Multicultural Children's Literature: Through the Eyes of Many Children (4e) : 9780132685764

Multicultural Children's Literature: Through the Eyes of Many Children (4e)

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Through the most outstanding examples of children’s and adolescent literature, readers of this widely popular guide gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the rich cultural heritage embedded in authentic multicultural literature—and see how to share that appreciation and heritage with children and young adults.


Through the most outstanding examples of children’s and adolescent literature in the cultures of African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Jewish, and Middle Eastern literature, adults interested in evaluating, selecting, and sharing multicultural literature written for children and young adults gain a valuable resource to use in their classrooms, workshops, seminars, and at home.


Throughout this guide, the author presents a balance of research about the culture and the literature, discussions of authentic literature for students from early childhood through young adults, and teaching activities designed to develop higher cognitive abilities. She organizes each chapter into two distinct sections, one that discusses specific nonfiction and fiction literature that develops a historical perspective of the culture, and a second section that develops the techniques and methods adults can use to help children, young adults, and interested adult learners develop an understanding of the culture and an appreciation for its literature.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Multicultural Literature
  • Chapter 2 African American Literature
  • Chapter 3 Native American Literature
  • Chapter 4 Latino Literature
  • Chapter 5 Asian Literature
  • Chapter 6 Jewish Literature
  • Chapter 7 Middle Eastern Literature  
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
New to this edition

This new Fourth Edition focuses on helping student develop critical thinking skills by analyzing what they read, debating the issues, and supporting their conclusions, and includes new “Survival” sections in each chapter that focus on literature that shows the skills, strategies, values, and beliefs that allow people in that culture to survive. New literature pieces are presented throughout and the bibliographies are updated.


So that educators can effectively encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, this edition provides ideas for helping students analyze what they read, debate the issues, and support their conclusions.

  • A new section in each chapter called “Survival” focuses on literature that reflects the skills, strategies, values, and beliefs that allow people in that culture to survive. Included are survival scenarios students will find in literature, as well as those they’ll come across in contemporary news articles.
  • The “Survival” sections represent strong literary quality and often depict the harsh realities experience by people within the culture.
  • The sections analyze survival strategies found within the genres discussed in the chapter. Some books are historical fiction or biographies and others are set in contemporary times.
  • The “Survival” sections in each chapter cover the following:

African American Literature. From historical fiction to contemporary works are covered, including award-winning books. This section helps students develop analytical skills as they discover similarities in survival strategies developed by authors who write about different periods in African American history.


Native American Literature. Included are analyses and discussions of award winning books that help students identify and analyze survival strategies while discovering important values expressed in the culture.


Latino Literature. The books in this section help students discover strong Latino values such as the importance of respecting the advice of older members of the family. Included are autobiographies, contemporary realistic fiction, poetry, and more.


Asian Literature. By reading and analyzing the award-winning pieces presented in this section, students discover survival strategies such as desiring peace, understanding others, needing loving kindness, and family unity.


Jewish Literature. This section covers award-winning picture books, historical fiction, biography, information books, and contemporary novels. The authors of these books stress such survival strategies as retaining hope and faith even in times of peril.


Middle Eastern Literature. The award-winning books covered in this section present students with great opportunities for comparing current news articles with the conflicts and survival strategies developed in the literature.


Teachers are able help students more closely relate the “Survival” discussions to current news articles through the “Involving Children” feature of the text. These sections of each chapter include suggestions for students to consider “How Might _______________ Respond to a Major Contemporary Issue?”

  • New sections added to the “Involving Students” portions of each chapter include activities designed to increase cognitive development, research skills, and enjoyment.
Features & benefits

The many features of this widely popular resource help readers to:


Determine if a children’s literature title is a good representative of authentic multicultural literature through the book’s five-phase approach that describes incrementally higher levels of text features for assessing multicultural literature.

  • Each chapter discusses criteria that can be used when selecting and evaluating the literature, includes strategies that model how to authenticate the literature from that culture, and presents various issues associated with writing, publishing, selecting, and evaluating he literature.

Become familiar with the best literature from a variety of cultures: African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Jewish, and Middle Eastern.


Evaluate the quality of multicultural children’s literature through end of chapter “Suggested Activities for Developing Understanding.”


Move beyond what is presented in the text through the generous bibliographies of children’s literature, complete with brief summaries and interest and readability levels.


Choose literature appropriate for use with readers beyond childhood. Each chapter includes a “Featured Book for Discussions with Older Readers and Young Adults.”


Analyse children’s literature, visualise a culture through its literature, and engage in writing activities that help make further connections through the various strategies included throughout the book.


Connect to oral tradition and storytellers for each culture. Many chapters include sections highlighting how to engage in storytelling.


Stay up to date on the most current and authentic works of Native American, African American, Latino, Asian, and European children’s and adolescent literature through many new contemporary multicultural literature titles.

Author biography

Donna E. Norton is Professor Emerita, Texas A&M University, where she was a member of the faculty. She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of the widely popular text, Through the Eyes of A Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 8e, also published by Pearson, and has authored or co-authored over 30 textbooks and over 100 journal articles.


Dr. Norton is the recipient of numerous awards including the Texas A&M Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award and the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for professional writing concerning multicultural literature for youth. She is also the recipient of grants that have allowed her to research Native American, Latino, African American, Asian, and Jewish cultures and literature.