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.
December 2018Empathy and Appreciation
Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared)
By Thyra HederNia is excited to bring home her new turtle named Alfie on her 6th birthday, but eventually loses interest as Alfie doesn’t seem to notice all the effort she makes to include him in her life. Alfie has noticed, though, and sets off to do something special for Nia for her 7th birthday.
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
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
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.