Five Great Multi-Cultural books for Kids

In our diverse world, teaching kids to understand and respect other people and their cultures is critical. We’ve compiled a list of 5 of our favorite multi-cultural books for kids.

 

 

1. The Butter Man (Morocco) by Elizabeth Alalou & Ali Alalou (author), Julie Klear Essakalli (Illustrator): The story takes place in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where people live in small villages clustered around a river. The story takes place in the kitchen as Nora helps her Baba cook a traditional Moroccan dish; while he cooks and she grows hungry, he tells her the story of how he endured a famine in his village.

Ages: K-3

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2. The Name Jar (Korea) by Yangsook Choi (Author, Illustrator): Great story about a little girl, Unhei, who arrives from Korea and fears that no one will be able to pronounce her name, so she tells her new classmates that she will choose a new name. Her classmates are fascinated by her and begin putting names in jar. But the jar goes missing and Unhei is forced to use her Korean name.

Ages: 4 and up

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3. Pablo’s Tree (Mexico) by Pat Mora (Author), Cecily Lang (Illustrator): A wonderfully illustrated book about a Mexican birthday tradition of decorating a tree with something different each year. Each year, Pablo’s grandfather decorates Pablo’s tree, which was planted when he was adopted, with different items–this year it’s wind-chimes.

Ages: 4 and up

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4. Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesha (India) by Amy Novesky (Author),Belgin K. Wedman (Author): The traditional story of the famous Hindu-God Ganesha and how he came to be. The book has superb illustrations.

Ages: 4 and up

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5. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughers (Africa) by John Steptoe (Author): an African take on the Cinderalla story. The narrative and illustrations are outstanding.

Ages: 4 and up

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