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Thursday, June 2, 2011

One World, Many Stories Webliography, Part 2

Thanks again to Rhonda Puntney from the Lakeshores and Mid-Wisconsin Library Systems. Her compilation of websites related to the Summer Library Program theme is terrific! Here is part 2: Literature and Bibliograhies and Cultures and Customs.


CCBC’s Multicultural Literature Page
There is no single definition of the term "multicultural literature" as it is applied to books for children and young adults. The CCBC uses the term to mean books by and about people of color.

All children deserve books in which they can see themselves and the world in which they live reflected. Multicultural literature belongs in every classroom and library -- on the shelves and in the hands of children, librarians, and teachers. The challenge for librarians, teachers and others is identifying authentic, reliable books by and about people of color. This page is designed to provide resources to aid in that search.

Multicultural Children’s Literature
Welcome to the wonderfully diverse world of children's multicultural literature, "literature that represents any distinct cultural group through accurate portrayal and rich detail" (Yokota, 1993, p. 157). Such literature appears in different genres which together present a multitude of perspectives about the lives, culture, and contributions of each cultural group to American society. This web site contains links to annotated bibliographies of children's multicultural books appropriate for the elementary grades (kindergarten through grade six). Cultural groups currently listed include: African Americans, Chinese Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Japanese Americans, Jewish Americans, Native Americans, and Korean Americans. Books are categorized by genre: realistic fiction, information (non-fiction), traditional literature, biography, historical fiction, poetry, and fantasy.

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library SRP Booklists
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library has created booklists for the “One World, Many Stories” and “You Are Here” themes. These are items that are available in audio book format at the WTBBL.


Kids.gov Social Studies World Cultures
The 5th through 8th grade section here contains a great list of websites that could be listed here independently.

Cultures and Customs Around the World

Multicultural and Intercultural Games and Activities
From Wilderdom, which is known for team building resources. You’ll find many games and activities from other cultures for kids of all ages and adults.

Multicultural Education Internet Resource Guide
This guide to over 50 web sites was created to assist multicultural educators in locating educational resources on the Internet. World wide access to multicultural information and current events in other regions makes the Internet an important educational tool. Teachers through the internet have access to lesson plans, on-line photo galleries, stories, maps, virtual field trip, international radio programming, and e-mail pen pals. In the multicultural classroom these resources can be used to create thematic units. Other sites, such as those devoted to art and geography can supplement an existing lesson. Many of the sites listed are source sites with lessons, pictures, problems and quizzes on-line, and other sites are Index sites which provide extensive links related to a subject of interest. A listing of professional organizations for multicultural educators is also provided. Highly recommended sites are marked by an "*".

Encyclopedia Smithsonian’s World Cultures
Includes links to online Smithsonian exhibits, fact sheets, reading lists, research and much more.

ALSC’s Great Websites: Cultures of the World
A superb collection of ALSC-vetted sites including National Geographic Kids and UNICEF’s Voices of Youth.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Library Program Webliography, Part 1

Wow, are we ever lucky we live in a state where folks are so good at sharing! The following is the first part of a webliography sites related to One World, Many Stories. They were compiled by Rhonda Puntney (Lakeshores Library System and Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System) from websites she featured in her newsletter CEO. Watch for more installments the rest of this week!

Thanks, Rhonda!


Dining Customs of Different Cultures

Table Manners Across Cultures

Teach about Other Cultures Through Food

Agropolis Museum: Food and agricultures of the world

This website for the Agropolis museum in France is about food and how humans have produced it over the centuries. The exhibits offer a fresh way of looking at food and the role it plays in society. Visitors should not miss the fascinating and moving virtual exhibit "The Banquet de l'Humanite (The dining table of the world)", which explains the ongoing struggle for food worldwide. The exhibit, which is a sculpture at the physical museum, is pictured on the site, and it features clay figures seated around a table representing the world. Visitors will read that the figures represent countries with low, medium, and high rates of food production, and food information on each country can be linked to in the text below the sculpture. Additionally, there are two clay figures that aren't even seated at the table, and they are called the "Excluded Ones". They represent the "new poor people in a society of mass consumption." They are often unemployed, homeless or poor city dwellers. The "World's Food" virtual exhibit offers basics about food and human nutritional needs. Visitors should be sure to click on the colorful boxes at the top of the page, to see images of similar types of food, but in different cultures. (From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011. http://scout.wisc.edu/, 2/25/11)


Story Lovers Multicultural – Worldwide Stories
This is a link from the Story Lovers website, includes a bibliography and web links of multicultural stories, myths, finger plays, songs and more.

Aaron Shepherd’s World of Stories
From the venerable Aaron Shepherd, here’s a list of stories from around the world that you can retell. Organized by genre, these include folktales, legends, magicial tales and much more. Also indicated are country/culture, theme, age appropriateness, and number of words.

Mama Lisa’s World
Mama Lisa’s World is a collection of children’s songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. Whatever the culture a child belongs to, whatever the flag he or she lives under, this is the place to find the lyrics to kids songs, in English and in the original languages! Some songs include MP3's and Midi music.

Features public domain folktales from many countries categorized by theme, topic, or event.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Wakanheza Project™ Principle: Culture

Here's the next installment in the continuing series of ideas from The Wakanheza Project™. From The Wakanheza Project Agency and Community Organizing Guide:


Many things make up a person's culture, including language, religion, food, art, music, literacy, landscape, and many other characteristics. These are outward manifestations of culture, which are comparable to the tip of an iceberg. We can only see about 10% of one's culture, or the tip of the iceberg, while 90% is below the surface.

It can be easy to look at someone and make judgments about them based on one's own concepts of culture...Making judgments that are based on assumptions and previously formed opinions can lead to cultural bias. this often results in misunderstanding, mistrust, fear of others or systems, feelings of powerlessness, stereotyping, and discomfort around others...

For people of all cultures, parenting can be difficult or challenging at times...Young people can find it difficult to be a teen in public just because of their age and perceived or real adult attitudes toward them. When we move past our own assumptions and fears we are in a much better position to authentically connect with other people.

(Leah's commentary): I find that this is a continual project, just like all the principles of The Wakanheza Project. It is so easy to lose track of how my own culture and background shapes my assumptions about the world and other people and to pass judgment without really understanding the full situation.

I have a friend who moved to Wisconsin from the south side of Boston. She grew up in a very direct and loud-speaking culture. When she first moved here and joined other stay-at-home mothers at playgroups and YMCA classes and baby storytime at the library, her manner turned a lot of people off. These women were mostly upper middle class Midwesterners who spoke quietly to each other and to their children, and most of them were 10 years older than her. It seemed like my friend was yelling a lot at her kids, and her brash manner with other adults was grating to folks who weren't used to it.

It turns out she is a tremendously caring and compassionate person who loves her children and is always striving to figure out what is best for them. Her culture (and to some extent, her personality) made it difficult to see that sometimes. Suspending judgment about this sort of thing is hard work, but usually it is worth it. Doing so made it possible for me to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with this person. She taught me so much about breastfeeding, pregnancy, and assertiveness. She learned a lot about parenting and about interacting in a Midwestern way from my husband and I.

Just one example...I'm sure there are more in your libraries. What are they?