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Modern Immigration Books for Kids

Modern Immigration & The Refugee Experience Books for Kids

Use these books on modern immigration and the refugee experience books for kids to teach empathy and compassion. What are your favorite books on this topic that I’ve left out? Thanks for sharing!

Modern Immigration Books for Kids

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Three children from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia are starting over in America where they have to learn a new language and make new friends. They feel isolated, confused, and sad. Slowly, they make progress, and they find their place with the help of kind classmates. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Here I Am by Patti Kim, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

This wordless picture book that tells a Korean American immigration story beginning with a plane ride to New York City. It’s not easy adjusting to a new city and a new language but slowly, the young boy adjusts. He’s brought with him a seed from his old country, and it helps him make a new friend … and a new happy life. [wordless picture book, ages 6 and up]

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Lewin

A young Muslin girl joins her class on a field trip to an apple orchard. Because she doesn’t speak English, she feels isolated and unwelcome. When she chooses a green apple, a boy protests that it’s unripe. Her teacher intervenes and it’s added to the cider press. The resulting cider is delicious; an analogy for the beauty of diversity. By the end of the trip, the young girl makes a new friend, and feels like she is starting to fit in. [picture book, ages 6-11]

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10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy

10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy

I received so many great picture book suggestions for my first list, 10 Great Picture Books to Learn About Africa, that I had to include them on a new list. So here it is. Part Two: 10 More Great Picture Books To Learn About Africa.

This new list highlights seemingly ordinary people who find ways to help people in extraordinary ways. Other books on this list showcase empathy and helping others. It is my hope that this list inspires kids that they can change the world.

10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy

10. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez 

Willson Kimeli Naiyomah of Kenya

In Kenya, Kimeli comes home to his Maasai village after studying abroad. He has something important to discuss with his village elders. He remembers 9/11 and the suffering in New York. To the Maasai, the cow is life. Kimeli offers his only cow Enkarûs; others join him in this ultimate sacrifice. Together they gift fourteen precious cows for America “because there is no nation so powerful that it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small that they cannot offer mighty comfort.” This is based on the true story of Kimeli Naiyomah. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

9. Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol

J. J. Keki

In a village in Uganda, farmers work together at a coffee growers co-op called Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace). What is unusual is this is an interfaith farming cooperative with Christians, Jews and Muslims all working together.

Not too long ago, Uganda had a series of civil wars and people of all religious faced persecution. When Ugandan musician, J. J. Keki  visited the United States, he witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack, and it prompted him to start this farming co-op. As of 2016, there were more than 1,000 farmers growing and selling their coffee collectively through Peace Kawomera. [advanced nonfiction picture book, ages 7 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit Favorites

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please scroll down to share a favorite  #diversekidlit post or to find amazing diverse resources.

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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Big Book Format Diversity Picture Books

Big Book Format Diversity Picture Books for Storytime

My college boyfriend’s first job was working for his uncle’s educational publishing company which made these Big Book picture books. I remember him calling me (we had broken up after college but were still friendly) that he was so nervous at his first sales presentation. He psyched himself up by turning away from the classroom of children and teachers, and said to himself, “I went Harvard, I can do this.” Then he turned around and wowed the crowd.

He read a Big Book to the kids and he was amazed that a little boy guessed the surprise ending right off the bat. He just couldn’t believe that that kid figured it out that there was an animal reveal at the end. I think it was a cheetah.

My friend moved on from this job to do other things, but he gifted me two Big Books for my birthday. I wasn’t sure what to do with them. They were really big books. They didn’t fit in my book case. Now, of course, they would really come in handy. Who doesn’t love a really Big Book for a read aloud? The sad thing is that there are hardly any diversity titles for Big Books. A reader asked me for a list, and I dug around and found these.

Do you do read alouds? What other Big Books do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!

Big Book Format Diversity Picture Books for Read Alouds

The Colors of Us (big book format) by Karen Katz

Multicultural colors reflect a wide range of skin tones that pair with different kinds of food in this diversity picture book. With engaging illustrations, this picture book is a nice way introduce diversity through skin color in a positive way: cinnamon, chocolate, honey, coffee, toffee, and butterscotch. They sound so delicious. [Big Book picture book, ages 4 and up]

Flower Garden (big book format) by Eve Bunting

It’s a lot of effort to plant a lovely window box garden but a little girl and her daddy work on it all day in their brownstone apartment because it’s a special surprise for someone they both love! [Big Book picture book, ages 2 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit: Favorites

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in April is Favorites. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

Thank you SO much to everyone who participated in Monday’s #diversekidlit  Twitter chat! We had a wonderful conversation with a great community. If you weren’t able to join us, you can catch up on all the posts you missed here.

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.

DiverseKidLit

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The Nian Monster Chinese New Year Author Event

The Nian Monster Chinese New Year Author Event

If you get a chance to see Andrea Wang at a Chinese New Year author event for The Nian Monster, I highly recommend going, especially if you have small children! Her picture book author event was delightfully interactive!

The Nian Monster Author Event

The Nian Monster Chinese New Year Author Event

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau

The ancient legend of the Nian monster gives background to why Chinese New Year is celebrated with the color red, loud noises and fire. XingLing knows about the Nian Monster but is shocked to see it appear in Shanghai, ready to devour her and her city. She uses her wits to outsmart the Nian monster. The special foods used to celebrate Chinese New Year also have a role to play in defeating the Nian monster. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Andrea’s family were at the event, helping out. Her son acted out the part of the Nian Monster and also helped the kids with the craft. This was a coming home event for Andrea; she grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School though now she lives in Colorado.

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Diverse KidLit Twitter Party

#DiverseKitLit Favorites

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in April is Favorites.

Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

My favorite books have an appreciating family theme:

We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft

This jubilant rhyming picture book celebrates the bonds that make families strong with illustrations that depict diversity and acceptance of all kinds of families from mixed race, families of color, LGBTQ, to special needs. This pairs nicely with The Barefoot Book of Children to explore the ways kids and families are different, yet the same. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

When God Made You by Mathew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow

A you who views others as sisters and brothers

and lives by three words: love one anther.

This lovely feel-g00d picture book celebrates the wonderful uniqueness of every child, when God made you all shiny and new. The message of the book suggests that everyone is part of a bigger “family,” and that each person has gifts to share with the world. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Singing her first church solo makes a young African American girl nervous but her family is there all week to help her conquer her nerves. At her performance, she gets a special surprise that boosts her confidence when her father, who was supposed to work, makes it to her performance. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Bilal and his family have to move quickly to the United States from Pakistan but his father has to stay behind to deal with political intrigue that threatens the family’s safety. Bilal must swap cricket for baseball, all the while hoping his father will be able to join them soon. As a year nearly passes without his father, Bilal finds that his newfound skill as a pitcher might be the key to helping his father. This chapter book shows how a family might end up seeking refuge in a new country, and the stresses that causes on a family. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

 

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit & The Changing Seasons

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in March is the Changing Seasons. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

I chose two nonfiction books today that show the biodiversity of the world we live in. I hope these books encourage kids to explore other countries and cultures.

Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them by Bernadette Purquié and Cécile Gambini

Learn about sixteen real but unusual trees like the chocolate tree, the upside-down tree, the rain tree, the chewing gym tree, and the ghost tree. Each tree is described in an intriguing way from the tree’s point of view, inviting readers to learn more. Use the maps on the end papers to find each tree. The beautiful illustrations ignite the imagination! [nonfiction picture book, ages 6 and up]

Things That Grow by Libby Walden, illustrated by Becca Stadlander

The life cycles of plants, animals, and the universe are explored in this pocket sized book. With postcard sized pages, this book offers short tidbits of information with beautifully designed pages. [nonfiction picture book, ages 6 and up]

 

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.

DiverseKidLit

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Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children's Books for Parents and Educators

Join Us for Read an eBook Week!

March 5-11 is Read an eBook Week! First conceived by author Rita Toews more than nine years ago as a response to the stagnant acceptance of electronic reading, Read An E-Book Week has slowly built a strong international following among digitally published authors and readers alike.

Read an ebook week

This year’s event, which began March 5th and carried through to March 11th, brought authors from eleven countries together for a week of e-reading. Read more about the history of this event and the history of e-books HERE.

What better ebook to share than the one myself, my team members and MCBD Co-Founders (along with some pretty amazing bloggers and children’s literacy advocates) created ourselves?!

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