Jan 18, 2018
Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Jan. 27, 2018
Celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 27. The mission of Multicultural Children's Book Day is to not only raise awareness for children's books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center has many resources available to support Multicultural Children's Book Day if you need books about other countries, languages, and cultures.
Here is a list of recommended resources:
Boxed book multiples for literature circles
- Beginning Biographies - Native Americans - Contains copies of Jim Thorpe, Ben Nighthorse Campbell,
Dat-So-La-Lee, Sacajawea, and Tecumseh - Grades 2-3.
- Building the Great Wall of China: An Isabel Soto History Adventure - In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Isabel Soto as she explores the history of building the Great Wall of China. - Grades 5-8.
- A Guide to Celebrations and Holidays Around the World: The Best Books, Media, and Multicultural Learning Activities - Provides teachers with activity ideas and bibliographic information for a variety of resources designed to help students learn about different celebrations and holidays from around the world. - Grades K-5.
- Multicultural Storytime Magic - Provides activities and related books for children’s library programs that teach about diversity in American society, in the world, and of abilities. - Grades Prek-5.
- Celebrating Diversity with Art: Thematic Projects For Every Month - There are six projects for every month of the year. Each month features a different theme highlighting African-American heritage, Asian-Pacific heritage, Zoos, Aquariums, National parks, and Women's history. - Grades 3-6.
- Celebrating Ramadan - Presents information about Islam and the special month of Ramadan. - Grades 3-6.
- Primary Sources of World Communities - The books in this set include seven on foreign countries and five that explore what it means to be an American who honors both American culture and family cultural traditions from another country. Grades 3-8.
- Across Cultures: A Guide to Multicultural Literature For Children - An annotated bibliography of fiction and nonfiction multicultural books, arranged in thematic groupings: identity and self-image; family and friends; traditions; exploring the past in diverse communities; and knowing today's world.
- Booktalking Authentic Multicultural Literature: Fiction and History For Young - Highlighting award- winning fiction, this resource focuses on contemporary multicultural fiction, history, and memories.
- Educating Everybody’s Children: Diverse Teaching Strategies For Diverse Learners - This book is grounded in the belief that differences in student achievement are often the result of differences in the quality of instruction, if we can improve the quality of instruction, we can improve the performance of students.
- Multicultural Gifted Education - Addresses topics of racially and culturally diverse students and families; historical and legal perspectives on educating gifted and minority students; culturally responsive curriculum and assessment; and counseling students from a multicultural perspective.
- Understanding Multicultural Education: Equity For All Students - Information is organized using the analogy of a house to make complex ideas understandable. Goals, ideas, theories, principals, and practices of multicultural education are brought together in this resource.
- Teaching Science to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students - A guide for teaching elementary students from many cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
- Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish - Describes how to serve Latino and Spanish-speaking children in the library by offering bilingual storytimes in English and Spanish.
Follow #ReadYourWorld to see how others are celebrating this day.