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Multicultural Children's Books

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
So I checked with the mods and we are going to be able to get a sticky for some resources, particularly books. Please add whatever and whenever you can. There will be a separate thread for books that are more relevant to parenting in multicultural families. Thanks for your additions and thanks to the mods for approving this!

I'm drawing on my memories of teaching preschool, so here's what I can recall, though I know there are tons I'm forgetting!


Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong,Grace Lin
Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park,Ho Baek Lee
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, Leslie Staub
Chinatown by William Low
More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
post #2 of 13
"lilana's grandmothers"

little girl has a white/american grandmother and a latino grandmother (i think mexican) in another country. contrasts the two grandmothers culturally, discusses what liliana gets from both, how both love her very much.
rachel
post #3 of 13
"black is brown is tan"

I don't remember the author. Featuring a biracial children of AA and Caucasian parents.


Great thread!
post #4 of 13
Best Best Colors. Queer AND of colour. Love the book.
post #5 of 13
Shades of Black
Nappy Hair
Afrotina and the Three Bears (my dd's favorite!!!)
post #6 of 13
From the Bellybutton of the Moon/Del Ombligo de la Luna An english/spanish book of poems about the author's summers visiting family in Mexico.

Spike Lee has a couple, Please Puppy Please & Please, Baby Please
post #7 of 13
Are you looking for books that individually contain a multicultural perspective, or books that may individually have a single cultural perspective but which when grouped together provide the perspectives of many cultures?
post #8 of 13
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Just Us Women (my favorite when I was litle)
A Chair for My Mother
post #9 of 13
Here are some wonderful picture books:

Alan Say's books - especially:
Grandfather's Journey
Allison (international adoption)
Tea with Milk (interracial marriage)

A Carp for Kimiko by Virginia Kroll
Yoko by Rosemary Wells (Yoko brings sushi not pb and J for lunch), also Yoko's Paper Cranes

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just remembered another:

Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley

Apparently there is a whole series, but this is the only one I'm familiar with.
post #11 of 13
Another picture book:

The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman. I saw it on the library shelf yesterday with a different title, Always Adam. I'm not sure why the title needed to be changed for the Australian market (and I'm guessing the U.K. too), if you read the book, the original title is better. It's a beautiful and touching book though, whatever it's called.
post #12 of 13
www.cultureforkids.com has lots of great multicultural & bilingual kids' books, including most of the titles listed here already.
post #13 of 13

I am a Ballerina

The book I am a Ballerina, by Valerie Coulman, tells the story of a little girl who goes to see a ballet performance and then wants to become a ballerina. It's a great book for little kids who are interested in ballet. Her ballet class includes a little boy, and her family is biracial (her mom is Asian and her dad is Caucasian).
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