Best Multicultural Books for Kids on the Middle East
In honor of Ramadan, I wanted to offer a book list to help bridge an understanding between Muslins and people of other faiths. It’s actually taken me more than a year to assemble this book list as I am not familiar with this topic. I hope that you will share your favorite books and I will add to this list.
Parenting Teens: What to Ask the Pediatrician
I got an email from Dr. Trachtenberg’s publicist with this information. At first I was skeptical … what are they sending me?! But then I read it very carefully and it’s great information. So, thank you Dr. Trachtenberg! Read more…
I don’t know a lot about Southeast Asian American children’s literature so this was fun list to research and it was fun to hunt down books I had heard about but haven’t read in a while as well as discover a few really great authors that are new to me. I asked a Mom Friend at a birthday party — we were both waiting in the car for 2+ hours while our kids jumped on gigantic trampolines — since she’s East Asian what East Asian KidLit was in her bookshelves. She said there wasn’t a lot available and it’s true. These books are fantastic but under the radar. It turns out that she’s an expert on immigration particularly refugee immigration to the United States. I only knew her as my child’s friend’s mother/room parent for 3rd grade. Read more…
My oldest is a budding artist and while I have failed to support this interest with extra curricular activities to improve her skills, I have finally seen the light and enrolled her in a week of real art camp. Not the arts and crafts variety. She draws daily such that I tend to push activities that are opposite to art to round her out: math, reading, music, languages, and sports.
My mom friends are more on top of things.
One mom friend suggested an excellent art book from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as a birthday present. Hey, I did buy her the book (and it’s excellent). And I took her to the Eric Carle Museum. But now I am trying to be more supportive. We bought a family pass to the Museum of Fine Arts to increase our trips from annual to quarterly. I put her in camps that have more interesting and in depth art offerings. And I keep these books around the house. Most of them at least.
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Activity Books
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
Art Books for Kids Honorable Mention
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans
I got this book for my 16 year old, Grasshopper and Sensei, who is arty and just completed the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program this past summer. She and I are both drooling over this book. Beautifully illustrated on every page, this book brings the artists and major paintings that they created alive! Each story covers the artist’s life but in a way that draws the reader in because it’s a story and not a straight up (boring) biography. You can flip from chapter to chapter to read about particular artists or periods of art as you choose, or read it from start to finish in historical order. The beauty of this book is that it works for a wide range of ages. It also works beautifully as a read aloud for art history, either at home or in an art class. My daughter and I have read a lot of art history books for kids and this one is by far the best one we’ve ever run across. This is worth the investment! [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]
Attack on Young Adult Books Justified?
First, the perfect YA (Young Adult) book:
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell [chapter book, for ages 11-18]
Adventures of the Mind Camp Provides Mentors and Direction
When I was in business school at UCLA’s Anderson School, I participated in the Riordan Scholars program (funded by Major of Los Angeles Richard Riordan back when he was a venture capitalist) which paired us up with inner city high school and pre-graduate school minorities in order to help them successfully apply and prepare for high ed. My first mentee from South Central LA’s Crenshaw High, a high school that needs metal detectors, did all the heavy lifting herself and got herself into every school she applied for and opted for Yale. Now it seems that fellow alumna Victoria Gray has extended a version of this program called Adventures of the Mind for highly gifted high school students (such as yours!). It’s not free but there is financial aid, but the program sounds amazing: Read more…
Unsung Heroes of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers
It wasn’t until I read Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, a great author discovery I made last year, that I knew about the unsung Najavo heroes of WWII. I was only really cognizant of the 442nd Infantry Regiment made up of Japanese 2nd generation Americans because I’m half-Japanese; another group of unsung heroes of WWII with perhaps better P.R. Read more…