Resources & Links to Multicultural Poetry
Web Site for teachers interested in reading about
diversity and literature:
Writing and Illustrating Multicultural Children's Books
Together in DiVERSity Selected Poetry Picture Books:
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky offers more fun and games by a poet who makes kids laugh out loud.
Joe DiMaggio by Maria Testa tells the verse story of Joseph Paul and his
celebration of baseball and Italian American family life.
With Me: Poems for a Journey by Naomi Shehab Nye lures youngsters on a quest
with beautiful words and lovely images.
Melons - Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa by Matthew Golub recounts
the life of Issa an eighteenth century Japanese poet with examples of his haiku
Luck Gold and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong is an anthology of poems by an
Asian American girl.
the Hollow of Your Hand Slave Lullabies by Alice McGill includes illustrations,
stories, and notations of amazing songs along with a CD of these selections
sung by the author.
Back, Honey by Paul Lawrence Dunbar pays homage to the nineteenth century
African American poet with fourteen of his poems described and illustrated by
six leading children's book artists.
of Limericks edited by Myra Cohn Livingston shows children the humor of
peculiar people and funny places.
to Langston by Tony Medina is a biographical tribute to Langston Hughes
through a series of free verse poems.
Man Blue by Nikki Grimes tells the poetic story of a boy named Damon and
his surrogate father Blue.
Name is Jorge On Both Sides of the River by Jane Medina features bilingual
poems about a Mexican immigrant boy confronting school in a new, often unfriendly
a Copper Penny in Me House: Poems from the Caribbean by Monica Gunning celebrates
a Caribbean Island with vibrant pictures and poems.
the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets selected by Naomi Shihab Nye reveals
the genuine voices of Grade 1-12 students.
Are Thoughts: Poems of the Inuit edited by Neil Philip records the poems
and land of a people who live in Canada and Greenland.
Desert is My Mother El Desierto Es Mi Madre by Pat Mora depicts a child's
bilingual reflections on her life in a desert.
Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land by Joseph Burchac
presents twelve nature poems from different Native American peoples.
Back to National Poetry Month