Diversity Programming for Digital Youth

Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children's Library

by Jamie Campbell Naidoo


School and public librarians serving children pre-K to sixth grade will find this book's recommendations of essential print and digital media to promote cultural competence extremely helpful.

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June 2014

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Pages 187
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
  Children's and Young Adult Services/Literature Reference Tools

Combining information about outreach to diverse populations, selection of culturally diverse children's print and digital media, and library programming, this book is the tool librarians need to promote cultural understanding through engaging children's programs designed for today's culturally diverse youth.

Today's children live in a culturally diverse and constantly changing digital world. New digital media is created every day but librarians and other educators need help in evaluating cultural content in digital apps, determining whether they send appropriate social messages to children, and learning how to use them in library programs that promote cultural competence. Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children's Library provides just the help that is needed.

This resource is the only one to examine the role of culturally diverse digital media and how it can be used with children's books to promote cultural competence in the library. It provides annotated lists of digital media paired with culturally diverse literature to offer librarians and educators a springboard for creating enriching, engaging, and culturally relevant programs for children from diverse backgrounds. The sample digital storytime programs celebrating diverse cultures will benefit busy librarians looking for ways to engage reluctant readers in library storytimes.


  • Provides specific evaluation criteria for selecting high-quality new digital media with cultural content
  • Offers outlines for digital storytime programs that combine new digital media with children's literature representing diverse cultures
  • Presents examples of successful cultural literacy programs for children and families
  • Describes how librarians can promote cultural competence in children via new digital media and match digital apps with multicultural children's literature for use in library programming
  • Includes interviews with successful children's librarians engaged in cultural literacy programs and digital storytimes
Author Info

Jamie Campbell Naidoo is Foster-EBSCO endowed associate professor at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies and a regular book reviewer for Library Media Connection. A former school librarian and children's librarian, he teaches and researches in the areas of library services to diverse families and culturally diverse children's literature. He is active in the Association for Library Service to Children and has chaired multiple book award committees. His previous books include Libraries Unlimited's Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content and Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries as well as Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (edited with Sarah Park Dahlen).

Table of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Section I: Cultural Competence, Children, and the Library
  • Chapter 1: Cultural Competence in the Children's Library Chapter 2: Criteria for Culturally Competent Programming
  • Section II: Digital Media, Children, and the Library
  • Chapter 3: Digital Media in the Lives of Children Chapter 4: Digital Media in the Children's Library
  • Section III: Putting it all Together
  • Chapter 5: Examples of Current Cultural Literacy Programs and Digital Storytimes Chapter 6. Criteria for Selecting Books and Digital Media for Culturally Competent Programming (with Sarah Park Dahlen) Chapter 7: Recommended Digital Media for Promoting Cultural Competence Chapter 8: Bibliography of Awards, Publishers, and Professional Resources Related to Cultural Diversity in Children's Programming and Materials
  • Index



    "Educators and librarians alike will benefit from the information presented in this book about the need to reach the diverse needs of our youth, who are not only diverse in their makeup but also diverse from the traditional users who are not digital natives."ARBAonline

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