Ours is a growing and wonderful community. With growth, however, come greater challenges and even greater opportunities. Our community consists of many people from many different cultures and with growth it will become even more diverse. We have all seen tragedies unfold in schools across the country and as made evident by the necessity of our bullying policy, the issues of ignorance and intolerance are also alive and well here at home. This is why we must address issues surrounding cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is simply the blending of different cultures – people with different backgrounds, routines, looks, beliefs, styles of dress all coming together to form a community. ...view middle of the document...
The Twins’ Blanket, by Hyewon Yum
This book is about young Korean girls and its author is Korean as well. It illustrates to young readers that although the girls pictured my look different than they do, the issues and feelings they face are universal.
Cradle Me, by Debbie Slier
This book shows pictures of babies from different American Indian tribes on their cradle boards. It illustrates babies doing baby things while showing attributes of the American Indian culture.
More, More, More Said the Baby, by Vera Williams
This book illustrates warm, loving relationships as three different colored toddlers go about their day.
Illustrated Book for Primary Readers
I Lost My Tooth in Africa, by Penda Diakité
This book shows how fun different cultures and places can be. The author writes about her experience with the tooth fairy when she lost her tooth in Africa.
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, by Grace Lin
This book shows the differences between people within the same culture.
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, by Duncan Tonatiuh
This book is about an artist both in Mexican history and a boy who compares the art to what art might look like in his society today. It shows progression from different time periods within the same culture.
Illustrated Books for Middle Readers
The Composition, by Antonio
This book is about an ordinary kid growing up under a dictatorship and the challenges he faces.
Molly’s Pilgrim, by Barbara Cohen
This book is about a Jewish child immigrant who is embarrassed by her culture during a school project, but learns more about her history and the history of the U.S.
Meet Danitra Brown, by Nikki Grimes
This book is about the friendship of 2 black girls who face prejudice and other struggles together.
Children of the River by Linda Crew
This book is about a seventeen year old girl who fled Cambodia. She is learning to become and American while remaining faithful to her own culture.
Taking sides, by Gary Soto
This book is about a boy whose loyalties are torn when he leaves the inner city to move to a white suburban neighborhood. .
The Man from the Other Side, by Uri Orlevi
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