Friday, June 20, 2014

Looking for diverse picture books this summer? Try these.

Happy summer!

Here are a few great picture book reads recommended by #WeNeedDiverseBooks team members, supporters, and partners. Each graphic features a well-known book, and a complementary book written by a diverse author or featuring a diverse main character. If you've been looking for great diverse books that have universal appeal, here's a start.

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign team is posting new graphics EVERY DAY, ALL SUMMER LONG! Don't forget to drop by the tumblr site to see all of the recommendations for diverse YA/young adult, diverse MG / middle grade, and Diverse PB / picture book titles. (And contact the WNDB team or leave a comment below if you have suggestions of your own, too!)

If you liked the classic Ugly Duckling story, try reading The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin, because both show that something that seems unattractive can transform into something stunning.

If you liked Little Chicken's Big Day by Katie Davis (ill. Jerry Davis), you should read A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams, because both books involve an outing in which an explorative youngster is separated from a parent, and returns to safety (with the aid of a repeating refrain).

If you liked Stan and Jan Berenstain's The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight, you should read Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan (ill. Sophie Blackall) because both books deal skillfully with sibling rivalry, and how siblings who love each other can still fight and upset one another sometimes.

If you liked Beatrix Potter's classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, try Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache by Greg Rodgers (ill. Leslie Widener) because both are about rabbits with appetites that get them into trouble.

If you liked Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers's The Day the Crayons Quit, try reading A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch (ill. Chad Cameron), which is also about an artistic character who has to make do without crayons for awhile.

If you liked Mercer Mayer's Just Me and My Puppy, try Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story by Donald Uluadluak (ill. Qin Leng) because both feature the fun and fury of training a puppy.

Just in time for the World Cup 2014! If you liked Mia Hamm's Winners Never Quit, you'll like Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin (ill. Renato Alarcao), because both books for young readers involve sporty characters who face setbacks, but learn how to shoot for a worthy goal. (Miranda's note: My kids and I really, really, really loved this book—it's so much more than it seems from the cover!)

If you liked Arnold Lobel's classic Frog and Toad books, you'll love Grace Lin's Ling and Ting books, because these early chapter books feature two similar-looking characters with distinct personalities. The books help children learn through simple, humorous stories of everyday friendship and adventure.

If you liked Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, you'll enjoy The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, because both of these picture books have characters with beautiful, unique names—but the main characters are still figuring that out!

If you liked Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are, you'll love Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth (ill. Jeffrey Ebbeler), in which the main character also embraces the ferociousness of his own imagination int he absence of his parents.

If you liked Joanna Cole's I'm a Big Sister, try Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson (ill. Sophie Blackall), because both books discuss the seismic changes that come with new siblings, and reassure kids that they're still special in their parents' eyes.

Please remember to: Check these (and other) diverse books out from your local library, request them if they're not there, and let your local booksellers know how much you loved them by purchasing and/or talking about these books and their authors/illustrators. Be the change!


Patricia T. said...

Great list -- some of which I've read. Classrooms are diverse, so we really need to encourage children to read more diverse books. They get it! There are so many I've reviewed, I should contribute to your list. Do you follow Mia on her blog "Pragmatic Mom?" She only shares diverse books for all cultures.

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

In the spirit of World Cup fever, may I suggest that in addition to Mia Hamm's Winners Never Quit and Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin (ill. Renato Alarcao) young readers might also enjoy "Keep Your Ear on the Ball" by Genevieve Petrillo (ill. Lea Lyon) about a blind student finding his own way to play with classmates on a kickball team. Based on a true story!

Michelle Cusolito said...

I LOVE this. Thank you! So many great books and a couple I didn't know. I'll be sure to follow all summer (I'm subscribed to the WNDB list and your blog).

Readers may be interested in checking out my Pinterest boards. I have one titled, Diverse Us: Picture books. I also have another, Picture Book Biographies, that features a diverse list of people. Since many classrooms study world geography by continent, I also have boards of books set on different continents. I always list the country represented by that book.

Romelle Broas said...

Love the recommendations and the comparable titles. Will check out the rest of the graphics on Tumblr. Thanks for the link.

SN Taylor said...

I love the visual aspect of this list!!!! May I reblog these on my blog?

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