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Questions or suggestions for our MOSAIC Multicultural Committee?

Contact Chris Haeffner
Coordinator of Library Media Services


Committee Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in four meetings during the school year, including one organizational meeting and 3-4 literature circle meetings.

  • Read and review multicultural books.
    • Elementary Level: 20 picture and/or intermediate books.
    • Middle School: 12 intermediate and/or Young Adult books
    • High School: 10 Young Adult books

  • Act as a catalyst in promoting the use of excellent multicultural literature throughout the  curriculum.

  • Continue to grow professionally. Be a consistent student in learning about criteria for detecting bias in books for youth and children.

Review Sites

  • Latin American Literary Review
    The Latin American Literary Review/Press is made up of two entities: the Latin American Literary Review, a scholarly journal, and the Latin American Literary Review Press, which publishes translations of creative writing and literary criticism.
  • Oyate
    Oyate is a Native organization working to critically review books and stories with Native characters, themes, and history.
  • American Indians in Children's Literature
    Debbie Reese's blog.
  • Latin@s in Kid Lit
    Exploring the world of Latino/a YA, MG, and children's literature.

Definition of Culture

Culture:  We define culture as involving far more than ethnic or racial differences.  Culture is the set of practices and beliefs shared by members of a particular group that distinguish that group from other groups.  Culture includes all characteristics of human description.

From Culturally Proficient Leadership (2009), p. 16. 
 by Raymond D. Terrell and Randall B. Lindsey 


Review Format

Reviews should include the following information:

o Culture
o Grade Level
o Reviewers comments about why the book should or should not be included in the
   Multicultural Collection/MOSAIC
o A book summary is NOT necessary.
o Curriculum connections
o Rating

Please include:  Extension ideas for our interactive display: book trailers, videos, author talks, music clips, makerspace ideas, etc.  Include URL to resource or description of extension activity.

Books must have a rating of either a 4 or 5 to be included in the
Multicultural/MOSAIC Collection.


Recommend a Title for Preview

MOSAIC Title Recommendations & Suggestions

Have you spotted a great new title that you think we may want to add to our MOSAIC preview collection? Submit it here!
1. Title and author of recommendation: *

How To . . .

How to Add a Review

How to Search for 2017 MOSAIC Preview Books:

  • Contact Rae Hunter-Pirtle for a current list of new titles

How to Check out Multicultural Preview Titles:

Contact Rae Hunter-Pirtle


Continued Learning

Young dreamers
"So here, then, is my responsibility. To make images, to tell stories, to trouble the narratives that pervade so many people’s secret hearts and minds."

What to do until Utopia arrives: guidelines to evaluate the treatment of gay themes in children's and YA literature
Written by the Social Responsibilities Round Table's Gay Task Force of the American Library Association

How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance
By Krista Maywalt Aronson and Anne Sibley O’Brien,  May 12, 2014

Why Should We Teach Multicultural Literature?
By Virginia Loh-Hagan, June 18, 2014

CBC Diversity: Lessons Learned
By Yolanda Scott, April 2014


Cultural Groups

Latino/Hispanic MCHIS
African/African American  MCAA
Asian/Asian American  MCASI
Native American MCNA
European American MCEA
Middle East or Middle Eastern American MCME
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender GLBT
Differently Abled MCDA
Global  MCG



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