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.
June 2019Exploring Identity
Julián Is a Mermaid
By Jessica LoveAfter seeing three women spectacularly dressed up as mermaids, Julián makes his own mermaid costume from Abuela’s curtain and potted fern. What will she think of the mess—and of Julián the mermaid?
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
Hygiene and Health
Do Not Lick this Book By Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost; scanning electron microscope images by Linnea Rundgren
Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School By Janet Halfmann; illustrated by London Lad
Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals By Nicola Davies; illustrated by Petr Horáček
Celebrate animals, especially endangered species, with the Newbery Medalist author/poet, who reads from his delightful picture book, which pairs poetry with photographs from National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, founder of Photo Ark.