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Culturally Relevant Picture Books for your Kids

Monday Linky from Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers and Kathryn from Book Date!

Diverse Reads for your students

I had the pleasure of attending a conference session led by Lindsey Nagorsky and Dr. Sharroky Hollie about Responsive Reads.  Culturally responsive reads are texts that are culturally relevant and teach kids about the world around them.  So it doesn't mean you only read texts with Latino characters to Latino students but you read these texts to all students to open their world.

So after some research, here are some of my favorites.  I've got a DonorsChoose grant out there hoping to get these texts in my reader's hands.  This week, picture books!

Picture books

A Piece of Home 
by Jeri Watts and Hyewon Yum
This is a beautiful book about a child moving from Korea to America and the changes he has to endure. 

She Persisted: 13 American Women who Changed the World 
by Chelsea Clinton
Being culturally relevant doesn't mean just ethnicity.  It also means gender. This book is great for little girls to see themselves and picture a brighter future.

Separate is Never Equal:Sylvia and her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuth
Great non-fiction picture book about the fight for desegregation in California.  I had never heard this story before and it happened in my backyard!

The Most Magnificent Thing 
by Ashley Spires
One of my favorites.  This is great for teaching growth mindset and helping kids see they can accomplish anything if they put forth the effort.

Next week...chapter books!


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