13 March 2015

Book Notes: Multicultural Children's Books

There's a great quote in You've Got Mail. Actually, that whole movie is a great quote, but here's a part of it that deals with children's books:

"When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." ~Kathleen Kelly

We want our children to read quality books, not sloppy storylines or useless fluff. Twaddle. What we value should also be shown in the books we read our children, starting from their baby years.


Personally, I want my children to see multiculturalism in the books we read together. I've found that these books often shine with the virtues listed above--because it's in cross-cultural situations that characters are forced to define their values and strengthen their ability to cope with change and challenges.

In a previous post, I listed several recommended books for TCKs. Here, we're continuing that list--although now I realize the worth spreads much further than third culture kids. (Many of these titles were recommended by my friend Becky. You can read more about her at the end of this post.)

On a Global Perspective
All Kinds of Children by Norma Simon
Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett
We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Kates

On Mobility (Moving, Making Friends, Fitting In)
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Just Another Ordinary Day by Rod Clement
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst
Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Going Home, Coming Home by Truong Tran
Someplace Else by Carol P. Saul

(Graphic Novels)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

(Chapter Books)
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin
Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
The Hobbit & the Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

On Specific Cultures
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
One Grain of Rice by Demi
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan
The Empty Pot by Demi
T is for Taj Mahal by Varsha Bajaj
Celebrating Chinese Festivals by Sanmu Tang
Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley
Ling & Ting series by Grace Lin
Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
Bee-bim Bop! By Linda Sue Park
Yoko by Rosemary Wells
Hello World! by Manya Stojic
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
In the Heart of the Village by Barbara Bash
Hush! by Minfong Ho
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Malia in Hawaii by Karyn Hopper
Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel

Read much and read well! Like the movie quote said, we want our children's reading to be of the best quality since it will become part of their identity. 

Abide in Him,

What would you add to this list of multicultural picture books?

{Much thanks goes to my friend Becky, who recommended the majority of this list to me. If you'd like to see more, she regularly reviews books on Goodreads and even gives lesson suggestions for specific titles on her blog.}

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