Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This wonderful event was the brain child of Pragmatic Mom and Jump Into a Book. Bloggers across the world are sharing some of their favorite multicultural books.
Did you know that despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content?
I believe that every bookshelf should include multicultural literature! As a teacher and parent, I have made a conscious effort to share multicultural titles with my children to help them become globally aware. It isn’t always easy. You often have to search for great quality books, but it is easier than it was 10 years ago.
Full Disclosure: Barefoot Books provided a copy of Lola’s Fandago to review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I was thrilled to be paired with a wonderful publisher of multicultural books- Barefoot Books. I’ve enjoyed many Barefoot Books over the last few years so I was excited to get a book that was new to me.
Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte and illustrated by Micha Archer is the story of a young Spanish girl named Lola who yearns to be good at something just like her older sister, Clementina. When Lola discovers a pair of dancing shoes in her Mami’s closet she decides that she wants to learn to dance. Together she works with her Papi to learn how to dance and keeps it a secret until her Mami’s birthday. There she finds her courage to perform in front of everyone!
The book also includes information on flamenco dancing, the fandango beat and a glossary of Spanish words used in the story. An audio cd also accompanies the book with narration of the story and original flamenco music.
This is a great read, and an opportunity to incorporate a multicultural book into the lives of children. It’s a great story for helping kids discover what they are good at and finding the courage to pursue their passions. It’s also a story about family love. All great reasons for adding the title to your bookshelf!
So, where do you find other great multicultural books? One of my favorite places are to browse catalogs from publishers that specialize in multicultural books such as Barefoot Books. I also find great ideas from some of my favorite bloggers including the book lists from Erica at What Do We Do All Day? Here is one of her recent lists on Chinese Folktales for Kids. Also, develop a relationship with your librarians and let them help with your search. You will also find lots and lots of reviews of books in the blog hop for International Multicultural Book Day. Enjoy adding new books to your bookshelves!
Participating Bloggers Include: 2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica · Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gatheri