These are a few of the reading lists I have for multicultural children’s literature for the English speaking reader:
Children’s literature by Native American authors – from preschool through high school/adult reading: http://www.slj.com/2013/11/collection-development/focus-on-collection-development/resources-and-kid-lit-about-american-indians-focus-on/#_
One of the best sites I have found for African American children’s literature: http://www.best-childrens-books.com/african-american-childrens-books.html (by grade and also award winners by year).
For Asian/Pacific Rim children’s literature: http://childrensbooks.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=childrensbooks&cdn=parenting&tm=103&f=20&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=3&bt=5&bts=75&zu=http%3A//www.nea.org/grants/29506.htm and here: http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/diversity/asian_am/asian_am.html (if you look on the sidebar there are links to books of Chinese heritage, Japanese heritage and Korean heritage). There are also literature awards focused on Asia/Pacific Rim Children’s Literature. The award winners for 2013 are here: http://www.apalaweb.org/2013-asianpacific-american-award-for-literature-winners/
For children’s literature by Latino authors, by grade level: http://ccb.lis.illinois.edu/Projects/Additions%20on%209-20-07/CCB/CCB/mhommel2/Booklists.htm
For children’s literature regarding the Middle East: http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/08/top-10-arabic-american-childrens-books/ and an extensive list here: http://bernadettesimpson.com/Childrens-YA-Books-MiddleEast.pdf
If you have a list on your blog of your favorite children’s literature as related to your religion or your cultural heritage, please leave a link in the comment box so my readers can find it!
I just wanted to say thank you for including this list. I feel like it is the start of a larger conversation within Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired education. I only have a toddler so I am not very immersed but also have experience with the culture and philosophy behind Waldorf through volunteering on biodynamic farms in England. As a person of African-American descent (ie, African, Native and European heritage) the Eurocentricity of Waldorf has always given me pause, even as I really appreciate so many of the spiritual intentions. The emphasis on story, history, culture, and ritual / tradition seems to be accessible from / applicable to so many different peoples’ heritage. I could go on further, but again just thank you for pointing toward this very important blindspot in the Waldorf community.
And in general I am just a huge fan and so appreciative of your blog. The teaching within it, the way you share those teachings, your decision to not prettify / aestheticize / Pinterest-ify parenthood and family life. The basic wisdoms and the not-so-basic ones which you have distilled from your own experience. I am grateful for it all. Your voice has become one of the few I turn to as I begin the road of mothering!
SCRP — Thank you so much! You might also like this back post: https://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/02/22/multiculturism-in-waldorf-early-grades/
and some of the posts I have done on the “American” experience within the Waldorf curriculum. I am germinating new ideas as I continue to work with the curriculum myself. I will keep you posted what I come up with!