Multicultural Literature

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Multicultural Literature

Multicultural Books for Elementary and Middle School Students

This book, published in 2010, brings an Irish mythological tale to life. It is a book geared towards children ages 6-9, and it is an Accelerated Reader book. The publishing company also provides teacher guides to help teachers incorporate this text into curriculum. I feel like some teachers forget about the minority groups, like the Irish, that are not as highly represented in our schools. This book helps us include Irish culture into the classroom.

This text is an inspiring told by African American boy living in the US, the son of the famous Martin Lunther King Junior, a civil rights hero. The story is told by Matrin Luther King III, and tells the personal side of their story. It is a true story, which makes this book a great representation of realistic fiction and multicultural literature.

by Danielle Johnson

This work is a poetic novel written for young adults. It is most appropriate for children in fifth grade through the middle school grades. The story is set in Cuba in the 19th century when slavery filled the country. It is a historical fiction tale that tells about a brave 14 year old girl that stands up against injustice in her country. The author changes perspectives from the main character, Tula, to other characters throughout the book. It is a great way to incorporate poetry and multicultural literature into the classroom. Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpre Honor

Keep your eyes open because this book, published just this year in 2014, will be an award-winner. It is inspiring and artistic, as it describes the many wonders of the historic Harlem neighborhood, Sugar Hill. This story is wonderful for showing African American children that they have a history to be proud of. The author talks about historic icons that grew up in Harlem that went on to become extraordinary role models. This literature is rich in culture through illustrations and information, and would be a great way to inspire the youngsters of our generation.

This book, full of rhymes and culture, touches upon many cultures. The cultures in this book include everything from Asian culture to Hispanic and Irish cultures. This would be a great text to read aloud to a diverse class in the primary grades. It would evoke discussion and sharing of students' stories of their own grandparents, and would encourage students to make self-to- text connections. It would be fun to try to guess what culture is being represented on each page by looking at the illustrations and language. This book even addresses family structure diversity. It includes a character without a grandpa. This book would be an excellent way to include everyone in a book discussion. In the back of the book, the author also provides a list of grandfather names around the world.

A winner of the Newbery Honor, and the Schneider Family Book Award, this novel addresses a genre in multicultural literature that is so often overlooked- disabilities. This novel is written from the perspective of a 12 year old girl with a brother that has autism. It seems that her (and her family's) entire life is centered around his disability. The title "Rules" stands for all of the rules that Catherine, the narrator, gives her little brother. This book goes into detail about the daily lives of people with disabilities and their families. Personally, I think it helps students without disabilities to understand this difficult topic, and will help them have respect for people with disabilities.

This picture book explores the culture of India, touching on everything from food, to animals and weather. Ravi listens as his grandfather tells him about India. When he hears about the elephant parade, he creates an elephant dance of his own. At the end of the book, the author includes information about living in India, the animals of India, and the foods of their culture. With my personal experience with Indian culture, along with the information in this book, I would love to teach my students about the Indian culture.

This story is told from the point of view of a child that just moved to America from Korea. This book addresses a lot of common difficulties that immigrants face when coming to the US from other countries. Yoon expresses her unsettled feelings about living in America. She feels alone. This text is also very relatable for ELLs, from any language background. Yoon is forced to learn English when coming to America, and the book describes how she is learning the language. For every word she learns, the author uses these words to tell about how Yoon feels about moving to America. She has a difficult time adjusting to life and culture in America. At the end, she is finally accepting of her English name "Yoon".


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