Best Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read
Every summer I stress out about what picture and chapter books to get for my kids that they will like but are also exposing them — as only books can do — to the wide world all around them both past, present and future.
This summer, we are going to take a trip around the world by reading these multicultural books. What is great about this list is that it covers all the ages of my kids: from preschool through elementary school.
I will be sneaky and check out these books for them and leave them strewn about the house for them to examine when they are bored. I will keep you posted on what books my kids actually liked because that is a whole ‘nother list! See you at the library!
What are your favorite multicultural books for kids? Please share!
Best Multicultural Books for Preschool
Heo, Yumi. One Afternoon. Orchard, 1994. 32 pages. Ages 2 – 4
Steptoe, John. Baby Says. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1988. Ages 1 – 3
Williams, Vera B. More, More, More, Said the Baby: Three Love Stories. Greenwillow, 1990. 32 pages.
Best Multicultural Books for Ages 5-7
Vyner, Tim. World Team. U.S. edition: Roaring Brook Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 4 – 9
Zepeda, Gwendolyn. Growing Up with Tamales = Los tamales de Ana. Translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura (from the English). Illustrated by April Ward. Piñata Books / Arte Público Press, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 6-9
Best Multicultural Books for Ages 7-9
Alarcon, Francisco X.From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna, y otros poemas de verano. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez . Children’s Book Press, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 7 – 10
Cha, Dia and Chue and Nhia Thao Cha. Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey to Freedom. Denver Museum of Natural History/Lee & Low, 1996. 24 pages. Ages 8 – 11
Best Multicultural Books for Ages 9-12
Grace, Catherine O’Neill and Margaret M. Bruchac, with Plimoth Plantation. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Photographed by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson. National Geographic Society, 2001. 48 pages. Ages 7 – 14
King, Casey and Linda Barrett Osborne. Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen. Knopf, 1997. 137 pages. Ages 8 – 14
Nye, Naomi Shihab, editor. The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from Mexico with Paintings from Mexican Artists. Simon & Schuster, 1995. 110 pages. Age 8 and older
p.s. If you want to find more great multicultural books and authors, I have a whole category of posts on People of Color KidLit.
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