Multiculturalism is a complex concept, and a seven-syllable word, to boot. Little kids might not be able to say it, let alone understand it. How does a kid in preschool wrap his or her head around it? Luckily, there are a few books that take this abstract idea and make it really accessible. Here are three that I like.
I made some of these adorable gingerbread man ornaments with the kids and for our Christmas book displays. Gingerbread man crafts are very fun to make and they made great gifts for the holiday season. Joanna (in the photos below) gave one to Nancy Stegeman (our Central youth services staff) and one to her brother and sister.
Anna Francesca Garcia, Education Librarian, demonstrates with photos of her child how the library is more than just a place full of books. Priceless!
What is your Chocolate Me! story? Everyone has one!
In Chocolate Me! written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, a young boy is teased by the kids in the neighborhood for his darker skin color. The young boy, upset and confused, then inquires to his mom, who tells him that we are all unique in our own way and we should embrace our differences, it’s the thing that makes us all special! Love your chocolate skin, for it is part of you! Chocolate Me! is all about finding your own sweet inside. It is about individuality, positivity and accepting each other’s differences.
I had many favorite cartoons growing up as a kid… Actually, I still do!
One of my favorites was the short lived, Sheep in the Big City, created by Mo Willems. Even though his first solo show, only lasted for two seasons, Mr. Willems has many other strong credits to his name that include television shows, Codename: Kids Next Door, Sesame Street, and for those watching cartoons in the 90’s, KaBlam! Mo Willems has since then, also created a line of hilarious easy reader children’s book that guarantee to make you laugh. Below are some of my favorite easy reads from Mr. Mo Willems, hilarity and lessons in all.