Multicultural Books for Kids from the Kid LIt Blog Hop

Multicultural Books for Kids from the Kid Lit Blog Hop

I wanted to share some of the great multicultural books from the last Kid Lit Blog Hop.

Sam and the Lucky Money from Randomly Reading

Sam and the Lucky Money is is a wonderful read aloud for kids.  It is not so much about teaching young readers about the Lunar New Year, as it is about helping them to understand the importance of being thankful for what they have.  Besides gratitude, Sam also learns about compassion and generosity.  The nice part about all that is it comes in the form of a lovely story that young readers will no doubt enjoy.

Sam and the Lucky Money reviewed by Randomly Reading

Books for Kids: Architecture and Building from Growing Book by Book

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale recieved a 2013 Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Award.  The left side of each picture spread uses mixed-media collage to showcase children building with different play materials.  The right side of each picture spread showcases a photograph of an iconic building.  For example, a pillow fort is paired with Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim.

1960’s Children’s Picture Books from What Do We Do All Day?

The porquoi tale, Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky (1968), is also on my list of African folktales for kids. Water wonders why he is never invited to Sun’s house.  Sun replies that his house is not large enough and sets out building a new one to accommodate his friend. But when water comes to visit, he fills the entire house and there is no longer room enough for Sun and his spouse, Moon. Can you guess where they found a new home? I particularly like the illustrations, with their emphasis on the mask.

9 Books for 9 Year Olds from What Do We Do All Day?


Last month Kiddo came home from school to tell me his 3rd grade teachers were reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson aloud to the class. This is a really wonderful story about a 10 year old who moves with her family from China to Brooklyn. In her attempt to understand American culture and be accepted, she focuses on baseball as an entry point, making new friends along the way.

Bringing stories to life in 3D: Mini-interview with Jo Litchfield from Write Kids Books

The other day in a bookstore, a book caught my eye:  Deganit the Doctor. The name of the illustrator didn’t ring a bell, because it’s written in Hebrew.  At home, I sounded it out:  “Joe Litchfield”?  (Hebrew is a phonetic language, so a silent E can’t be transcribed.) Hmm… sounded familiar, but I wasn’t sure from where.

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10 Comments

  1. Giora

    Thanks for the list of these great multicultural books for kids. Do you know of any book for kids set in Mexico? Thanks.

  2. Hi Giora,

    Not sure of the target age but you could consider anything by Sandra Cisneros. It’s more Mexican – American than Mexcian but great stuff all around.

    The House on Mango Street is the famous one for YA or older. “Hairs” is a picture book of a vignette from Mango Street for younger kids.

    Set in Mexico, try The Woman Who Outshone the Sun. A great read out loud kids book.

    Julia Alvarez is another super young adult Spanish/English (Domincan) writer. She may have some for young kids too.

    My all time favorite young kids Spanish writer is Rafael Pombo (the Dr Seuss of Colombia). In rhyming verse and only available in Spanish. The stories are a little harsh (ala Grimm’s fairy tales) but the musicality of the language and the characters are phenomenal.

    BTW Not Spanish, I recommend Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. A fascinating YA or older book from Japan about education and individualism.

    If it’s written in and for another country and translated in to English, does that count as multi-cultural? Regardless IMHO it’s a must read for people thinking about education.

    Thanks,

    Greg S

  3. Great list. I have Sam and the Lucky Money and Dreaming Up on my list. They look like really good books.
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  4. Dreaming Up looks absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait to read a copy with my kids!
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  5. Two of our favorites are on your list! Thanks for sharing at After School!

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