Multicultural Children's Books
Cynthia Kadohata (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Multicultural
"Kira-Kira" by Cynthia Kadohata is a beautifully written fiction novel for young adults. The 2005 Newbery Medal winner tells a moving story from the point of view of Katie, a Japanese American girl, whose family moves to Georgia in the late 1950s. Kira-Kira means glittering in Japanese. Katie loves her elder sister, Lynn. It is Lynn who teaches her to appreciate "Kira-Kira" in daily life. When Lynn falls ill with lymphoma, the family has to struggle like never before. Their parents work extremely long hours in bad working conditions to pay for Lynn's medical bills and their house. But the love and bond between the family members help them through it all. "Kira-Kira" appeals to teens in 8th grade and up. Girls will especially empathize with the main characters of this award-winning book.
Barbara Cohen, Daniel Mark Duffy (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Immigrant Story, Multicultural, School life, Thanksgiving Stories
"Molly's Pilgrim" by Barbara Cohen is a touching multicultural historical fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Molly, a Russian immigrant girl. Molly doesn't feel thankful as the Thanksgiving holiday comes near. Her third grade classmates tease her for her accents and looks. Molly hates going to school. She wants her family to move back to Russia or New York City, where there are more Jewish families. Miss Stickley, Molly's teacher, asks her to make a pilgrim doll out of a clothespin for the Thanksgiving class display. Molly has never heard about Thanksgiving before. When Molly gets home, her mother offers to make the pilgrim doll for her. To Molly's embarrassment, the pilgrim doll doesn't look like a pilgrim; it looks like her mother, a Russian immigrant. Molly's mother explains that she immigrated to the US for freedom of religion, just like pilgrims. "Molly's Pilgrim" appeals to children in second grade and third grade.
Karen Katz (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Human Body, Multicultural
"Where Is Baby's Belly Button?" is a favorite book for babies and younger toddlers. In this multicultural picture book by Karen Katz, babies and toddlers can lift the flaps to find out where are baby's belly button and others parts of the human body such as mouth, hands and face.
As with Karen Katz's other board books, "Where Is Baby's Belly Button?" has simple big text and engaging bold illustrations.
Vera B. Williams (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Family, Multicultural
"More More More, Said the Baby" by Vera B. Williams features multicultural toddlers and their parents or grandparents and shows the unfettered love between the family members. In three short stories, loving parents or grandparents play with and care for adorable toddlers. With bright pictures and colorful illustrations, this Caldecott Honor book will catch the attention of babies and toddlers.