Why are multicultural children’s books so important?
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As an adoptive mom of a little African girl, I am always on the search for multicultural children’s books that reflect the diversity of our world in an empowering and non-stereotypical way. It’s good to see an increasing number of … Read More

32 Multicultural Picture Books About Strong Female Role Models
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  In order to empower girls and raise them to become confident women, we must provide them with a diverse set of positive role models – from courageous peers to determined activists, from strong athletes to amazing performers and successful … Read More

21 Middle Grade Novels With Multiracial Characters
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  Last year’s list for Mixed Heritage Week featured 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families, and the response was overwhelming! The fact that the list got shared over 40,000 times just shows how much of a need for books featuring … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Flying Lessons & Other Stories
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Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, co-founder of We Need Diverse Books   Flying Lessons & Other Stories is a collection of short stories by a diverse group of distinguished children’s book authors, published in partnership with We Need … Read More

8 New Picture Book Biographies for Black History Month
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  Just in time for Black History Month, some amazing new picture book biographies about iconic African Americans have recently been published. From little-known fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, these picture books feature a variety … Read More

21 Award-winning Children’s Books for Black History Month
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  This is a selection of some of my personal favourites for Black History Month, mostly published in the past 5 years, but also including some classics, such as Tar Beach and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. All of these books … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017
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  Welcome to our 4th Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Here’s how to celebrate:   1. Link up your diversity book reviews 2. Win diversity book bundles at our Twitter Party tonight! We’re giving away 100+ children’s books from 9pm to … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Elephant in the Dark
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    Elephant in the Dark based on a poem by Rumi, retold by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Disclosure: I received a free copy from Scholastic, Platinum Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD). Elephant in the Dark is based on … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party
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  Join us for our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party!   Win 1 of 12 Book Bundles! Giving away Book Bundles every 6 minutes! Twitter Party Friday, January 27th 9 pm to 10 pm EST Hashtag: #ReadYourWorld   We will … Read More

16 Children’s Books about the Chinese New Year
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  The Chinese New Year starts with the first new moon of the year and is welcomed with a 15-day celebration. The Chinese zodiac assigns an animal to each year in a repeating twelve-year cycle. January 28 marks the start of the … Read More

14 Children’s Books about Martin Luther King Jr.
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  “The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   To honour one of the greatest leaders and civil rights activists, America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday. … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Radiant Child
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    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe   Radiant Child is a stunningly illustrated picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award … Read More

The 10 Best Multicultural Young Adult Novels of 2016
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  Following my lists of Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2016 and Best Multicultural Middle Grade Novels of 2016, I am finishing this mini-series with a list of this year’s best multicultural young adult novels. My personal favourites are Kids of … Read More

The 40 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2016
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  The second part of my “Best of 2016” series focuses on this year’s best multicultural picture books (Part 1: The 15 Best Multicultural Middle Grade Novels of 2016, Part 3: The 10 Best Multicultural Young Adult Novels of 2016). Initially I … Read More

The 15 Best Multicultural Middle Grade Novels of 2016
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  Time for a little “Best of 2016” series! Some truly amazing novels for middle school children have been published this year, so I’ll start with my personal selection of the 15 best multicultural middle grade novels of 2016. For … Read More

40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys
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    Who doesn’t love a good book series? I still remember the excitement every time a new book in one of my favourite children’s book series came out. Book series are also great for reluctant readers, once you get … Read More

Top 10 Children’s Books about Kwanzaa
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  Not being from the U.S., I must admit I had never heard of Kwanzaa before starting this website. First created in 1966, black communities in America celebrate the festival of Kwanzaa from December 26 to January 1 as a … Read More

28 Multicultural Children’s Books about Adoption
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  This list has been a long time in the making, and it has proven quite difficult to put together. Adoption is a subject close to my heart, and with the amount of adoption books out there I wanted to … Read More

My 5 Most Popular Multicultural Children’s Book Lists of 2016
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My 5 Most Popular Multicultural Children’s Book Lists of 2016 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families This is by far my most popular multicultural children’s book list of 2016! It has been shared over 40,000 times! With ever-increasing numbers … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: A Poem for Peter
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    A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson   A Poem for Peter is a beautiful homage to … Read More

12 Multicultural Children’s Books about the Nativity Story
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    Most Nativity scenes in the Western world portray Jesus with white skin and golden-brown hair. But other cultures around the world have their own takes on the Nativity story, depicting Jesus as Asian, Hispanic or African for example. … Read More

24 Multicultural Children’s Books about Christmas
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  I know Christmas is around the corner when my daughter pulls out her German Christmas Song CD and listens to it non-stop (usually way into the new year…). Time to search the internet up and down for the best … Read More

32 Native American Children’s Books
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  “I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” ~ Crazy Horse   November is Native American Heritage … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: The Barefoot Book of Children
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    The Barefoot Book of Children written by Tessa Strickland & Kate DePalma, illustrated by David Dean   The Barefoot Book of Children is an amazing new release, bound to become a timeless classic. My daughter loves it! Created with … Read More

6 Children’s Books set in Ecuador
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  Lying on the equator, Ecuador is a South American country bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Coastline. It is the most biodiverse country in the world and features many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, most famously the Galápagos Islands. Apart from … Read More

12 Multicultural Children’s Books about Halloween
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  31st of October is Halloween! Believed to have originated in Ireland, Halloween is now celebrated in many countries around the world. With dressing up, trick-or-treating and lots of spooky fun it is many children’s most favourite holiday. Join in … Read More

Top 10 Diwali Children’s Books
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  30th of October is Diwali, the “Festival of Lights”! Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities around the world celebrate the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Goddess Lakshmi … Read More

Top 10 Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Children’s Books
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  Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and Mexican communities throughout the world from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November. It is an important holiday that honours deceased loved ones. It is … Read More

15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Rain
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  “I love the rain. I love how it softens the outlines of things. The world becomes softly blurred, and I feel like I melt right into it.” ~ Hagumi Hanamoto   The above quote expresses exactly how I feel … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: The Princess and the Warrior
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    The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh   The Princess and the Warrior retells one of Mexico’s cherished legends, the Aztec tale of two volcanoes: Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl. Iztaccíhuatl is said to … Read More

21 Multicultural Children’s Books about Peace
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  “If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi   Today is International Peace Day! Declared by the United Nations, it is a day to observe peace … Read More

9 Children’s Books about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
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  The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is celebrated in Chinese communities around the world on the 15th day of the 8th moon of the Chinese lunar calendar. The moon on that day is believed to be most brilliant and round. Families … Read More

40+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Grandparents
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  “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” ~ Alex Haley   Grandma and Grandpa, Gong Gong and Nai Nai, Abuela and Abuelo – all over the … Read More

24 Children’s Books set in Mexico
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  Located between the U.S. and Central America, Mexico boasts a diverse landscape of mountains, beaches, deserts and jungles. The country is rich in culture and history, and has ancient ruins scattered throughout, such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city … Read More

11 Multicultural Lullabies
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  I don’t think there’s ever been a baby who doesn’t love a lullaby! One of my favourite times of the day when my daughter was a baby was holding her in my arms at night and singing a soothing … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Maybe Something Beautiful
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  Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López   What good can a splash of colour do in a community of gray? Maybe more than you might … Read More

20 Children’s Books set in the Middle East & Northern Africa
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  August is Middle Eastern and Northern African Heritage Month! It serves to celebrate the rich history and diverse cultures of this vast region, stretching from Morocco in the West to Iran in the East, from Syria in the North … Read More

20 Multicultural Children’s Books about school
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  It’s back to school soon! A perfect time to read some books about school with your children! From first day at preschool to the first school day in a new country, from fun times at school to conflict and … Read More

23 Children’s Books set in South Africa
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  “We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born.” ~ Nelson Mandela   Located at the tip of the … Read More

18 Multicultural Children’s Books about friendship
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  “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet. “Even longer,” Pooh answered.”   One of the most important things we can teach our children is how to be a good friend. From making a friend at a new … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: The Girl Who Saved Yesterday
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The Girl Who Saved Yesterday written by Julius Lester, illustrated by Carl Angel The Girl Who Saved Yesterday tells the story of Silence. The young girl was cast out by her village because she tried to find her dead parents. … Read More

Diversity Calendar 2016 -2017
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  KidWorldCitizen has created this amazing Diversity Calendar for the school year 2016-17!   The calendar is a detailed collection of holidays around the world. It covers a wide range of holidays, from religious to environmental and fun ones. Have you ever … Read More

Author Spotlight: Faith Ringgold
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    Author Spotlight: Faith Ringgold Author, Artist, Educator, Civil Rights & Women’s Rights Activist African American artist and author Faith Ringgold was born in 1930, in Harlem, New York. As a child she suffered from asthma and had to … Read More

15 Multicultural Children’s Books based on famous songs
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  Music is my daughter’s biggest passion! Even as a baby she always got super excited when we put music on. As soon as she was able to clap her hands, she’d do so enthusiastically, especially to songs from Bob … Read More

15 Children’s Books set in Pakistan
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Pakistan (“Land of the Pure”) is a South Asian country bordered by India, Afghanistan, Iran and China. It is unique among Muslim countries in that it is the only country to have been created in the name of Islam. A movement for independence … Read More

Pura Belpré Award Winners 1996 – 2016
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  Time to celebrate 20 years of Pura Belpré Award Winners! Named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, the Pura Belpré Award was established in 1996. It recognizes Latino/Latina writers and illustrators whose work best portrays the … Read More

30 Multicultural Picture Books about Immigration
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  June is Immigrant Heritage Month! Throughout the month, the diverse heritage of the United States as a nation of immigrants is celebrated. A great opportunity to teach all children empathy and kindness towards new immigrants with these touching multicultural … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: The Case for Loving
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  The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage written by Selina Alko, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko   The Case for Loving tells the true story of Mildred Loving and Richard Perry Loving, and their three … Read More

10 Children’s Books celebrating Juneteenth
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  19th of June is Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Freedom Day, it commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South. On June 19th 1865 the Union soldiers brought … Read More

40 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fathers
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  Not only for Father’s Day but for any day of the year are these multicultural children’s books about fathers! I tried to include all kinds of fathers: different ethnicities, mixed race families, same sex parents, absent fathers… Unfortunately there … Read More

2016 Américas Award Winning Children’s Books
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Earlier this week the 2016 Américas Award winning Children’s Books were announced: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope-Pérez, along with two Honourable Mentions and other Commended Titles. The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult literature recognizes US … Read More

5 Children’s Books about the Dragon Boat Festival
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  This year the Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 9th of June. One of the major festivals in Chinese culture, it celebrates the famous poet Qu Yuan who is said to have leaped into a river when an evil king … Read More

21 Children’s Books about Ramadan and Eid
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  For over one billion Muslims worldwide, Ramadan is a special time of fasting, praying, giving and togetherness. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it begins with the appearance of the new moon. The month of Ramadan is … Read More

21 Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading
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  Summer is around the corner! Well, at least in the northern hemisphere…. Time to stock up on summer reads for your middle graders! There are some wonderful new releases, my favourite two being I Lived on Butterfly Hill and … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Juna’s Jar
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  Juna’s Jar written by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino   Juna’s Jar tells of a heartbreaking disappointment in a little Asian American girl’s life. Juna’s best friend Hector (who is from a Hispanic background) suddenly moves away without … Read More

30 Asian & Asian American Children’s Books for ages 0 to 18
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  May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Observed since 1990, it celebrates the rich culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In this list I have focused on Asian and Asian American … Read More

14 Multicultural Children’s Books about Mothers
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  Happy Mother’s Day! Doesn’t it feel nice to be celebrated for being a mom? I love our morning ritual of pancakes in bed (and even more so my daughter’s excitement about this!); I love watching her proud face when … Read More

15 Multicultural Children’s Books celebrating books & reading
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  It’s Children’s Book Week! Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the US. Children’s Book Week celebrates the love of reading with events held in libraries, schools and book stores all over the country. Join … Read More

18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Jazz
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  “Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony … and at the same time of hope and freedom.” Herbie Hancock   Today is International Jazz Day! Designated in 2011 … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Hip Hop Speaks To Children
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  Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat edited by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by M. Noiset, J. Tugeau, K. Balouch, D. Ward, A. Vergel de Dios    Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a poetry … Read More

26 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children aged 0 to 10
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  “A poem makes a sound when it is finished like the click of the lid of a perfectly made box” William B. Yeats   April is National Poetry Month! More poignant than prose, poems go straight to the soul. … Read More

22 Multicultural Children’s Books for Earth Day
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  22nd of April is Earth Day! Now in its 46th year, the Earth Day movement continues to inspire people everywhere to take action towards saving our beautiful planet. Some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges remain global warming, … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Drum Dream Girl
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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music   written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López   Drum Dream Girl is a vibrant picture book inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese African Cuban girl … Read More

15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Easter
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  Soon it’ll be time for the big Easter egg hunt again! Here are some lovely multicultural children’s books to put in your little one’s Easter basket: 15 Multicultural Children’s Books about Easter Bunny Day by Michael Scott “Sugar-sweet and … Read More

26 Multicultural Picture Books about Inspiring Women & Girls
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    March is Women’s History Month! A great opportunity to highlight women’s contributions to history, culture and society! Although we should, of course, celebrate the achievements of amazing women (famous or not) all year round… Multicultural Picture Books about … Read More

50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families
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  UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017! I have added over twenty books to this hugely popular list, so it now features 70+ picture books about mixed race families! With ever-increasing numbers of multiracial families (growing three times as fast as the US … Read More

21 Multicultural Children’s Books: Growing Your Own Food
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There are few things more satisfying than growing your own food, from seed to vegetable! My daughter’s playschool recently planted a little vegetable patch. Every morning the little ones run over there to check if their plants have grown overnight. … Read More

9 Children’s Books about Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu
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    South African at heart, I can’t possibly let Black History Month end without mentioning these two extraordinary men! United in the spririt of Ubuntu, Tata Madiba – as Nelson Mandela is affectionately known in South Africa – and … Read More

African American Historical Fiction for Middle School
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  Black History Month is in full swing! Here are some wonderful African American historical fiction novels for Middle School: African American Historical Fiction for Middle School Chains // Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson Bestselling historical trilogy Seeds of America … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Voice of Freedom
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes   Voice of Freedom chronicles the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, one of the civil rights movement’s most … Read More

12 Multicultural Picture Books about Love
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  Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some sweet multicultural picture books about love for your little ones!   12 Multicultural Picture Books about Love Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke In this colourful book a little boy helps … Read More

15 Children’s Books about the Harlem Renaissance
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  The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, between 1918 and 1930. It was considered to be a rebirth of African American arts. Poets, musicians, actors, artists, and intellectuals brought … Read More

21 Picture Books for Black History Month
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  First celebrated by Black United Students in February 1970, Black History Month was officially recognized by the US government in 1976 and has been observed annually ever since. It serves to remember historical events and celebrate the remarkable contributions … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Mama, Do You Love Me?
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Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee   How far does a mother’s love stretch? A little Inuit girl imagines scenarios of herself making mistakes or doing something mischievous. “What if I threw water … Read More

Ten read-aloud commandments by Mem Fox
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Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. She has written many acclaimed children’s books, among them some that feature children of diverse ethnicities: Ten little Fingers and Ten little Toes, Whoever You Are, The Magic Hat and Sophie. … Read More

20 Multicultural Picture Books about new siblings
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No doubt, the arrival of a new sibling is an exciting time! But it can also cause confusion and ambivalent feelings, especially for younger children who suddenly find themselves in the role of big brother or big sister. They are … Read More

Author Spotlight: Ezra Jack Keats
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  A pioneer of multicultural children’s books Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is famous for introducing multicultural children’s books into American children’s literature. He believed that all children should be able to see themselves in the books they love.In 1962 he … Read More

Top 10 Multicultural Bedtime Stories for Babies & Toddlers
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    Bedtime is our favourite time for reading stories! My daughter and I love cuddling up and winding down from a busy day with one or two nice bedtime stories. Some books she loves so much, I have to … Read More