This might be the most intense children’s book I’ve ever read. The text is super easy but the content is not. This is about a family escaping from the South on the Underground Railroad. Each page has a simple one word sentence. Between the sparse text and the nearly scribbled illustrations this is poetry. It’s also simple enough to read to young children, but the conversation won’t be.
Inclusive Book List
Mae Among the Stars by #OwnVoices Roda Ahmed is a simple picture book about Mae Jemison (the first African American woman to reach the stars) as a child. The text is simple and the story is true, making this a perfect book for Black History Month
I adore this book as a Black History Month option. It is so hard to find books about history and/or biographies for story time that aren’t too wordy. This one is actually a board book and has at most one sentence per page. For Example, “Michelle cares about being healthy,” and “Michelle knows how to have fun.” All are given as reasons that “I” look up to Michelle.
A picture book biography of Pura Belpre, the famous and groundbreaking Puerto Rican librarian after whom the Pura Belpre Award was named. So many of the books that I use during Hispanic Heritage Month are Pura Belpre Award winners!
This books shows how the New York Public library started reaching out to the Hispanic community in the 1920s by hiring bilingual young people to do outreach in non English speaking neighborhood. She brought Hispanic people into the library through bilingual story times, teaching them that the library wasn’t just for English speakers.
I ran across this book on the shelf the other day so I’m posting about it. I wish I would have seen it during Halloween! Betty is teased by her friends for being the tiniest witch in the first grade and they constantly call her “Itty Bitty.” She thinks if she can possibly win the Halloween Dash, maybe they won’t tease her anymore.
This simple story about bullying is based on the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” by the same author. The book is a part of the educational movement on bullying called Operation Respect: “Don’t Laugh at Me.”
I recommend for a story time about manners or bullying.
Click here to see the Operation Respect Curriculum.
This is a simple book about opposites posed in questions. What’s hard? What’s soft? It ends with a puppy who has all the characteristics described in the book.
Perfect for a story time about opposites or puppies!
This simple picture book is filled with the bright colors of Holi. Perfect for a story time about colors or a cultural story time about India.
“Holi is the Indian festival of colors, celebrated during spring, when new colors appear in nature. It symbolizes inclusiveness, new beginning, and the triumph of good over evil. The festivities begin with an evening bonfire. The next morning, family, friends, and neighbors throw dry and wet colored powders on each other.”
Excerpted from the afterword.
Holi is in March
In this book Carmelita greets everyone in her very multicultural neighborhood in their own language. A great first introduction to other languages. And, of course, it features Isadora’s beautiful cut paper artwork.
In this simple story a Margarita goes to the post office with her mother and say “hi” to everyone. But no one notices her until they get to the counter. This is an older book, but I’m using it in an upcoming story time. In addition to Margarita the background characters are very inclusive.