"Literature can serve as a bridge to awareness and understanding and help students make intercultural connections. Opening their eyes and their minds requires helping them discern the similarities among cultures while learning to appreciate the differences. Multicultural books that assist students in seeing the "commonalities across cultures...play an important role in helping students cross cultural borders" (Cai, 2002, p. 121). When students reading about diverse cultures discover similarities with their own, they begin to look beyond the differences and take a step toward appreciating the cultural connectedness of all humanity."
Landt, S. M. (2006). Multicultural literature and young adolescents: A kaleidoscope of opportunity. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 49(8), 690-697.
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Fiction featuring: African-Americans Black Canadians Chinese-Americans Chinese-Canadians Japanese-Americans Japanese-Canadians Indo-Americans Indo-Canadians Immigrants
Fiction set in: Afghanistan China France Ghana Guatemala Haiti India Iraq Italy Kenya Korea Mexico South Africa Switzerland Taiwan Tanzania Vietnam
*Hint: To locate additional multicultural titles in the Library Catalogue, combine any country or cultural group with the heading juvenile fiction. Example: Germany - juvenile fiction.
*Note: For First Nations, Inuit, and Métis fiction, please refer to the Indigenous Children's Literature section of this guide.
The University of Saskatchewan's main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.
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