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Center for the Study of  Multicultural Children's Literature  is among the leading educational research centers in the field of multicultural literature. Our mission is to preserve the richness of the many cultures in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Further, our mission is to provide children, teachers, parents, educators, students, and librarians access to multicultural children’s books with high literary and artistic standards. The primary objectives include: a) to foster an interest in multicultural children’s literature for young people; b) to promote awareness of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL); and c) to generate excitement in the study of multicultural literature.


CSMCL seeks to sponsor activities for libraries and other committee services across the country to engage in the utilization of multicultural literature with children and young adults.


CSMCL seeks to fulfill this mission through programs and the collecting of multicultural books and materials which affirm the lives of the multicultural community.


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CSMCL houses a non-circulating collection of recent and historically significant multicultural children’s and young adult books, art works and manuscripts.


We are always interested in receiving contributions of multicultural children’s book manuscripts, illustrations, and related materials used in the creation of children’s books.

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