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.
March 2019Finding Your Voice
Malala’s Magic Pencil
By Malala Yousafzai; illustrated by KerascoëtAs a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
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
Hygiene and Health
Do Not Lick this Book By Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost; scanning electron microscope images by Linnea Rundgren