Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.
February 2019Life-Changing Educators
Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School
By Janet Halfmann; illustrated by London LadBorn into slavery, Lilly Ann secretly learned to read and write from her master’s children—and then read everything she could get her hands on. Wishing to share her knowledge with others, she secretly taught hundreds of other enslaved people despite the great risks.
Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals By Nicola Davies; illustrated by Petr Horáček
Celebrating a Diverse America
Pie is for Sharing By Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illustrated by Jason Chin
Introducing Different Cultures and Languages through Name Stories
Alma and How She Got Her Name By Juana Martinez-Neal
Exploring Your Community
Finding the Music / En pos de la música By Jennifer Torres; illustrated by Renato Alarcão; Spanish translation by Alexis Romay
Defining Oneself through “I Am” Poems
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story By Joseph Bruchac; pictures by Liz Amini-Holmes
Why is diversity in children’s books so important? Read Across America authors explain the value of letting every child be the main character in their story.