There can never be enough multicultural books in any classroom or library. Showcasing books around the many different cultures in the U.S. and world allows students, young and old, to understand people who are different from them. This understanding turns into acceptance and tolerance, which is what we should all strive for.
Do you know what’s in your classroom library? Your school library? Multicultural titles should be all inclusive regardless if that culture is represented in your classroom or school. It’s important to introduce cultures to students at a young age but just as important is continuing that education. The best way to introduce other cultures is through books. Here are some of our favorite books that represent a variety of different cultures perfect for preschool through high school. What are some of your favorite multicultural books? Add them to our list by leaving the title, author, and a brief description in the comments. For more information on diverse books, visit #WeNeedDiverseBooks at diversebooks.org.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco
Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth
The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polaaco
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Looking For Me by Betsy Rosenthal<