This week’s KidLit Pick of the Week is a collection of books to honor Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Multicultural Books are those books that have a diverse cast of characters that all readers can “find themselves” within the pages of these books. On this particular day, many amazing people come together to support the books that reflect a multicultural society.
B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrated Feelings by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd
An ABC book that celebrates the many ways that children can express their feelings and develop coping skills. Diverse characters will allow all reader to relate to.
Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it fly will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister.
Jabari Tries is all about determination, problem-solving, patience, perseverance, and teamwork. It has a wonderful message for kids about how to handle situations that don’t go as planned.
It’s In You: A Book For Big Dreamers by Sharifa Anozie
Main character, Ella, and Patch the caterpillar develop a sweet friendship that encourages each other through any and all obstacles. A brilliant story that embraces friendship, resilience, and courage.
How Our Skin Sparkles by Aditi W. Singh
A child returns home and asks his mom to explain why his skin color is different from that of his friends. The moms explains that this is the way we tell others where we come from! Skin color really is only something external and it's who we are inside that makes the real difference.
Multicultural Children’s books are:
· Books that contain characters of color as well as main characters that represent a minority point of view.
· Books that are written by an author of diversity or color from their perspective. Search #ownvoices to discover diverse books written by diverse authors.
· Books that share ideas, stories, and information about cultures, race, religion, language, and traditions. These books can be non-fiction but still written in a way that kids will find entertaining and informative.
· Books that embrace special needs or even “hidden disabilities” like ADHD, ADD, and anxiety.
· Books that show IBPOC readers what is POSSIBLE–like a book that shows an Asian child as an astronaut 👩🚀, a child from Sudan as an actress, or a biracial child as a world leader.
List from http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/