This page is the centralized location for handouts and resources related to my NCTE session, "Reading Another Culture: Teaching Diversity without Reinforcing Stereotypes," (G.40 Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy for Literacy, 211AB).
- Click here to view PowerPoint slides from the presentation.
- Click here to view the Getting to Know You question sheet.
- Click here to view the Postcard Discussion sheet.
- Click here to view the book list as a handout.
Reading Another Culture: book list categories
Scroll on for the book lists or click on any of the category titles to link to another post with more detailed information about the books, including book covers and descriptions.
- Books about modern immigrants and refugees
- Books that celebrate diversity of/within families
- Book to teach the idea that Africa is not just a country
- Books featuring diverse grandparents:
- Rethinking ancient explorers
- Picture book biographies about people who cared for trees
- Books about the power of girls and schools
- Around the world in a single book
- Around the World in a Single Book, part 1: children
- Around the World in a Single Book, part 2: cultures
- Around the World in a Single Book, part 3: languages and schools
- Cinderella stories from around the world
Books about Modern Immigrants and Refugees
The recent refugee crisis has brought the issues of immigration to the forefront. These picture books help introduce children to modern-day immigrant and refugee children in age-appropriate ways. (Books with a * deal directly with refugees and/or refugee camps.)
- I'm New Here (2015) by Anne Sibley O'Brien
- Four Feet, Two Sandals* (2007) by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
- My Name is Sangoel* (2009) by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed and illustrated by Catherine Stock
- The Best Eid Ever* (2007) by Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrated by Laura Jacobsen.
- My Name is Bilal (2005) by Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrated by Barbara Kiwak
- The Name Jar (2001) by Yangsook Choi
- One Green Apple (2006) by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ted Lewin
- Playing War (2005) by Kathy Beckwith and illustrated by Lea Lyon
- Lights on the River (1994) by Jane Resh Thomas and illustrated by Michael Dooling
- Dia's Story Cloth (1996) by Dia Cha and stitched by Chue Cha and Nhia Thoa Cha
- The Lotus Seed (1993) by Sherry Garland and illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi
Click here to read the full post for Books about Modern Immigrants and Immigration (includes cover images and descriptions).
Books that Celebrate Diversity of/within Families
- One Family (2015) by George Shannon and Blanca Gómez.
- Stella Brings the Family (2015) by Miriam B. Schiffer and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown.
- My Family Tree and Me (2015) by Dušan Petričić.
- The Case for Loving: the fight for interracial marriage (2015) by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko.
- Children Just Like Me series (1995) by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley.
- Everybody Cooks Rice (1991) by Norah Dooley.
Click here to read the full post for Books that Celebrate Diversity of/within Families (includes cover images and descriptions).
Africa is Not a Country
A selection of some of my favorite picture books that feature children from a variety of African countries and cultures.
- Burkina Faso: The Red Bicycle: the extraordinary story of one ordinary bicycle (2015) by Jude Isabella and illustrated by Simone Shin.
- Chad: Rain School (2010) by James Rumford.
- Egypt: The Day of Ahmed's Secret (1990) by Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland, illustrated by Ted Lewin.
- Ghana: Emmanuel's Dream: the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (2015) by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls.
- Kenya: Seeds of Change (2013) by Jen Cullerton Johnson and illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler.
- Mauritania: Deep in the Sahara (2013) by Kelly Cunnane and illustrated by Hoda Hadadi.
- Morocco: Ali, Child of the Desert (1997) by Jonathan London and illustrated by Ted Lewin.
- South Africa: Happy Birthday, Jamela! (2006) by Niki Daly.
- Zimbabwe: Where Are You Going, Manyoni? (1993) by Catherine Stock.
Click here to read the full post for Text Set: Africa is Not a Country (includes cover images and descriptions).
Books Featuring Diverse Grandparents
US Grandchildren Visiting Grandparents in Different Countries
- Sitti's Secrets (1997) by Naomi Shihab Nye and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.
- Time to Pray (2010) by Maha Addasi, translated by Nuha Albitar, and illustrated by Ned Gannon.
US Grandchild Whose Grandparents Immigrated from a Different Country
- Abuela (1991) by Arthur Dorros.
- A Picnic in October (1999) by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.
- The Lotus Seed (1993) by Sherry Garland and illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi.
- The Matchbox Diary (2013) by Paul Fleischmann and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.
- Just a Minute: a trickster tale and counting book (2003) by Yuyi Morales.
- The Best Winds (2006) by Laura E. Williams and illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan.
African-American Grandparent-Grandchildren Books
- The Grandad Tree (2000) by Trish Cooke and illustrated by Sharon Wilson.
- Poems in the Attic (2015) by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.
- Grandma in Blue with Red Hat (2015) by Scott Menchin and illustrated by Harry Bliss.
- The Baby on the Way (2005) by Karen English.
Click here to read the full post for Books Featuring Diverse US Grandparents and Grandchildren and Books Featuring International Grandparents and Grandchildren (includes cover images and descriptions).
International Grandparent-Grandchildren Books
- Argentina: Abuelo (2014) by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Raúl Colón.
- China: Noodle Magic (2014) by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by Meilo So.
- Dominica: Look Back (2014) by Trish Cooke and illustrated by Caroline Binch.
- India: Monsoon Afternoon (2008) by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi.
- India: My Dadima Wears a Sari (2007) by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi.
Coming Soon: click here to read the full post for Books Featuring International Grandparents and Grandchildren (includes cover images and descriptions).
Rethinking Explorers: alternate perspectives and points of view
- Columbus: Encounter (1996) by Jane Yolen and illustrated by David Shannon.
- Lost City: the discovery of Machu Picchu (2003) by Ted Lewin.
Click here to read the full post for Text Set: Rethinking Explorers (includes cover images and descriptions).
Picture Book Biographies about People who Cared for Trees
Celebrate the international power of caring for the environment through these books.
- Seed by Seed: the legend and legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman (2012) by Esme Raji Codell and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
- The Tree Lady: the true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever (2013) by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry
- Seeds of Change (2013) by Jen Cullerton Johnson and illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler
- Planting the Trees of Kenya (2008) by Claire A. Nivola
- Wangari's Trees of Peace (2008) by Jeanette Winter
- Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya (2010) by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- The Mangrove Tree: planting trees to feed families (2011) by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Click here to read the full post for Picture Book Biographies of People and Trees (includes cover images and descriptions).
The Power of Girls and Schools: a look through time and place
- China, 1900s. Ruby's Wish (2004) by Shirin Yim Bridges and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
- The Great Depression, 1933. The Lucky Star (2008) by Judy Young and illustrated by Chris Ellison.
- Afghanistan, 1990-2000s. Nasreen's Secret School: a true story from Afghanistan (2009) by Jeanette Winter.
- Afghanistan, 2000s. Razia's Ray of Hope: one girl's dream of an education (2013) by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst.
- Pakistan, 2010s. Every Day is Malala Day (2014) by Rosemary McCarney.
Click here to read the full post for The Power of Girls and Schools (includes cover images and descriptions).
Around the World in a Single BookThese are books that do a good job of highlighting a variety of people, languages, cultures, etc from around the world.
Children Around the World
- Children Just Like Me series (1995) by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley
- Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! (1997) by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley
- Children Just Like Me: Our Favorite Stories (1997) by Barnabas and Annabel Kindersley
- A Life Like Mine: how children live around the world (2002)
- A School Like Mine: a unique celebration of schools around the world (2007)
- A Faith Like Mine (2005) by Laura Buller
- One World, One Day (2009) by Barbara Kerley
Click here to read the full post for Around the World in a Single Book, part 1: children (includes cover images and descriptions).
Cultures in General Around the World
- How People Live by DK Publishing
- People Around the World by Anthony Mason
- If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche.
- Material World: a global family portrait by Peter Menzel
- What the World Eats by Peter Menzel (the children's version of Hungry Planet: What the World Eats)
- Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris, or other books in the series, including Houses and Homes (Around the World); Hats, Hats, Hats; Tools; Loving (Around the World); and Shoes, Shoes, Shoes.
- Be My Neighbor by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko
Click here to read the full post for Around the World in a Single Book, part 2: cultures (includes cover images and descriptions).
Languages and Schools around the World
- Hello World! Greetings in 42 Languages around the Globe! by Manya Stojic.
- Animals Speak by Lila Prap.
- My Librarian is a Camel: how books are brought to children around the world by Margriet Ruurs
- My School in the Rain Forest: how children attend school around the world also by Margriet Ruurs
- Off to Class: incredible and unusual schools around the world by Susan Hughes
Click here to read the full post for Around the World in a Single Book, part 3: languages and schools (includes cover images and descriptions).
Cinderella Stories from around the World
Cinderella Stories from Asia
- Yeh-Shen: a Cinderella Story from China retold by Ai-Ling Louie and illustrated by Ed Young.
- The Korean Cinderella retold by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller
- Pigling: a Cinderella story, a Korean tale retold by Dan Jolley and illustrated by Anne Timmons.
- Kongi and Potgi: a Cinderella story from Korea retold by Oki S. Han.
- Anklet for a Princess: a Cinderella story from India by Lila Mehta, adapted by Meredith Brucker, and illustrated by Youshan Tang.
- Abadeha: the Philippine Cinderella adapted by Myrna J. de la Paz and illustrated by Youshan Tang (Philippines).
- Tam and Cam: the ancient Vietnamese Cinderella Story retold by Minh Quoc and illustrated by Mai Long (full-color and full-size picture book) and Tam Cam: the Vietnamese Cinderella Story retold by Nguyen Thi Nhuan and Nguyen Thi Hop (paperback sized, line drawings).
- Angkat: the Cambodian Cinderella retold by Jewell Reinhart Coburn and illustrated by Eddie Flotte.
- Jouanah: a Hmong Cinderella adapted by Jewell Reinhart Coburn with Tzexa Cherta Lee and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
- The Gift of the Crocodile: a Cinderella story retold by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Reynold Ruffins (Indonesia).
Cinderella Stories from Africa and the Middle East
- The Egyptian Cinderella retold by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller.
- The Persian Cinderella retold by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Robert Florczak.
- The Golden Sandal: a Middle Eastern Cinderella Story retold by Rebecca Hickox and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand.
- Cinderella: an Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani.
- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: an African tale retold by John Steptoe (Caldecott Honor Book).
- Cinderella translated by Marcia Brown from the French version by Charles Perrault (Caldecott Award Winner).
- Cinderella: a Grimm's Fairy Tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and illustrated by Ulrike Haseloff.
- The Orphan: a Cinderella story from Greece by Anthony Manna and Soula Mitakidou and illustrated by Giselle Potter.
- The Irish Cinderlad retold by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Loretta Krupinski.
- Fair, Brown, and Trembling: an Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly.
- The Way Meat Loves Salt: a Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition retold by Nina Jaffe and illustrated by Louise August.
Click here to read the full post for Cinderella Stories from the Old World (includes cover images and descriptions).
Cinderella Stories from the Americas
- The Turkey Girl: a Zuni Cinderella story retold by Penny Pollock and illustrated by Ed Young.
- The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and illustrated by David Shannon (Algonquin).
- Sootface: an Ojibwa Cinderella retold by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Daniel San Souci.
- Adelita: a Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie de Paola.
- Estrellita de oro / Little Gold Star: a Cinderella cuento retold by Joe Hayes and illustrated by Gloria Osuna Perez and Lucia Angela Perez.
- Little Gold Star: a Spanish-American Cinderella Tale retold by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Sergio Martinez.
- Cendrillon: a Cajun Cindrella by Sheila Hebert Collins and illustrated by Patrick Soper.
- Cendrillon: a Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pickney.
- Smoky Mountain Rose: an Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Brad Sneed.
- The Salmon Princess: an Alaskan Cinderella Story by Mindy Dwyer.
Click here to read the full post for Cinderella Stories from the Old World (includes cover images and descriptions) as well as Fractured Cinderella Stories and Teaching with Cinderella Stories.
For even more great book recommendations, check out the Multicultural Book List, which includes additional topics like folktales, holidays and religion, world issues, and more.
Happy (diverse) reading!