Multicultural books for children
Date posted: March 1, 2013
Books are mirrors and windows – they can reflect our experience or they can introduce us to something new. Multicultural books can do both, revealing common experiences and interesting differences. Multicultural books give all children a better understanding of the world. And, they help more children see themselves represented in books.
RAPP: the multicultural collection: reading and parents program
Family Literacy Centre of Kingston Literacy & Skills. Kingston, Ont.: KL&S, 2011.
Also available online
This resource manual for literacy programs, family resource programs and teachers of young children celebrates the cultural diversity of Canada. In addition to picture book selections, it provides reading hints, a craft idea, poetry based on the theme of the book, and activities to develop fine motor skills.
Welcome song for baby.
Richard Van Camp. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 2007.
This is an example of a resource for parents or caregivers to read to very young infants. This is a book that reflects Canada’s multicultural richness while focusing attention on new babies and their role in the world.
What’s for lunch?: how schoolchildren eat around the world.
Andrea Curtis, photographs by Yvonne Duivenvoorden. Markham, Ont.: Red Deer Press, 2012.
Free teaching guide is available for download.
This is an example of a nonfiction book for older readers that looks at the variety and inequality of food consumed for school lunch in thirteen countries around the world. Explores issues such as the food system, social justice, and climate change. Written for children aged 9 to 12, this could also be a good conversation starter with adults.
These books may be borrowed from the Decoda Literacy Library.
This book trailer for Fatty Legs, an award-winning memoir of an Inuit girl for middle-school readers, is another example of the multicultural books available for older children.
50 multicultural books every child should know – From the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, this list is organized by age and has links to individual book reviews.
30 multicultural books every teen should know – a list for older readers
Canadian multicultural-themed books for kids – a list of some of the multicultural-themed picture books and novels published in Canada, compiled by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
First Nations-themed books for kids – a list of some of the First Nations-themed picture books and novels published in Canada, compiled by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Guidelines for choosing multicultural books – Guidelines from Reading is Fundamental Also see their Multicultural K-5 book lists
Read around the world – A list of recommended books from a mom (who happens to be a librarian), developed by taking reading trips around the world with her young children. Most books are suitable for 2 to 6 year olds.