Multicultural Literature

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Literature
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1,2,3,4,5,6

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Multicultural Literature

Multicultural LiteratureBy Wynston Jenns

Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements, is about Abby Carson, a girl in danger of failing the 6th grade. In order to progress to the 7th grade, she must complete an extra credit Pen Pal project. Abby begins corresponding with Sayeed and Amira, brother and sister from a small village in Afghanistan. This is a cross-cultural story that teaches Abby, Amira, and Sayeed that, while their cultures are different, they have more in common than they think.

Tomas and the Library Lady, by Pat Mora, is inspired by Tomas Rivera's life. Tomas and his family are migrant workers who travel to different parts of the United States to help farmers harvest vegetables. Tomas, wanting to learn, spends most of his summer at the local library, where he befriends the librarian. She introduces him to several new stories, and he teaches her some Spanish. At the end of the summer, Tomas returns home to Texas with his family, taking his new knowledge along with him.

Just A Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, by Yuyi Morales, is a clever counting tale with Spanish and English words. Grandma Beetle is preparing for a birthday celebration when Senor Calavera shows up to take her away. She avoids leaving with him by preparing for her birthday party. The clever text and vivid illustrations celebrate Mexican culture.

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry With A Beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni, is a collection of poetry that celebrates freedom, hope, and African American culture. Several popular African American artists and poets contributed to this vast collection. The message of hope for a better future is relatable for readers of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, by Rose Lewis, is based on the author's journey to China to adopt her daughter. The author details each event of her daughter's adoption, from filling out the paperwork to the flight to the orphanage in China. This story is a heartwarming celebration of adoption and the Chinese culture.

Fireflies in the Dark, by Susan Goldman Rubin, chronicles the life of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis while she is held prisoner in the Terezin concentration camp. Friedl tries to keep the children of the camp from feeling disheartened. She gives art lessons and teaches the children in the concentration camp how to express themselves through their artwork. This true story, set during the Holocaust, allows readers to see concentration camps through a child's eyes, represented through personal diary entries and artwork.

SkySisters is a culturally Native American tale written by Jan Bourdeau Waboose. Two sisters journey to see the SkySpirits (Northern Lights) dance. The sisters must take the advice of their late grandmother (be patient and quiet) while they wait atop Coyote Hill for a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

One Green Apple, by Eve Bunting, is about a girl named Farah, who is a new student in her classroom. Farah is also an immigrant who does not understand or speak much English. On a school field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers that her classmates and new country are not all that different from her home. She takes comfort in this, and begins to find her voice again.


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