This is a carefully curated list presented annually by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature whose mission is ‘ to preserve the richness of the many cultures in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Further, our mission is to provide children, teachers, parents, educators, students, and librarians access to multicultural children’s books with high literary and artistic standards. The primary objectives include: a) to foster an interest in multicultural children’s literature for young people; b) to promote awareness of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL); and c) to generate excitement in the study of multicultural literature.’
Many of the titles in this list may be unfamiliar to Australian readers but all are worthy of exploring. Their reach is wide as is shown by the inclusion of Australian author Sandhya Parappukkaran’s The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name. The Center produces a list of best multicultural books every year and you can access lists from previous years on their website.