There is a dearth of multicultural literature in schools since few schools offer a curriculum that promotes multicultural education. However, by the year 2050, ethnic minority children will make up the majority of the United States public school classrooms. Multicultural literature is the building block of a multicultural education which reflects our nation’s diversity and helps all students learn by providing help to bridge the cultural gap, and promote racial awareness.
Teachers often find it difficult to identify or find quality multicultural literature that adheres to the standard curriculum. Turning the Page: The Ultimate Guide for Teachers to Multicultural Literature helps educators find and evaluate multicultural books that are suitable for the classroom and align with the standard curriculum. The book includes a peer-reviewed metric that shows teachers how to substitute biased books with multicultural literature that endorse the same themes. Second, the book includes reviews, lesson plans, and curated book lists of multicultural books. Finally, the book offers a stepwise plan on how to create a task force of school stakeholders who can implement a comprehensive, multicultural program. In 2018, The National Association for Multicultural Education released standards for multicultural education to encourage school staff to become culturally competent and linguistically diverse. Turning the Page: The Ultimate Guide for Teachers to Multicultural Literature moves educators in that direction.