I ran this post a few years back, but it is relevant now more than ever.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 is Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Why not join the celebration by reading some great books that honor all kinds of cultures. Here are some old and new ones from my collection:
1. THE PEACE BELL by Margi Preus (Illustrated by Hideko Takahashi (Henry Holt 2008): This story is inspired by the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell that was brought to America by a US Navy Peace crew who found it abandoned in a Japanese ship yard after the end of WWII. They later brought it back to Japan as an act of friendship and peace. Another book by Margi is the MG historical WEST OF THE MOON, that takes place in Norway. A wonderful introduction to Scandinavian culture and a riveting folktale.
2. IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu (Creston Books 2015): A beautifully illustrated and tenderly told circular tale of a Vietnamese fisherman and the family who waits for his return. This book has received numerous starred reviews and well-deserved accolades.
3. LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt DeLaPena just won the 2016 Newbery Medal. Take a peek at this delightful story honoring Hispanic culture.
3. GRANDMOTHER THORN by Katey Howes ( Ripple Grove Press 2017) a wonderful picture book about stubbornness, perseverance and love. Beautifully told and artfully illustrated, it is sure to be a favorite for years to come.
What are some of your favorite multi-cultural titles?