In view of the increasing awareness of the many cultures which make up the ever-shrinking world in which we live, those who teach young adults need to be familiar with quality literature which can give the reader a realistic look at those many cultures. As a former first-grade teacher, I read many books to my students that helped them to realize that, though our world has much diversity, people of all cultures have the same needs. Now that I am an elementary librarian, I find that I can help to ensure that the students and teachers in my school have a good variety of multicultural books at their disposal. During the past few months, I have read and reviewed several books for young adults, most of them about young adults from other cultures. Inspired by the quality of these books, I began to compile a bibliography of multicultural books for young adults. It includes fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama, and short story collections which are award winners or which have been recommended by reviewers or booklists.
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Oregon holds a special place in the history of the American imagination: wild, raw, and only to be tamed by the brave. This list is an ongoing project, and is updated when we come across new books set in Oregon. The author does not have to be Oregonian, nor does the book need to be historical fiction. Most of the YA books listed will still be enjoyable by adults. Adult Novels.
Today, young people select their role models based on their individual interests. For example, professional athletes, musicians, artists, or actors may influence today's youth. In young adult literature, heterosexual teens have a multitude of examples of how to live life successfully.