I’ve added some more multicultural books to my original list. These books were used in my seminar, “Reaching out to Dual Language Learners.” At the very bottom of this list you’ll find books categorized by language/culture. For example, I have two additional lists: books in Spanish and books in Korean. Feel free to print out this list for future reference. Enjoy! 🙂 Mariella
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin
Elena’s Serenadeby Campbell Geeslin
Elizabeti’s Doll by Stephanie Suve-Bodeen
Elizabeti’s School by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera Tale by Caren McNelly McCormack
The First Bear in Africa! by Satomi Ichikawa — A child loses her teddy bear while visiting an African village and a young boy races through the marshlands to return the bear to her.
Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin
Global Babies (board book) — Great photo book for the youngest children which shows babies from around the world!
I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite — When a young girl loses her tooth while visiting Mali, the African tooth fairy exchanges the tooth for a chicken.
In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee
In the Park by Huy Voun Lee
In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee
Jeremy’s Dreidel by Ellie Gellman
Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby by Patricia MacLachlan
Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by Mary & Rich Chamberlin — A young boy walks through the village inviting everyone he sees to come to his house for pancakes. There’s always room for one more! 🙂
My Mother’s Sari by Sandhya Rao — Wonderful book about the many uses of a sari; Great comparison/contrast with the book, What Can You Do with a Rebozo? (see below)
Nadia’s Hands by Karen English — A young girl will be a flower girl in a traditional Pakistani wedding & has her hands decorated with henna. Wonderful book!
A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong
Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora — a variation of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, but set in Africa
On My Way to Buy Eggs by Chih-Yuan Chen
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong
One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis
Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong
Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong
Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong — Rhyming book with great illustrations!
The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora — story about a family greeting their neighbors in many languages as they walk through their neighborhood
Someone Says by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth — Learn about wedding traditions from India.
The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestine
The Story of Paper by Ying Chang Compestine
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon — This is a really neat book that describes baseball in America AND in Japan!
Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill — This is a great counting book that contains information about the Vietnamese new year.
There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora — traditional tale set in Africa
Tiny Tortilla by Arlene Williams
What Can You Do with a Rebozo — by Carmen Tafolla — A rebozo is a traditional Mexican woven shawl & can be used in many ways. Wonderful book!
Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells
Zuzu’s Wishing Cake by Linda Michelin
Carmen Learns English by Judy Cox (tchr resource only — This book discusses the 6-month silent period.)
Books in Korean
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes… in Korean & English
Korean Nursery Rhymes: Wild Geese, Land of Goblins & Other Favorite Songs & Rhymes by Danielle Wright
My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac — Korean & English — Very sweet book!
Sight by Milet Publishing (2013) — nonfiction text in both Korean & English
Ten Little Ducks by Eric Carle (translated into Korean)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff — in Korean only
Vegetables by Milet Publishing (2011) — photos of vegetables with translations in both English & Korean
Books in Spanish
La Arana Muy Ocupada (The Very Busy Spider) by Eric Carle — in Spanish only
Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks — in Spanish & English
Huevos verdes con jamon (Green Eggs & Ham) by Dr. Seuss — in Spanish only
I Live in the City/ Vivo en la ciudad by Gini Holland — in Spanish & English
I Live Near the Ocean/Vivo cerca del mar por Gini Holland — in Spanish & English
I’m as Quick as a Cricket/ Veloz como el grillo por Audrey Wood
Me gusta cuando… (I Like it When…) by Mary Murphy — in Spanish & English
Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz/My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz por Monica Brown
La Oruga Muy Hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) by Eric Carle — in Spanish only
Polar Slumber/ Sueno Polar by Dennis Rockhill — wordless picture book with beautiful illustrations
Quiero a mi papa porque…/I Love My Daddy Because… por Laurel POrter-Gayloro — boardbook with pics of animals
Tenemos un bebe/We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell
Tren de carga (Freight Train) by Donald Crews — in Spanish & English