April Multicultural Childrens Book Round Up

It’s been a while since I shared our latest multicultural book discoveries. Sophia has been reading more chapter books, so I guess my book lists will be “growing up” as well. Don’t worry, I’ll still feature childrens picture books because both Jaxson and Sophia still love snuggling on the couch with me while I read to them.

Here are the multicultural books we’re currently reading:

Same, Same But Different (Lee and Low) by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is about two pen pals, one lives in a large city in the United States and the other lives in India. Through their letters and drawings, the learn about each other’s family, culture, and country. They discover that even though they live in two different places, they have many things in common. Jaxson loves the illustrations and story in this book. It’s in constant rotation during our library visits.

Every Little Thing (Chronicle Books) by Cedella Marley, based on the song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. This book has been on our shelf for a few months, but has received more lap time thanks to Adventure Theatre’s musical adaption. I know many of you are searching for books for a dark-skinned boy as the main character. This is the book for you. This book shows how all the emotions kids feel are normal and with love from their family and friends, “every little thing is gonna be all right.”
My Brother Charlie (Scholastic) by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete and Denene Miller is told from the point of view Charlie’s twin sister, Callie. This touching and beautiful story explains, “Mommy discovered Charlie’s brain works in a special way, because Charlie has autism.” It’s a book about family, love, and hope. (I also have to give a shout out to Denene Miller whom I met at Blogalicious. She’s an awesome writer and runs a blog called MyBrownBaby.)
Mermaid Mysteries: Melody and the Sea Dragon (Albert Whitman & Company) by Katy Kit is the fourth book of the Mermaid Mysteries. Sophia loves fantastical creatures, with mermaids at the top of her list. The five mermaid friends work together to solve mysteries in Mermaid Bay. While the mermaids are a diverse group (skin tone, hair color, etc), the series isn’t about race or culture. I like that Sophia can see herself in one of the mermaids. It’s good for her see characters that resemble herself in books she reads. This was sorely lacking for me growing up. That’s why I love discovering chapter books like the Mermaid Mysteries.
What multicultural books have you been reading with your children? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new books!
I received a review copy of Every Little Thing. The others were borrowed from our local library. This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!