It’s almost time to go back to school and starting a new school can be fraught with anxiety. I thought I would do a round up of starting Kindergarten and/or Preschool books with a multicultural slant. These are 10 Multicultural Starting School Books for Kids that I found. I choose them because either the story is multicultural, the author is a person of color, or the illustrations showed racial diversity.
Do you have a favorite that I missed? Please help me build this list and add it as a comment. Thank you!
Top 10 Back to School Diversity Picture Books
10. This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World by
All around the world, children go to school by different means including walking, skating, school bus, ferry, trolley car and helicopter. This rhyming picture book explores both the United States and the world beyond including Italy, Egypt, Norway, China, Israel, Switzerland, Kenya, Australia, India, Mexico and Siberia.
9. Mama Don’t Go by Rosemary Wells
The characters in Yoko and Friends are all animals and Rosemary Wells makes it clear that Yoko is both Japanese and a cat! Yoko has separation anxiety on her first day of school and doesn’t want her mother to leave. Luckily, Yoko’s new friend helps her understand that moms will always return!