Posts Tagged ‘multicultural’

A young boy and his grandma ride the bus each week. This week, CJ has a lot for questions for his Nana:  Why do they have to walk in the rain? Why don’t they have a car like his friends? Why is the neighbourhood so dirty? As Nana answers CJ’s questions, CJ’s perception of things begin to change. A lovely story about shifting the way we see things.

When I first cracked this book, I thought it was about a boy learning to see his neighbourhood differently, but after a more careful reading, I see that Nana and CJ are in that neighbourhood to help out a soup kitchen. While I still feel the book would be a great read aloud, I think it would be more poignant and relevant to my students, who live in the inner city, if CJ and Nana lived in the neighbourhood with soup kitchens, boarded up stores, and graffiti littering walls.

I love how the main characters have brown skin and yet the book isn’t ‘multicultural.’ I  get so tired of only seeing/reading about people of non-European descent in books only if the book is specifically about ‘culture’ or multiculturalism’ or cultural holidays or the non-white person is the sidekick. Enough already.

I also love how the minor characters are diverse: many skin tones, a blind person, someone in a wheelchair, a homeless person,a guy with tattoos…

A lovely read aloud to prompt discussion, gorgeously illustrated.

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This is a gorgeously illustrated picture book. Each two page spread has a stunning portrait of a child from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, a fabulous illustration of a scene from their home, their name and where they come from, and how to say peace in that child’s language.

Canada is missing. America is represented by an ethnically generic girl with fairly light skin colour. Lynette from Australia has dark skin.

Read the book and have the students create one for themselves, writing “Johnny lives in Canada. Johnny says peace.” They could use pastels or paint to illustrate their neighborhood, home, and a self portrait.

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Another beautiful book by National Geographic. Stunning photographs of children around the world as they eat, play, go to school, learn, and dream. Gorgeous.

Great read aloud, multicultural celebration, peace study, global citizenship.

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Celebrate Pink Shirt Day: wear a pink shirt! Read some books on bullying and diversity!

The Sneetches. The Sneeches with stars think they are better than the Sneetches without, so they tease and exclude until a guy with a strange amchine rolls into town, turning everything upside down.

Be Good To Eddie Lee. Christy’s mom tells her to be good to her neighbour, a smaller boy with Down’s Syndrome. When Christy’s friend jim Bud ocmes by and starts making fun of Eddie Lee, Christy yells at him and tries to make him go away. Eddie Lee follows them anyway, helping Christy discover some enchanting things in the forest that she overlooked.

Say Something.  A girl  sees others being bullied and then when someone makes fun of her, she begins to emphathize more and eventually becomes a witness rather than a passive bystander.

The Family Book includes many types of families.

William’s Doll. William wants a doll to play with. He is teased and offered other toys.


And Tango Makes Three. Two male penguins hatch and raise a baby penguin. A true story.

The Sissy Duckling. Because Elmer likes to do things the other boy ducks aren’t interested in, he is bullied.


King and King. Two princes fall in love and get married. In the sequel they adopt.

Shades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

Shades of People. Photographs of children of all shades with simple text.


My Secret Bully. Ludwig’s books are powerful conversation starters.

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Happy Lunar New Year! It is the year of the rabbit.

It is time to clean up and clear out clutter, settle debts, and get ready to celebrate and eat!

A few books I will be sharing with classes this week.

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February is Black History Month! Come down to the library and check out our display of wonderful books.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man in Alabama.

After a great loss, Henry mails himself to freedom in a box.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech

A mother sends her young daughter off to try and escape with a quilt whose images help remind her what to do and that she is loved.

Check out the Library and Archives Canada site to access all kinds of online resources and booklists, including a list of French titles!

Black History Canada is another great online resource for teaching.

And Parks Canada has a basic site with some good links.

Adult read: award winning, heartbreaking story by Canadian author Lawrence Hill.

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