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50 MUST READ Diversity Picture Books

50 MUST READ Diversity Picture Books

I’ve chosen fifty of my favorite diversity picture books and wrote book descriptions in the style of a Haiku poem. It’s not exactly a Haiku exactly, but I’m following for form of 5-7-5.  I’ve broken the picture books into five categories:

  • 10 Diversity Picture Books Teaching Kindness
  • 10 Diversity Immigration Picture Books
  • 10 Diversity Picture Books to Encourage Empathy
  • 10 Diversity Picture Books About Unsung Heroes
  • 10 Diversity Picture Books about Amazing Artists

Let me know if you like this [weird] format because I have fifty more picture books in mind for a second version if requested. Thanks so much!

10 Diversity Picture Books Teaching Kindness
10 Diversity Picture Books Teaching Kindness

Finding the Music/En Pos de la Música by Jennifer Torres, illustrated by Renato Alarcão

breaking his guitar

helps to find abuelito

in everyone’s hearts

[bilingual Spanish picture book, ages 4 and up]

Mama, I’ll Give You the World by Roni Schotter, illustrated by S. Saelig Gallagher

at her hair salon

luisa plans a surprise

for her single mom

[picture book, ages 4 and up]

The Girl with a Brave Heart by Rita Jahanforuz and Riotah, illustrated by Vali Mintzi

when kindness rewards

“Cinderella” in Iran

beauty revealed

[picture book, ages 6 and up]


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Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party 2017 and book giveaways!

Win 1 of 12 Diversity Children’s Book Bundles! 100+ Book GIVEAWAY

Please join us for our Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Win 1 of 12 Book Bundles! Giving away Book Bundles every 6 minutes!

Twitter Party

Friday, January 27th

9 pm to 10 pm EST

Hashtag: #ReadYourWorld

We will be discussing the state of children’s book publishing and giving away diversity book bundles every six minutes! We invite EVERYONE to join us: authors, publishers, parents, caregivers, librarians, KidLit lovers. You don’t have to be an author or publisher sponsor to join us! Let’s talk about our favorite multicultural and diverse children’s books, authors, and illustrators!

How do you join the Twitter party? Just use hashtag #ReadYourWorld to find us. When you tweet, use the hashtag so everyone can find you!

Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party 2017 and book giveaways!
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Civil Rights Movement through Art and Books for Kids

Civil Rights Movement through Art and Books for Kids

Today, I wanted to look at the Civil Rights Movement told through art and children’s books. Both are powerful communication tools both to educate and as a means to connect with emotionally with what happened.

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans

How many bubbles are in a bar of soap? Name all sixty-six judges in the state of Alabama.

These “tests” were forced on African Americans to prevent them from voting prior to the Voting Rights Act.

Lillian Allen inspired this picture book. In 2008, at age one hundred, she campaigned for Barack Obama and cast her vote for him as well. Her efforts to bring in voters for him on a hilly neighborhood is also serves to portray the symbolic struggle for voting rights that African American had to overcome: slavery, poll tax, ridiculous and impossible trivia tests, angry mobs, KKK threats, and police violence. [advanced picture book, ages 5 and up]

This book is in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. In 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1065, allowing states to create “voter ID laws” which require all citizens to present a state-issued ID when voting, even though this is a financial obstacle for the poor and elderly to obtain.

The right to vote still needs protection today!

For example, this powerful painting depicts the murders committed by KKK, still not labeled as a terrorist organization today!

National Gallery of Canada

Civil Rights Movement Art
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Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood tackles a little known subject: that Asian Americans were also subject to Jim Crow laws in the South. In this chapter book, she gently weaves together a story of Azalea, a rising fifth grader sent to live her grandmother in Arkansas that she’s never met before. Grandma Clark is a woman with a towering presence; she encourages Azalea to make friends with Billy Wong who is also new to their small town. He’s living with his Great Uncle and Aunt so that he can attend a previously all white school and works in their small grocery store. There’s also the bully, Willis, and Scattergood shows us that things are not black and white; behind his prejudice are family responsibilities heavy for a young boy to bear. Grandma Clark’s plan for a more tolerant community is simple; she utilizes Garden Helpers to help out while she’s recuperating, thus forcing everyone to work together. Azalea discovers that she’s more similar to her grandmother than she realized, and their relationship, like hers with Billy Wong, strengthens from the adversity of facing racism around them. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

 

Gordon Parks: An African American Photographer Who Used His Lens to Expose Racism

My favorite children’s book on a photographer who used his lens to capture the separation of races which makes a powerful statement is the little known Gordon Parks.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Weatherford is an outstanding voice in children’s literature and here she tells the story of Gordon Parks who overcame racism himself, and used his self-taught photography skills to capture a segregated America. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

I have a post about Gordon Parks and here are some of his photographs that he took for a Life Magazine article that never ran.

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Year of the Rooster Book GIVEAWAYS: 7 Winners!

Chinese New Year Crafts and KidLit GIVEAWAYS!

Chinese New Year is Saturday, January 28th 2017. It’s the year of the rooster!

Are you born during the Year of the Rooster? Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029. Your Rooster personality can be described as:

Hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and confident. Roosters are extroverts, outspoken, honest, and loyal. Roosters are also described as active, amusing, popular and attractive.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, I have an Upcycled Rooster Egg Holder craft which will hold our naturally dyed red eggs! Next, I’ll show you how to fold an easy origami chicken. Finally, I have a lot of giveaways! 7 winners will received Chinese New Year themed books and 1 lucky winner will get 24 Chinese Red Envelopes with a Chicken theme from The Dumpling Mama!

Happy Chinese New Year! Are you celebrating in some way this year? Maybe just with a meal? Please share!

p.s. I have other Chinese New Year posts:

Chinese New Year Crafts

Chinese New Year Crafts and Books

Chinese New Year Red Envelope Crafts

15 Wonderful Chinese New Year Books

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit Linky: Human Rights!

Happy New Year!

Our theme for January is Human Rights. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

I wanted to share with you a great discovery: a  novel in verse that tells the story of quiet heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by  Shadra Strickland

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark case that made mixed race marriages legal. That Richard and Mildred’s very last name is “LOVING” and that their crime is loving each other says something about fate perhaps.

In 1955, in Virginia — state slogan: Virginia is for Lovers (formerly Virginia is for history lovers)– two teenagers fell in love amidst segregation, racism and cruelty. Their marriage broke a Virginia 1924 law to preserve racial integrity and keep children of partial white ancestry out of all white schools. The fact that this law implied that one race was superior to another — this legislation allowed Negroes to marry those of other races, thus subjecting them to losing their racial purity — was an inconsistency that won their case.

It took nine long years during which they lived in exile in Washington DC for them to win their case. Told in mesmerizing free verse that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, this chapter book is as important as their landmark case. [Novel in verse, ages 8 and up.]

p.s. If you want more background, I have this post on my Instagram.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

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FREE Classroom Kindness Kit from Multicultural Children's Book Day

FREE Classroom Kindness Kit from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Now more than ever, a message of hope, compassion, empathy and understanding is needed.

Now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation of beautifully diverse people and encourage and implement KINDESS.

Kindness is word that many of us are hearing more and more thanks to a concerning, tense and sometimes scary 2016. It something we all as humans need to be mindful or especially when it comes to being role models for kids. As always, encouraging and teaching kindness to children starts at home and in the classroom.

Powerhouse Children’s Publishing Company, Scholastic, has noted that books and activities that promote kindness will be a key trend in 2017…

Kindness Classroom Kit

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10 Multicultural Books For Kids Ages 2-14

10 Multicultural Books For Kids Ages 2-14

Thank you to Ronna Mandel (who also blogs at Good Reads with Ronna) for doing a story on me and Multicultural Children’s Book Day for JLife. This is the book list that I created for the article.

10 Multicultural Books To Read With Your Kids

1. It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

Todd Parr’s message of inclusion and acceptance is perfect for preschool and up. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

2. Never Say a Mean Word Again by Jacqueline Jules

Jewish poet Samuel Ha-Grid was the highest royal advisor in Muslim Granada, and this story references his wisdom in conflict resolution. It’s retold here through the eyes of two boys; one Muslim, one Jewish. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Top 10: Favorite Diversity Books from Kid Book Reviewer

Top 10: Favorite Diversity Books from Kid Book Reviewer

I am so excited to have kid book bloggers, Oscar and Olivia, here today with their 10 Favorite Diversity Books for Kids. They’ve included both picture books and chapter books. Oscar is 9 years old; Olivia 12 years old. They blog collaboratively at Kid Book Review. Please check out their great blog! You can also find them on Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Goodreads, and Bloglovin’.

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My brother (Oscar, age 9) and I (Olivia, age 12), have a book blog called Kid Book Reviewer where we review books and interview our favorite authors.

Our Top Ten Favorite Diversity Books for Kids

Being Jewish, we love reading books about other cultures, races, or religions. This children’s genre – called Diversity books – is quickly picking up speed and becoming more and more popular. Here’s a list of our Top Ten favorite Diversity Books.

1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Olivia is a huge fan of Malala Yousafzai, especially after reading her book, I Am Malala. In Malala’s empowering story, she recounts how she stood up to the Taliban and fought for a girl’s right to education. Readers are gripped as Malala ultimately ends up putting her life in danger, but shows immense persistence when she continues fighting – and still is. A heart-wrenching, inspiring book that is a must-read for all kids – especially girls. [chapter book, ages 12 and up]

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#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017 with CBC

#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017

We are thrilled to be working with the Children’s Book Council to spotlight 24 diversity authors and illustrators in celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! They will each be sharing eight multicultural children’s books during the months of January and February.

#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017 with CBC

 

January 2: Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier

Books For Kids with Disabilities: Jo Meserve Mach & GIVEAWAY

Books For Kids with Disabilities: Jo Meserve Mach & GIVEAWAY

January 3: Darcy Pattison

Adoption Chapter Books: Darcy Pattison & GIVEAWAY

Adoption Chapter Books: Darcy Pattison & GIVEAWAY


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