Felipe Herrera Juan Ramon Jimenez
Cruz Martel Victor Martinez Nicholasa Mohr
Francisco Mora Pat Mora Yuyi Morales
Pam Munoz Ryan Simon Silva Gary Soto
Leyla Torres    

 Native American Authors

Shonto Begay Joseph Bruchac Michael Dorris
Charles A. Eastman Louise Erdrich Janet Campbell Hale
Jamake Highwater N. Scott Momaday Cynthis Leitich Smith
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Virginia A. Stroud  
     



The ethnic origin of authors is only one factor in the evaluation of authentic multicultural children's literature--other factors would include the accuracy and validity of the text and the illustrations.  For more information, read Multicultural Children's Literature:  Creating and Applying an Evaluation Tool in Response to the Needs of Urban Educators by Jennifer Johnson Higgins.

The list is not complete, but representative.  All authors currently have at least one work in the Instructional Materials Center @ Bailey Library, Slippery Rock University.  Links lead to catalog holdings.  Suggestions are welcome.

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