15 Multicultural Children’s Books celebrating books & reading

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Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading

 

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 in by sharing some of these inspiring multicultural children’s books with your kids!


Multicultural Children’s Books celebrating books & reading


Lola at the Library
by Anna McQuinn

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Lola At The Library

My daughter’s all-time favourite book! Lola at the Library follows adorable little Lola on a colourful library adventure: From returning books to storytime and singing, from choosing new books to reading them with her mom at bedtime. Lola’s enthusiasm for books is reflected in the bright illustrations of this wonderful book. ~ African – Babies & Toddlers


Books Always Everywhere
by Jane Blatt

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Books Always Everywhere

With simple rhyming text and colourful illustrations Books Always Everywhere celebrates books of all shapes and sizes: “Book big / Book small / Book wide / Book tall”. A diverse bunch of babies and toddlers explores all the things you can do with books: Stack them to make a chair, pop them on your head as a hat, and of course read them, in the park, at the book store, when it’s rainy or when it’s sunny.  ~ Diverse – Babies & Toddlers


Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books
by Karen Leggett Abouraya

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Hands Around the Library

In January 2011, thousands of protestors against the regime – young and old, Muslims and Christians – formed a human chain to protect the Library of Alexandria, whilst chanting “We love you, Egypt!”. Award-winning Hands Around The Library with its expressive photo, paper and fabric collages captures this touching historical moment beautifully. ~ African – Preschool


Book Fiesta!
by Pat Mora

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Book Fiesta!

Award–winning Book Fiesta! is a bilingual celebration of Children’s Day/Book Day (El día de los niños/El día de los libros) which is observed annually on April 30th to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all backgrounds. Founder Pat Mora’s fun text coupled with López’ lively illustrations make this picture book a hit for story time. Includes a letter from the author and suggestions for celebrating Children’s Day /Book Day. ~ Hispanic – Preschool


Lottie Paris and the Best Place
by Angela Johnson

Lottie’s favourite place is the library, even though the rules there are not always easy to follow… Her favourite books are about space, and her new friend Carl’s favourite books are about dinosaurs. Part of the Lottie Paris series, Lottie Paris and the Best Place follows spunky little Lottie on her library adventure with fun text and energetic illustrations. ~ African – Preschool


The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
by Jeanette Winter

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: The Librarian of Basra

“In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was ‘Read.'” When war comes to Iraq, librarian Alia Muhammad Baker takes matters into her own hands to protect the books from being destroyed. Every day she packs her car with books and takes them home, thus saving 70% of the 30,000 books in her library. The Librarian of Basra is a true story about an inspiring woman’s love of literature and respect for knowledge.  ~ Asian – Elementary School


My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World
by Margriet Ruus

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: My Librarian is a Camel

A library doesn’t have to be in a building. In many countries books arrive in unusual ways: by bus, boat, train, elephant, camel, and even by wheelbarrow. My Librarian Is a Camel is a stunning photo essay that celebrates book, readers, and libraries all over the world, from Indonesia to Peru, from Thailand to Zimbabwe. ~ Diverse – Elementary School


Tomas and the Library Lady
by Pat Mora

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Tomas and the Library Lady

Every summer story-loving Tomás and his family follow the crops north, working on the fields from Texas to Iowa. When his grandfather tells him about the books at the library, a whole new world opens up for Tomás. With gentle text and warm, earthy paintings, Tomás and the Library Lady tells the inspiring story of Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers who went on to become the first minority Chancellor at the University of California. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School


Librarian on the Roof!
by M.G. King

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Librarian on the Roof!

RoseAleta Laurell is one determined librarian: In order to raise money for a children’s section at Eugene Clark Library in Texas, she spent a week camping on the library roof, even through a dangerous storm. Her initiative became known across the country and raised over $39,000. With vibrant cartoon-style illustrations Librarian on the Roof tells the true story of a woman dedicated to make books availabe to the children in her community. ~ Diverse – Elementary School


Richard Wright and the Library Card
by William Miller

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Richard Wright and the Library Card

One of today’s most brilliant writers, Richard Wright grew up in the segregated South of the 1920s. Forbidden from borrowing books from the library, the author of Native Son and Black Boy uses his white co-worker’s card to gain access to the library. Complemented by expressive muted paintings, Richard Wright and the Library Card tells the touching story of Wright’s love of reading and his unwavering perseverance. ~ African – Elementary School


The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: The Book Itch

“Knowledge is power. / You need it every hour. / READ A BOOK!” In 1930s Harlem, Lewis Michaux Sr. opened the National Memorial African Bookstore – a place where people could read books about African American history, have discussions and speak their minds publicly on a platform outside the store. Even famous people like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X came to visit and speak. Written by a relative and illustrated with bold, colourful paintings, The Book Itch tells the story of this unique bookstore from the perspective of Lewis Michaux Jr. ~ African – Elementary School


Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
by Jeanette Winter

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Nasreen's Secret School

Since her parents were taken by the Taliban, little Nasreen has not spoken a word. In a desperate attempt to draw her out of her shell of sadness, her grandmother sends her to a secret school for girls. Reading books slowly helps Nasreen back into life. Nasreen’s Secret School is a powerful true story from Afghanistan, told in a matter-of-fact style and complemented by precise acryclic paintings in muted reds, greens and yellows. ~ Asian – Elementary School


Waiting for the Biblioburro
by Monica Brown

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Waiting for the Biblioburro

Little Ana is thrilled when the travelling librarian returns to her village on his trusted mules, Alfa and Beto. Inspired by real-life librarian Luis Soriano, Waiting for the Biblioburro introduces children to the concept of mobile libraries that bring literacy to rural Colombia. The colourful folk-style illustrations perfectly match this beautiful celebration of books and reading. ~ Hispanic Elementary School


The Year of the Book
by Andrea Cheng

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: The Year Of The Book

The Year of the Book is an early chapter book about friendship and the love of reading. 4th grader Anna Wang finds comfort in her books when her best friend Laura starts spending more time with other girls. Anna loves reading and books but also realises that they cannot be a substitute for friends.  ~ Asian – Elementary School


Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass
by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Multicultural Children's Books celebrating books & reading: Words Set Me Free

“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” Told in the voice of Frederick Douglass, famous advocate of equal rights, this picture book biography chronicles his youth. It was through reading and writing that Douglass was able to stand up for himself and others. Words set me free is a moving account of the life of a young slave for whom literacy became a catalyst for liberation. ~ African – Elementary School

 


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8 Responses

  1. Marjorie (MWD)
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    Another wonderful list:-) I would add Storyteller’s Candle – do you know it?

    • Colours of Us
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      No, I must check it out. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Jane
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    What a great list!! As a children’s librarian, I have a real soft spot for books about libraries, especially ones that show the library as a fun and happy place, rather than a stiff and boring one where everyone whispers all the time and the librarians are grumpy! 🙂

    • Colours of Us
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      Thank you! I am totally with you on that!

  3. Katie @ The Logonauts
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    Great collection of books! Several of these are ones that I share each year with my third graders. So important to get them to think about the importance of books. Thanks for sharing these with #diversekidlit!

    • Colours of Us
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      Good to hear you find the list useful. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Erin
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    All of these books sound so fascinating, some I want to buy! Alas our library here in Australia doesn’t have any of these books however 🙁

    • Colours of Us
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      I know, same here in South Africa 🙁 You should be able to find them on Amazon Australia though. If not, you can buy them through Amazon USA by clicking on the book titles in the post.

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