Multicultural Books

This link comes to us from Oakland member Bob Burt. The link will take you to a page with pictures and titles of a variety of multicultural books for grades 2-4. I really like this link because the books are just novels with characters from various cultures and ethnicities. They are not necessarily historical, but just good literature for kids showing a variety of characters. It is important to read multicultural books to all students, not just minority students. Our nation is multicultural, and our literature should reflect that.

Thank you Bob! And remember that we always welcome ideas from members to post on the blog.

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4 Responses to Multicultural Books

  1. SYDNE BORTEL says:

    Tara–This post is quite timely. Did you see yesterday’s first page of NY Times discussing the lack of hispanic people as important characters in children’s books, and how difficult it is for hispanic children to relate to the largely white characters? If you can’t get it on line I’ll send it to you. Sydne Bortel San Pedro School E.C. volunteer

  2. Gail Perin says:

    Thanks for this very timely information. These last two weeks I have been using Ezra Keats books for my third graders,
    not the most challenging verbage, but wonderfully articulated emotional content to discuss. Characters are mostly multicultural, low socioeconomic, living in the a tight community. My favorites are “Letter to Amy” and “Apartment 3” “Maggie and the Pirates”.
    Ezra Keats got the Caldecott and many awards because of his multicultural children characters and building plot around
    growth and developments issues for all kids in society. He has written about 20 books and I have used about 10=12 of them with my own kids (30 yrs ago) and in my 17 years of tutoring. The books really engage the kids and empower them to learn
    to be sensitive to their own feelings and those of others.
    Gail Perin

    • Gail, I have used many of Ezra Jack Keats’ books throughout the years, and agree with you that he does a great job! I am so glad that you are finding them helpful, and that you take the time to find good, multicultural books for your students.

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