Monday, June 22, 2009

Good books for a multicultural classroom

Today, in one of my classes, we had a Children's Book Fair. Each student had to bring in one example of a racist/controversial book and one example of a book that treats cultural differences in a better way. I made a little list of my favorite "good" books:

The Upside Down Boy by Juan Felipe Herrera
Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
Now Hiring: White House Dog by Gina Bazer
Goodbye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park
Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi


Julie said...

that's my vote for best racially/ethnically aware children's book.

-dr. mcnamara

Julie said...

I just realized that my contribution was a compendium and literature analysis of children's literature published in post-war (west) Germany by an Israeli scholar and not, in fact, a children's book.

To that end, I wanted to like Stargirl, and do, in theory to Jerry Spinelli and Maniac, but I really didn't. I hereby change my vote to "The Fox and the Hound." I think the issue of diversity and "otherness is dealt with really poignantly in this story- and made accessible by using different animals as a stand in for different races. said...

I like The Hello, Goodbye Window because the words don't even mention diversity, but the pictures show a mixed-race family.