Providing children with multicultural education is vital for them to learn about social and cultural diversity and how to understand and respect them. Reading multicultural books is an excellent method of applying multicultural education at home or in the classroom. Here is a list of the new books and authors that promote multiculturalism.
1. Sacajawea of the Shoshone
Author Natasha Yim was born in Malaysia, but she was raised and educated in the United States, where she also fell in love with writing. Sacajawea of Shoshone is a collection of stories about princesses and their cultures from all corners of the world. The narratives in the book, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, tell the stories of princesses who are empowered to make decisions that change their lives.
2. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
Brenda Woods is an award-winning writer that hails from Ohio and southern California. Her most famous book, The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, explores the experiences of an African-American girl in a biracial family. Violet, the story’s protagonist, is the only one among her siblings that inherited her father’s appearance. The story revolves around her journey in navigating her home-life, school, and learning about her African-American heritage.
3. Don’t Call Me Pig!
Conrad J. Storad is an award-winning author of children’s books – most of which aim to educate kids and get them enthusiastic about science and nature. He is most recognized for his book, Don’t Call Me Pig!: A Javelina Story. The book cleverly teaches the nuances of cultural diversity and respect in the simple but enjoyable, rhyming story of an animal called javelina, which looks remarkably like a pig, and its educational experiences while it lives in its natural habitat.
4. Keeping Corner
Indian author, Kashmira Sheth was born in India but migrated and received her education in the United States where she authored several picture books, children’s stories, and novels for young adults. Keeping Corner is a cultural and historical novel set in the British colonization of India. Children and young adults can learn the realities and experiences of young Indian women who have become child brides and widows. The book also highlights the protagonist’s Leela’s struggle for empowerment and personal freedom.
5. The Year of Three Sisters
A daughter of Hungarian immigrants, Andrea Cheng, is a daughter of multiple cultures, a heritage she uses to enrich her written works of literature. She wrote The Year of Three Sisters, a book that has been a product of Cheng’s personal multicultural experiences. The book narrates the story of Anna and her penpal Fen, from China. She invites Fen to Cincinnati where learns about Fen’s Chinese cultural background and family values.
6. The Jumbies
Growing up in Trinidad and reading The Grimm’s Fairy Tails encouraged Tracey Baptiste to become a writer. She is famous for writing The Jumbies series which features a young girl as a protagonist who goes on remarkable escapades with her friends in a story inspired by Haitian and Caribbean folktales.