Why are multicultural children’s books so important?
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    As an adoptive mom of two little Black girls, 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 … Read More

NEW Multicultural Children’s Books July 2020
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    July has seen the release of some gorgeous multicultural children’s books for all ages! Our favourites this month are Good Night, Little Dancer (Babies & Toddlers), V Is For Voting (Preschool), Your Name Is A Song (Elementary School), … Read More

150 Children’s Books Celebrating Black Boys
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    Now more than ever, we need to celebrate Black boys in order to combat stereotypes and racial prejudice! This extensive list includes a huge variety of books featuring Black boys, from classics such as The Snowy Day to … Read More

2020 Stonewall Award-Winning Children’s Books
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    For the first time in the 51 year history of the Stonewall Awards, the two award-winners as well as the three honour books this year were both multicultural AND written by own voices! The Stonewall Award recognizes children’s … Read More

NEW Multicultural Children’s Books June 2020
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    Here is our selection of new multicultural children’s books for June 2020! Whilst we only found one board book, there are quite a few interesting new young adult novels. Our favourites this month are Antiracist Baby (Babies & … Read More

60+ Children’s Books About Legendary Black Musicians
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    June is Black Music Month! Time to celebrate all those legendary Black Musicians past and present — from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Beyoncé, from Louis Armstrong to Bob Marley, and many more. There’s something for every age group … Read More

NEW Multicultural Children’s Books May 2020
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    Some exciting new releases this month! It wasn’t easy to decide on our favourite multicultural children’s books from this list but here they are: Welcome To The Party (Babies & Toddlers), Swashby And The Sea (Preschool), Lift (Elementary … Read More

11 Multicultural Activity Books for Children
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    Keeping children busy during these unprecedented times isn’t easy! These colourful multicultural activity books are a good way of engaging children in creative activities and at the same time teaching them about different cultures. 11 Multicultural Activity Books … Read More

New Multicultural Children’s Books April 2020
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    April saw the release of some gorgeous new multicultural children’s books! Our favourites this month are In My Anaana’s Amautik (Preschool), A Story About Afiyah (Elementary School), One Earth (Middle School), and Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know … Read More

80 Picture Book Biographies About Bold Black Women & Girls
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    Women’s History Month is one of our favourite times of the year! We just love searching the internet up and down for multicultural children’s books about amazing women and girls. You’ll be sure to find plenty of gems … Read More

19 New Black History Children’s Books 2020
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    January and February have seen the release of some beautiful Black History children’s books, from picture books for pre- and elementary school children to chapter books and novels for teenagers. #NotOnlyForBlackHistoryMonth 19 New Black History Children’s Books 2020 … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020
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    Multicultural Children’s Book Day is in its 7th year!   Celebrate by joining our twitter party and checking out our linky party & free resources (details below)!   MCBD is a non-profit children’s literacy initiative founded by Valarie Budayr and … Read More

The 50 Best Multicultural Picture Books Of 2019
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    Never too late for a ‘Best of’ list! Just like 2018, last year saw the release of many wonderful multicultural picture books. So much so that it was difficult to decide which ones to include in this list! … Read More

20 Multicultural Children’s Books To Help Build Self-Esteem
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    You cannot truly love others if you don’t love yourself. Healthy self-esteem is the foundation for resilience, compassion and joy. The multicultural children’s books on this list can be a great support in building children’s self-esteem! 20 Multicultural … Read More

New Multicultural Children’s Books June 2019
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    Last month saw the release of some real gems! Where Are You From?, Leila in Saffron and How To Read A Book are our favourites on this list of new multicultural children’s books June 2019. Which ones are … Read More

New Multicultural Children’s Books May 2019
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    A little late due to our whole family being sick but here are the new multicultural children’s books for May 2019! Our favourites this month include the supercute Nerdy Babies: Ocean, beautifully illustrated The Girls, and inspiring We … Read More

2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award-Winners
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    Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award has been recognizing children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equality. We love all of the books … Read More

21 Multicultural Children’s Books About Feelings
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    Learning how to identify feelings and express them in healthy ways is the foundation of developing social and emotional intelligence. It is never too early to start teaching kids that it is normal to have a wide range … Read More

New Multicultural Children’s Books April 2019
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    Take some time to browse our list of new multicultural children’s books for April 2019! Our favourites this month are A Is For All The Things You Are, Nine Months, The Undefeated and It’s Trevor Noah. Let us know … Read More

12 Multicultural Colouring Books for Children
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    Colouring in is such a soothing activity that children of all ages (and many adults for that matter!) love completely immersing themselves in! While there don’t seem to be too many multicultural colouring books for children out there, … Read More

#DiverseKidLit Link-Up April 2019
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    #Diverse Kidlit Link-Up April 2019   Welcome to our 4th #DiverseKidLit of 2019! Colours of Us is proud to be part of this wonderful monthly book-sharing meme for diverse children’s books! If you are a parent, grandparent, caregiver, teacher, … Read More

New Multicultural Children’s Books March 2019
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    Browse our list of new multicultural children’s books for March 2019! Ranging from Preschool to High School, there are some real gems here, our favourites being Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, The Yellow Suitcase and A Good Kind Of … Read More

9 Children’s Books About The Hindu Spring Festival Holi
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    20th of March is the start of Holi! Also known as the festival of colours, this joyful Hindu festival celebrates the arrival of spring, the victory of good over evil, friendship and forgiveness. Families, friends and neighbours get … Read More

New Multicultural Children’s Books February 2019
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    Browse our list of new multicultural children’s books! There is something for every age group here, from babies and toddlers to teenagers. Our personal favourites are Ella (Babies & Toddlers), Pancakes to Parathas (Preschool), Wilma’s Way Home (Elementary … Read More

Multicultural 2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books
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    Every January, the American Library Association recognizes the most original and creative books and other media for children and teenagers. The ALA Youth Media Awards include the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. It is encouraging … Read More

#DiverseKidLit Link-Up February 2019
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    #Diverse Kidlit Link-Up February 2019   Welcome to the second #DiverseKidLit of 2019! Colours of Us is proud to be part of this wonderful monthly book-sharing meme for diverse children’s books! If you are a parent, grandparent, caregiver, teacher, or … Read More

11 Brand New Black History Children’s Books 2019
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    Black History Month is around the corner! Time to check out the latest releases in Black History Children’s Books! I found these 11 brand new gems, and the best thing is, apart from two they are all written … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019
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    Welcome to our 6th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day!   Here’s how to celebrate:   Link up your diversity book reviews below.   Join us tonight at our 6th annual Twitter Party! Follow @McChildsBookDay to join in on … Read More

MCBD 2019 Book Review: Beato Goes To Japan
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    Beato Goes To Japan written by Sucheta Rawal, illustrated by Alexandra Abagiu and Oana Vaida Disclosure: I received a free copy from Sucheta Rawal, Author Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD).    As luck would have it, author Sucheta … Read More

The 50 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2018
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  Better late than never! This list was meant to be posted before Christmas but it got longer and longer and suddenly it was mid-January… but nevermind, it is still just as relevant and has plenty of multicultural gems in … Read More

#DiverseKidLit Link-Up January 2019
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    #Diverse Kidlit Link-Up January  2019 Welcome to the first #DiverseKidLit of 2019! If you are a parent, grandparent, caregiver, teacher, or librarian looking for amazing diverse kidlit recommendations to share with your young readers, you will love this recurring monthly resource of … Read More

My 5 Most Popular Multicultural Children’s Book Lists of 2018
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    My 5 Most Popular Multicultural Children’s Book Lists of 2018   40 Multicultural Children’s Books About Fabulous Female Artists For Women’s History Month 2018 I put the spotlight on some of the fabulous female artists from past and … Read More

22 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring Superheroes
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  Kids everywhere love superheroes! Fascinated by their superpowers and their action-packed adventures, they enjoy pretending to be superheroes themselves. Teach children about standing up for what is right and defending those in need with these multicultural children’s books featuring … Read More

#DiverseKidLit December 2018
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    #DiverseKidLit2018 Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.   What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing … Read More

100+ Multicultural Christmas Decorations & Accessoires
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    The holiday season is upon us! This year have yourself a merry multicultural Christmas with these beautiful decorations and accessories! 100+ Multicultural Christmas Decorations & Accessories   *You can buy any of the items on this website from … Read More

#Diverse KidLit November 2018
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    #DiverseKidLit2018 Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.   What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book of the Month: Pink Is For Boys
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    Pink Is for Boys written by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Eda Kaban     “Pink is for boys. And girls. And bows on fancy clothes.”   Featuring a diverse group of characters, Pink Is for Boys is a simple book … Read More

18 Multicultural Children’s Books about Fear and Courage
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    All children experience some kind of fear at different stages of their development, be it fear of the dark, fear of dogs, fear of trying new things or the fear of standing up for yourself. Reassure your kids that … Read More

#DiverseKidLit October 2018
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    #DiverseKidLit2018 Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.   What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to … Read More

#DiverseKidLit September 2018
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    #DiverseKidLit2018 Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.   What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to … Read More

#DiverseKidLit August 2018
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  #DiverseKidLit2018 Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.   What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote … Read More

12 Multicultural Children’s Books About Soccer
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    Just in time for the World Cup finals, here is a list of multicultural children’s books about soccer! From Canada to Brazil, from the Caribbean to South Africa, these picture books, chapter books and novels portray the joy … Read More

#DiverseKidLit July 2018
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    Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations. What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote … Read More

18 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters
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  June is Pride Month – a time when LGBTQIA communities all over the world celebrate love, identity and solidarity! A good time to put together this list of multicultural children’s books featuring LGBTQIA characters (although these gorgeous and inclusive books are … Read More

36 Children’s Books set in the Caribbean
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  June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month! Now in its 13th year, it celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of the Caribbean and the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the U.S. … Read More

25 Multicultural Books About Children Around The World
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    Never too early to teach children about how other kids around the world live! Learning about the ways children in other parts of the world may live very different lives yet love doing many similar things, is an … Read More

14 Multicultural Children’s Books About Spunky Princesses
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    Princesses are doin’ it for themselves! Modern princesses come in all shapes and colours; they are brave, smart and strong; they love having fun, and they are certainly not sitting around in pretty pink dresses waiting to be … Read More

40 Multicultural Children’s Books About Fabulous Female Artists
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  What better opportunity to put the spotlight on some of the fabulous female artists from past and present than Women’s History Month! In this list of multicultural children’s books, I am using the term “artist” in a broader sense … Read More

30 Diverse Children’s Anthologies About Trailblazing Women
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    It’s Women’s History Month –  time to celebrate the amazing achievements of women throughout history and around the globe! One good way of teaching children and teenagers about women’s history is to read biography collections about a wide … Read More

15 Black History Biography Collections for Children
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    Black History Biography Collections for children are a great way of introducing young learners to iconic Africans and African Americans across diverse fields. From politicians and freedom fighters to scientists, from performers, artists and poets to athletes, the … Read More

17 New Picture Books about Black History
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    It’s Black History Month! I always love searching for new releases of picture books about Black history that can be read at home or used in the classroom. And this year I found quite a few new treasures, … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018
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  Welcome to our 5th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 #ReadYourWorld Book Review Linkup!   Here’s how to celebrate: 1. Link up your diversity book reviews. 2. Find new books to read for your home or classroom bookshelf by following … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Love Family
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  Love Family written by Norah Barrett Cooper, illustrated by Joelle Nelson Disclosure: I received a free copy from Loving Lion Books, Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 Love Family is a new diverse picture book from Loving Lion Books that … Read More

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party 2018
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  Join us for our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party 2018!   We promise it will be a fun and fast-paced hour of great book conversations, sharing of diverse book ideas and lots of prizes! Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join … Read More

My 5 Most Popular Multicultural Children’s Book Lists of 2017
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    My 5 Most Popular Multicultural Children’s Book Lists of 2017   5 Multicultural Children’s Books about Mental Illness   For children living with a parent with mental health problems reading picture books about mental illness can help them … Read More

20 Multicultural Children’s Books about Bullying
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    October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Founded in 2006, it aims to educate communities across the U.S. and raise awareness about the devastating effects of bullying – from school avoidance and loss of self-esteem to anxiety, depression, and even … Read More

15 Must-Read Banned/Challenged Multicultural Children’s Books
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    It’s Banned Books Week! Launched in 1982 to create awareness of the harm of censorship, this annual event celebrates the freedom to read and express ideas. Each year, many diverse books are among those challenged and banned. Celebrate … Read More

37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King … Read More

50+ Multicultural STEAM Books for Children
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  STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) has been an important part of the school curriculum for many years now. More recently, art has been added in order to emphasize the importance of creative thinking, and so STEM became STEAM. … Read More

25 Multicultural Children’s Books teaching Kindness & Empathy
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    “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama XIV   UPDATED NOVEMBER 2018! Kindness and empathy are two of the most important social skills we can teach our children. Now more than ever, … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Shark Lady
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    Shark Lady The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist written by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens   Shark Lady is a beautiful new picture book release that tells the inspiring story … Read More

12 Multicultural Children’s Books about the Power of Community
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    Earlier this month, uncontrollable wildfires raged through our small South African town for several days, resulting in huge devastation and trauma for humans as well as animals. In amongst all the chaos, the whole community rallied together to … Read More

8 Multicultural Children’s Books Featuring Blind Children
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  Recently I came across a wonderful UK initiative called Make a Noise in Libraries. It was started by RNIB, a charity for people with sight loss, and aims at making libraries more accessible and inclusive for visually impaired readers. This … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Over and Under the Pond
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    Over and Under the Pond written by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal   “Over the pond we slide, splashing through lily pads, sweeping through reeds. The water’s a mirror, reflecting the sky. Sunshine and clouds – … Read More

10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books
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  After the more serious topics of my two previous lists (5 Multicultural Picture Books about Mental Illness & 9 Multicultural Children’s Books about Autism), I thought it’s time for something more lighthearted, so I went on a search for laugh … Read More

5 Multicultural Picture Books about Mental Illness
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  May is Mental Health Awareness Month! I’ve searched the internet high and low for multicultural picture books about mental illness but was disappointed to find only a few (interestingly, most of them are older ones, written in the 90’s). … Read More

9 Multicultural Children’s Books about Autism
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It’s Autism Awareness Month! Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include a wide range of conditions characterised by difficulties with social interactions, impaired verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviours. These multicultural children’s books about autism highlight the challenges children with autism … Read More

Multicultural Book of the Month: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
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  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo   Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is an inspiring new children’s book that reinvents fairy tales, telling the stories of 100 great women from Elizabeth I to … Read More

55 Multicultural Picture Books About Strong Female Role Models
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  UPDATED MARCH 2019! 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 … 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 … 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 be … Read More

21 Children’s Books about the Chinese New Year
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    UPDATED JANUARY 2020! The Chinese New Year – also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year – starts with the first new moon of the year and is welcomed with a 15-day celebration in many Asian … Read More

22 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.   UPDATED JANUARY 2020! To honour one of the greatest leaders and civil rights activists, America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day … 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 … 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 … 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. These beautiful … 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 … Read More

Top 10 Diwali Children’s Books
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  In 2018, Diwali – the five-day “Festival of Lights” – starts on November the 7th. Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities around the world celebrate the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, by lighting lamps and candles to … 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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 – 2019
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      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 Latinx culture in an outstanding work of children … 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

60+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Fathers
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    UPDATED June 2020! Not only for Father’s Day but for any day of the year are these multicultural children’s books about fathers! We included 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 … Read More

5 Children’s Books about the Dragon Boat Festival
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    One of the major festivals in Chinese culture, the Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the famous poet Qu Yuan who is said to have leapt into a river when an evil king captured his kingdom. Fishermen tried to save him … 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 … Read More

50+ Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading
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    UPDATED June 2019! Summer is here! Well, at least in the northern hemisphere… Time to stock up on summer reads for your middle graders! There is something for everyone on this extensive list of multicultural middle-grade novels!   … 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 … Read More

14 Multicultural Children’s Books about Mothers
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    Happy Mother’s Day! No matter where we live or how we became mothers, we all love our children madly, so let’s celebrate all mothers everywhere with these gorgeous multicultural children’s books about mothers! 14 Multicultural Children’s Books about … 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

40 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children
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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   UPDATED APRIL 2019! April is National Poetry Month! More poignant than prose, poems … 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… 26 Multicultural Picture Books … Read More

70+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families
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    UPDATED FEBRUARY 2018! 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